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HOF names 26 semifinalists, including Parcells

Posted on: November 22, 2011 11:13 pm
 
ParcellsPosted by Josh Katzowitz

It was a big day for 26 potential Pro Football Hall of Famers, as the Canton institution announced the semifinals list for those who could make up the induction class of 2012.

Bill Parcells and guard Will Shields are the two first-timers who made it this far in their initial year of eligibility. Also included are four players who have made it this far for the first time (Steve Atwater, Clay Matthews,* Karl Mecklenburg and longtime contributor Ron Wolf) out of an initial list of 105. This list will be whittled into 15 finalists.

*Not THAT Clay Matthews. THIS Clay Matthews, the other Clay Matthews’ father.

Without further ado, here’s the list of 26 semifinalists.

Steve Atwater, S -- 1989-1998 Denver Broncos, 1999 New York Jets

Jerome Bettis, RB -- 1993-95 Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, 1996-2005 Pittsburgh Steelers

Tim Brown, WR/KR -- 1988-2003 Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders, 2004 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Cris Carter, WR -- 1987-89 Philadelphia Eagles, 1990-2001 Minnesota Vikings, 2002 Miami Dolphins

Don Coryell, Coach -- 1973-77 St. Louis Cardinals, 1978-1986 San Diego Chargers

Roger Craig, RB -- 1983-1990 San Francisco 49ers, 1991 Los Angeles Raiders, 1992-93 Minnesota Vikings

Terrell Davis, RB -- 1995-2001 Denver Broncos

Dermontti Dawson, C -- 1988-2000 Pittsburgh Steelers

Edward DeBartolo, Jr., Owner -- 1979-2000 San Francisco 49ers

Chris Doleman, DE/LB – 1985-1993, 1999 Minnesota Vikings, 1994-95 Atlanta Falcons, 1996-98 San Francisco 49ers

Kevin Greene, LB/DE -- 1985-1992 Los Angeles Rams, 1993-95 Pittsburgh Steelers, 1996, 1998-99 Carolina Panthers, 1997 San Francisco 49ers

Charles Haley, DE/LB -- 1986-1991, 1999 San Francisco 49ers, 1992-96 Dallas Cowboys

Cortez Kennedy, DT -- 1990-2000 Seattle Seahawks

Curtis Martin, RB -- 1995-97 New England Patriots, 1998-2005 New York Jets

Clay Matthews, LB -- 1978-1993 Cleveland Browns, 1994-96 Atlanta Falcons

Karl Mecklenburg, LB -- 1983-1994 Denver Broncos

Bill Parcells, Coach -- 1983-1990 New York Giants, 1993-96 New England Patriots, 1997-99 New York Jets, 2003-06 Dallas Cowboys

Andre Reed, WR -- 1985-1999 Buffalo Bills, 2000 Washington Redskins

Willie Roaf, T -- 1993-2001 New Orleans Saints, 2002-05 Kansas City Chiefs

Donnie Shell, S -- 1974-1987 Pittsburgh Steelers

Will Shields, G -- 1993-2006 Kansas City Chiefs

Paul Tagliabue, Commissioner -- 1989-2006 National Football League

Steve Tasker, ST/WR -- 1985-86 Houston Oilers, 1986-1997 Buffalo Bills

Aeneas Williams, CB/S -- 1991-2000 Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals, 2001-04 St. Louis Rams

Ron Wolf, Contributor -- 1963-1974, 1978-1990 Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders, 1975-77 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1990 New York Jets, 1991 -2001 Green Bay Packers

George Young, Contributor -- 1968-1974 Baltimore Colts, 1975-78 Miami Dolphins, 1979-1997 New York Giants, 1998-2001 National Football League

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Since: Nov 9, 2006
Posted on: November 23, 2011 1:53 pm
 

HOF names 26 semifinalists, including Parcells

As far as players go: Charles Haley, Dermonti Dawson, Chris Carter, Andre Reed, and Willie Roaf.  These guys should be automatic.



Since: Nov 2, 2011
Posted on: November 23, 2011 1:19 pm
 

HOF names 26 semifinalists, including Parcells

Parcells only. Brown and Carter in a couple years.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: November 23, 2011 12:42 pm
 

HOF names 26 semifinalists, including Parcells

In all honestly the players should have to have at least 10 years in the National football league hall of fame. point is Terrel Davis of the Broncos who was in the league 9 years but played 6 because of his injury. Paul Tagliabue was the worst commissioner ever. Clay Matthews of the Browns is one of those players who just belongs the way he played. So get it Right this year.



Since: Nov 7, 2011
Posted on: November 23, 2011 12:14 pm
 

HOF names 26 semifinalists, including Parcells

Perhaps the most ignorant statement I have ever heard/read in regards to football......Lawrence Taylor redefined the LB position! I hate the Giantsbut still recognize talent.



Since: Sep 29, 2006
Posted on: November 23, 2011 11:41 am
 

HOF names 26 semifinalists, including Parcells

until hof stops letting in players like dierdoff, LT, howie long, its a joke, who cares about this stupid and watered down out of touch award!!


LT? Your credibility is shot. LT may be the single most dominant linebacker to play the game. I am not a Giants fan but he changed the position. He is the only player to win DPOY 3 times. I am a Steelers fan and I have seen many great linebackers through the years including my favorite of all time Jack Lambert, but LT was unstoppable. 



Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: November 23, 2011 10:37 am
 

HOF names 26 semifinalists, including Parcells

Why isn't Cunningham on the list: January 17, 1999. 4.1.1 NFC Championship: Atlanta Falcons 30, Minnesota Vikings 27




Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: November 23, 2011 10:35 am
 

HOF names 26 semifinalists, including Parcells

I agree.  You make a great point with Queerdorg and Shlong, but LT.  How many Defensive players go in before him?  Reggie White?  Raymond Ernest " Ray" Nitschke? Leroy butler?  Charles Woodson?




Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: November 23, 2011 10:30 am
 

HOF names 26 semifinalists, including Parcells

Chris Carter, Ron Wolf, Bill Parcells beyond a shadow of a doubt.

Haley, Bettis, Martin, Young Tagliabue, Reed, Coryell all deserving.

No chance: Greene, Terrell Davis, Doleman, Mecklenburg, DeBartolo, Mathews, Tasker, Williams, Kennedy,Shell or Atwater.

Toughest call: Roger Craig


I'm not going to pretend to know whether an offensive lineman or a DT deserves induction.  I don't spend a lot of time grading individual line play.




Since: Dec 5, 2007
Posted on: November 23, 2011 10:30 am
 

HOF names 26 semifinalists, including Parcells

until hof stops letting in players like dierdoff, LT, howie long, its a joke

LT....you mean Lawrence Taylor?  I am almost speechless.  He had offensive line schemes created to stop him.  He changed the way games were played.  Dominated his era.  I'm a Howie Long fan, but I can see an argument that maybe he isn't a hall of fame player (even though I think he is) ...but LT?   My only guess is maybe you didn't watch games durring those years.



Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: November 23, 2011 8:25 am
 

HOF names 26 semifinalists, including Parcells

until hof stops letting in players like dierdoff, LT, howie long, its a joke, who cares about this stupid and watered down out of touch award!!


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