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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: Jan 4, 2011
Posted on: November 23, 2011 2:50 am

HOF names 26 semifinalists, including Parcells

Ray Guy. As others have noted, punter is a position on a football team. Some have to be better than others, and some have to be the best. The best help their teams win championships. The best come up big when it counts the most. The best are recognized by their peers, fans and the press. Ray Guy was the best. He deserves a yellow jacket during his lifetime.

Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: November 23, 2011 2:12 am

HOF names 26 semifinalists, including Parcells

I am a conservative, and I believe somewhere in the ballpark of half this list belongs in the HOF. The NFL really needs to loosen its grip a little on selections. I realize some are fairly new to the list, but look at Steve Atwater for example, the man is certainly a HOFer and is already 12 years removed from the game. There needs to be better set in stone hurdles for making the NFL HoF. 

Since: Sep 30, 2008
Posted on: November 23, 2011 12:48 am

HOF names 26 semifinalists, including Parcells

I'm very glad to see the senior Clay Matthews on the list...he deserves consideration. But once again, no Ray Guy???? Leaving Ray Guy out of the Hall of Fame is a disgrace!! And no, I am not a Raiders fan.

Since: Feb 7, 2008
Posted on: November 22, 2011 11:51 pm

HOF names 26 semifinalists, including Parcells

Can anyone please tell me why Randall Cunningham is not making the list??

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