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#1 Just Jack

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Posted 11 September 2013 - 11:49 PM

Several Bills/former Bills on the list...

http://www.profootba...rn-era-nominees

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From the list, that includes 16 first-year eligible candidates, the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee will choose 25 candidates who will advance as semifinalist nominees. The list of 25 semifinalist nominees will be announced in late November. That semifinalist list will be further reduced by a mail ballot to 15 modern-era finalists and announced in early January.

The Class of 2014 will be selected from the list of the 15 modern-era finalists plus the two senior nominees (former Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders punter Ray Guy and former Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Claude Humphrey) who were selected last month by the Hall of Fame’s Senior Selection Committee.

The actual voting for the Class of 2014 will be conducted at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee’s annual meeting, which will be held in New York City on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014 the day before Super Bowl XLVIII. The election results will be announced at a live announcement show that evening.


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DREW BLEDSOE – 1993-2001 New England Patriots, 2002-04 Buffalo Bills, 2005-06 Dallas Cowboys
Played in 194 career games during his 14-year career. Completed 3,839 of 6,717 pass attempts for 44,611 yards and 251 touchdowns. Named to four Pro Bowls and Second-Team All-AFC twice.

DOUG FLUTIE – 1986 Chicago Bears, 1987-89, 2005 New England Patriots, 1998-2000 Buffalo Bills, 2001-04 San Diego Chargers.
Played in 91 games during his 12-year NFL career. Completed 1,177 of 2,151 for 14,715 and 86 touchdowns. Added 1,634 yards and 10 touchdowns rushing on 338 carries. Selected to one Pro Bowl.

LARRY CENTERS – 1990-98 Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals, 1999-2000 Washington Redskins, 2001-02 Buffalo Bills, 2003 New England Patriots
Set the then-record for career receptions and receiving yards by a running back that included a single-season record of 101 catches in 1995. Named All-Pro once and voted to three Pro Bowls. Retired with 827 catches for 6,797 yards, and rushed for 2,188 yards on 615 carries in 198 career games.

ANDRE REED – 1985-1999 Buffalo Bills, 2000 Washington Redskins
Helped lead Bills to unprecedented four straight Super Bowls. Seven-time Pro Bowl selection, caught 951 receptions for 13,198 yards and 87 touchdowns in 16 seasons. All-Conference four times and Second-Team All-Pro three consecutive seasons.

KENT HULL – C – 1986-1996 Buffalo Bills
Helped lead the Bills to six division, and four conference championships. Selected first-team All-Pro three times and named to three Pro Bowl teams. During 11 seasons he played in 170 games and a full 16-game schedule nine times.

FRED SMERLAS – NT – 1979-1989 Buffalo Bills, 1990 San Francisco 49ers, 1991-92 New England Patriots
One of first great nose tackles, anchored the Buffalo Bills “Bermuda Triangle” defense in the early-1980s. A three-time All-Pro choice, earned five Pro Bowl selections.

TED WASHINGTON – DT/NT – 1991-93 San Francisco 49ers, 1994 Denver Broncos, 1995-2000 Buffalo Bills, 2001-02 Chicago Bears, 2003 New England Patriots, 2004-05 Oakland Raiders, 2006-07 Cleveland Browns
A four-time Pro Bowl choice and All-Pro selection in 2001, played in 236 games during his 17-year career. A regular anchor on the defensive line, logged a total of 34.5 sacks and one safety.

CORNELIUS BENNETT – 1987-1995 Buffalo Bills, 1996-98 Atlanta Falcons, 1999-2000 Indianapolis Colts
Won eight division and five conference championships during 14 seasons. The 1991 Defensive Player of the Year, was a three-time All-Pro and five-time Pro Bowl selection with 71.5 career sacks.

DARRYL TALLEY – LB – 1983-1994 Buffalo Bills, 1995 Atlanta Falcons, 1996 Minnesota Vikings
Key contributor of the Bills defense for 13 seasons. Played in 216 games in 15 total seasons.  Logged career numbers of 38.5 sacks and 12 interceptions. A two-time Pro Bowl and All-Pro choice.

TROY VINCENT – CB/S – 1992-95 Miami Dolphins, 1996-2003 Philadelphia Eagles, 2004-06 Buffalo Bills, 2006 Washington Redskins
Picked off 47 passes for 711 yards and 3 TDs during 15-season career. Named All-Pro once and voted to five straight Pro Bowls. Played on five divison championship teams.

STEVE TASKER – ST/WR – 1985-86 Houston Oilers, 1986-1997 Buffalo Bills
Earned seven Pro Bowl invitations as a special teams player. Only person in NFL history to earn Pro Bowl MVP honors at that position (1993). All-Pro choice five times and All-AFC seven seasons.

CHUCK KNOX – 1973-77, 1992-94 Los Angeles Rams, 1978-1982 Buffalo Bills, 1983-1991 Seattle Seahawks
A three-time NFL coach of the Year and a four-time conference coach of the year recipient. Led teams to seven division championships and a 193-158-1 record in 22 seasons.

LOU SABAN – 1960-61 Boston Patriots, 1962-65, 1972-76 Buffalo Bills, 1967-1971 Denver Broncos
Two-time AFL Coach of the Year and led the Bills to back-to-back AFL championships (1964-65). Career record after 16 seasons, 97-101-7.

BILL POLIAN – Team President/General Manager – 1978-1982 Kansas City Chiefs, 1984-1992 Buffalo Bills, 1993-94 National Football League, 1995-97 Carolina Panthers, 1998-2011 Indianapolis Colts
Built three franchises into winners. In all, guided teams to 13 division titles, five conference championships, and one Super Bowl victory.


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Posted 11 September 2013 - 11:52 PM

Though I believe Tasker is the most deserving person on that list, Bill Polian is surely a sure thing to get in IMO.

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 03:55 AM

ANDRE REED!!!

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 04:55 AM

Andre Reed and Bill Polian. :thumbsup:

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 05:20 AM

View PostDibs, on 11 September 2013 - 11:52 PM, said:

Though I believe Tasker is the most deserving person on that list, Bill Polian is surely a sure thing to get in IMO.

I agree 100%, Polian needs to be in the HOF, look at what he built....in multple places

Reed's time is soon and Tasker deserves serious consideration (though he'll never make the final list) as the best special teams player ever and a guy who revolutionized the position.

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 06:16 AM

THEY'RE KILLING ME WHITEY!!!

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 06:38 AM

The full list is pretty imposing! There are a lot of deserving players back-logged now. I'm not sure Reed will ever make it at this point - can you really argue that if it comes down to Reed or Marvin Harrison, you would snub Harrison?

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 06:48 AM

this is Andre Reed's year....book it.

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 07:01 AM

View Postskibum, on 12 September 2013 - 06:38 AM, said:

The full list is pretty imposing! There are a lot of deserving players back-logged now. I'm not sure Reed will ever make it at this point - can you really argue that if it comes down to Reed or Marvin Harrison, you would snub Harrison?

The homer in me would have to give it to Reed. Plus, at least Andre never "allegedly" shot and killed someone. Sorry, had to go there. :rolleyes:

Tasker, Polian, Bennett, Hull, all deserving as well in my opinion.  Hell, I'd vote for pratically every Bill on the list.

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 07:11 AM

The fact that Reed and Smerlas aren't already enshrined is borderline criminal.  From the rest of the list, Washington, Bennett, Knox, and Polian should be no-brainers.  Tasker and Hull are also deserving; however Tasker's niche and Demonti Dawson's presence in Hull's career timeline unfortunately keeps both of them out.

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 07:18 AM

My argument for Tasker getting in has always been that they created a spot in the Pro Bowl for him.  Now that that the Pro Bowl has taken out Kickoffs, I wonder if people (voters) will even remember that.  I don't think he has a shot of getting in anyway, but aside from Andre I think he is the most deserving person on that list.

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 07:30 AM

Flutie?

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 07:34 AM

It'd be amazing if Polian and Reed got in in the same year.

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 07:36 AM

Ted Washington.   An all time underrated player.

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 07:38 AM

View PostCaptain Caveman, on 12 September 2013 - 07:18 AM, said:

My argument for Tasker getting in has always been that they created a spot in the Pro Bowl for him.  Now that that the Pro Bowl has taken out Kickoffs, I wonder if people (voters) will even remember that.  I don't think he has a shot of getting in anyway, but aside from Andre I think he is the most deserving person on that list.

He will never get in and this is a crime.  He changed ST's and played at a very high level for years.  Outside of Buffalo though you say his name and people may know him only for his announcing which is not so great.

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 07:49 AM

Reed has a shot over harrison as they may leave harrison out for a year cause of the shootings.  Maybe.

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 07:55 AM

View PostBuffaloBill, on 12 September 2013 - 07:38 AM, said:

He will never get in and this is a crime.  He changed ST's and played at a very high level for years.  Outside of Buffalo though you say his name and people may know him only for his announcing which is not so great.
May be he will get his shot with the Senior committee like Ray Guy is likely to get in this year.

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 07:59 AM

View PostDibs, on 11 September 2013 - 11:52 PM, said:

Though I believe Tasker is the most deserving person on that list, Bill Polian is surely a sure thing to get in IMO.

I think Tasker and Reed.  And Polian will get in but it should be next to Peyton.  But I do think Tasker will never get in and Reed is gaining steam.  He will be make it in the next couple of years.

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 08:42 AM

View PostTakeYouToTasker, on 12 September 2013 - 07:11 AM, said:

The fact that Reed and Smerlas aren't already enshrined is borderline criminal.  From the rest of the list, Washington, Bennett, Knox, and Polian should be no-brainers.  Tasker and Hull are also deserving; however Tasker's niche and Demonti Dawson's presence in Hull's career timeline unfortunately keeps both of them out.
It's "criminal" and a "no-brainer" that a team that never won a Super Bowl and already has 5 hall of famers from the 1990-93 teams (Kelly, Thurman, Bruce, Lofton and Levy) doesn't have 4 more (Reed, Bennett, Tasker and Hull)?  It's the hall of fame, not the hall of very good players.  Sorry but Reed is borderline, although personally I don't think he's a hall of famer and Bennett, Tasker and Hull will never sniff it, nor should they.  All very good players, don't get me wrong, but I'm not sure you understand the type of career required to make the hall of fame.  And also, dude, Fred Smerlas, hall of famer?

Edited by metzelaars_lives, 12 September 2013 - 08:45 AM.


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Posted 12 September 2013 - 08:47 AM

View Postmetzelaars_lives, on 12 September 2013 - 08:42 AM, said:

It's "criminal" and a "no-brainer" that a team that never won a Super Bowl and already has 5 hall of famers from the 1990-93 teams (Kelly, Thurman, Bruce, Lofton and Levy) doesn't have 4 more (Reed, Bennett, Tasker and Hull)?  It's the hall of fame, not the hall of very good players.  Sorry but Reed is borderline, although personally I don't think he's a hall of famer and Bennett, Tasker and Hull will never sniff it, nor should they.  All very good players, don't get me wrong, but I'm not sure you understand the type of career required to make the hall of fame.

I believe Tasker easily had the type of career required to make the hall of fame.  Unfortunately he played ST.