Posted February 01, 2014

Derrick Brooks, Michael Strahan, Andre Reed, others inducted into Hall of Fame

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Derrick Brooks was among a group of X inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. (Bob Rosato/SI)

Derrick Brooks was among a group of seven inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. (Bob Rosato/SI)

Derrick Brooks, Michael Strahan and Andre Reed headline a group of seven inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday night.

Walter Jones, Aeneas Williams, Claude Humphrey and Ray Guy were the other four inductees.

There were 17 finalists in all coming into Saturday’s vote. Here are the 10 who were not inducted:

Morten Andersen – Kicker

Jerome Bettis – Running Back

Tim Brown – Wide Receiver

Edward J. DeBartolo Jr. – Team Owner

Tony Dungy – Head Coach

Kevin Greene – Linebacker/Defensive End

Charles Haley – Defensive End/Linebacker

Marvin Harrison – Wide Receiver

John Lynch – Safety

Will Shields – Guard

17 comments
anon76
anon76

It still just staggers me that Terrell Davis can't even make it past the semi-final round.  The impact he had while he played is way beyond the guys that are getting in.  He had four healthy years, and in those four years he had 3 Pro Bowls, was a three time 1st Team All Pro, won two Offensive Player of the Year Awards, one NFL MVP award, and one Super Bowl MVP award.

Forget about the various OPOY and MVP awards- Jerome Bettis had 13 seasons and was only an All Pro selection 2 times!

In his career Davis played in 86 games (including playoffs) and he AVERAGED 101.7 yards per game.  The last RB inducted, Curtis Martin averaged 83.7 yards over 178 career games,  If you include yards rushing + yards receiving then Davis averaged 118.1 yards (and more than 1 TD) per game over his career.  Marshall Faulk (another HOF RB) averaged 107.8 rushing+passing yards in his 188 career games.

Davis' 1998 total of 2476 yards rushing still stands as the most by a running back in a single season (his 1997 total of 2331 yards is second), and his 3 TDs in SB XXXII is the most rushing in a single Super Bowl.

For four healthy years, Terrell Davis was the best running back in the NFL.  Thurman Thomas, Emmitt Smith, Barry Sanders, Marshall Faulk, and Curtis Martin all played during those years, they're all in the Hall, and during those four years Davis was better than all of them.

Football players can't control when they get injured, they can only do the best with the time that is given to them, and nobody who's in the Hall did more with their time than Terrell Davis.

OK
OK

Walter Jones, without question.

Derrick Brooks, of course.

Aeneas Williams, finally.

Claude Humphrey, see Williams.

Ray Guy, just to upset the stat geeks.


But not Strahan or Reed.


Instead, Will Shields, one of the best guards in the history of the game, and Marvin Harrison, even if it does take some of the sparkle away from Peter King's Boss in Denver.

steveh9801
steveh9801

Haley was abusive to the poor little media guys when they tried to interview him after games and would tell them to screw off. So now the little media guys get to keep him out of the HOF. Something is wrong with the process when a guy like Charles Haley goes up to the final ballet 5 times and is denied each time

John4
John4

Not electing Charles Haley to the Football HOF is pitiful.  Haley was a right DE for the 49ers and later the Cowboys for a decade.  (His return to the 49ers after retirement does not count).  For a decade he was a force.  He was typically outweighed by the opposing tackle by 50 - 70 lbs, but Haley was NEVER outmanned.  He was simply a team leader for a decade.  And what great teams they were.  Two SBs with the 49ers and three with the Cowboys for a total of 5 SBs.  Note that he is the ONLY player in NFL HISTORY to have 5 rings.  Look at the tape of him.  A great defender against the run AND pass.  Charles Haley belongs in the NFL Hall of Fame.  No doubt about it.  


Congratulations to those elected.  Very deserving players.  

Sportsfan18
Sportsfan18

Reed was a great wide out, but he was not better than Harrison.


The NFL does NOT count character etc... like the MLB HOF does.


Reed receptions  951

Harrison receptions  1,102 (3rd all time)


Reed TD catches  87

Harrison TD catches  128


Reed fumbles   25

Harrison fumbles  12


Now, I DO think Reed deserves to be in the HOF.  But when both of these receivers are on the ballet together like this year, you gotta vote for the best receiver and then wait until next year to vote for Reed, provided he's the best receiver on the ballet.



NoQNoSuperBowl
NoQNoSuperBowl

Seems like the hall of fame voters didn't care much what Warren Sapp thought.

KristinDiggins
KristinDiggins

Andre Reed over guys like Bettis, Tim Brown and Charles Haley?  Wow.

DavidHarte
DavidHarte

Haley in his prime was so much better than Strahan.


The real question is how Roger Craig is not in the Hall.  Montan, Rice & Lott need to step up for that man.  They would not have their rings without him.


John02169
John02169

As much as I hated the Raiders, Ray Guy was the best punter I have seen.

Boogieman1281
Boogieman1281

Good to see (especially) Ray Guy and Andre Reed finally make it.  

MarkBritten
MarkBritten

Hope to see Andersen inducted one day.

ScottWarren
ScottWarren

@KristinDiggins Yes, yes, and, well, I've got nothing in reply to your #3 (Haley should've been in long ago). See my post from a few minutes after yours about Reed.  AFC East (non-Bills) fans absolutely hated Reed, especially Dolphins fans.  Why?  Because they knew how destructive he was.

Ramon Solis
Ramon Solis

Andre Reed helped pave the way for today's throw first NFL. The bills ran the ball 50/50 vs pass.