CANTON, OHIO – Four first-yeareligible nominees – Derrick Brooks, Tony Dungy, Marvin Harrison, and WalterJones – are among the 15 modern-era finalists who will be considered forelection to the Pro Football Hall of Fame when the Hall's Selection Committeemeets in New York City on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014.
Joining the first-year eligibles, are 10other modern-era players and a contributor. The 15 modern-era finalists, alongwith the two senior nominees announced in August 2013 (former Oakland/LosAngeles Raiders punter, Ray Guy and Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eaglesdefensive end Claude Humphrey) will be the only candidates considered for Hallof Fame election when the 46-member Selection Committee meets.
The 15 modern-era finalists were determinedby a vote of the Hall's Selection Committee from a list of 126 nominees thatearlier was reduced to a list of 25 semifinalists, during the multi-step,year-long selection process. Guy and Humphrey were selected as seniorcandidates by the Hall of Fame's Seniors Committee. The Seniors Committeereviews the qualifications of those players whose careers ended more than 25years ago.
To be elected a finalist must receive aminimum positive vote of 80 percent.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame SelectionCommittee's 17 finalists (15 modern-era and two senior nominees*) with theirpositions, teams, and years active follow:
Although they have been nominees inprevious years, this is the first time that Morten Andersen and John Lynch havebeen finalists.
YEARS OF ELIGIBILITY
To be eligible for election, modern-eraplayers and coaches must have last played or coached more than five seasonsago. Contributors need not be retired.
Brooks, Dungy, Harrison, and Jones are intheir first year of eligibility. Andersen, Lynch, and Strahan are in theirsecond year of eligibility. Shields is in his third year of eligibility andBettis is in his fourth. This is the fifth year of eligibility for Brown andWilliams, the ninth for Reed. Greene and Haley have both been eligible for 10years. Senior nominee Guy has been eligible for 23 years and Humphrey 28 years.Since contributors need not be retired to be eligible, there is no specificyear of eligibility for DeBartolo.
SELECTION MEETINGAND ANNOUNCEMENT
DavidBaker, the recently named president/executive director of the Hall of Fame willoversee his first meeting of the Hall of Fame Selection Committee on Saturday,February 1, 2014, in New York City when the committee meets to elect the Classof 2014. For the first time, the Hall of Fame's newest class of enshrinees willbe introduced during the "3rd Annual NFL Honors" show, a two-hour primetimeawards show airing nationally that night at 8 PM ET/PT on FOX.
At the 2014 selection meeting, theselectors will thoroughly discuss the careers of each finalist. Although thereis no set number for any class of enshrinees, the Pro Football Hall of Fame'scurrent ground rules stipulate that between four and seven new members will beselected each year. No more than five modern-era nominees can be elected in agiven year and thus a class of six or seven can only be achieved if one or bothsenior nominees (Ray Guy and/or Claude Humphrey) are elected. Representativesof the accounting firm Deloitte & Touche will tabulate all votes during themeeting.
CLASS OF 2014 17FINALISTS
Kicker … 6-2, 218 … Michigan State…1982-1994 New Orleans Saints, 1995-2000, 2006-07 Atlanta Falcons, 2001 New YorkGiants, 2002-03 Kansas City Chiefs, 2004 Minnesota Vikings … 25 seasons, 382games … Selected by Saints in 4th round (86th player overall) of 1982 draft …Began career in strike-shortened 1982 season … Scored more than 90 points in 22seasons … Topped 100-point total 14 times in career … First 100-plus season,1985, connected on 31 of 35 field goals, 27 extra point conversions, for 120points, earning first of seven Pro Bowl selections … Also named All-Pro fivetimes … After 13 years with Saints and ranking as team's all-time leadingscorer, joined the Falcons in 1995 … Became Falcons career scoring leader …Spectacular 1995 season, scored a career-high 122 points, including thenNFL-record for most 50-yard field goals in season (8) … Dec. 10, 1995, becamefirst kicker to convert three field goals of 50 yards or longer in single game… Set NFL records for career points (2,544), most fieldgoals (565), games played (382) … His 40 field goals of 50-plus yards most inNFL history at retirement … Named to two NFL All-Decade Teams (1980s and 1990s)... Converted 565 of 709 field goal attempts, 849 of 859 point-after-attempts …Led NFL in field goals, 1987 … Led NFC in scoring, 1992 and topped allconference kickers in most field goals in 1985, 1987, and 1995 …Born August 19,1960 in Struer, Denmark.
Running Back … 5-11, 243 … Notre Dame …1993-95 Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, 1996-2005 Pittsburgh Steelers … 13 seasons,192 games … Selected by Rams in 1st round (10th player overall) of 1993 draft …Earned Rookie of Year honors ... Finished rookie season with seventh bestrookie rushing total in league history... As rookie finished second in rushingyards and third in total yards from scrimmage ... First Rams rookie to rush for1,000 yards since Eric Dickerson, 1983 … Rams leading rusher 1993-95 … Steelersleading rusher 1996-2001, 2003-04 … Steelers leader in total yards fromscrimmage, 1996-2001 … His fifty 100-plus yard games ranks 1st in Steelershistory … At time of retirement, his eight 1,000-plus yard seasons was tied forthird-best in NFL history and his 13,662 ranked fifth all-time in careerrushing yards … Ranked 19th all-time in combined net yards at time ofretirement … Voted to Pro Bowl six times: 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2005 …Named All-Pro in 1993 (AP, PFWA), 1996 (AP); All-Pro Second Team 1997 (AP);All-NFC 1993 (UPI, PW); All-AFC 1996 (UPI, PW), 1997 (PW) … Born February 16,1972 in Detroit, Michigan.
Linebacker … 6-0, 232 … Florida State …1995-2008 Tampa Bay Buccaneers … 14 seasons, 224 games … Selected by Buccaneersin 1st round (28th player overall) of 1995 NFL Draft ... Never missed gameduring 14-season career … Started all but three games rookie season ... Nevermissed a start for remainder of career ... Earned All-Rookie honors afterfinishing second on team with 80 tackles … In 1997, led Bucs to firstpostseason appearance since 1981 ... Topped team with 182 total tackles, 1.5sacks, two interceptions, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and 10 passesdefensed, earned first of 11 Pro Bowl selections ... With Brooks, Bucs led NFLin total defense twice (2002 and 2005) and topped NFC five times (1998, 1999,2002, 2005, 2007) during his career … Named NFL's Defensive Player of the Year,2002 when he again led Tampa Bay with 173 tackles, career-high fiveinterceptions (three returned for TDs), 15 passes defensed, one fumblerecovery, one sack ... Was a major contributor in the Bucs' victory in SuperBowl XXXVII where he had three tackles, one pass defensed, one interceptionreturned 44 yards for a TD against the Oakland Raiders … Six-time All-Pro choice,named All-NFC eight times … Selected to the NFL's All-Decade Team of the 2000s… Born April 18, 1973 in Pensacola, Florida.
Wide Receiver/Kick Returner/Punt Returner …6-0, 195 … Notre Dame … 1988-2003 Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders, 2004 Tampa BayBuccaneers … 17 seasons, 255 games … Heisman Trophy Winner … Selected byRaiders in 1st round (6th player overall) of 1988 draft … As rookie led NFL inkickoff returns, return yards, and yards per return average … Led NFL inreceptions, 1997 … Set Raiders franchise records for receptions, receivingyards, and punt return yards … At time of retirement his 14,934 receiving yardswere second-highest total in NFL history; 1,094 receptions were 3rd; and 100touchdown catches were tied for 3rd … Also gained 190 rushing yards; 3,320 puntreturn yards, 3 fumble return yards; 1,235 kickoff return yards … Total of19,682 combined net yards, 5th all-time at time of retirement … Scored 105total touchdowns (100 receiving, 1 rushing, 3 punt returns, 1 kickoff return) …Voted to Pro Bowl nine times, 1989 and 1992 as kick returner, 1994-98, 2000 and2002 as a receiver … All-Pro choice as a kick returner, 1988 … All-Pro widereceiver, 1997 … Was named All-AFC as a kick returner, 1988, punt returner,1991, and wide receiver, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997 … Born July 22, 1966 in Dallas,Texas.
EDWARD J.DEBARTOLO, JR.
Owner … Notre Dame … 1977-2000 SanFrancisco 49ers … Purchased 49ers in 1977 with vision to create top-notchorganization, on and off field … Known as a "players' owner," ledfranchise to unprecedented winning during tenure … In 1979, hired Bill Walsh asteam's head coach, drafted quarterback Joe Montana, and created atmosphereconducive to winning … Fortunes of franchise changed soon thereafter … In 1981,49ers finished 13-3 to claim NFC Western Division title and won hard foughtplayoff battles with New York Giants, Dallas Cowboys and capped the year with athrilling 26-21 victory over Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl XVI … DeBartoloinfused team roster with talent that resulted in San Francisco enjoying amazingstring of winning seasons … Team averaged 13 wins per season, includingplayoffs, during a span from 1981 to 1998 (not including strike-shortened 1982season). During DeBartolo's ownership team claimed 13 division titles, made 16playoff appearances, advanced to NFC championship game 10 times, and was firstfranchise ever to win five Super Bowls (XVI, XIX, XXIII, XXIV, XXIX) …Franchise posted the best winning percentage in NFL in both the decades of the1980s and 1990s … Was named NFL Man of the Year by Football News, 1989 as thenation's top sports executive … DeBartolo was also highly respected inside NFLcircles and served on league's realignment and expansion committees … BornNovember 6, 1946 in Youngstown, Ohio.
Head Coach … Minnesota …. 1996-2001 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2002-08 IndianapolisColts … 13 seasons … Assistant coach with PittsburghSteelers (1981-88), Kansas City Chiefs (1989-1991), and Minnesota Vikings(1992-95) … Took over Bucs team in 1996 that had suffered 12 double-digit lossseasons in previous 13 years ... By second season, team finished 10-6 andearned playoff berth … Two seasons later, in 1999, Bucs posted 11-5 record andclinched franchise's first divisional title since 1981 … After six seasons inTampa Bay, that included four trips to the playoffs, Dungy was relieved of hisduties. Eight days after dismissal was hired by Indianapolis … During Dungy'sseven years as Indy's head coach, Colts posted 12 or more wins in every seasonexcept his first when they finished 10-6 … Indianapolis claimed five divisionaltitles, advanced to the playoffs every year of Dungy's tenure … Guided Colts toAFC South Division title (2006) and capped season with win over New England Patriotsin AFC championship game and victory over Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI …First African American head coach ever to win a Super Bowl … Overall record ashead coach, 148-79-0 … Posted .668 winning percentage in the regular season(139-69-0) ... Born October 6, 1955 in Jackson, Michigan.
Linebacker/Defensive End … 6-3, 247 …Auburn … 1985-1992 Los Angeles Rams, 1993-95 Pittsburgh Steelers, 1996, 1998-99Carolina Panthers, 1997 San Francisco 49ers … 15 seasons, 228 games … Selectedby Rams in 5th round (113th player overall) in 1985 draft ... Played primarilyon special teams as rookie, only season he didn't register a sack … Did nothave any starts in second season, but played in all 16 games and managed sevensacks … Added 6.5 sacks in 1987 and by fourth season was bona fide pass rusherfor Rams, registering career-high 16.5 sacks, including career-best 4.5 sacksin win over 49ers in season finale that clinched playoff spot for Rams …Following year matched his 16.5 sacks total … Had double-digit sack totals 10times, second in record book at the time … Only time missed recording 10 sacksin any of last eight seasons was 1995 when he had team-leading nine sacks forSteelers … Named to Pro Bowl five times (once with the Rams, twice with Steelersand Panthers) … Selected first-team All-Pro, 1989 with Rams, 1994 withPittsburgh and 1996 with Carolina… Captured league sack title twice, 1994 and1996 … A member of NFL's All-Decade Team of 1990s … Played in six conferencechampionship games and one Super Bowl … Led team in sacks 11 times and amassed160 total sacks, third all-time at time of retirement … Also had threesafeties, 26 opponent fumble recoveries, and five interceptions … Born July 31,1962 in New York, New York.
Punter…6-3, 195 … Southern Mississippi … 1973-1986 Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders … 14seasons, 207 games … All-America, nation's top collegiate punter, 1972 … Firstpunter ever to be selected in first round of draft, picked by Raiders (23rdplayer overall), 1973 … Became impact player from very first game as a rookie …Averaged under 40 yards only one season in NFL career … Had best average (45.3yards) as rookie … Led NFL in punting, 1974, 1975, 1977 … Had only three of1,049 punts blocked … Career average was 42.4 yards … Had 619 punts without ablock, 1979-1986 … Veteran of 22 postseason games, adding 111 punts for 42.4average … All-Pro six straight seasons, 1973-78 … All-AFC seven times …Played in seven Pro Bowls, including six straight from 1974 to 1979… Played inseven AFC championship games … Member of Raiders victories in Super Bowls XI,XV, XVIII … Three-game totals: 14 punts, 41.9-yard average … Had 77 puntsinside 20-yard line, 1984-86 … First punter to hit Louisiana Superdomescoreboard, 1977 Pro Bowl … Doubled as Raiders' emergency quarterback withstrong accurate passing arm … Born December 22, 1949, in Swainsboro, Georgia.
Defensive End/Linebacker … 6-5, 242 … JamesMadison … 1986-1991, 1999 San Francisco 49ers, 1992-96 Dallas Cowboys … 12seasons, 169 games … Selected by 49ers in 4th round (96th player overall) in1986 draft … Only player in NFL history to play on five winning Super Bowlteams (XXIII, XXIV, XXVII, XXVIII, XXX) … Began career at linebacker and led49ers in sacks in each of first six seasons … Recorded four double-digit sacktotals with 49ers including 12 as rookie and career-high 16 in 1990 … Moved todefensive end after trade to Dallas … Added two more double-digit sack seasons,1994, 1995 … Suffered serious back injury, limited to just five games, 1996 …Retired after undergoing surgery … After a two-year hiatus, signed with 49ersas backup defensive end for two playoff games in 1998 … In 1999 came back forfinal season, added three sacks to finish career with 100.5 … Twice named NFCDefensive Player of the Year (1990, 1994), voted to five Pro Bowls, namedAll-Pro twice, once as linebacker, once as defensive end … Played in six NFCchampionship games over seven seasons … Starting at left outside linebacker in49ers 1988, 1989, 1990 championship games; at right defensive end in Cowboys'1992, 1993, 1994 conference championships … Member of 10 division championshipteams during his 12 seasons … Born January 6, 1964 in Gladys, Virginia.
Wide Receiver … 6-0, 181 … Syracuse …1996-2008 Indianapolis Colts … 13 seasons, 190 games … Selected in 1st round(19th player overall) in 1996 … Colts obtained pick in trade with Falcons inexchange for QB Jeff George …. Earned All-Rookie honors and led the Colts inreceptions (64), receiving yards (836) and total touchdowns (8) … Had three-TDgame against the Chiefs as a rookie … Matched that three-touchdown effort eightmore times during career ... Breakout season in 1999 … Teamed with QBPeyton Manning, he racked up 115 receptions for league-leading 1,663 yards and12 TDs … Had remarkable string of eight straight years with 1,000-plus yardsreceiving, 10 or more touchdowns … Best season may have been 2002 when heshattered NFL single-season record for receptions (143) and had career-high 1,722 yards and 11 TDs ... In 2004 tied career-high for touchdownsin season with 15 (he set the mark in 2001) ... Major factor in Colts' march toSuper Bowl XLI where team defeated Chicago Bears 29-17 … Member of NFL'sAll-Decade Team of 2000s, retired following 2008 season with 1,102 careerreceptions, 14,580 yards and 128 touchdowns ... Eight-time Pro Bowl selection …Finished second to Jerry Rice in league annals in career receptions, mostconsecutive games with a reception (190) and most career 100-yard games (59)... Yardage total ranked him fourth all-time and career TDs (128) ninth onall-time list at time of his retirement ... A six-time All-Pro, eight-timeAll-AFC selection ... Born August 25, 1972 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Defensive End … 6-4, 252 … Tennessee State… 1968-1978 (1975 inj. res.) Atlanta Falcons, 1979-1981 Philadelphia Eagles …14 seasons, 171 games … Falcons' first-round pick (3rd player overall) in 1968draft … Recorded 11.5 sacks as rookie … Named National Football LeagueDefensive Rookie of the Year, 1968 … Although not official NFL stat until afterhe retired, Humphrey is credited with 122 career quarterback sacks … Highlyeffective pass rusher, led team in sacks nine of 13 seasons … Earned first-teamAll-Pro in 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1977 … Second-team All-NFL/All-Pro 1969,1970, 1971, 1974, 1976, 1977 … Selected to play in six Pro Bowls … Extremelydurable, missed just two games prior to season-ending knee injury in 1975 …Rebounded with career-best 15 sacks in 1976 and was named team Most ValuablePlayer … Traded to Eagles in 1979 for two fourth-round picks following a brief "retirement"… In first year with Eagles, finished second in sacks and his 31 quarterback"hurries" were a team best … In 1980, team high 14.5 sacks helped Eaglesadvance as NFC champions to Super Bowl XV … Career stats include twointerceptions, a fumble recovery for TD, and two safeties … Born June 29, 1944at Memphis, Tennessee.
Tackle … 6-5, 300 … Holmes Comm. College(MS); Florida State … 1997-2008 Seattle Seahawks … 12 seasons, 180 games …Drafted in 1st round (6th player overall) of 1997 NFL Draft … Seahawks traded up to select Jones as sixth overall pick … Ability onfootball field was evident from start ... Earned starting left tackle spotduring rookie training camp, named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month inOctober, and a consensus pick for multiple all-rookie teams ... Providedblindside protection for quarterback Warren Moon as Seahawks topped NFL intotal passing yards that season … Following 1999 season, Jones became firstoffensive lineman in Seahawks history elected to Pro Bowl … First ofteam-record nine All-Star nods ... In 2001 was recognized with first selectionas first-team All-Pro ... Highlights included Jones and line mates openingholes for Shaun Alexander's 266-yard day that, at time, was fourth highestsingle-game rushing total in NFL history... Earned All-Pro honors five moretimes (2002, 2004-07) ... A team leader, Jones was integral part of Alexander'sMVP season in 2005 … Jones helped his running back chalk up a franchise-recordand league-high 1,880 yards while establishing the then NFL mark for touchdownsin a season (28) as Seattle led the NFL in scoring with 452 points … Jones'team-record 10 playoff starts included 2005 NFC Championship Game and SuperBowl XL ... Named to NFL's All-Decade Team of the 2000s … Born January 19, 1974in Aliceville, Alabama.
Safety … 6-2, 214 … Stanford … 1993-2003Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2004-07 Denver Broncos … 15 seasons, 224 games … Selected by Bucs in the 3rd round (82nd player overall) of 1993 NFL Draft …Was vital addition to Bucs defense that soon dominated NFL … Earned permanentstarting role in fourth pro season, racked up more than 100 tackles and tiedcareer-high with three interceptions … From that point forward, was anchor ofsecondary on a defense that perennially ranked among NFL's best ... Voted tofirst of nine Pro Bowl following 1997 season … Earned first-team All-Prorecognition three straight years (1999-2001) … In 2002, was integral part ofBuccaneers' championship season capped with franchise's first Super Bowl title… Contributed 96 tackles (50 solo), three interceptions, and 12 passes defensedas Bucs finished 12-4 ... In postseason added five tackles in divisionalplayoff, six tackles in championship game and one tackle and pass defensed inSuper Bowl XXXVII victory ... Signed as free agent with Denver in 2004 … Playedfinal four seasons of 15-year career in Denver ... Helped lead Broncos toconference championship game in second season … That year recorded career-highfour sacks, intercepted two passes, forced four fumbles, and racked up 69tackles ... Added three solo tackles, one assist, one pass defensed in 1995 AFCChampionship Game ... In all, recorded 26 interceptions, returned for 204yards, 13 sacks, and more than 1,000 tackles ... Credited with 90 or moretackles in a season nine times ... Born September 25, 1971 in Hinsdale, Illinois.
Wide Receiver … 6-2, 190 … Kutztown …1985-1999 Buffalo Bills, 2000 Washington Redskins … 16 seasons, 234 games …Selected by Buffalo in 4th round (86th player overall) of 1985 NFL Draft … Mostprolific receiver in Buffalo Bills history … His 941 career receptions stillBills record and 266 more than number two on that list … His 13,095 careerreception yardage, 36 games with 100-plus receiving yards, and 15 catches in agame are current team records … Known for his "yards after catch" … His 951career receptions were third all-time in NFL history at the time of hisretirement … His 13 seasons, including nine consecutive, with 50-plus receptionswas exceeded only by Jerry Rice at time of Reed's retirement … Reed is tiedwith Bills running back Thurman Thomas for team best career touchdowns (87),most on passes from Jim Kelly … Kelly-Reed tandem held NFL record for careerreceptions (663) until 2004 when eclipsed by Peyton Manning to Marvin Harrison… Known for toughness as he made most of his receptions over the middle … Afour-time All-AFC choice and three-time All-NFL second-team, was selected toplay in seven consecutive Pro Bowls (1989-1995) … Added an additional 85catches for 1,229 yards, including five 100-yard games in postseason play …Born January 29, 1964 in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
Guard … 6-3, 320 … Nebraska … 1993-2006Kansas City Chiefs … 14 seasons, 224 games … Selected by Chiefs in 3rd round(74th player overall) of 1993 draft … Placed into lineup in first NFL gameafter starting left guard suffered injury … Next week was inserted as startingright guard … Started every game from that point through retirement … Nevermissed a game during 14-season career, 224 games played, 223 starts arefranchise records … As rookie helped Chiefs to an 11-5-0 mark and AFC WesternDivision crown, first division title for team since 1971 … Chiefs won fourdivision titles and made six playoff appearances during Shields' career …Earned 12 straight Pro Bowl berths … Named first-team All-Pro in 1999, 2002,and 2003, picked as second-team All-Pro four times … Was All-AFC seven timesincluding each of final six seasons … Chiefs led NFL in total yards gained in2004 and 2005 and topped AFC in that category in 2003 … Led NFL in pointsscored in 2002 and 2003 highlighted by running back Priest Holmes' then-record27 rushing touchdowns in '03 … In 1994, Chiefs offensive line established afranchise record allowing a mere 19 sacks … A member of the NFL's All-DecadeTeam of the 2000s … Joined Hall of Fame linebacker Derrick Thomas in 1999 asonly active players named to Chiefs' 40th Anniversary Team … Born September 15,1971 in Fort Riley, Kansas.
Defensive End … 6-5, 255 … Texas Southern …1993-2007 New York Giants … 15 seasons, 216 games … Selected in 2nd round (40thplayer overall) in 1993 draft … Dominant pass rusher and also excellent atdefending the run … Recorded 141.5 career sacks … Had 38 multi-sack gamesduring career … Registered double-digit sack totals six times duringnine-season span, 1997-2005 … Suffered torn pectoral muscle in 2004 butrebounded following season by starting all 16 games and amassing 11.5 sacks … Namedfirst-team All-Pro five times (1997, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2005) … All-NFC fiveseasons … Voted to seven Pro Bowls … Set NFL single-season sack record with22.5 sacks, 2001 … Also won NFL sack title in 2003 with 18.5 sacks … Namedunanimous NFL Defensive Player of the Year, 2001 … Started at left defensiveend in two NFC championship game wins, two Super Bowls … Recorded two tackles,one assisted tackle, one sack and one pass defensed in Giants' 17-14 win overPatriots in Super Bowl XLII, his last NFL game … Selected to the NFL'sAll-Decade Team of the 2000s … Born November 21, 1971 in Houston, Texas.
Cornerback/Safety … 5-11, 194 … SouthernUniversity … 1991-2000 Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals, 2001-04 St. Louis Rams … 14seasons, 211 games … Selected in the 3rd round (59th player overall) of 1991NFL Draft … One of finest defensive backs ever … Starred at cornerback forfirst 12 years of career before moving to safety … Earned Pro Bowl nods at bothpositions, seven times at cornerback and once as safety … Had first career pickand four deflected passes in NFL debut … Finished year tied for mostinterceptions in NFC with six, also recorded 17 passes defensed, 48 tackles …Named NFC Defensive Rookie of the Year by NFL Players Association … Earned ProBowl nod and All-NFC acclaim for first time in 1994 when he added anotherconference interception title with career-high nine interceptions … Namedfirst-team All-NFC 1995, 1996, 1997, and 2001 … Selected to NFL's All-DecadeTeam 1990s … Recorded interception in every season but last and had five ormore picks in a season six times … Led Cardinals in interceptions seven timesand Rams leading interceptor in 2003 … In all, registered 55 interceptions for807 yards … His nine pick-sixes tied him for second all-time at time ofretirement … Shared NFL record for longest fumble return in upset victory overRedskins Nov. 5, 2000, 104 yards for a TD … Recorded interception in recordfour straight postseason games during span from 1998 to 2001 … Started at leftcornerback for St. Louis in 2001 NFC Championship Game and Super Bowl XXXVI …Born January 29, 1968 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
IFELECTED … SPECIAL NOTES ON 2014 FINALISTS
THE ROSTER OF HALLOF FAME MEMBERS COULD
INCREASE FOR 14 NFLTEAMS
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have threefinalists who spent a significant part of their careers with the team. The Atlanta Falcons, Indianapolis Colts, Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders, and SanFrancisco 49ers, have two finalists who spent a significant part of theircareers with the team. The Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, Dallas Cowboys,Kansas City Chiefs, New Orleans Saints, New York Giants, Pittsburgh Steelers,St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams, and Seattle Seahawks each have one finalist whospent all or a significant part of their careers with that team. From thisyear's list six players and one owner – Brooks, Guy, Harrison, Jones, Shields,Strahan and DeBartolo, Jr. – spent their entire NFL career with just one team.
If elected …
Morten Andersen and/or ClaudeHumphrey would be second and/or third Atlanta Falcons elected to the Hallof Fame. Deion Sanders is the only other Hall of Famer who played asignificant part of his career with the Falcons.
Morten Andersen would also be thefourth longtime member of the New Orleans Saints to be elected. Other Saints inthe Hall of Fame include Jim Finks, Rickey Jackson, and Willie Roaf.
Jerome Bettis would be the 21stlongtime Pittsburgh Steelers member elected to the Hall of Fame. Other SteelersHall of Famers include Mel Blount, Terry Bradshaw, Jack Butler, DermonttiDawson, Bill Dudley, Joe Greene, Jack Ham, Franco Harris, John Henry Johnson,Walt Kiesling, Jack Lambert, Bobby Layne, Chuck Noll, Art Rooney, Dan Rooney,John Stallworth, Ernie Stautner, Lynn Swann, Mike Webster, and Rod Woodson.
Derrick Brooks, Tony Dungy and/or JohnLynch would be the third, fourth and/or fifth Tampa Bay Buccaneer electedto the Hall of Fame. Warren Sapp and Lee Roy Selmon are the other previouslyelected Buccaneers.
Tony Dungy and/or MarvinHarrison would be the 12th and/or 13th members of theIndianapolis/Baltimore Colts elected to the Hall of Fame. They would joinRaymond Berry, Eric Dickerson, Art Donovan, Weeb Ewbank, Marshall Faulk, TedHendricks, John Mackey, Gino Marchetti, Lenny Moore, Jim Parker, and JohnnyUnitas.
Tim Brown and/or Ray Guywould be the 14th and/or 15th Oakland/Los Angeles Raider elected to the Hall ofFame. They would join Marcus Allen, Fred Biletnikoff, George Blanda, WillieBrown, Dave Casper, Al Davis, Mike Haynes, Ted Hendricks, Howie Long, JohnMadden, Jim Otto, Art Shell, and Gene Upshaw.
Edward DeBartolo, Jr. and/or CharlesHaley would be the 14th and/or 15th member of the San Francisco 49erselected to the Hall of Fame. They would join 13 other 49ers Hall of Famemembers including Fred Dean, Jimmy Johnson, Ronnie Lott, Hugh McElhenny, JoeMontana, Leo Nomellini, Joe Perry, Jerry Rice, Bob St. Clair, Y.A. Tittle, BillWalsh, Dave Wilcox, and Steve Young.
Charles Haley would also be the15th Dallas Cowboys elected to the Hall of Fame. Troy Aikman, Larry Allen, TonyDorsett, Bob Hayes, Michael Irvin, Tom Landry, Bob Lilly, Mel Renfro, DeionSanders, Tex Schramm, Emmitt Smith, Roger Staubach, Randy White, and RayfieldWright are the current Cowboys Hall of Fame members.
Kevin Greene would become the16th longtime St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams member elected to the Hall of Fame. Hewould join 15 previously elected Rams Hall of Famers including George Allen,Eric Dickerson, Marshall Faulk, Tom Fears, Elroy Hirsch, Deacon Jones, TomMack, Ollie Matson, Merlin Olsen, Dan Reeves, Les Richter, Jackie Slater, NormVan Brocklin, Bob Waterfield, and Jack Youngblood.
Walter Jones would be just thethird Seattle Seahawk elected to the Hall of Fame. He would join CortezKennedy and Steve Largent.
Andre Reed would be the 9thBuffalo Bills Hall of Fame member. He would join Joe DeLamielleure, Jim Kelly,Marv Levy, Billy Shaw, O.J. Simpson, Bruce Smith, Thurman Thomas, and RalphWilson, Jr.
Will Shields would be the 11thlongtime member of the Kansas City Chiefs to be elected. He would join BobbyBell, Buck Buchanan, Curley Culp, Len Dawson, Lamar Hunt, Willie Lanier, JanStenerud, Hank Stram, Derrick Thomas, and Emmitt Thomas.
Michael Strahan would be the 20thlongtime New York Giants member elected to the Hall of Fame. He would joinMorris "Red" Badgro, Roosevelt Brown, Harry Carson, Benny Friedman, FrankGifford, Mel Hein, Sam Huff, Alphonse "Tuffy" Leemans, Tim Mara, WellingtonMara, Steve Owen, Bill Parcells, Andy Robustelli, Ken Strong, Fran Tarkenton,Lawrence Taylor, Y.A. Tittle, Emlen Tunnell, and Arnie Weinmeister.
Aeneas Williams would be the 12thmember of the Cardinals (Chicago/St. Louis/Phoenix/Arizona) franchise to beelected to the Hall of Fame. Cardinals in the Hall of Fame include CharlesBidwill, Jimmy Conzelman, Dan Dierdorf, John "Paddy" Driscoll, Dick "NightTrain" Lane, Ollie Matson, Ernie Nevers, Jackie Smith, Charley Trippi, RogerWehrli, and Larry Wilson.
THE MODERN-ERAPOSITION ROSTER WILL CHANGE AFTER
(The Modern-Era is defined as a majority ofan enshrinee's career occurred after
If elected …
Morten Andersen will be just thesecond modern-era kicker elected to the Hall of Fame. Jan Stenerud is the onlyother Hall of Famer who played exclusively as a kicker.
Ray Guy would be the firstmodern-era player to play exclusively as a punter to be elected to the Hall ofFame.
Will Shields would become the15th modern-era guard elected to the Hall of Fame. He would join Larry Allen(also T), Joe DeLamielleure, Russ Grimm, John Hannah, Gene Hickerson, StanJones (also T-DT), Larry Little, Tom Mack, Bruce Matthews (also C-T), RandallMcDaniel, Mike Munchak, Jim Parker (also T), Billy Shaw, and Gene Upshaw.
Walter Jones would become the21st modern-era tackle to earn election into the Hall of Fame. Other Hall ofFame tackles include Bob Brown, Roosevelt Brown, Lou Creekmur (also G), DanDierdorf, Forrest Gregg (also G), Lou Groza (also PK), Stan Jones (also G-DT),Bruce Matthews (also G-C), Mike McCormack, Ron Mix, Anthony Muñoz, JonathanOgden, Jim Parker (also G), Willie Roaf, Bob St. Clair, Art Shell, Jackie Slater,Rayfield Wright, Ron Yary, and Gary Zimmerman.
Jerome Bettis would be the 30thmodern-era running back elected to the Hall of Fame. The other modern-erarunning backs in the Hall of Fame include Marcus Allen, Jim Brown, EarlCampbell, Larry Csonka, Eric Dickerson, Tony Dorsett, Marshall Faulk, FrankGifford, Franco Harris, Paul Hornung, John Henry Johnson, Leroy Kelly, FloydLittle, Curtis Martin, Ollie Matson, Hugh McElhenny, Lenny Moore, MarionMotley, Walter Payton, Joe Perry, John Riggins, Barry Sanders, Gale Sayers,O.J. Simpson, Emmitt Smith, Jim Taylor, Thurman Thomas, Charley Trippi, andDoak Walker.
Tim Brown (also KR/PR),and/or Marvin Harrison, and/or Andre Reed, would be the 23rd,24th and/or 25th modern-era receivers in the Hall of Fame. Other Hall of Famemodern-era receivers include Lance Alworth, Raymond Berry, Fred Biletnikoff,Cris Carter, Tom Fears, Bob Hayes, Elroy Hirsch (also HB), Michael Irvin,Charlie Joiner, Steve Largent, Dante Lavelli, James Lofton, Don Maynard, TommyMcDonald, Bobby Mitchell (also HB), Art Monk, Pete Pihos, Jerry Rice, JohnStallworth, Lynn Swann, Charley Taylor (also HB), and Paul Warfield.
Edward DeBartolo, Jr. would be the 20thcontributor inducted into the Hall of Fame. He would join Bert Bell, CharlesBidwill, Joe Carr, Al Davis, Jim Finks, George Halas, Lamar Hunt, Earl "Curly"Lambeau, Tim Mara, Wellington Mara, George Preston Marshall, Hugh "Shorty" Ray,Dan Reeves, Art Rooney, Dan Rooney, Pete Rozelle, Ed Sabol, Tex Schramm, andRalph Wilson, Jr..
Derrick Brooks, and/or KevinGreene (also DE) and/or Charles Haley would be the 24th and/or 25thand/or 26th modern-era Hall of Fame linebacker(s) joining Chuck Bednarik (alsoC) Bobby Bell (also DE), Nick Buoniconti, Dick Butkus, Harry Carson, George Connor(also DT-T), Bill George, Jack Ham, Chris Hanburger, Ted Hendricks, Sam Huff,Rickey Jackson (also DE), Jack Lambert, Willie Lanier, Ray Nitschke, LesRichter, Dave Robinson, Joe Schmidt, Mike Singletary, Lawrence Taylor, DerrickThomas, Andre Tippett, and Dave Wilcox.
Charles Haley (also LB) and/orClaude Humphrey and/or Michael Strahan would become the 18th and/or19th, and/or 20th modern-era defensive end(s) to be elected to the Hall ofFame. Other Hall of Fame defensive ends are Doug Atkins, Elvin Bethea, WillieDavis, Fred Dean, Richard Dent, Chris Doleman (also LB), Carl Eller, Len Ford,Dan Hampton (also DT), Deacon Jones, Howie Long, Gino Marchetti, AndyRobustelli, Lee Roy Selmon, Bruce Smith, Reggie White, and Jack Youngblood.
Tony Dungy would be the 17thmodern-era coach elected to the Hall of Fame. Modern-era coaches in the Hall ofFame include George Allen, Paul Brown, Weeb Ewbank, Joe Gibbs, Sid Gillman, BudGrant, George Halas, Tom Landry, Marv Levy, Vince Lombardi, John Madden, ChuckNoll, Bill Parcells, Don Shula, Hank Stram, and Bill Walsh.
John Lynch would be the 11thmodern-era safety to be elected to the Hall of Fame. Other Hall of Famesafeties include Jack Christiansen, Ken Houston, Paul Krause, Yale Lary, RonnieLott (also CB), Mel Renfro (also CB), Emlen Tunnell, Larry Wilson, Willie Wood,and Rod Woodson (also CB).
Aeneas Williams (also S) wouldbecome the 17th modern-era cornerback elected to the Hall of Fame. He wouldjoin Herb Adderley, Lem Barney, Mel Blount, Willie Brown, Jack Butler, DarrellGreen, Mike Haynes, Jimmy Johnson, Dick "Night Train" Lane, Dick LeBeau, RonnieLott (also S), Mel Renfro (also S), Deion Sanders (also KR-PR), Emmitt Thomas,Roger Wehrli, and Rod Woodson (also S).