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Old 11-28-2009, 02:13 PM   #1
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http://www.profootballhof.com/story/...ts-announced-/

The complete list of 25 modern-era semifinalists is as follows:

Cliff Branch, WR – 1972-1985 Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders
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
Richard Dent, DE – 1983-1993, 1995 Chicago Bears, 1994 San Francisco 49ers, 1996 Indianapolis Colts, 1997 Philadelphia Eagles
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
Russ Grimm, G – 1981-1991 Washington Redskins
Ray Guy, P – 1973-1986 Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders
Charles Haley, DE/LB – 1986-1991, 1999 San Francisco 49ers, 1992-96 Dallas Cowboys
Lester Hayes, CB – 1977-1986 Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders
Rickey Jackson, LB – 1981-1993 New Orleans Saints, 1994-95 San Francisco 49ers
Cortez Kennedy, DT – 1990-2000 Seattle Seahawks
Art Modell, Owner – 1961-1995 Cleveland Browns, 1996-2003 Baltimore Ravens
John Randle, DT – 1990-2000 Minnesota Vikings, 2001-03 Seattle Seahawks
Andre Reed, WR – 1985-1999 Buffalo Bills, 2000 Washington Redskins
Jerry Rice, WR – 1985-2000 San Francisco 49ers, 2001-04 Oakland Raiders, 2004 Seattle Seahawks
Shannon Sharpe, TE – 1990-99, 2002-03 Denver Broncos, 2000-01 Baltimore Ravens
Emmitt Smith, RB – 1990-2002 Dallas Cowboys, 2003-04 Arizona Cardinals
Paul Tagliabue, Commissioner – 1989-2006 National Football League
Steve Tasker, Special Teams/WR – 1985-86 Houston Oilers, 1986-1997 Buffalo Bills
Aeneas Williams, CB/S – 1991-2000 Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals, 2001-04 St. Louis Rams

The list of 25 semifinalists will be reduced by mail ballot to 15 modern-era candidates. That list increases to 17 finalist nominees with the inclusion of the two recommended candidates of the Hall of Fame’s Seniors Committee. The Seniors Committee nominees, who were announced in August, are Dick LeBeau and Floyd Little. LeBeau played 14 seasons (1959-1972) at cornerback for the Detroit Lions. Little, a running back played nine seasons (1967-1975) for the Denver Broncos.

I'm pretty sure Shannon will make it this year. It might be tough for the other two because there are so many high quality names there, some of whom are absolute locks (Rice, Smith, possibly Brown etc.)
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Old 11-28-2009, 02:18 PM   #2
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IMO, it is a very good sign for TD that he's made the semifinal list a couple years in a row now during the first few years he has been eligible. He'll most likely miss out this year, but it seems likely he'll eventually get it in.
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Old 11-28-2009, 02:29 PM   #3
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Yeah, there are some great names on that list but I'm gonna say these are the 5 that get in this year. Each of them have quite a few rings along with their great stats and then of course you have the commish who no doubt gets in on his first try.

Emmit Smith
Shannon Sharp
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Old 11-28-2009, 02:35 PM   #4
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Yeah, there are some great names on that list but I'm gonna say these are the 5 that get in this year. Each of them have quite a few rings along with their great stats and then of course you have the commish who no doubt gets in on his first try.

Emmit Smith
Shannon Sharp
Jerry Rice
Charles Haley
Paul Tagliabue
I could have swore he didn't make it last year.
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Old 11-28-2009, 02:41 PM   #5
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This year is a nasty list...

Sharpe BETTER make it. He was the best TE to ever play the game when he quit.

I honestly don't see any way TD makes it this year.

Little will probably get screwed as well (no way they let two Broncos in).

Tim Brown and Cris Carter have the stats to get in.
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Old 11-28-2009, 06:31 PM   #6
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Yeah, there are some great names on that list but I'm gonna say these are the 5 that get in this year. Each of them have quite a few rings along with their great stats and then of course you have the commish who no doubt gets in on his first try.

Emmit Smith
Shannon Sharp
Jerry Rice
Charles Haley
Paul Tagliabue
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And Little, maybe Sharpe but I doubt they allow 2 Broncos in one year.


They have to elect at least one Senior committee dude and I think Floyd has the backing this year from what I have found out recently.
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Old 11-28-2009, 06:55 PM   #7
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If Davis doesn't get in at some point the HOF is a complete fraud ...
TD MVP ...
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Old 11-28-2009, 07:17 PM   #8
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Why is it limited to only 5 players per year? Stupid and arbitrary, just like sportswriters.
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I think we're going to Canton again fellas.
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Old 11-28-2009, 08:27 PM   #10
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That would be awesome!
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Old 11-28-2009, 09:02 PM   #11
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Lots of good players on that list. Is anyone else pissed off that Atwater can't even make the final 25 cut? First team all decade, zero respect.

Oh well, here's my five for this year (TD isn't making it, so I'll keep him off. He'll have to wait):

Rice
Emmitt
Sharpe
Carter
Doleman
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Old 11-28-2009, 09:06 PM   #12
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I doubt Atwater ever gets in. If he was in NY, Dallas, or Pitt, he'd be a first ballot guy.
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Old 11-28-2009, 09:34 PM   #13
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I could have swore he didn't make it last year.
A Commissioner is considered a contributor and does not have to wait the 5 years to be eligible for consideration. Tags has been up for consideration for the past 3 years and was passed over 3 straight times. I think he has an even harder chance this year considering the class.
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Old 11-28-2009, 10:10 PM   #14
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I'm still shocked Sharpe didn't make it last year ... what a joke.

Rice is the only stone-cold lock there.
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Many people have said that Tagliabue's best chance was the first year. He retired a very well liked guy but since then, a lot of problems have come to the forefront that he left for Goodell. The CBA failures are the biggest, of course. I don't know how anyone can expect him to make it at this point.
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Old 11-28-2009, 10:36 PM   #16
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Why is it limited to only 5 players per year? Stupid and arbitrary, just like sportswriters.
actually i think as many as 7 can go in any year
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Old 11-28-2009, 10:38 PM   #17
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TD!!! Nice to see the other broncs and steve tasker get in there
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I'm still shocked Sharpe didn't make it last year ... what a joke.

Rice is the only stone-cold lock there.


I'd include Emmitt in that "stone-cold lock" list...
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I'd include Emmitt in that "stone-cold lock" list...
Yep....he is the NFL's all-time leading rusher.
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Old 11-28-2009, 11:01 PM   #20
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If Little gets passed over for Dick LeBeau, the Hall will be dead to me forever.
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Yes, but the 2 for the senior selection I'm not counting.
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Really? When it's Dick LeBeau on the receiving end? A guy who's invented one of the most popular and effective defenses in NFL history, coached in the NFL for almost 35 years and had a thirteen year playing career?

Little should definitely be in, but there's scant few resumes better than LeBeau...
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Yeah, there are some great names on that list but I'm gonna say these are the 5 that get in this year. Each of them have quite a few rings along with their great stats and then of course you have the commish who no doubt gets in on his first try.

Emmit Smith
Shannon Sharp
Jerry Rice
Charles Haley
Paul Tagliabue

Coryell better get in before Tagliabue. Coryell ushered in a new era. What did Tagliabue ever really do that any decent executive could have done?
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I'm as awed by the achievements of Terrell Davis as anyone else, but he didn't play long enough to be a legitimate hall of famer. I understand that Gayle Sayers was a relatively short-term star and there may be a few more, but Sayers changed the game with his kick return and running back abilities. He had special qualities above and beyond anything the league had ever seen.

Terrell was an incredible RB who ran for 2000 one season and dominated the NFL for a couple of years. Great back, great memories, a thankful Bronco fan base, but no hall of famer. Just my humble opinion.
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I'm still shocked Sharpe didn't make it last year ... what a joke.

Rice is the only stone-cold lock there.
You know there was this game named Emmitt Smith who played for the Cowboys during their second run at Super Bowls.

A lot of great players on that list and I cant believe Ray Guy still hasnt been in. When will voters realize that ST is an important part of a football game? They think it is just how far you can kick. We know this isnt true just from this year.
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