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Friday, January 30, 2009
NFL Hall of Fame 2009
Well for Bills fans this is another big year for Hall of Fame voting. Mark Gaughan is working his ass off, to come up with presentations. He's a good speaker, and Bruce Smith won't be hard. Basically this is the presentation for Bruce Smith.
Bruce Smith. Thats all. Lets vote.
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But Andre Reed and Ralph Wilson, that's a more uphill climb. No doubt both will get into the Hall of Fame. But this year? I don't know things maybe stacked against them. Ralph has a lower chance then Reed. Reed has the numbers to back him up. Ralph has owned a team, that has some success, but pretty average through out the years. But lets look at the other candidates and predict who gets in. (Copied from www.nfl.com)
Cris Carter – Wide Receiver – 1987-89 Philadelphia Eagles, 1990-2001 Minnesota Vikings, 2002 Miami Dolphins
Dermontti Dawson – Center – 1988-2000 Pittsburgh Steelers
Richard Dent – Defensive End – 1983-1993, 1995 Chicago Bears, 1994 San Francisco 49ers, 1996 Indianapolis Colts, 1997 Philadelphia Eagles
Russ Grimm – Guard – 1981-1991 Washington Redskins
Bob Hayes – Wide Receiver – 1965-1974 Dallas Cowboys, 1975 San Francisco 49ers
Claude Humphrey – Defensive End – 1968-1978 Atlanta Falcons, 1979-1981 Philadelphia Eagles
Cortez Kennedy – Defensive Tackle – 1990-2000 Seattle Seahawks
Bob Kuechenberg – Guard – 1970-1984 Miami Dolphins
Randall McDaniel – Guard – 1988-1999 Minnesota Vikings, 2000-01 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
John Randle – Defensive Tackle – 1990-2000 Minnesota Vikings, 2001-03 Seattle Seahawks
Andre Reed – Wide Receiver – 1985-1999 Buffalo Bills, 2000 Washington Redskins
Shannon Sharpe – Tight End – 1990-99, 2002-03 Denver Broncos, 2000-01 Baltimore Ravens
Bruce Smith – Defensive End – 1985-1999 Buffalo Bills, 2000-03 Washington Redskins
Paul Tagliabue – Commissioner – 1989-2006 National Football League
Derrick Thomas – Linebacker – 1989-1999 Kansas City Chiefs
Ralph Wilson – Team Founder/Owner – 1960-Present Buffalo Bills
Rod Woodson – Cornerback/Safety – 1987-1996 Pittsburgh Steelers, 1997 San Francisco 49ers, 1998-2001 Baltimore Ravens, 2002-03 Oakland Raiders
A pretty good list of semifinalists.
There are 3 automatics to me. And there is what 6 spots maybe?
Bruce Smith, Shannon Sharpe and Rod Woodson. All first ballot guys, all great. They are in.
There's always one spot for the Senior selection. Either Bullet Bob Hayes or Claude Humphrey. Honestly I'm too young to really know about Humphrey. But reading the Bio on him. I really can't say why he's not in. 171 career sacks! I think because he played in Atlanta so long, that he pretty much was under the radar his entire career. Plus 6 pro bowls. I say Claude Humphrey gets in.
Lack of Offensive lineman, so its the year for Kuechenberg, but if they want good attendance, they'll put Dawson in. Steeler fans will come out full force. Probably one of the best Centers during the 90's. 7 Pro Bowls. On the all decade team of the 90's. I'm going to say Dermontti Dawson is voted in.
That is 5 people, leaving 1 spot.
I think its between Chris Carter and Andre Reed. Though someone else could sneak in and trump both of them. Since they love to make receivers wait.
Reed 951 catches for 13198 and 87 Td's
Carter 1101 catches for 13899 and 130 Td's
Mark Gaughan may put up the case, but stats never lie, and Chris Carters are better. Especially in the Td category. Therefore Chris Carter is the 6th selection. Because all he does is catch touchdowns.
So my prediction for the selections are:
Andre will have to wait another year, and probably several more.
But here's another one, that I think we can all agree with. Mr Hopper take it away.
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