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Pro Football Hall of Fame announces 17 finalists for Class of 2007
http://www.profootballhof.com/hof/story.jsp?story_id=2285 ^

Posted on 01/11/2007 4:36:04 AM PST by mainepatsfan

Class of 2007 to be selected from list of finalists

January 10, 2007

Paul Tagliabue, Thurman Thomas, Michael Irvin, and Bruce Matthews are among the 17 finalists that will be considered for election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame when the Hall's Board of Selectors meets in Miami, Florida on Saturday, February 3, 2007.

Joining these four finalists, are 11 other modern-era players and two players nominated earlier by the Hall of Fame's Senior Committee. The Senior Committee nominees, announced in August 2006, are former Cleveland Browns guard Gene Hickerson and Detroit Lions tight end Charlie Sanders. The other modern-era player finalists include defensive ends Fred Dean and Richard Dent; guards Russ Grimm and Bob Kuechenberg; punter Ray Guy; wide receivers Art Monk and Andre Reed; linebackers Derrick Thomas and Andre Tippett; cornerback Roger Wehrli; and tackle Gary Zimmerman.

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Here are the finalists:

Fred Dean - Defensive End - 1975-1981 San Diego Chargers, 1981-1985 San Francisco 49ers

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

Ray Guy - Punter - 1973-1986 Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders

Gene Hickerson - Guard - 1958-1973 Cleveland Browns

Michael Irvin - Wide Receiver - 1988-1999 Dallas Cowboys

Bob Kuechenberg - Guard - 1970-1984 Miami Dolphins

Bruce Matthews - Guard, Tackle, Center - 1983-2001 Houston Oilers/Tennessee Oilers/Titans

Art Monk - Wide Receiver - 1980-1993 Washington Redskins, 1994 New York Jets, 1995 Philadelphia Eagles

Andre Reed - Wide Receiver - 1985-1999 Buffalo Bills, 2000 Washington Redskins

Charlie Sanders - Tight End - 1968-1977 Detroit Lions

Paul Tagliabue - NFL Commissioner - 1989-2006

Derrick Thomas - Linebacker - 1989-1999 Kansas City Chiefs

Thurman Thomas - Running Back - 1988-1999 Buffalo Bills, 2000 Miami Dolphins

Andre Tippett - Linebacker - 1982-1993 New England Patriots

Roger Wehrli - Cornerback - 1969-1982 St. Louis Cardinals

Gary Zimmerman - Tackle - 1986-1992 Minnesota Vikings, 1993-1997 Denver Broncos

1 posted on 01/11/2007 4:36:05 AM PST by mainepatsfan
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2 posted on 01/11/2007 4:37:00 AM PST by mainepatsfan
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To: mainepatsfan

Not in the final 17.........http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Randall_McDaniel


3 posted on 01/11/2007 4:43:01 AM PST by ButThreeLeftsDo (Carry Daily. Apply Sparingly.)
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To: mainepatsfan

Its a fraud until Monk gets in.


4 posted on 01/11/2007 4:45:45 AM PST by neb52
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To: mainepatsfan



Michael Irvin should be in the Hall of Fall. Aikman is in, Emmitt is going in.


5 posted on 01/11/2007 4:54:28 AM PST by Perdogg (Happy 2007)
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To: neb52

It seems incredible that the once all time catch leader isn't.


6 posted on 01/11/2007 5:03:30 AM PST by mainepatsfan
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To: Perdogg

It's remarkable how long it takes some guys to get in. It seems like each class includes people who retired over two decades ago.


7 posted on 01/11/2007 5:04:42 AM PST by mainepatsfan
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To: mainepatsfan

I remember Art Monk from when I was growing up. I would be hard pressed to name another Receiver from the 80s. To me that makes him an Hall of Famer. It shouldn't be jsut on stats online. What did the guy do for his team and for the NFL as a whole. Otherwise how do Offensive Lineman get in?


8 posted on 01/11/2007 5:10:21 AM PST by neb52
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To: mainepatsfan

How can Ray Guy not be in the Hall?


9 posted on 01/11/2007 5:43:23 AM PST by gate2wire
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To: gate2wire

That is a question I ask myself each year. It's almost as if the voters don't want to waste their vote on a punter.


10 posted on 01/11/2007 5:45:53 AM PST by mainepatsfan
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To: neb52

Being part of three Super Bowl championship teams doesn't hurt either.


11 posted on 01/11/2007 5:47:44 AM PST by mainepatsfan
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To: mainepatsfan

Greatest punter ever and it's been 20 years.
Now, watch that piece of **** tagliabue get in first time.


12 posted on 01/11/2007 5:49:04 AM PST by gate2wire
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To: gate2wire

And don't think he wasn't a big part of those three Raider Super Bowl wins.


13 posted on 01/11/2007 5:50:00 AM PST by mainepatsfan
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To: mainepatsfan

I'd love to see Ray Guy make it in to the Hall of Fame. Truely on of the greater ever to play his position. The First kicker ever taken in the first round.


14 posted on 01/11/2007 5:52:02 AM PST by Military family member (GO Colts!!)
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To: mainepatsfan

Interestingly enough, his first blocked punt came in the SB against the Vikings. Minn. gets ball inside the 5 in the first quarter. Chuck Foreman fumbles, Oak. recovers.
Will never forget it.


15 posted on 01/11/2007 5:53:13 AM PST by gate2wire
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To: Military family member

That's what I cannot understand. How can someone be the greatest at his position and not be in the HOF?


16 posted on 01/11/2007 5:53:42 AM PST by mainepatsfan
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To: mainepatsfan

First punter ever selected in first round, Raiders 1973 (23rd player overall). . .Averaged under 40 yards only once in NFL career. . .Only three of 1,049 punts blocked. . . Career average was 42.4 yards. . .All-Pro six straight seasons, 1973-1978. . . All-AFC seven times. . . Played in seven Pro Bowls, seven AFC championship games, three Super Bowls. . .First punter to hit Louisiana Superdome scoreboard, 1977 Pro Bowl. . .Born December 22, 1949, in Swainsboro, Georgia.


17 posted on 01/11/2007 5:54:09 AM PST by Military family member (GO Colts!!)
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To: gate2wire

And what little hope Viking fans had were quickly dashed.


18 posted on 01/11/2007 5:55:21 AM PST by mainepatsfan
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To: Military family member

Madden said he could also throw a football so far that the quarterbacks on the team would be embarrassed.


19 posted on 01/11/2007 5:56:37 AM PST by mainepatsfan
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To: mainepatsfan

I was crushed. :-)


20 posted on 01/11/2007 5:57:07 AM PST by gate2wire
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To: gate2wire

Kind of got the "here we go again" feeling?


21 posted on 01/11/2007 5:57:58 AM PST by mainepatsfan
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To: mainepatsfan

I'd much rather see him than Michael Irvin.


22 posted on 01/11/2007 5:59:04 AM PST by Military family member (GO Colts!!)
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To: mainepatsfan

Had not thought about that game in a long time.


23 posted on 01/11/2007 5:59:37 AM PST by gate2wire
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To: Military family member

The thing about a position like punter is you can never argue that they benefited or suffered from the players they had around them.


24 posted on 01/11/2007 6:00:00 AM PST by mainepatsfan
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To: mainepatsfan
I would vote for:

Richard Dent
Ray Guy
Michael Irvin
Art Monk
Derrick Thomas
Thurman Thomas.

25 posted on 01/11/2007 6:01:45 AM PST by Always Right
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To: gate2wire
I can understand why you'd want to repress it.
26 posted on 01/11/2007 6:04:51 AM PST by mainepatsfan
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To: Always Right
If not for Scott Norwood Thurman Thomas would have been a Super Bowl MVP.
27 posted on 01/11/2007 6:07:15 AM PST by mainepatsfan
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To: mainepatsfan

Now you're just being mean. :-)


28 posted on 01/11/2007 6:08:10 AM PST by gate2wire
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To: mainepatsfan
If not for Scott Norwood Thurman Thomas would have been a Super Bowl MVP.

Thurman Thomas had some incredible years and it is a shame that team never won a Super Bowl. They were the best team in the league for several years, but never could get it done in the Super Bowl. Norwood was a heck of a kicker, but will never live that down.

29 posted on 01/11/2007 6:14:49 AM PST by Always Right
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To: gate2wire
No. Now I am.
30 posted on 01/11/2007 6:16:44 AM PST by mainepatsfan
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To: Always Right

He was a turf kicker trying a long one grass. I was pretty sure he wouldn't make it at the time. I still think that was the best Super Bowl ever played.


31 posted on 01/11/2007 6:19:27 AM PST by mainepatsfan
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To: mainepatsfan

What? No ex-Steelers nominated? Looks like the PFHOF is slipping.


32 posted on 01/11/2007 6:22:11 AM PST by NCC-1701 (To boldly go where no FReeper has gone before. Live long and prosper.)
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To: NCC-1701

We'll who's left from those teams?


33 posted on 01/11/2007 6:23:58 AM PST by mainepatsfan
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To: mainepatsfan

Yeah, it would be real interesting to see if any steroid qualifiers apply to these guys............given that pretty much the whole league takes the stuff to a far greater extent than any baseball player.............!!!


34 posted on 01/11/2007 6:24:46 AM PST by raptor29
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To: mainepatsfan

My first thought is, a lot of them. Really, I'd have to check rosters vs who's in already the PFHOF.


35 posted on 01/11/2007 6:30:15 AM PST by NCC-1701 (To boldly go where no FReeper has gone before. Live long and prosper.)
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To: mainepatsfan

Well, yes and no...he needs a good long snapper and enough protection to get the punt off.

Still Guy was also one of the most accurate punters I've ever seen. He could hook that sidelines near the endzone better than anyone. And football is as much about field position as anything else


36 posted on 01/11/2007 6:30:42 AM PST by Military family member (GO Colts!!)
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To: NCC-1701

http://news.steelers.com/tradition/halloffame/


37 posted on 01/11/2007 6:34:47 AM PST by mainepatsfan
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To: Military family member

My father said the hang time on his punts were so long they helped run out the clock.


38 posted on 01/11/2007 6:36:30 AM PST by mainepatsfan
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To: Military family member

Another punter that could find that "coffin corner" was Danny White, before moving to full time QB.


39 posted on 01/11/2007 6:44:22 AM PST by al_c
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To: mainepatsfan

Thanx for the link. Just shows that there are a lot of ex-Steelers left to fill up the Hall. As there are a lot of ex-Cowboys, also. Maybe a sepaerate wing should be built for the both of them. };-)


40 posted on 01/11/2007 6:44:27 AM PST by NCC-1701 (To boldly go where no FReeper has gone before. Live long and prosper.)
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To: gate2wire

Ah, a Baltimore fan, I see.

Nice to see we have even more in common than just horses!


41 posted on 01/11/2007 6:48:23 AM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue.)
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To: mainepatsfan
My father said the hang time on his punts were so long they helped run out the clock.

Once they checked his balls for hellium because they could not believe they hung up so long. Madden claimed some of his kicks had around a 6 sec hang time.

42 posted on 01/11/2007 6:48:48 AM PST by Always Right
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To: NCC-1701

They need to put alot of the old REAL Colts in the HOF.

Steelers, (rolling-eyes emoticon)!


43 posted on 01/11/2007 6:53:25 AM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue.)
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To: NCC-1701

When both teams win a combined 10 Super Bowls that's not surprising.


44 posted on 01/11/2007 6:57:50 AM PST by mainepatsfan
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To: the OlLine Rebel

"Ah, a Baltimore fan, I see."

Oh yeah. Should be a fun weekend.


45 posted on 01/11/2007 6:58:29 AM PST by gate2wire (Ravens -4.)
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To: Always Right

I guess the Raiders took some grief from the media for using a first round pick on him.


46 posted on 01/11/2007 6:59:08 AM PST by mainepatsfan
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To: the OlLine Rebel

When I see highlights of the Baltimore Colts I don't for a minute think of today's team in Indy despite the fact they wear the same uniforms.


47 posted on 01/11/2007 7:00:57 AM PST by mainepatsfan
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To: gate2wire
This playoff match up was going to happen someday.
48 posted on 01/11/2007 7:02:00 AM PST by mainepatsfan
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To: mainepatsfan; gate2wire

There was an article yesterday or the other about a new DVD collection of Colts history.

The guy wrote it (and I won't tell you his history for now) as if the DVD was a farce, because 1 DVD is Baltimore and 1 is Indy. He said it's an insult to Baltimore, and they should sell separate disks, and it would probably make sales better anyway.

I don't know now if I want to buy it for my parents (my mom is/was a RABID vocal fan; my [Steeler] husband bought her 1 of those "authentic" retro jerseys of UNITAS).

What would you all think?


49 posted on 01/11/2007 7:07:29 AM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue.)
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To: the OlLine Rebel

I saw that commercial on the NFL network last night and I imagine fans of the Baltimore Colts would be upset.


50 posted on 01/11/2007 7:10:07 AM PST by mainepatsfan
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