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Hall of Fame Finalists

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MODERN-DAY FINALISTS

Morten Anderson, K

Year of eligibility: 2

Teams (years): New Orleans Saints (1982-94), Atlanta Falcons (1995-2000, 2006-07), New York Giants (2001), Kansas City Chiefs (2002-03), Minnesota Vikings (2004).

Seasons: 25 Games: 382

All-Pro: 5 Pro Bowls: 7

Need to know: Set NFL records for career points (2,544), most field goals (565), games played (382). … His 40 field goals of 50-plus yards most in NFL history at retirement … Named to two NFL All-Decade Teams (1980s and 1990s).

Jerome Bettis, RB

Year of eligibility: 4

Teams (years): Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams (1993-95), Pittsburgh Steelers (1996-2005)

Seasons: 13 Games: 192

All-Pro: 2 Pro Bowls: 6

Need to know: At time of retirement, his eight 1,000-plus yard seasons was tied for third-best in NFL history and his 13,662 career rushing yards ranked fifth all-time.

Tim Brown, WR

Year of eligibility: 5

Teams (years): Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders (1988-2003), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2004)

Seasons: 17 Games: 255

All-Pro: 2 Pro Bowls: 9

Need to know: At time of retirement, his 14,934 receiving yards were second in NFL history; 1,094 receptions were 3rd; and 100 touchdown catches were tied for 3rd. … Also gained 190 rushing yards; 3,320 punt return yards, 1,235 kickoff return yards.

Eddie DeBartolo Jr., owner

Teams (years): San Francisco 49ers (1977-2000)

Seasons: 24 Division titles: 13

Super Bowl titles: 5

Need to know: Known as a “players’ owner,” led franchise to unprecedented winning during tenure. … During DeBartolo’s ownership, team claimed 13 division titles, made 16 playoff appearances, advanced to NFC championship game 10 times, and was first franchise to win five Super Bowls.

Kevin Greene, LB/DE

Year of eligibility: 10

Teams (years): Los Angeles Rams (1985-92), Pittsburgh Steelers (1993-95), Carolina Panthers (1996, 1998-99), San Francisco 49ers (1997)

Seasons: 15 Games: 228

All-Pro: 3 Pro Bowls: 5

Need to know: Had 160 total sacks, third all-time at time of retirement. … Captured league sack title in 1994 and 1996. … Member of NFL All-Decade Team of 1990s.

Charles Haley, DE/LB

Year of eligibility: 10

Teams (years): San Francisco 49ers (1986-91, 1999), Dallas Cowboys (1992-96)

Seasons: 12 Games: 169

All-Pro: 2 Pro Bowls: 5

Need to know: Had 100.5 career sacks, with six double-digit sack seasons. … Only player in NFL history to play on five winning Super Bowl teams.

Marvin Harrison, WR

Year of eligibility: 1

Teams (years): Indianapolis Colts (1996-2008)

Seasons: 13 Games: 190

All-Pro: 6 Pro Bowls: 8

Need to know: Had 1,102 career receptions, 14,580 yards and 128 touchdowns. … In 2002, shattered NFL single-season record for receptions with 143 and had career-high 1,722 yards and 11 TDs. … Member of NFL’s All-Decade Team of 2000s.

Walter Jones, T

Year of eligibility: 1

Teams (years): Seattle Seahawks (1997-2008)

Seasons: 12 Games: 180

All-Pro: 6 Pro Bowls: 9

Need to know: As a rookie, protected blind side of QB Warren Moon as Seahawks led league in passing. … Named to NFL All-Decade Team of 2000s.

Andre Reed, WR

Year of eligibility: 9

Teams (years): Buffalo Bills (1985-1999), Washington Redskins (2000)

Seasons: 16 Games: 234

All-Pro: 0 Pro Bowls: 7

Need to know: Known for his “yards after catch” … At time of his retirement, 951 career receptions were third in NFL history and 13 seasons with 50-plus receptions was second only to Jerry Rice.

Will Shields, G

Year of eligibility: 3

Teams (years): Kansas City Chiefs (1993-2006)

Seasons: 14 Games: 224

All-Pro: 3 Pro Bowls: 12

Need to know: Never missed a game during his 14-year career. … Member of NFL’s All-Decade Team of 2000s.

Michael Strahan, DE

Year of eligibility: 2

Teams (years): New York Giants (1993-2007)

Seasons: 15 Games: 216

All-Pro: 5 Pro Bowls: 7

Need to know: Set NFL single-season sack record with 22.5 in 2001. … Named unanimous Defensive Player of the Year in 2001. … Member of NFL’s All-Decade Team of 2000s.

Aeneas Williams, CB/S

Year of eligibility: 3

Teams (years): Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals (1991-2000), St. Louis Rams (2001-04)

Seasons: 14 Games: 211

All-Pro: 4 Pro Bowls: 8

Need to know: Started at cornerback for 12 years before moving to safety. … Earned Pro Bowl nods at both positions. … Member of NFL’s All-Decade Team for 1990s.

SENIOR FINALISTS

Ray Guy, P

Year of eligibility: 23

Teams (years): Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders (1973-1986)

Seasons: 14 Games: 207

All-Pro: 6 Pro Bowls: 7

Need to know: Career average was 42.4 yards. …Won three Super Bowls.

Claude Humphrey, DE

Year of eligibility: 28

Teams (years): Atlanta Falcons (1968-78), Philadelphia Eagles (1979-1981)

Seasons: 14 Games: 171

All-Pro: 5 Pro Bowls: 6

Need to know: Though sacks were not an official stat until after he retired, credited with 122 career sacks. … Led team in sacks nine times.

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