2011 NFL Hall of Fame Selections: Tim Brown, Charles Haley Snubbed Again

We take a look at the details of today's Pro Football Hall of Fame selection announcement. Will Tim Brown get his just due and earn a spot in Canton?

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2011 NFL Hall of Fame Class: Ronnie Lott Upset Charles Haley Not Included

The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced its newest class of inductees yesterday, and Charles Haley was noticeably absent. He had made the list of 15 finalists, but he did not make the first cutdown to ten and will have to wait another year for potential enshrinement. Ronnie Lott was less than pleased by the NFL Hall of Fame snub of Charles Haley (ESPN NFC East Blog, ESPN Dallas):

“I’m disappointed … Here’s a guy that has five Super Bowls, the most rings. We are all viewed by being champions and how can a guy with the most championships not be part of the Hall of Fame? It doesn’t jive with the average fan, it doesn’t jive with the average person. It’s not fair. It’s just not fair. I’m not taking anything away from those other members, but none of those members have what he has.

If that has anything to do with the bearing of the stature that has to do with his being associated with making this, what a travesty … How dare we judge someone because of who they are and not judge them for what they did and what they accomplished? We are not in the game of judging people for their character. We are in the game of judging people for their accomplishments, and his accomplishments are second to none."

Charles Haley finished his career with 100.5 sacks. That number ranks 23rd all time and Haley was actually ranked 12th. As great as that number is, the Super Bowl rings are the most impressive statistic. Charles Haley finished his NFL career with five Super Bowl rings, winning two with the San Francisco 49ers and three with the Dallas Cowboys. While other individuals have one five or more rings, none of them has done that exclusively as a player. “Mean” Joe Greene won four as a player and two as a special assistant to the Steelers and Pepper Johnson won two as a player and three as an assistant coach with the Patriots. Haley is the only player with five Super Bowl rings during his playing career.

The stories of Haley’s life in the NFL have become fairly legendary and will make most anybody blush. As Ronnie Lott stated, it’s a travesty if people are judging Haley for any of his personal issues when considering him for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Given the character defects of numerous Hall of Famers (in all sports), it’s fairly ridiculous. It’s not the Hall of Nice Guys after all.

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NFL Hall Of Fame Class of 2011 Includes Deion Sanders, Marshall Faulk, Richard Dent

The Pro Football Hall of Fame officially announced their 2011 Hall of Fame Class on NFL Network today. It was fitting that NFL Network covered the announcement because two of the inductees, Deion Sanders and Marshall Faulk, work for NFL Network. Your 2011 NFL Hall of Fame induction class includes:

Richard Dent
Marshall Faulk
Chris Hanburger
Les Richter
Ed Sabol
Deion Sanders
Shannon Sharpe

The Raiders were hosed as Tim Brown did not make the first cutdown from 15 to 10 and we’ll have plenty of discussion on that topic. It absolutely blows my mind that he didn’t even make that initial cutdown while Andre Reed made it to the group of ten (but missed the final cutdown). Tim Brown will eventually be inducted into the Hall of Fame, but clearly it’s going to take several tries before that happens.

The 49ers are “represented” by Deion Sanders and Richard Dent. I put represented in quotation marks because both Sanders and Dent were one-year 49ers on the superstar-laden 1994 team that rolled to the Super Bowl. Congratulations to both men, as well as the rest of the class for what is an incredibly prestigious honor.

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2011 NFL Hall of Fame Finalists Cut-Down

The NFL has officially announced they cut down the 15 modern era finalists to ten individuals for consideration for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. This is not the actual class of 2011, but rather the group that will be considered for the final class that I believe will be announced a little bit later today. The most notable individuals that did not make this first cut from 15 to 10 include Oakland Raiders all-time great WR Tim Brown, Steelers RB Jerome Bettis, and former 49ers Chris Doleman and Charles Haley.

The ten finalists still remaining for consideration include:

Dermontti Dawson
Richard Dent
Marshall Faulk
Cortez Kennedy
Curtis Martin
Andre Reed
Willie Road
Ed Sabol
Deion Sanders
Shannon Sharpe

I have to say I’m stunned that Andre Reed warranted consideration over the likes of Chris Carter and Tim Brown. It blows my mind, particularly if you compare the numbers. Andre Reed put up monster numbers, but he was dwarfed by both Carter and Brown. I’ve never understood how a player can become more Hall of Fame worthy as time passes when his numbers won’t change. Furthermore, guys like Carter and Brown will see their ranking on all-time lists potentially drop as younger players pass them. The geniuses in the media will see that and decide player X is not worthy. Just a bizarre, Byzantine process.

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