Pro Football Hall of Fame Class Of 2012: Eddie DeBartolo, Charles Haley Come Up Short

The San Francisco 49ers have several prominent figures like Roger Craig, Edward DeBartolo, Jr. and Charles Haley in the running for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012.

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2012 NFL Hall Of Fame: Chris Doleman Takes His Place In Canton

The 2012 Pro Football Hall of Fame class was enshrined in Canton on Saturday night. Former 49ers player Chris Doleman was among the inductees.

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Chris Doleman Hall Of Fame Speech: Former 49ers DE Keeps It Short And Sweet

On Saturday night, Chris Doleman was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton. Doleman spent the bulk of his career with the Minnesota Vikings, but played with the San Francisco 49ers from 1996 to 1998.

The eight-time Pro Bowl selection and member of the 100 Sacks Club was inducted into the Hall of Fame by his son, who helped him unveil his bust that will be enshrined.

Doleman got a lengthy round of applause for talking about his children and saying that he always tried to bring them up right. He had plenty of thanks to dole out to all of his former teams, teammates and coaches.

Doleman's speech was on the shorter side, especially compared to Seahawks great Cortez Kennedy, who gave an extended speech (although he kept the crowd entertained).

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Pro Football Hall Of Fame 2012: Eddie DeBartolo Snubbed As 2013 Candidates Bring Some Heavy Hitters

The San Francisco 49ers missed out on having a pair of representative join the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012, as both Edward DeBartolo and Charles Haley were among the finalists who did not receive the necessary votes to be enshrined this year. In future years, the going may be tough for DeBartolo if former head coach and fellow snub Bill Parcells remains on the finalist ballot along with him. Non-players seldom get inducted in the same class.

That is assuming DeBartolo will make the group of finalists next year in what is sure to be a stacked class. 2013 will see a new crop of eligibles for the Hall of Fame. These include Larry Allen, Morten Andersen, Priest Holmes, Steve McNair, Jonathan Ogden, Warren Sapp, Michael Strahan and Bryant Young.

Guard Larry Allen played the bulk of his career with the Dallas Cowboys, but finished it with the 49ers in 2006 and 2007.

Warren Sapp is arguably one of the most famous defensive tackles of all time. He finished his career with four seasons on the Oakland Raiders from 2004-2007.

Bryant Young, of course, is well-known to Niners fans. He was selected in the first round of the 1994 NFL Draft as the seventh overall pick. He played his entire career in San Francisco at defensive tackle from 1994-2007. He was a four-time Pro Bowl selection and a four-time All-Pro selection, also being named to the 1990s All-Decade Team.

And of course, Roger Craig will also be in the running again next year, after failing to make the list of finalists for the 2012 class.

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2012 NFL Hall Of Fame Class: Charles Haley Denied Again

Former 49ers outside linebacker and defensive end Charles Haley once again came up short in his bid to earn enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The 2012 Hall of Fame class was announced, and after making the cut from the final fifteen to the final ten, Haley was unable to get into the final five.

Haley had a fairly gruff relationship with the media, so it is not entirely surprising that he has not made his way into the Hall of Fame. He is a deserving candidate, but when people make these decisions, sometimes personal feelings can get in the way. Haley is a deserving candidate with just north of 100 sacks. He was an absolute monster in the pass rush and as good as anybody at what he did. Add in his unprecedented five Super Bowl rings as a player and he deserves admission.

He will face some stiff competition as guys like Larry Allen and Michael Strahan join the ranks of eligible candidates.

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Pro Football Hall of Fame Class Of 2012: Former 49ers Owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr. Doesn't Make Cut

As the 2012 Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2012 finalists were cut down from 15 to 10, former San Francisco 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr. did not make the cut.

It was thought that DeBartolo and Bill Parcells would battle for a spot in the top 10 and it seems that may be true as Parcells did make the cut. DeBartolo owned the 49ers from 1977-2000, a period in which the team won five Super Bowls. The team, from the early '80s into the '90s, was the winningest team in NFL history. DeBartolo is in the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame and in the 49ers Hall of Fame.

Parcells ended up not making the cut from ten to five and will be back to battle with Eddie DeBartolo in 2013. It will make for an interesting battle as non-players often have a difficult time getting in. Multiple non-players in the same year is a rarity in particular.

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2012 NFL Hall Of Fame: Tim Brown Not Elected To Hall

The Pro Football Hall of Fame is in the midst of announcing its class of 2012, but we already know one guy who is not in the class. Tim Brown sent out a tweet indicating he did not get the call from the Hall in 2012:

It's safe to say Tim Brown is not pleased, and it is understandable why he is so displeased. Brown put together a career body of work that is among the best in NFL history. He ranks fifth in career receptions, fourth in career receiving yards and sixth in career touchdowns. Only one current Hall of Famer ranks ahead of Brown in the career numbers and that is Jerry Rice. I'd say that is fairly impressive company and very much worthy of the Hall of Fame.

The argument against Brown might be that his single season numbers did not blow people away on a consistent basis. He led the league in receptions once, but otherwise was not a frequent league-leader. Of course, given that the Hall of Fame is about the career and not single seasons, that is a fairly weak argument. I would imagine Brown will eventually get into the Hall of Fame, much like Art Monk did. It will just involve the media trying to convince people that a player becomes more Hall-worthy as time moves on, which is pretty weak.

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2012 NFL Hall Of Fame Finalists: Eddie DeBartolo, Charles Haley Could Be In This Year's HOF Class

On Saturday, the 2012 class of inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame will be announced. Just one day before Super Bowl XLVI, Hall of Fame Saturday is the advance notice of which Hall of Fame ballot finalists will be enshrined in the Hall in August. This year's class includes a few candidates with ties to the San Francisco 49ers.

Eddie DeBartolo is a finalist for the first time. As owner of the Niners for 23 years, he oversaw the true glory days of the organization. The man behind the whole show for all five of San Francisco's Super Bowl titles will likely not even be watching the Hall of Fame announcement on Saturday, according to Eric Branch at SFGate.

I have a flag-football game with my eldest grandson, my 8-year-old. I hope that it will be over. I’m obviously very humbled that we have gotten to this point. I don’t know what’s going to transpire Saturday. I have no high expectations, but because of my career in San Francisco and my players, my coaches, my fans, I’m just thrilled beyond belief. Just to be among that 15.

Jim Trotter of Sports Illustrated notes that DeBartolo's appearance on the ballot will also serve as a sort of test run or measuring stick for the Hall of Fame "worthiness" of modern-era team owners.

Also among the finalists is defensive end and linebacker Charles Haley, who played with the 49ers from 1986-1991 and finished his career up back in San Francisco in 1999. Between his time with the Niners and the Dallas Cowboys, he remains the only player to be a part of five winning Super Bowl teams. He led the 49ers in sacks six times, was a two-time Defensive Player of the Year and a five-time Pro Bowl selection.

Saturday may be a good day for Bay Area football history, as several players with San Francisco and Oakland ties have a chance at being part of the Hall of Fame class. We will have to wait and see.

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2012 NFL Hall Of Fame Finalists: Eddie DeBartolo, Charles Haley Among Prominent 49ers

The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced their finalists today and the 49ers have members of the 17-member class of finalists. Former owner Eddie DeBartolo and defensive end/linebacker Charles Haley were the most prominent former 49ers to be included on the list. Kevin Greene and Chris Doleman were also former 49ers, albeit for only a combined four years. Roger Craig was unable to move past the semifinalists list.

This is Eddie Debartolo's first time as a finalist. The selection committee began with a list of 105 preliminary nominees and cut that down to 26 semifinalists. The selection committee will meet again on February 4 to elect the 2012 class and announce it from the Super Bowl media headquarters.

DeBartolo took over ownership of the team in 1977 and had to relinquish ownership in 2000 following a riverboat gambling scandal. He turned over ownership to his sister Denise DeBartolo York and her husband John York. While they maintain their ownership, their son Jed York has became the face of ownership and has frequent conversations with Eddie about the team.

During his ownership, the 49ers became one of the dominant teams in the NFL, claiming five Super Bowls, including four in the 1980s. After some initial struggles with the team, DeBartolo hired Bill Walsh and the turnaround was almost immediate. The team drafted Joe Montana and shortly thereafter the franchise was on its way to a period of dominance rarely seen in the league.

Charles Haley split his career between the 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys. He is the only player to play on five winning Super Bowl teams. He began his career as an outside linebacker and was the 49ers sack-leader in his first six seasons. He was twice named NFL Defensive Player of the Year, voted to five Pro Bowls, and named to two All-Pro teams.

Here are the 17 finalists (*-denotes senior nominee):

" Jerome Bettis, RB -- 1993-95 Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, 1996-2005 Pittsburgh Steelers
" Tim Brown, WR/KR -- 1988-2003 Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders, 2004 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
" *Jack Butler, CB -- (1951-59 Pittsburgh Steelers)
" Cris Carter, WR -- 1987-89 Philadelphia Eagles, 1990-2001 Minnesota Vikings, 2002 Miami Dolphins
" Dermontti Dawson, C -- 1988-2000 Pittsburgh Steelers
" Edward DeBartolo, Jr., Owner -- 1979-2000 San Francisco 49ers
" 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, 1998-99Carolina Panthers, 1997 San Francisco 49ers
" Charles Haley, DE/LB -- 1986-1991, 1999 San Francisco 49ers, 1992-96 Dallas Cowboys
" Cortez Kennedy, DT -- 1990-2000 Seattle Seahawks
" Curtis Martin, RB -- 1995-97 New England Patriots, 1998-2005 New York Jets
" Bill Parcells, Coach -- 1983-1990 New York Giants, 1993-96 New England Patriots, 1997-99 New York Jets, 2003-06 Dallas Cowboys
" Andre Reed, WR -- 1985-1999 Buffalo Bills, 2000 Washington Redskins
" Willie Roaf, T -- 1993-2001 New Orleans Saints, 2002-05 Kansas City Chiefs
" Will Shields, G -- 1993-2006 Kansas City Chiefs
" *Dick Stanfel, G -- (1952-55 Detroit Lions, 1956-58 Washington Redskins)
" Aeneas Williams, CB/S -- 1991-2000 Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals, 2001-04 St. Louis Rams

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2012 Pro Football Hall of Fame Semifinalists Include Roger Craig, Several Prominent 49ers

The San Francisco 49ers have several prominent players like Roger Craig, Edward DeBartolo, Jr. and Charles Haley in the running for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012.

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