2011 Football HOF inductees Announced!

Well gang, the Hall of Fame Class of 2011 was announced and with a group this loaded it is hard to say there were any surprises or snubs.

Our top two ranked football players, #1 Marshall Faulk & #2 Deion Sanders were inducted on their first year of eligibility.  Our #4 candidate, Shannon Sharpe was also selected making us wonder who will have the most colorful speech; Sanders or Sharpe.

Our Number #10 Selection, Richard Dent will enter as the star this year's class as the star on the defensive side of the ball.  We are certain that Bears fans everywhere are celebrating this selection.

Rounding out the group are Les Richter, Chris Hanburger & the warranted induction of NFL Films Legend, Ed Sabol.

Where we at Notinhalloffame were surpised about, was the exclusion of Willie Roaf, who was our Number #5 selection, though will likely see entry in the next couple of years.  We also erroniously thought that two Running Backs would gain entry, but Curtis Martin (#6) and Jerome Bettis (#14) both failed to get inducted on both their first year of eligibility. 

No Wide Receivers entered the Hall this year as the illustrious group of Cris Carter, Tim Brown & Andre Reed did not get in.  Charles Haley, Dermonti Dawson & Cortez Kennedy were also not selected.

What do you think, did the Hall get it right?

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0 #22 Ziggy Koole -0001-11-30 00:00
If you ask me, you can never have too many offensive linemen in the hall of fame. You can never have too many defensive linemen in the hall of fame either. Unless that defensive linemans name is Mark Gastineau (or Steve Emtman :P)
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0 #21 jimmy26 -0001-11-30 00:00
Wow I agree with u for once Ziggy! Kramer should get in! Finally! The rest is a little harder to judge. I m thinking Martin, Haley, Reed, Parcells and Doleman! Two defensive lineman you ask? Well I do not think Dawson or that other guy should get in and I think Shields should have to wait a year! If any offensive lineman who is eligible should get in it is Jon Kolb! well besides Kramer of course!
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0 #20 Ziggy Koole -0001-11-30 00:00
actually i believe that ray guy, as well as lester hayes, ken anderson, don coryell, and jim plunkett, just completed their last year of regular elligibility and are now entering the veterans category.
Besides sphenicus, Will Shields will almost certainly be a finalist next year.
Here's what I think the class will look like:
Finalists:
Cris Carter
Andre Reed
Tim Brown
Curtis Martin
Jerome Bettis
Roger Craig
Willie Roaf
Will Shields
Dermontti Dawson
Cortez Kennedy
Chris Doleman
Charles Haley
Kevin Greene (He's been a semi-finalis t like 7 times. I think he finallly gets past.)
Bill Parcells
Paul Tagliabue
HOF Class of 2012:
Kennedy
Dawson
Roaf
Martin
Reed
2 veteran nominees, hopefully Jerry Kramer is one of them.
Yes I know the 5 guys I chose were the 5 who got the closest last year that didn't make it. But without an overwhelming first year candidate, I think that's the direction their going in. Shields and Parcells are both deserving hall of famers, but it wouldn't be a travesty to see them wait a year or 2. Same with Tiki Barber, Rod Smith, and Drew Bledsoe, the other 3 big name first year candidates, although theyll probably be waiting a lot longer, if not forever.
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0 #19 Knuckles -0001-11-30 00:00
I could have sworn Williams made it as a finalist his first year on the overall ballot. Guess he was just a semi-finalis t. If he had won with the Rams, maybe he's be in.
Will the voters finally pull the trigger on Parcells? There was always the thoght he would get back into coaching, which is why he's been passed up before. (And he never let the writers down.) If they're convinced he's finally down as a head coach he needs to be voted in.
I can't knock your logic at all, Spheniscus.
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0 #18 Spheniscus -0001-11-30 00:00
I actually forgot to put Ray Guy in that last list. But it doesn't matter, if/when a punter gets in, it is going to be through the veteran' s process not the regular process.
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0 #17 Spheniscus -0001-11-30 00:00
Actually Aeneas Williams hasn't been a finalist yet, mainly because he had the misfortune of playing most of his career in the obscurity of a Cardinals uniform.

As for Roaf next season, I think he gets in. You have to figure Parcells is the only one who is going to make the cut to the final 15.

So you are going to have the 10 holdovers from this year, plus Parcells, Don Coryell, Roger Craig, Paul Tagliabue, and Ray Guy who are the last four guys to be finalists who are still eligible (Kuech was the other one, but is on to the seniors committee)

So with:

Jerome Bettis
Tim Brown
Cris Carter
Don Coryell
Roger Craig
Dermontii Dawson
Chris Doleman
Charles Haley
Cortez Kennedy
Curtis Martin
Bill Parcells
Andre Reed
Willie Roaf
Paul Tagliabue

With the way the committee usually votes, it's looking like a non-player, one of the receivers, one of the rbs, one defensive player and an offensive lineman from that group.

So for non-player that is Parcells over Tagliabue and Coryell

For receiver that is Reed over Carter and Brown (based on the Reed getting one round further the past two years than each of them)

For RB that is a toss up between Martin/Betti s over Craig. I'-) choose Martin.

For Defensive player that looks like Cortez Kennedy since he went one more round than either Doleman or Haley.

And that leaves a 50/50 with Roaf and Dawson. And since Roaf's position is sexier than Dawson's I think he gets in. Sorry Jimmy.
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0 #16 Ziggy Koole -0001-11-30 00:00
Remember that Aeneas Williams has only been elligible for 2 years. There's no reason to think he won't be a finalist again in 2012.
And I don't think that 2011 was Roaf's best shot. The 2011 class was stacked and Roaf didn't have a hope. I am positive he will get in the hall of fame, the question is when.
And yes, I do think both Shields and Williams belong in the hall of fame, although Williams is a little more iffy.
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0 #15 Knuckles -0001-11-30 00:00
I think Offerdahl got in one year when he missed half the season. Another example would be Anthony Carter, who's not going to sniff the HOF but was a perennial pro-bowl player. And then there's Dave Krieg.
Aeneas Williams was a finalist his first year eligible and he hasn't been back since. It won't shock me if Roaf follows suit.
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0 #14 jimmy26 -0001-11-30 00:00
Well he's obviously going to get in. That is not the point. The point is does he deserve it? Is everyone in the hall deserving esepcially over some of the ones who have been looked over? A good example is Dan Dierdorf. Like Roaf an overrated tackle on a bad team who kept getting pro bowls on reputation. And unlike magnified his rep with a huge (though some would say nauseous) career in broadcasting . Like I said before the hall is not in my estimation to multiply with their admissions the mistakes made by the media in the past but to correct them. A good question is if any of the tackles I had mentioned had as many pro bowls as Roaf would you consider them? Of course you would because you buy into the hype that pro bowls are the be all end of all of determining who gets in. I just don't think they are! How many pro bowls has Manning been in? And how many was Montana? Now who is the better quarterback? Or even more to the point! How many was John Offerdahl in? And I sure as heck hope you wouldn't consider him worthy of the hall.
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0 #13 jimmy26 -0001-11-30 00:00
I can only hope and pray that you are right Knuckles. And you are right about Offerdahl. I was using him as an examplebecau se he always seemd to get into the pro bowl but nobody remembers him. A better example may have been Ray Nitschke on the other end. How many pro bowls was he in? One? And nobody doubts his hall worthiness. And Will Shields actually has more pro bowls than any other guard but as good as he was I would never consider him first ballot hall worthy. But he is most definitely more deserving than Roaf. Ha.
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