Haley and Sanders are Semifinalists for the Hall of Fame
The Pro Football Hall of Fame has announced the 26 semi-finalists for the 2011 class. Only two of these individuals have ties to the Cowboys—defensive back Deion Sanders and defensive end/linebacker Charles Haley. Sanders will likely go in as a Falcon, while Haley will likely go in as a 49er.
Here is the complete list:
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
Cris Carter, WR – 1987-89 Philadelphia Eagles, 1990-2001 Minnesota Vikings, 2002 Miami Dolphins
Don Coryell, Coach – 1973-77 St. Louis Cardinals, 1978-1986 San Diego Chargers
Roger Craig, RB – 1983-1990 San Francisco 49ers, 1991 Los Angeles Raiders, 1992-93 Minnesota Vikings
Terrell Davis, RB – 1995-2001 Denver Broncos
Dermontti Dawson, C – 1988-2000 Pittsburgh Steelers
Edward DeBartolo, Jr., Owner – 1979-1997 San Francisco 49ers
Richard Dent, DE – 1983-1993, 1995 Chicago Bears, 1994 San Francisco 49ers, 1996 Indianapolis Colts, 1997 Philadelphia Eagles
Chris Doleman, DE/LB – 1985-1993, 1999 Minnesota Vikings, 1994-95 Atlanta Falcons, 1996-98 San Francisco 49ers
Marshall Faulk, RB – 1994-98 Indianapolis Colts, 1999-2005 St. Louis Rams
Kevin Greene, LB/DE – 1985-1992 Los Angeles Rams, 1993-95 Pittsburgh Steelers, 1996, 1998-99 Carolina Panthers, 1997 San Francisco 49ers
Ray Guy, P – 1973-1986 Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders
Charles Haley, DE/LB – 1986-1991, 1999 San Francisco 49ers, 1992-96 Dallas Cowboys
Lester Hayes, CB – 1977-1986 Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders
Cortez Kennedy, DT – 1990-2000 Seattle Seahawks
Curtis Martin, RB – 1995-97 New England Patriots, 1998-2005 New York Jets
Art Modell, Owner – 1961-1995 Cleveland Browns, 1996-2003 Baltimore Ravens
Andre Reed, WR – 1985-1999 Buffalo Bills, 2000 Washington Redskins
Willie Roaf, T – 1993-2001 New Orleans Saints, 2002-05 Kansas City Chiefs
Ed Sabol, Contributor – 1964-1995 NFL Films
Deion Sanders, CB/KR/PR – 1989-1993 Atlanta Falcons, 1994 San Francisco 49ers, 1995-99 Dallas Cowboys, 2000 Washington Redskins, 2004-05 Baltimore Ravens
Shannon Sharpe, TE – 1990-99, 2002-03 Denver Broncos, 2000-01 Baltimore Ravens
Paul Tagliabue, Commissioner – 1989-2006 National Football League
Aeneas Williams, CB/S – 1991-2000 Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals, 2001-04 St. Louis Rams
George Young, Contributor – 1968-1974 Baltimore Colts, 1975-78 Miami Dolphins, 1979-1997 New York Giants, 1998-2001 National Football League
There has been talk in the past that Darren Woodson should receive consideration for the Hall, but he obviously didn’t even make it this far. That’s probably fair, but only because neither Steve Atwater nor LeRoy Butler are in there. Those two were on the All-Decade Team for the 1990s, but safeties just don’t get as much consideration for the Hall because they can’t match corners in terms of interception totals. Still, Woodson’s five Pro Bowls and three All-Pro selections should count for a nod in the Ring of Honor if nothing else.
Larry Allen is probably the next Cowboy to make it in, but he won’t be eligible until the class of 2013.
As for the seniors, the two candidates are former Washington linebacker Chris Hanburger and former Ram linebacker Les Richter. Hanburger was named All-Pro four times, while Richter was named All-Pro once. Who’s missing? That would be Chuck Howley with his six Pro Bowls, five All-Pro selections, and Super Bowl MVP.
But if you really want to get mad about the Cowboys getting the shaft, consider once again the 1970s All-Decade Team. Of the 22 offensive and defensive players who were named to the first-team list, 20 are in the Hall of Fame. The two not on there are safety Cliff Harris and receiver Drew Pearson.