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Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

Posted on: February 4, 2012 6:10 pm
Edited on: February 4, 2012 7:04 pm
 
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Curtis Martin (AP)By Josh Katzowitz

INDIANAPOLIS -- The official 2012 Pro Football Hall of Fame class is official, and center Dermontti Dawson, defensive end Chris Doleman, defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy, running back Curtis Martin, left tackle Willie Roaf and senior selection Jack Butler will be enshrined this summer.

That means Aeneas Williams, Cris Carter, Andre Reed, Charles Haley and Bill Parcells, who made up the rest of the 10 finalist spots, were denied in the final vote by the selection committee.

While the biggest stunner of the night was that Parcells didn't make the Hall* -- I think most media members collectively agreed that he was the one guy who would make it in -- this is another year with the committee not selecting a single wide receiver. Before the selection show ever began, Tim Brown showed his displeasure on Twitter, writing "Raider nation!! Don't bother to watch tonight they passed on me again!! In fact, no wrs made it again. Gotta get some of y'all in there!"

Martin, meanwhile, was ecstatic at making the cut. He said he didn't deserve to make the Hall last year with Marshall Faulk on the list but that he felt better about his chacnes this year.

"They are a different class," Martin said during a phone interview on the NFL Network. "This year, my chances were a little better. When it was winding down to the show got close to starting, I felt a different kind of nervousness than I did last year."

*CBSSports.com's Clark Judge makes the case that if the Giants win Super Bowl XLVI and Tom Coughlin gets his second title, that will hinder Parcell's chances.

And our colleague Mike Freeman explains that he's stunned by the development. "I'm not a fan of Parcells," Freeman wrote. "He treated many people in my business terribly and wasn't exactly a great human being but to me, in history, there are few better coaches."

Even though Parcells didn't get in this year, he'll get the chance to present Martin.

"That's not a big decision for me," he said. "It's simple. There's no one I'd rather have present me than Bill Parcells. That man has meant everything in my career."

Among those who didn’t make the cut from 15 to 10: former 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo, Will Shields, Kevin Greene, Tim Brown and Jerome Bettis.

Here's more reaction from the class.

Chris Doleman: "I'm blessed to be in this position. I'm very honored. ... There was a moment when you go through this process where you're like, 'If it happen, it happens. If it don't, it don't.' But I tell you what, when they call your name, you're numb. There are times when you ask yourself why you're getting the short end of the stick even though you're blessed -- maybe you might have been overlooked -- but I've always had the respect of my peers and my family, and I tried to go out to play to that level."

As for who will present Doleman, he pointed to his son, Evan: "I watched LT's (Lawrence Taylor) son present him. I watched Walter Payton's present him. I was fortunate enough to have a son who can speak on my behalf."

Cortez Kennedy: "(Former Miami Hurricanes coach) Randy Shannon, my roommate at the University of Miami, he taught me how to get in shape and played mind games on me so I could become a better person. He was very instrumental in my football days."

Dermontti Dawson: "This is something my kids can take their kids to see, that you're enshrined in the Hall of Fame and immortalized where they can bring family from here on out to see what their grandad did. It's a great honor."

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Since: Feb 5, 2012
Posted on: February 5, 2012 1:57 pm
 

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

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Since: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2012 1:49 pm
 

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

I am really starting to wonder about the people that vote on sports awards and honors. A few years ago a writer voting for the American League Cy Young Award left Jared Weaver off his ballot. He was the only writer who did, he was from Orange County, the paper prints in Korean. Yes he was the baseball writer representing the AL from so Cal. So I go to the NFL HOF voting. I will not say if anyone is deserving or not but Willie Roaf? He was a very good player and should get all the credit he deserves but he should be the poster child for the HOF, Ray Guy is not in? Parcells? Like I said I am not one to say who is right or wrong but Roaf was no where near as good as Tony Boselli. Sorry injuries cut his career short but he was by far the best tackle we have seen in decades. Bruce Smith exposed Anthony Munoz yet Boselli knocked Smith on his back whenever they played. Marv Harrison is eligible next year but I think every team would take Tim Brown over him.



Since: Mar 11, 2010
Posted on: February 5, 2012 1:47 pm
 

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

Chris Carter got bent over big time on this one. 4 times he's been overlooked now. What a joke.



Since: Sep 3, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2012 1:45 pm
 

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

Chris Carter sure as shit shouldn't get in if sterling sharpe can't. Sharpe had better numbers over a seven year Span than Carter, brown, reed, and rice. I would also put them all ahead of Carter who refused to go over the middle and has shown himself to be a petty crybaby ever since he became eligible. If he was as good as he thinks he was, he'd be in already.

It's Cris not Chris, so that right there shows how dumb you are. 

Secondly, Sterling Sharpe would have been a lock had he played longer, but you are comparing numbers you look at career stats, not average stats per game. Cris Carter had almost double the catches as Sharpe, almost 6000 more yards, and exactly double the amount of TD's. Not to mention, Sterling Sharpe started every game he played, while Cris Carter only started 173 out of 234 games, so his stats would have been much better had he been starting in those 61 games. To say that he is a crybaby, I would be to if I retired 2nd in catches and TD's in NFL history at the time and still haven't been voted in. Carter never went over the middle, because he was to busy making fantastic tip-toe catches that other WR's wouldn't even have a chance at, because his hands were like NO OTHER player in the history of the game.



Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2012 1:41 pm
 

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

Charles Haley should have been in with Martin. The man was the best DE of the 90's bar none with 4 rings with 2 teams..WTF?


actually he has 5 rings, but who's counting.




Since: Jan 8, 2011
Posted on: February 5, 2012 1:38 pm
 

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

Congrats Tez, it's about time.



Since: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2012 1:27 pm
 

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

Hey phony name CBCURRAN, I know the GAME, I will beat you like a red headed step child in checkers. Want to keep playing the GAME with me? I just whooped you in Monopoly. Keep the GAME going, dude you lost in Duck, Duck, Goose. Hey don't bring it to the table if you have no GAME. Dumb ass. Could you seriously read what you wrote and still submit it? I am letting this post drag on just so I can write the GAME again. The GAME. I have status and credibility now because I say I know the GAME.



Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2012 1:23 pm
 

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

I there should be some other type of minimum qualifications and not a limit on the number that can make it in. Personaly I think Haley should have been a first ballot. I have always liked Carter and as a Steelers fan and a Rams hater you have to respect the Bus. Reed was truly a class act on the field and did so much with Kelly. I still think Carter accomplished more with the incosistency he had to deal with from the multiple QB's he had.

Throw the rings out of the equation. It really comes dow to what these guys did for there team and for the game.

Kevin Green was definately a beast but when he is in the same group as Haley you can't compare.

And everyone knows Parcells should be there and I'm quite stunned he's not. He must have Pissed allot of reporters off considering they are who votes.

As far as Brown goes I truly believe he was a great receiver but not so sure about a football player. Carter and Reed were players. Brown was just fast.

Sorry Tim you won allot of bets for me but I can't put you in the same class as the other guys. Close but not the same.



Since: Feb 4, 2012
Posted on: February 5, 2012 1:08 pm
 

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

Let the annual wailing and gnashing of teeth begin!  The fact is that the NFL Hall has a structural problem with the voting; there are too many qualified candidates.  Almost all of the guys on this year's ballot will make it into the Hall of Fame eventually.  Look, for example, at the finalists in 1985.  Of the fifteen men who made that cut, only Johnny Robinson failed to achieve induction eventually.  But only five of them made it that year; the other nine continued to clog up the list for years afterwards. Carl Eller finally made it 19 years after that, and Madden 21 years later.  This creates a system where people who are ridiculously qualified, like Parcells, Carter, Brown, etc., have to wait a few years, until a weak first-year class comes along.



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Posted on: February 5, 2012 1:00 pm
 

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

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