Candidates announced for 2009 Pro Football Hall of Fame Class

The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced the list of 133 candidates — 110 players, seven coaches and 16 contributors  — up for induction into sports greatest fraternity.  Some of the noteworthy first-time eligible players includes Defensive end Bruce Smith, defensive back Rod Woodson and tight end Shannon Sharpe.  The list also includes non-players/contributors former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue and longtime team owners Bud Adams, Jerry Jones, Art Modell and Ralph Wilson.

The Hall of Fame selectors will choose 25 candidates who will be announced later this month as semifinalists. The field will then be narrowed to 15 by a mail ballot. After that the inductees will be selected from among those 15 and the two senior nominees (former Cowboys WR Bob Hayes and former Falcons/Eagles DE Claude Humphrey), who were selected in August by a senior selection committee.  The final list of 2009 inductees will be chosen at the selection committee’s annual meeting on Jan. 31, 2009, in Tampa, the day before the 2009 Super Bowl.

I fully expect the Pro Football Hall of Fame to use all six spots from the 133 eligibles and 2 senior committee choices.  You have to think ’08 omitted player receiver Cris Carter has already locked up one of the coveted spots.  Other candidates that I believe should get strong consideration includes Bruce Smith, Woodson, Sharpe, Phil Simms, Ralph Wilson, Eric Allen, Lester Hayes, and Richard Dent.

Please checkout my Top 10 list of players deserving to be in the Hall of Fame for some of the players that I felt should be in Canton.  I would also like to see the committee think about inducting former quarterback Doug Williams as his win in Super Bowl XXII was of great social significance.

  

Lloyd Vance is a Sr. NFL Writer for Taking It to the House and an award-winning member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA)

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