Seven legends – Derrick Brooks, Ray Guy, Claude Humphrey, Walter Jones, Andre Reed, Michael Strahan, and Aeneas Williams – will be formally enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame during a memorable enshrinement ceremony held inside Canton’s Fawcett Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014.

 

Derrick Brooks | Ray Guy | Claude Humphrey | Walter Jones | Andre Reed | Michael Strahan | Aeneas Williams
 
Selection process timeline



@DBrooks55


Linebacker … 6-0, 232 … Florida State … 1995-2008 Tampa Bay Buccaneers … 14 seasons, 224 games … Selected by Buccaneers in 1st round (28th player overall) of 1995 NFL Draft… Never missed game during 14-season career … Started all but three games rookie season … Never missed a start for remainder of career … Earned All-Rookie honors after finishing second on team with 80 tackles … In 1997, led Bucs to first postseason appearance since 1981 … Topped team with 182 total tackles, 1.5 sacks, two interceptions, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and 10 passes defensed, earned first of 11 Pro Bowl selections … With Brooks, Bucs led NFL in total defense twice (2002 and 2005) and topped NFC five times (1998, 1999, 2002, 2005, 2007) during his career … Named NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year, 2002 when he again led Tampa Bay with 173 tackles, career-high five interceptions (three returned for TDs), 15 passes defensed, one fumble recovery, one sack … Was a major contributor in the Bucs’ victory in Super Bowl XXXVII where he had three tackles, one pass defensed, one interception returned 44 yards for a TD against the Oakland Raiders … Six-time All-Pro choice, named All-NFC eight times … Selected to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 2000s … Born April 18, 1973 in Pensacola, Florida.


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Punter … 6-3, 195 … Southern Mississippi … 1973-1986 Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders … 14 seasons, 207 games … All-American, nation’s top collegiate punter, 1972 … First punter ever to be selected in first round of draft, picked by Raiders (23rd player overall), 1973 … Became impact player from very first game as a rookie … Averaged under 40 yards only one season in NFL career … Had best average (45.3 yards) as rookie … Led NFL in punting, 1974, 1975, 1977 … Had only three of 1,049 punts blocked … Career average was 42.4 yards … Had 619 punts without a block, 1979-1986 … Veteran of 22 postseason games, adding 111 punts for 42.4 average … All-Pro six straight seasons, 1973-78 … All-AFC seven times … Played in seven Pro Bowls, including six straight from 1974 to 1979 … Played in seven AFC championship games … Member of Raiders victories in Super Bowls XI, XV, XVIII … Three-game totals: 14 punts, 41.9-yard average … Had 77 punts inside 20-yard line, 1984-86 … First punter to hit Louisiana Superdome scoreboard, 1977 Pro Bowl … Doubled as Raiders’ emergency quarterback with strong accurate passing arm … Born December 22, 1949, in Swainsboro, Georgia.

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Defensive End … 6-4, 252 … Tennessee State … 1968-1978 (1975 inj. res.) Atlanta Falcons, 1979-1981 Philadelphia Eagles … 14 seasons, 171 games … Falcons’ first-round pick (3rd player overall) in 1968 draft … Recorded 11.5 sacks as rookie … Named National Football League Defensive Rookie of the Year, 1968 … Although not official NFL stat until after he retired, Humphrey is credited with 122 career quarterback sacks … Highly effective pass rusher, led team in sacks nine of 13 seasons … Earned first-team All-Pro in 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1977 … Second-team All-NFL/All-Pro 1969, 1970, 1971, 1974, 1976, 1977 … Selected to play in six Pro Bowls … Extremely durable, missed just two games prior to season-ending knee injury in 1975 … Rebounded with career-best 15 sacks in 1976 and was named team Most Valuable Player … Traded to Eagles in 1979 for two fourth-round picks following a brief “retirement” … In first year with Eagles, finished second in sacks and his 31 quarterback “hurries” were a team best … In 1980, team high 14.5 sacks helped Eagles advance as NFC champions to Super Bowl XV … Career stats include two interceptions, a fumble recovery for TD, and two safeties … Born June 29, 1944 at Memphis, Tennessee.

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@BigWalt71

@BigWalt71


Tackle … 6-5, 300 … Holmes Comm. College (MS); Florida State … 1997-2008 Seattle Seahawks … 12 seasons, 180 games … Drafted in 1st round (6th player overall) of 1997 NFL Draft … Seahawks traded up to select Jones as sixth overall pick … Ability on football field was evident from start … Earned starting left tackle spot during rookie training camp, named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month in October, and a consensus pick for multiple all-rookie teams … Provided blindside protection for quarterback Warren Moon as Seahawks topped NFL in total passing yards that season … Following 1999 season, Jones became first offensive lineman in Seahawks history elected to Pro Bowl … First of team-record nine All-Star nods … In 2001 was recognized with first selection as first-team All-Pro … Highlights included Jones and line mates opening holes for Shaun Alexander’s 266-yard day that, at time, was fourth highest single-game rushing total in NFL history … Earned All-Pro honors five more times (2002, 2004-07) … A team leader, Jones was integral part of Alexander’s MVP season in 2005 … Jones helped his running back chalk up a franchise-record and league-high 1,880 yards while establishing the then NFL mark for touchdowns in a season (28) as Seattle led the NFL in scoring with 452 points … Jones’ team-record 10 playoff starts included 2005 NFC Championship Game and Super Bowl XL … Named to NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 2000s … Born January 19, 1974 in Aliceville, Alabama.

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@Andre_Reed83


Wide Receiver … 6-2, 190 … Kutztown … 1985-1999 Buffalo Bills, 2000 Washington Redskins … 16 seasons, 234 games … Selected by Buffalo in 4th round (86th player overall) of 1985 NFL Draft … Most prolific receiver in Buffalo Bills history … His 941 career receptions still Bills record and 266 more than number two on that list … His 13,095 career reception yardage, 36 games with 100-plus receiving yards, and 15 catches in a game are current team records … Known for his “yards after catch” … His 951 career receptions were third all-time in NFL history at the time of his retirement … His 13 seasons, including nine consecutive, with 50-plus receptions was exceeded only by Jerry Rice at time of Reed’s retirement … Reed is tied with Bills running back Thurman Thomas for team best career touchdowns (87), most on passes from Jim Kelly … Kelly-Reed tandem held NFL record for career receptions (663) until 2004 when eclipsed by Peyton Manning to Marvin Harrison … Known for toughness as he made most of his receptions over the middle … A four-time All-AFC choice and three-time All-NFL second-team, was selected to play in seven consecutive Pro Bowls (1989-1995) … Added an additional 85 catches for 1,229 yards, including five 100-yard games in postseason play … Born January 29, 1964 in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

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@michaelstrahan

@MichaelStrahan


Defensive End … 6-5, 255 … Texas Southern … 1993-2007 New York Giants … 15 seasons, 216 games … Selected in 2nd round (40th player overall) in 1993 draft … Dominant pass rusher and also excellent at defending the run … Recorded 141.5 career sacks … Had 38 multi-sack games during career … Registered double-digit sack totals six times during nine-season span, 1997-2005 … Suffered torn pectoral muscle in 2004 but rebounded following season by starting all 16 games and amassing 11.5 sacks … Named first-team All-Pro five times (1997, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2005) … All-NFC five seasons … Voted to seven Pro Bowls … Set NFL single-season sack record with 22.5 sacks, 2001 … Also won NFL sack title in 2003 with 18.5 sacks … Named unanimous NFL Defensive Player of the Year, 2001 … Started at left defensive end in two NFC championship game wins, two Super Bowls … Recorded two tackles, one assisted tackle, one sack and one pass defensed in Giants’ 17-14 win over Patriots in Super Bowl XLII, his last NFL game … Selected to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 2000s … Born November 21, 1971 in Houston, Texas.

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@aeneas35

@aeneas35


Cornerback/Safety … 5-11, 194 … Southern University … 1991-2000 Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals, 2001-04 St. Louis Rams … 14 seasons, 211 games … Selected in the 3rd round (59th player overall) of 1991 NFL Draft … Starred at cornerback for first 12 years of career before moving to safety … Earned Pro Bowl nods at both positions, seven times at cornerback and once as safety … Had first career pick and four deflected passes in NFL debut … Finished year tied for most interceptions in NFC with six, also recorded 17 passes defensed, 48 tackles … Named NFC Defensive Rookie of the Year by NFL Players Association … Earned Pro Bowl nod and All-NFC acclaim for first time in 1994 when he added another conference interception title with career-high nine interceptions … Named first-team All-NFC 1995, 1996, 1997, and 2001 … Selected to NFL’s All-Decade Team 1990s … Recorded interception in every season but last and had five or more picks in a season six times … Led Cardinals in interceptions seven times and Rams leading interceptor in 2003 … In all, registered 55 interceptions for 807 yards … His nine pick-sixes tied him for second all-time at time of retirement … Shared NFL record for longest fumble return in upset victory over Redskins Nov. 5, 2000, 104 yards for a TD … Recorded interception in record four straight postseason games during span from 1998 to 2001 … Born January 29, 1968 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Class of 2014 Selection Process Timeline:


Feb. 1, 2014
- The Class of 2014 is announced from New York, the site of Super Bowl XLVIII. Story>>>

Jan. 9, 2014 - The 15 modern-era finalists are revealed. Story>>>

Nov. 20, 2013 - The list of semifinalists is released. Story>>

Sept. 12, 2013 - A list of 126 modern-era nominees for the Class of 2014, including 16 first-year eligible candidates is announced. Story>>>

Aug. 21, 2013 - Punter Ray Guy and defensive end Claude Humphrey were named by the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Seniors Committee as finalists for the Class of 2014. Story>>>