Amid all of the SuperBowl 48 craziness, the NFL announced the new inductees for the 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame, with enshrinement taking place on the first weekend in August, the Saturday before the first preseason game. This year’s class was an exceptional one, with no real debates about anyone that got in.
Of course, there are snubs each year, especially with such a deep class of people coming in this year, such as Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown, Marvin Harrison, Wil Shields & Tony Dungy, but they will go in very soon, most likely next year. The class that went in right now was truly the very best at their positions at some point in their career & are more than deserving of going in right now.
Here is our review –
Derrick Brooks – Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB
|Derrick Brooks was a dominant linebacker|
for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the 90s
Derrick Brooks was the anchor for the Tampa Bay defense that became one of the best in the NFL during the late 90s into the 2000s. Brooks found his way to the Pro Bowl 11 times, recorded 1,301 tackles, 13.5 sacks & 25 interceptions. Brooks was dominant at stopping the run, giving support to Warren Sapp & Booker McFarland, covering a tight end if a team was coming on a blitz and was good on anticipating passes & being able to hold on to the ball when given the opportunity to make an interception, a skill that not many big men have.
Michael Strahan – DE, New York Giants
|Former New York Giants DE Michael Strahan. |
Michael Strahan was one of the most dominant pass rushers in the history of the NFL while with the New York Giants. Strahan is 5th on the all-time sacks list with 141.5, and the single season sacks leader with 22.5 in 2001. Strahan has been an all-pro 4 times, a 7-time pro-bowler, and won a SuperBowl ring with the Giants in 2007 beating Tom Brady & the New England Patriots in SuperBowl 42. Strahan has done well after football, as he has been a host on the Fox NFL Sunday show, had a sitcom on Fox called “Brothers,” & now he is the host of the popular “Live with Kelly & Michael” show.
Aeneas Williams – CB/S Arizona Cardinals & St. Louis Rams
|Former Arizona Cardinals & St. Louis Rams safety|
When it came down to shut-down cornerbacks & safeties, in the 90s, there were few better than Aeneas Williams. Williams was a 2nd-team All-Decade player for the 1990s, 3-time first team All-Pro, 20th all-time in interceptions in the NFL, & mutiple Pro Bowl berths with the Rams & Cardinals.
Walter Jones – LT – Seattle Seahawks
|Former Seahawks LT Walter Jones.|What a weekend for the Seattle Seahawks & their fans. First, the best tackle in the history of the franchise, Walter Jones, ends up in the Hall of Fame first ballot, and then the Seahawks win the SuperBowl. Jones was a monster at LT for 13 years, making the Pro Bowl 9 times. He was named to the NFL All-Decade team for the 2000s, & was a 4-time All-Pro selection.
Andre Reed – WR – Buffalo Bills
|Bills WR Andre Reed. |
Andre Reed was the key receiver in leading the Buffalo Bills to the SuperBowl in 1990 to 1993, 4 consecutive games. Reed was Jim Kelly’s favorite target, with the skill to take a slant pattern or a very short route in for a touchdown on many occasions. Reed had the ability to break a play open at any time. Reed made 7 Pro Bowls, is 12th all-time in receiving touchdowns, & is 13th all-time in receiving yards with 13,198.
Ray Guy – Punter, Oakland Raiders
|Ray Guy revolutionized the punting position|
& made the punter an effective weapon for field
It’s about time! Ray Guy finally makes it into the Hall of Fame. Guy ranked in the top 5 multiple times in punting average, finishing his career with a 42.4 yard average. He made the Hall of Fame’s All-Century team for the 1970s. He made 7 Pro-Bowls & a 4-time All-Pro selection.
Claude Humphrey – DE, Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles
|Falcons & Eagles Defensive End Claude Humphrey.|
Claude Humphrey was a beast in the NFL before sacks were even recorded – that’s how you know someone was great. Humphrey had 122 sacks in his career, was the 1968 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, a 6-time Pro Bowler & 2-time All-Pro. After his career with the Falcons was completed, Humphrey finished his career with the Philadelphia Eagles, where he played in a SuperBowl, before eventually losing to the Oakland Raiders.
Up & down, this 2014 Hall of Fame class is going to be a very deep one & a very colorful class as well. For many of us at the DraftKingsMaster, we are getting to the point where we have seen many of the top players that are going into the Hall of Fame now so it is a bit more exciting each year now.
It seems as though it was only yesterday that Strahan was rushing Tom Brady to the ground right before the Giants won the SuperBowl in 2007, or Aeneas Williams was being a beast with the Rams on the “Greatest Show on Turf” teams with Kurt Warner, Marshall Faulk, Isaac Bruce & Torry Holt.
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