The inductees for the 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame class were announced tonight.
Unfortunately, there were no Cincinnati Bengals on the list, as players like Ken Anderson and Ken Riley continue to get left out, despite careers that are deserving of such an honor.
But that doesn’t mean the players who did get nominated didn’t deserve it, and one would find it hard to argue with any of this year’s inductees:
DE Michael Strahan
LB Derrick Brooks
OT Walter Jones
WR Andre Reed
CB Aeneas Williams
DL Claude Humphrey
P Ray Guy
This time, for the first time, legendary punter Ray Guy was being considered as a seniors candidate, a special designation for players who have been inactive for 25 years or more.
It’s good to see him finally make it after being a finalist seven times previously and has been retired since 1986.
The same goes for Humphrey, the other senior candidate. The former Falcons defensive end and franchise sack-leader retired from the NFL in 1981 and was an unsuccessful Hall of Fame finalist in 2003-06, and also fell short in 2009 as a senior candidate.
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Twenty-five semifinalists were announced in November, and the list was cut to 16 earlier this month. The notable players from the list of 16 that weren’t inducted include former Colts head coach Tony Dungy, Chiefs offensive line Will Shields and Steelers running back Jerome Bettis among others.
Congratulations to the men who received this honor, as they will now be immortalized in football history as their busts in Canton, Ohio represent their career accomplishments.