Willie Roaf, Dermontti Dawson, Cortez Kennedy, Chris Doleman, and Curtis Martin were selected among the finalists, joining veteran’s selection Jack Butler in comprising the 2012 Hall of Fame class.
Roaf was a no-brainer choice, and should have been a selection last year. Dawson has been waiting far too long as the best Center of his generation. Curtis Martin was a clear cut choice, and I thought Cortez Kennedy should be in. I had all four of those guys as my selections on Friday, with only Tim Brown among my choices not making it. Chris Doleman is a perfectly fine choice in a vacuum (there are probably 12 guys in this group who could eventually get in). I think he was a deserving choice. I just think the Hall of Fame selectors, again, did what conservative coaches do every Sunday. They punted on the receiver question … again.
No wide receivers were selected, as Tim Brown, Cris Carter, and Andre Reed were again left just short as finalists. Brown and Carter should be in, Reed (who actually has finished ahead of the other two in the voting) has an arguable case, and the committee is soon going to have to face a backlog at receiver with guys like Harrison, Owens and Moss coming soon.
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