Michael Strahan has been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, despite Warren Sapp’s objections. He was a four-time All-Pro and averaged about 10 sacks per year over 14 seasons. Not sure what the argument against him is. Strahan will be joined by Derrick Brooks (11 Pro Bowls, five-time All-Pro in 14 seasons) and Walter Jones (9 Pro Bowls, four-time 1st-team All Pro in 12 seasons). Longtime Cardinals DB Aeneas Williams (Eight Pro Bowls, three-time All-Pro in 13 seasons) was also elected.
Former Buffalo Bills wide receiver Andre Reed will be the most controversial selection. Marvin Harrison was eligible at his position with a far better résumé. So was Tim Brown, who put up better numbers as Reed’s direct contemporary. Reed went to seven Pro Bowls in 14 seasons, but was never named first-team All-Pro.
Ray Guy, widely acknowledged as the best punter of all-time, was nominated as well as a senior player. So was former Atlanta Falcons defensive end Claude Humphrey, who was named to five All-Pro teams in the 1970s.
The biggest omission, besides Harrison, was probably longtime Chiefs guard Will Shields (12 Pro Bowls in 14 seasons). Electing a guard just isn’t very sexy, apparently. John Lynch, Charles Haley and Jerome Bettis were also left off the ballot.
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