Tony Dungy, Derrick Brooks and Marvin Harrison are among first-time NFL Hall of Fame finalists

Hall of Fame talk is moving to the NFL, where Tony Dungy and others are named finalists

1/10/14 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

Jan. 31, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Tony Dungy of NBC sports appears in a  press meet and greet at the Motorola Media Center at the  JW Marriott.  Mandatory credit: Michael Hickey-USA TODAY SportsTony Dungy, Marvin Harrison, Derrick Brooks and Walter Jones are the first-year players listed among the finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

That quartet joins Michael Strahan, Charles Haley, Kevin Greene, Andre Reed, Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown, John Lynch, Will Shields, Aeneas Williams, Morten Andersen and Eddie DeBartolo, Jr. as finalists.

Dropping out of the running were former commissioner Paul Tagliabue, former coach Jimmy Johnson and others.

The idea that Tony Dungy is a finalist over Johnson is a bit strange. Johnson took the Cowboys from an abysmal team (1-15 in 1989) to multiple Super Bowl championships only 3 years later. Dungy, on the other hand, brought the Tampa Bay Buccaneers close to a championship, but was never able to close the deal. He won a Super Bowl with the Colts, but with 5 first place finishes, one might say that only 1 Super Bowl win was an underachievement.

If I could choose, I'd name Brooks, Lynch, Strahan, Jones and Shields to the Hall. I think they are the most deserving candidates of the remaining options.

Who do you think should be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year?
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1/10/14   |   Jess   |   34372 respect

I'm partial to Dungy for personal reasons, but your argument against him being named over most is definitely strong. I'll be happy if he's elected, but I won't be devastated if he doesn't.

I like your list...though I might put Brown in there somewhere. I dunno. All I know is Walter Jones better make it in this year, or I might be mad.