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Salguero a Pro Football Hall of Fame selector

The Pro Football Hall of Fame has asked me to serve as one of 50 selectors that will vote to determine the Hall of Fame class of 2014 on Saturday.

I will serve as an alternate in place of former Miami Herald sports editor Edwin Pope, who is not present at this year's Super Bowl and wil not be at the meeting to determine which of the 17 finalists becomes part of the new class of inductees. Pope has been South Florida's representative to the Hall of Fame ever since I can remember.

A determination on a permanent South Florida rep will be made in the months following Super Bowl and I will be considered for that high honor. Regardless, I feel privileged to be among the few who have ever gone behind the so-called curtain to see and participate in the process of electing a HOF class.

There are 17 finalists whose HOF status will be decided Saturday.

K Morten Andersen: Played 25 seasons and was the most prolific scorer in NFL history when he retired. Was in seven Pro Bowls and at his retirement was first in games played, most points scored (2,544), most consecutive games scoring (360), most FGs attempted (709), most FGs made (565), most FGs of 50 or more yards in a career (40) and most FGs of 50 or more yards for a season (40).

RB Jerome Bettis: Played 13 seasons with the Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams and Pittsburgh Steelers. Was chosen to six Por Bowls. Gained 13,662 yards over his career, which was fifth on the all-time list at the time of his retirement. Had eight 1,000-yard seasons. Averaged 3.9 yards per rush. Was comeback player of the year in 1995.

LB Derrick Brooks: Never missed a game during his 14-year career. Names NFL's defensive player of the year in 2002. Was Pro Bowl selection 11 times and All-Pro six times. Had three interception returns for TDs in 2002, second most ever for a season. Retired Tampa Bay's all-time leader in tackles for a career (2,196) and a game (23). Was part of the 2000s all-decade team. Was the Walter Payton man of the year in 2000.

WR Tim Brown: Played 17 seasons. Starting in 1993 Brown recorded nine consecutive 1,000-yard seasons. He had 10 seasons of 75 or more catches. Was on the 1990s all decade team. Selected to the Pro Bowl nine times. Caught 1,094 passes for 14,934 yards with 100 TDs. Aslo had three punt return TDs and one KO return TD. Led the NFL in pass receiving in 1997 and kickoff returning in 1988.

Owner Edward DeBartolo Jr.: Purchased the San Francisco 49ers in 1977. Team went 2-14 two consecutive seasons before DeBartolo hired Bill Walsh in 1979. Walsh draft Joe Montana. San Francisco won the Super Bowl in 1982. Under DeBartolo team claimed 13 division titles, 16 playoff appearances, went to the NFC title game 10 times and won five Super Bowls, including in '84, '88, '89 and '94. Franchise had NFL's best winning percentage in the 1980s and 1990s.

Coach Tony Dungy: After serving as defensive coordinator in Pittsburgh and Minnesota he took over as head coach in Tampa. The Bucs had 12 double-digit loss seasons in previous 13 years but Dungy's team was 10-6 in his second year. Took Bucs to the playoffs four times in six seasons in Tampa. He then coached Indianapolis for seven years and won double-digit number of games every season. He won the Super Bowl XLI over Chicago. He was 139-69 in the regular season; was 9-10 in the postseason (2-4 with Tampa Bay).

LB Kevin Greene: Had double-digit sack seasons 10 times in a 15-year career. Won the NFL sack title twice, in 1994 and 1996. Was a member of the 1990 all decade team. Was selected to the Pro Bowl five times. Finished career with 160 sacks in 228 games.

P Ray Guy: First punter ever selected in the first round of the NFL draft when he was pick No. 23 in 1973. Played 14 seasons and averaged more than 40 yards per punt in 13 of his 14 seasons. Had 1,049 punts and had only three blocked. Led the NFL in punting three times and finished second three times. Was selected to seven Pro Bowls.

DE: Charles Haley: Only player in NFL history to win five Super Bowls. Led the 49ers in sacks in each of his first six seasons. Amassed 100.5 sacks in 169 games. Was named to five Pro Bowls. Had double-digit sack seasons six times.

WR Marvin Harrison: Caught 1,102 passes in 190 career games. Finished with 14,580 receiving yards and 128 TDs. Caugh 100 or more passes four consecutive seasons from 1999-2002. Was a member of the 2000s all decade team. Was selected to eight Pro Bowls. Led the NFL in receiving yards in 1999 and 2002 and led the NFL in catches in 2000 and 2002.

DE Claude Humphrey: Was NFL defensive rookie of the year in 1968. Credited with 122 career sacks in 171 career games (although the sack statistic did not become official until after he retired). Was selected to six Pro Bowls.

OT Walter Jones: Selected to nine Pro Bowls in 12 seasons. Part of the 2000s all decade team. Was an AP All Pro selection four times. Considered the best LT of his day.

S John Lynch: Selected to nine Pro Bowls in 15 seasons. Had 26 interceptions in 224 games. Also collected 13 sacks in his career. Finished with 973 tackles, third most in Tampa Bay history at the time of his retirement.

WR Andre Reed: Selected to the Pro Bowl seven times in a 15-year career. His 951 career catches was third in NFL history at the time of his retirement. Had 13 seasons with 50-plus receptions, exceeded only by Jerry Rice at the time of his retirement. Finished wtih 13,198 yards and 87 TDs in 234 games.

G Will Shields: Never missed a game during his 14-year career. Had a string of 12 consecutive Pro Bowl berths. Member of the 2000s all-decade team. Walter Man of the Year award in 2003.

DE Michael Strahan: Collected 141.5 sacks in 216 career games. Was selected to seven Pro Bowls. Won the sack titles in 2001 and 2003. Set the record for most sacks in a season with 22.5 in 2001. Selected to the 2000s all decade team.

CB Aeneas Williams: Played cornerback first 12 seasons of his career and moved to safety final two seasons. Was selected to the Pro Bowl seven times as a cornerback and once as a safety. Finished with 55 career interceptions in 211 games. Was second in NFL history, at the time of his retirement, with nine interceptions returned for touchdowns. Led the NFL in interceptions in 1991 and 1994. 

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Are you going to sell your vote like Lebetard?

Derrick Brooks
Tim brown
marvin Harrison
Walter Jones
John Lynch
Andre Reed
Will Shields

Are all no doubters

Some of the others like haley and Greene should only get in if Zach Thomas gets in ..

Coaches and owners and kickers, I don't care...

Awesome! Congrats

Congrats, vote for Tim Brown

Congrats!

Edward DeBartolo Jr. -- if only the Dolphins had such an owner now...

Congrats!

Edward DeBartolo Jr. -- if only the Dolphins had such an owner.

(My first post did not go through).

Keep it to 4 please. More than that is too many and dilutes the experience. Tim Brown, Kevin Greene, Derrick Brooks, Will Shields

Kevin Greene? NEVER!! I say the other three are musts. Swap out Greene for Walter Jones.

congratulations, Armando. You totally deserve it.

Please, no punters or kickers!!!

Congrats Mando. You are the best!!

Congrats Mando...those will definitely be some hard ones to pick from

alright! armando

All due respects to Zack Thomas, he wasn't the best MLB in his own era. Subtract the superb play of Bowens and Gardner, Zack's swallowed up in a oline algae.

Love Zack to death, even currently own one his jerseys, still he's a stretch as a hof'er. Not a gigantic one, but a stretch nonetheless.

With a Defensive Player Of The Year award, a better case can be made for Jason Taylor. Still, I believe it would have taken at least 1 SB Championship to get either guy in.

Have fun with it Armando!

In what decade do we get a franchise QB?

Nobody cares what you think, Daytona. Zach was a machine and with 7 pro bowls - he should be in...

Haley has to get in for the 5 Superbowl wins, that's cool.

Posted by: Mark in Toronto | January 31, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Mama, 'daggo dat man again. Want me to tell him you're not home? :)

Mando you have some big shoes to fill in place of Edwin Pope. Pope covered the Fins and the U for so many great years,and I hope he is enjoying his retirement in good health. Do us proud.

That Mark In Toronto has to be the biggest immature baby on this entire board. That's a fact Jack!

Armando is the best Dolphin writer on the planet. The HOF vote is well deserved. We should appreciate Armando while he is still with the Herald because ESPN or Yahoo Sports may soon be knocking on his door with a nice offer.

That Mark In Toronto has to be the biggest immature baby on this entire board. That's a fact Jack!
Posted by: Sam I Am | January 31, 2014 at 12:17 PM

I think we can all agree on that. An uniformed jerk 2500 miles away lol

Bob Kuchenberg????????????

MANDO = HIS VOTE DOES NOT COUNT

mark
stop being a
btch and congrat armando
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lol

Armando is far better than Edwin Pope was IMO. Pope was the only one when he started so he's recognized but his writing and coverage were very ordinary.

Mark,

With all do respect if Art Rooney deseres to be in the H.O.F. based on his teams dominance and 4 SB Titles then Eddie deerves to be there with his 5 were he stands alone.....

The Gold-standard of Pro Owners who did everything 1st class!

This group is a WHO'S WHO without a doubt! Some VERY DESERVING guys are going to be left off. 3 WR's won't make the cut and Reed is left wanting here again maybe only 1st timer Harrison makes this cut.

The No-Brainers are Walter Jones, D.Brooks and Will Shields, I feel all 3 are locks and from there it gets interesting. I understand Haley doesn't have the numbers but was a key to 49ers D dominance in the late 80's and the tipping scale of POWER between the 49ers and Cowboys in the 90's! He REVOLUTIONIZED the now popular Elephant (DE) Pos. in S.F. aside from having some of the biggest MONEY SACKS ever in the big games he played. He's also the only player in League history with 5 rings (2 S.F. & 3 Dallas) I think he gets bumped in this group but IMO very deserving!

Strahan has become a CELEBRITY of sorts and the poluarity plus the fact he was part of the team to pull the BIGGEST UPSET in S.B. History might make him a lock with voters. Sometimes popularity helps here and he also has the numbers and Season record.

IMO 2014 Inductees are:

Walter Jones
Derrick Brooks
Micheal Strahan
Marvin Harrison
Will Shields
Claude Humpries (because in Goodell's time as League Czar there has always been a throw-back player making the cut!)

I mean, Derrick Brooks and Ray Guy are shoo-ins, Congratulations, btw.


Bob Kuchenberg????????????


Posted by: zonk39 | January 31, 2014 at 12:21 PM


Too bad about "KOOCH". He's only a victim of so many other Dolphins of that SB era already being in the hof. But, you can not argue with Langer and Little being selected over him.

Langer was the greatest center of the era. Little easily the best "pulling guard" of the era. KOOCH will always be a hof'er in the minds and hearts of dolfans who were privilege to be engraciated with his superb play.

Strahan has become a CELEBRITY of sorts and the poluarity plus the fact he was part of the team to pull the BIGGEST UPSET in S.B.
Posted by: fin4life | January 31, 2014 at 12:28 PM

You are nuts. The Biggest SB upset was the Jets over Shula's Baltimore Colts. 20 pt underdogs. Do some research before you spew your nonsense on here!

Derrick Brooks
Tim Brown
Walter Jones
Will Shields
Andre Reed


Kevin Greene? NEVER!! I say the other three are musts. Swap out Greene for Walter Jones.

Posted by: Mark in Toronto | January 31, 2014 at 11:57 AM

Greene was the JT of his ERA without a doubt! But agree he doesn't make this cut because this is a very Big-Name group and overall numbers and level of dominance based on longevity for OL.

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I mean, Derrick Brooks and Ray Guy are shoo-ins, Congratulations, btw.

Posted by: oscar canosa | January 31, 2014 at 12:28 PM

Guy and Morten Anderson should have gotten in already both were weapons! Guy was a machine at pinning teams deep and the father of the coffin corner!

Anderson played so loooooong it's easy to forget for most of his career was a real weapon from 50 to 55!

HOF should be a "PLAYERS ONLY" club. HOF owners are a myth and a fraud. Never seen an owner leave his blood, sweat, and tears on the playing field have you?

Give me a wake up nudge when this happens and I'll play trombone on your bandwagon too.

He punted them long but also high. I remember he once hit the ceiling in the Astrodome. A Phenom.

The car on the track goes round and round, round and round, round and round.

Well are you just a epic dooshbag. Dont want to post my comments? Well then sir, you and your blog can GFY!

My two cents. Inductees, Walter Jones,Derrick Brooks,Marvin Harrison and Will Shields. Claude Humprey might make it but if he does I have to question why Kuchenberg has not. Kuchenberg was a much more decorated OL than Humphries was as a DL. (Politics) Speaking of Politics don't be surprised if the NFL's "Poster Child" Tony Dungy does not get in.

f4l, i wasn't disputing DeBartolo's creds, I just was abstaining because I don't care when it comes to the owners and coaches et al. I always fast forward that part of teh inductions. I just care about teh players - which I'm getting to the age now where I remember these guys full well from their primes...

Correction; Don't be surprised if the NFL's "Poster Child" Tony Dungy GETS in.

Brooks was outtasite also. Probably one of the best 3 or 4 LBs that has ever played the Game. Complete and tough. Miles the best Player TB has ever had including that gorilla DT.

2 watt, Craig is going to be upset that two of Daytona's personalities awarded me his championship belt.

You go Mando!

god, we're starved for news...

o yeah, I will ocngratulate Mando when he officially gets the vote and not because the great E. Pope is infirm and is his proxy.

The problem with the NFL hall of fame, for that matter ALL the Hall's of Fame in every major sport is that they have become the home of the "Pretty Good" not just the great players.


You are nuts. The Biggest SB upset was the Jets over Shula's Baltimore Colts. 20 pt underdogs. Do some research before you spew your nonsense on here!

Posted by: Shula | January 31, 2014 at 12:33 PM

The game has loooong been considered the staple that forever forged the AFL/NFL merger but it was played in 1968, times a B-I-T-C-H and even the older reporters today have ranked the other game higher because of the implication on PERFECTION! In terms of resent League History the 18-0 Pats getting hammered by the Giants with Strahan and the arriving/ascending Tuck pounding Brady along with Eli ushering in maybe the most improbable play in that games storied History is today widely considered that games biggest upset by the reporters (same one who vote here) who picked it tops on an NFL Network ranking were the Jets/Baltimore game was 2nd!

Im very aware of this games History and don't require a History lesson on a game we're all reminded of every Yr. when we have to watch the interviews around this time with the overrated Nammath (Milking it some more)who threw around as many picks as he did TD's over his career.

o yeah, I will ocngratulate Mando when he officially gets the vote and not because the great E. Pope is infirm and is his proxy.
Posted by: Mark in Toronto | January 31, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Biggest JACKASS on the blog?

f4l, Greene was nowhere near as dynamic as Taylor - Taylor would play the run like Greene never could. Greene would end the year with barely more tackles than he got sacks - Taylor was a stat stuffer across the board - near 70 tackles in his best years, ff, fr, int, tds, sacks, he did it all...

Jones and Shields are the 2 to start with. If only 2, then those 2.

Daytona, the trombone? Everyone knows you play the skin flute.

Lookit this guy. Namath overrated. One of the 2 Players Shula really feared in those times. You sure you Cuban, man? How old are you?

Well Armando since you rum your mouth so much, I guess you just attracted enough attention for this. But make no mistake, you still know less about football & baseball than I have forgotten about.

You used to have to be a great great player to get in, but now just like Hollywood`s Star on the walk of fame they let any smuck in , its really a slap in the face to players who had great careers, accomplished great feats, its like todays little league no score is kept their are no losers , everyone gets a trophy, its also the decline in values of this country, sorry but just the fact they selected you to choose a selection says it all , it should only be former great players or coaches , not a guy with a twitter account

albert, I think Kooch ran out of opportunities to be nominated. Sooner or later, your case becomes closed. At least I think that's what happened. mando tried a few years ago to get him in I remember with numerous articles on this site.. but he never got he nod.

And then JT took that infamous low blow at one of this franchise's best.

GD some of you old geezers should get back in the rocking chair and leave the keyboard alone!

Brooks, one of the 3 best OLBs that have ever played the Game.

Posted by: fin4life | January 31, 2014 at 12:46 PM

The Jets were 20 pt underdogs. The Giants were 9 pt ubderdogs YOU MORON!! A 20 pt underdog is a FAR BIGGER upset than a 9 pt underdog!! ITS NOT EVEN CLOSE!!GET A CLUE!
DUUUHHHH!!

2 watt, Craig is going to be upset that two of Daytona's personalities awarded me his championship belt.

Posted by: Mark in Toronto | January 31, 2014 at 12:44 PM
r u wearing 1 of them now mark?
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lol

The rocking chair gets me horny, man.

f4l, you are upsetting Daytona very much. Daytona was 30 years old at the time of the Jets/Colts game. He remembers it well...

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