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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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@ Monte : I wish they would knock on Salguero's door, i'm sick of his articles already. With the way that he treats this franchise, he might as well be a New York Jets fan. He is untalented & he only uses hearsay in his articles. Every time he writes a new article, it's always contradicting a good point I make & we need a writer that comes out with original thoughts.

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!

2 watt, over teh shoulder like the great Don "the (original) Rock" Muraco used the wear the Interncontinental Championship belt on Saturday mornings when I was a kid...

Oscar I am sure any kind of old, hard wood with the correct motion gets you going!

You could only dream you could have Joe Namath in his prime as QB here now. btw, is Joe in the HOF?

The 5 that should go in this year are Charles Haley, Tim Brown, Walter Jones, Will Shields, Aeneas Williams.

oscar gets ZING'D!

First ballot?

Armando you have a vote. One word. Kuech. Do the right thing.

Jacoby Jones to replace Marcus Thigpen?

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.

Posted by: Sam I Am | January 31, 2014 at 12:37 PM


You won't see any of todays Owners sweating blood or tears as you say but not always the case!

Art Rooney actually won the Steelers in a game of Poker on a $2,500.00 hand back in the late 50's. The team was a joke and an Owners pocket had to carry the show on what was still a fledgling League. He ended up mortgaging his steel mill to the hilt and was on the verge of losing that team many times to the bank along with everything he owned, as a matter of fact that team to this day is still owned in large part bythe Banks! He was the one who hired Noll and had alot to do with the Structure of the team through the draft. He after all on his death bed famously told his son Art Jr. that he BLEW IT and should have drafted Marino!

Eddie Jr. bought the 49ers at the hieght of his Dad's strip mall success but into the late 80's was in financial Hell yet always borrowed, bartered or did what he had to in order to keep the 49ers afloat INCLUDING getting caught in that Louisianna River -Boat gambling mess were he was accused of bribing a public official to which he pled no contest and lost the team! By the way he also was the Owner who changed the culture on a real stinker in S.F.. There have been a group of Owners over the NFL's History who paved the way for the game alot of younger fans enjoy today yet take for granted! Lamar Hunt, Wellington Mara, Al Davis and even Joe Robbie who did in fact merge his life's work on the construction of JRS Ect.....

Woooo, Jacoby Jones, that's a dangerous Moder.

@ hollywood-Rick

You are free to leave if you dont appreciate timely articles and quality and objective reporting. No one is holding you here. This is the best writer and blog on the Miami Dolphins bar none.


Maybe so. I don't really know. But for sure Kuchenberg SHOULD be in the Hall. Too many other players have gone in the last few years that did not have the accomplishments that he did. Another player that got snubbed is Jerry Kramer of the old Vince Lombardi Packers. Kramer was considered the best Guard of his time for much of the 60's. He made the old Packer sweep go. He made the "All 60's Team" Yet not in the Hall.POLITICS!


Get Andre Reed in there!

I agree OScar, he's a free agent... world class speed!!!!

Kramer not in the HOF, I guess they don't like Gs there. He was big and fast as hell and smart.

This is random, but I'd hate to see incognito signed by an AFC East rival.

No Andre Reed, please, he made Us suffer too much.

Lookit this guy. Incognito will jamais play in the NFL again.

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

Posted by: Mark in Toronto | January 31, 2014 at 12:57 PM

No doubt probably a peanut vendure that day in the stands!

This is random, but I'd hate to see incognito signed by an AFC East rival.
Posted by: Mando's Cue Card | January 31, 2014 at 01:12 PM

The guy is a cancer on every team he's ever been on. I hope the Jests sign him haha


YG is a fine Person when he is not on.

fin4life tell us about the time you ordered your first piece of football equiptment out of the yearly delivery of the Sears catalog!


See the COMPLETE interview with Jonathan Martin here: http://dolphinstruth.com/jonathan-martin-interview/

Ha, I doubt the Bills want him for a second go around - they didn't fight us too hard to get him the first time. jets and pats have better guards.

MCC, u can calm down, not going to happen.

not on?

his meds?
on - line?


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?

Posted by: oscar canosa | January 31, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Lookit I'm NOT A FAN of anything N.Y. Jets! But I find it funny that the same folks who have an issue with stats being a precursor to GREATNESS don't have an issue with Nammath's overrall career stats? Wich are 170 or so TD's to 220 Picks? JMO on the man who we all remember because while drunk poolside at the Fountain Bleu told a reporter, "Hey listen were going to win the game!" Look up while your at it his pedestrian stats in that game! Were the Colts played with back-up Morrall at QB before bringing in an Ice Cold Unites late in the 2nd half! There were circumstances beyond Nammath even that day! They had 3 F.G.'s (why not their Kicker as the GREATEST of all time then) and Snell's TD run (why not him for game MVP?) Nammath got the cred and MVP because of the boast in a game he threw NO TD's and didn't complete a 4th Qrt pass!!

Cogs may be a cancer, but he's also a pro bowl guard. He will get signed, and I wouldn't be surprised if it is by Belichick or Ryan.

I think Namath should be in the HOF for his epic hit on Suzy Kolber ... greatest football tv moment ever ... "I want to kiss you"....

That is an NFL moment that will truly never be forgotten.

"Chad Pennington???? I don't care about Chad Pennington... I want to kiss you..."

He's not good enough to start for the Jets or Pats....Jax or Atl maybe...

It just seems like Ryan loves to find a home for our cast-offs.

I don't really care where Martin goes.

Good luck Armando - I don't see 1 "Player" listed that does not deserve to be in the HOF.

Mark In Toronto is the smartest man on the planet. Don't believe me, ask him for yourselves. :)

Daytona tell us about that time you got black flagged for leaking oil all over the track but eventually got back in 50 laps down!

Jonathan Martin is a career back up.

Mark In Toronto how many other tricks can you make your STOOL PIGEON F4L do? Right on cue, he respomds to everything that you lead him into.

Can you also make him move his lips while you talk?

Art Rooney actually won the Steelers in a game of Poker on a $2,500.00 hand back in the late 50's.

Posted by: fin4life | January 31, 2014 at 01:04 PM

Wasn't sure here and went back and checked my facts. Rooney paid the 2,500 to get the franchising rights in Pitt. and then nearly lost it by betting it in a game of poker. I knew this because back around 97 there was a play made about his life callec the Chief which I believe they made into a Movie but I saw the Bio on ESPN.

The planet? That's it? I am the smartest man ALIVE!


It's time a punter made it in!

Dungy? PLEASE!

The HOF is getting too watered down.


You're actually a great person when you're not allowing Mark In Toronto to lead you by the nose with the ear ring he bought you for your man-love anniversary.

Yes, I'm jealous because Mark In Toronto used to be "My Girl."

Posted by: Sam I Am | January 31, 2014 at 01:36 PM

I don't really know what your problem is I've been posting here a long time and cue into whatever line of conversation I find interesting including yours on occasion because while non of us agree 100% we can all at least respect the fact were diehard fans who know our Football related history!

Strahan is deserving too but, not this year.

I doubt Cogs plays next year along with Martin. In their text wars there is drug use listed. This is scary for some current players on the roster. I don't know the hard and fast drug policy but another Oline name is listed.


Zach ATTACK - What makes Zach Thomas's numbers even more impressive is the fact that his career mirrored that of the greatest MLB to ever play the game (SORRY DICK)that being "U" Ray Lewis. How many pro bowls or more importantly All Pro selections would Zach have had if he wasn't directly competing against the "MAN". Trying to say his numbers are inflated because he played behind Bowens ( I Miss Tim) and Daryl(skip a play)Gardner for 5+ years makes no sense, that was only half of his career. He should have won the Defensive MVP '96 in his rookie year but was robbed by just a few prejudiced voters just because he was an unknown rookie
How do you finish second in MVP vote and not get elected to the pro bowl or the All pro team. In '98 he had almost identical numbers and could easily won the MVP again yet was still not voted into the Pro Bowl. He didn't so called EARN his first pro bowl until '99 and that's the biggest joke of all. Zach Thomas has more tackles than anyone in the hall of fame and is the greatest ball hawk that I have ever seen play the game.
(In 48 years of psychotic viewing) You are correct that Zach's numbers are skewed but I say it's in the other direction. I hope this sheds a little more light on the little guy in the middles real accomplishments. Congrats Armando you deserve the vote, thanks for keeping us informed over the years.

Posted by: fin4life | January 31, 2014 at 01:40 PM

My Problem? Who made the first vial comment about whom. Thought so.

Wise up my friend. Don't allow Mark In Toronto to lead you into stepping into the poop rolling down his own pant leg. Thought you were bigger and smarter than that.

Apparently not.

...I do not like green eggs and ham!


I wasn't kidding. You are one of the more respectful posters here. I guess yu get led into garbage in attempts to impress dimwits like MIT.

You're great man. Don't allow the crabs to pull you down. You are better than him.

Posted by: Classic | January 31, 2014 at 01:44 PM

Why thank you sir. Nice to know I've finally made the "Classic" hit list. My hard work wasnt in vain.

Posted by: Sam I Am | January 31, 2014 at 01:39 PM

See now your obviously just bored looking to kick up some C-H-I-T online! @1:04 I was responding to your post and don't see how you could have found anything in it offensive? You made a comment about Owners being a bunch of Mr. Irrelevants to which I replied maybe in this Generation of insulated Billionaire Owners but not the guys who came up before them and built the NFL.

Can you imagine Rooney taking his 2,500 investement and turning it into what it is today without giving the man any credit in a League Historical sense? How about Davis who simply put everything he had into the Raiders on a whim along with all the Org. AFL Owners who decided to go head to head with the Paul Brown's of the World and even those Old NFL guys had to pony up alot of Cash to secure the Stadium for that week without the promise of the return on the investment!

Sorry but I feel these guys get alot of the credit for the game I enjoy from that prospective! If you want to talk about todays crop with Snyder and Co. then ya! F them all and there greed! But 2 very different convo's!

Posted by: Classic | January 31, 2014 at 01:44 PM

Sill, Im disturbed, should have made your "Classic" list years ago. WTH took you so long?

Why? Eliphino.

Posted by: fin4life | January 31, 2014 at 01:50 PM


No matter what ou wish to dream up in defense of the idiots you choose to follow, even you can not deny I never start in with anyone here. Yes, you can force yourself to be in denial of it, but FACTS never change.

As I said before, you're one of the better and more respectful posters here. I just do not understand why you allow the dimwits to pull you down to their morbid levels.

You've already demonstrated you are much better than that. Countless times, I might add.









f4l, you are upsetting Daytona very much. Daytona was 30 years old at the time of the Jets/Colts game. He remembers it well... Posted by: Mark in Toronto | January 31, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Then you replied:

No doubt probably a peanut vendure that day in the stands!


So I stayed away from the fray of this blog since Dec 31, 2013. I comeback and best buds Sam I Am, Marco are now beating up on MIT??

and the crowd goes....quiet?

And it seems Sam I am and Marco also beat down anybody that even speaks with MIT?? F4L...really? He never bothers anybody and always respectful.
I even saw Phins78 get abused by SIA/Marco?? for talking with MIT.

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