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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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No wonder this OL were slow in their blocks all year, they were all stoned most of the time !

So these guys are smoking MJ, dropping extasy, banging hookers and we wonder why they can't score a point in the last 2 games.

Luckily we have Mando to let us know that we will not win until we have an elite, franchise qb.

I already know what Tannehill can do when he has protection... build a solid running game and defense around him and we'll get to the next level.

Tannehill's already beat the following QB's this year alone:

Andrew Luck
Matt Ryan
Andy Dalton
Phillip Rivers
Ben Roethlisberger
Tom Brady

And he did it all with a back up Offensive Line!!!

Thill nowhere near as good as Flacco. I talking about their careers and even their play this year.

We have to disagree, I'll take Flacco, you take Thill. Sadly Im a Dolphins fans, stuck with a guy with a limited arm and ZERO abilty to Lead or make plays.

Look the pathetic arguement about the o-line play has been addresses by me. So your QB only plays well, if he gets perfect protect ? WTF you live in a fantasy world.

You fine zero faults in Thill and blame the rest of the team, like a child refsing to go to bed because your favourite show is on. Grow up and open your sleep eyes my friend.

Posted by: Marco | December 22, 2013 at 10:48 PM

@ AtlFin : I suspected Mike Pouncey was on drugs when he wore that free Hernandez hat on his head

Nearly every move the Ireland made to save his job backfired except Grimes. Except his price shot through the roof before he was able to get an extension...

Posted by: Marc | December 30, 2013 at 01:34 PM

Yes he will look fantastic in a Jets uniform next year.

Posted by: Marco | December 30, 2013 at 01:35 PM


I am not sure the drug use is the problem with our Oline last year. I am starting to think it is down right stupidity. I mean who would keep a text messages like the ones they are coming up with?

Ryan Tannehill is just fine & I sincerely doubt that he is involved in any way. Although I do suspect that most of the OL & some of the defensive players were involved in the drug use too.

TannePuke cant hold Flacco's jock strap. He'll be cut after next season just like Henne was.

How did RI get to become the face of the franchise ?

Ritchie is there on the big screen preaching good conduct at the games to the fans. I noticed in the commercial he has a croquet mallet in his hand, what was that rubbed up against ?

The FO really made us look even more of a laughing stock than we are. Philbin didn't know any of this was happening, so he has a pass here ? no ! The guy is removed from his players, its no surprise he doesn't know what is going on in HIS locker.

At the end of the season, Philbin also offered no reasons as to why the team blew its last two games on the brink of the playoffs. If you have no consistency you can forget being a HC in this league Joe, that goes for the players too.

Many of us can see the 2014 season play out with a lame duck coach at the controls. It would be great to get a leader in here for a change that has balls and brains, guess Harbaugh was right to stay away.

If I were to guess, I would say there is probably a 4 to 10 person click close to Ritchie Incognitto doing drugs, drinking & partying with him on the team.

Pouncey and Incognito belong in jail with A Hernandez.

wow you used my name to post some words together Bill, how clever you are my friend. Truly pathetic !!!

Jay I wouldn't rule it out.


The Dolphins owner has shown a complete lack of leadership. This team has found a way to always step in their own poop. You really couldn't screw things up worse if you tried.

Philbin lost control of the team. The players dont respect him, they know he's lame. And Philbin doesnt want Tannehill as his QB either. There is big trouble in paradise.

When will Mr. Ross place Jeff Ireland's name in the ring of honor?
Will it be the 2014 Monday night home game against Minnesota?


Pouncey and Incognito belong in jail with A Hernandez.

Posted by: Jay | January 31, 2014 at 04:17 PM

Agreed. Philbin is full off BS, he talks of having class and standards yet he gives Ritchie a pass on the golf club deal ?

So speaking your mind as Bush, Dansby and Long did is more offensive to Joe that a 9 iron up the TROT ??? Real class you showed there pal.

Hell, a bunch here posting about this alcohol drug thing and the team performance, do or have done just as much. Then come here and post as ludicrously as the oline's play this season.

Yet, you see no problems with this.

Why are we such a self-righteous hypocritical society? Always calling the kettle black, when as an entire society none of us are patron saints. Unbelievable!

The dolphins are the biggest joke in the NFL and i couldn't be delighted! :)

Philbin lost control of the team. There is big trouble in paradise.

Posted by: Jay | January 31, 2014 at 04:20 PM

So what? The people have lost control of our government. They now control us instead of the other ay around. Yet, we sheepishly accept this.

There's your real "trouble in paradise".


Philbin couldn't motivate people to leave a burning building.
You guys should be furious this that clown is still your HC, im seerious.

Now Ritchie is playing snitchie as he sings like a bird to the press.

There is so much work to be done at this club, it time to get on with it !

Who is going to pay $ to watch this crappy team?

Philbin couldnt coach a fish to swim.

Ever wonder why your government never seems to get anything done? Self Preservation. Your government daily plans how to keep you at odds with yourselves. A people divided can not stand. Stand against an evil government, that is.

Have you also noticed, when your government does get something done, it usually involves some type of regulation? They brainwash us into believing it all for our own good too. :)

Posted by: Sam I Am | January 31, 2014 at 04:26 PM

I agree Sam. They are getting big money to play a game though. If I was in the NFL, I'd kick back in the off season but keep out of the BS. We can do what we want, unless you are in the forces, or a profession where you get drug tested. Maturity levels are a big part of the selection process on every team .When you have character issues like RI and JM, then you have your work cut out. Ireland brought these guys in, but Philbin couldn't sort all the BS out.

The NFL needs to install stricter rules regarding drug testing & a code of conduct policy, that's the problem we have in our locker room. There is NO WAY that the ownership or coaching staff can know what these players are doing when they aren't with them 24-7. The NFL needs to install random mandatory drug testing & a code of conduct policy, because professional athletes are totally out of control. Every single week or two there is another professional athlete in the news for something bad. Seeing as Incognitto, Martin, Pouncey & who knows how many more have been implicated for using drugs, something needs to be done before next season even starts.

Incognito is taking Pouncey down with him. In hindsight we should've known both were on drugs.

People no longer understand the concept of "WE THE PEOPLE" in our Constitution anymore. The government now brainwashes us into WE THE INDIVIDUAL line of thinking.

Further preserving itself.

Also, its no longer FREEDOM OF CHOICE, it's now "ILLUSION OF CHOICE". Because now the sheep are deceived.

If Miami hired a street wise ex drug user like me to monitor the locker room, I could spot the drug users from a mile away. But straight & narrow people like the ones we have on our coaching staff & the front office aren't going to notice a person on drugs or drunk.

Bombard a man with enough illusions, then soon he will begin to accept it as his reality.

The NFL needs to install stricter rules regarding drug testing & a code of conduct policy, that's the problem we have in our locker room. There is NO WAY that the ownership or coaching staff can know what these players are doing when they aren't with them 24-7. The NFL needs to install random mandatory drug testing & a code of conduct policy, because professional athletes are totally out of control. Every single week or two there is another professional athlete in the news for something bad. Seeing as Incognitto, Martin, Pouncey & who knows how many more have been implicated for using drugs, something needs to be done before next season even starts.
Posted by: hollywood-Rick | January 31, 2014 at 04:35 PM

Good post Rick. And J Martin will eventually be looked at as a hero for being brave enough to speak up on these atrocities and igniting change for the better.

Michael Strahan gets in. No ifs, ands, buts or Sapps.


Knowing any guys in the locker room are using and proving it is another beast. You may bust a few of simpletons, but, the professional user is one highly clever animal. :)

HAHA. Nice resurrection Marco. That was a good post about Grimes. Holler.

Ritchie is the Snitchie.

Posted by: hollywood-Rick | January 31, 2014 at 04:35 PM

Professional sports knows the greater abundance of its talent pool is drawn from low income impoverished areas. Still, it is big, big money.

With old balding greedy and wrinkled hand white men, nothing's more important than making even more money. The misdeeds of their talent pool is just occupational hazzard.

They would hire none of these to run their companies. It's all plantation mentality where the servants actually get paid for play. So, now everyone's happy until the next misdeed occurs.

I used to want Kuechenberg in there but after he showed no class and zero respect for (aging and in poor health) Don Shula when the 72 Boys were honored at the White House I say the hell with him.

You put your petty political differences ASIDE for an honor like that. You show respect for your teammates and coach like an ADULT.

Kuechenberg acted like a selfish little petulant brat. I hope when Shula passes he feels a ton of regret for not being there.

I met Kooch once. He's a drunken a-hole. You shouldn't have been surprised by is behavior. That's him in a nutshell.

Well guys,

It our own warped lust for blood and violence that makes sports such a marketable profitable capital venture.

In the end, we can blame no one but ourselves. We are savage animal. We lust and hunger for the controlled violence of savage sport. We all have hand in creating this beast.

Look I understand that anywhere from 30% to 50% of NFL players are chronic drug users or drunks, but if the NFL started RANDOM drug & alcohol testing at Management & League requests they can start booting these thugs out of the league. Not only are we now going to have to cut Incognitto & Martin, but Mike Pouncey & others may also be on the chopping block once Ted Wells report comes out.

Posted by: hollywood-Rick | January 31, 2014 at 05:00 PM

NFL would never cut it's nose to spite its face. Your suggestion could affect upto 50% of the NFL's superstar base. All professional sports are "superstar driven".

Without its superstars professional sports would struggle to survive. Look at all of the football leagues that tried to displace the NFL. Yes, they plucked a few NFL superstars, yet not nearly enough.

Reason why every single one of these leagues are now DEFUNCT.

Basically, if you want to enjoy the good, usually it comes with some bad. Nothing's perfect.

Every now and then, you have to mow the grass. Because the answer is never to dig the entire lawn up just because the grass is a little high.

Congrats Salguero. Hope you get it.

keep hearing of restaurants and fine dining in here.

Are you paupers aware that REAL fine dining costs about $50,000 per plate? Exactly why very few have ever experienced TRUE fine dining.

All of the rest are imitated fakes to make poor people feel better about themselves.

Posted by: Sam I Am | January 30, 2014 at 11:18 PM

One of YGDB's most ignorant and ridiculous statements.

You can dine at the very best restaurants in Paris, New York, San Franciso, LA, Vegas, Honk Kong, and everywhere else for under $1000 per couple, including a decent bottle of wine. And I do mean at places with the top chefs in the world. Of course more alcohol and raise the bill quite a bit, but that is another matter.

50k dinners are for fund raisers or for Sheiks in palaces providing full on female entertainment.

YGDB has too much hot air for one person.

Lets induct incognito into the hall of fame!!!
Nah just kidding!
Congrats on the vote Mando!!!

YG Dumbo

Look up the menus for The French Laundry, Per Se,Daniel, Jean-Georges, Cafe Boulud....Some of the finest gourmet restaurants in the country.

Do your homework - like you love to tell others.

(You obviously are low class when it comes to high class living)

you guys act like savage sports started with Pro football. That's a puzzy sport compared to the gladiators of the far distant past. How many football players would have balls enough to joust?? or fight a lion in the old Greek arenas, chit.

These grown guys using mollies. Shame on them!

anyone know when the puppy bowl is on? its so gentle and heartwarming.

I only wish pro football was played in the nude.

Congratulations Armando, that's quite an honor. Good luck getting the vote for permanent status but hell yeah for even being considered! Either way, great job. Respect from your peers, priceless.


Is YG, Paul?

That would make perfect sense, no?

Posted by: yup | January 31, 2014 at 04:19 PM

In other words, I read a story and now that writers opinion has become my own.

dashi and Sam should have a sauna together and then get married.

Yeah, I remember when we released the lions on them, the look of surprise on those guys faces. Thoroughly enjoyable.

oscar, tell us more about your conversations with Fidel and how you helped the exile. It's fascinating.

Shouldn't "Fine Dinning" be any 5-course meal restaurant that requires the person to dress formal to get in?

Only time I have spent over $1K at dinner was because it was a political fundraiser. For 2 people of course. Now on a group of people. $3-5K depending on the drinks. And that is more drinking than dinning.

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