Thursday, April 19, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Pro Football Hall of Fame finalists

Morten Andersen, K

Teams: Saints (1982-1994); Falcons (1995-2000 and 2006-07); Giants (2001); Chiefs (2002-03); Vikings (2004)

Of note: 25 seasons, 382 games. … Remains the leading scorer in NFL history with 2,544 points (565 field goals, 849 extra points). … All-time leading scorer for the Saints and Falcons. … First-team All-Pro three times. … Pro Bowl pick seven times.

Jerome Bettis, RB

Teams: Rams (1993-95); Steelers (1996-2005)

Of note: 13 seasons, 192 games … First Rams rookie to rush for 1,000 yards since Eric Dickerson in 1983 … Steelers' leader in total yards from scrimmage from 1996-2001 … Fifty 100-plus yard rushing games rank first in Steelers history. … Ranks sixth in NFL history with 13,662 rushing yards. … First-team All-Pro three times. … Voted to the Pro Bowl six times.

Derrick Brooks, LB

Team: Bucs (1995-2008)

Of note: 14 seasons, 224 games. … Never missed a game due to injury. … Elected to 11 Pro Bowls. … First-team All-Pro five times ... NFL's Defensive Player of the Year in 2002. … Helped Tampa Bay post top overall defense in NFL in 2002 and 2005 and in NFC in 1998, 1999, 2002, 2005 and 2007. … Named to the All-Decade team of the 2000s.

Tim Brown, WR/KR

Teams: Raiders (1988-2003); Bucs (2004)

Of note: 17 seasons, 255 games .… Holds Raiders franchise records for receptions, receiving yards and punt return yards … At the time of his retirement, 14,934 receiving yards were second in NFL history; now are sixth. … 100 touchdown catches were tied for third; now tied for seventh. … 19,682 all-purpose yards … Pro Bowl pick nine times.

Edward DeBartolo Jr., owner

Team: 49ers (1977-2000)

Of note: Purchased 49ers in 1977. … Hired Bill Walsh as coach and drafted QB Joe Montana from his alma mater, Notre Dame. … DeBartolo-led 49ers teams won Super Bowls during the '81, '84, '88, '89, and '94 seasons. … Team averaged 13 wins per season, including playoffs, from 1981-98.

Tony Dungy, coach

Teams: Bucs (1996-2001); Colts (2002-08)

Of note: Turned around woeful Bucs franchise. … In 1999, Bucs won first division title since 1981. … Made playoffs four times in six seasons with Bucs. … Colts made playoffs in each of his seven seasons. … First African-American coach to win a Super Bowl (2006 against Chicago) … Overall record: 148-79.

Kevin Greene, LB/DE

Teams: Rams (1985-1992); Steelers (1993-95); Panthers (1996, 1998-99); 49ers (1997)

Of note: 15 seasons, 228 games … Had consecutive seasons, 1988-89, with career-best 161/2 sacks. … Recorded 41/2 sacks in the 1989 finale win to clinch a playoff spot for the Rams. … Double-digit sacks in 10 seasons ... 160 career sacks are third all-time. … Named to the All-Decade team of 1990s.

Charles Haley, DE/LB

Teams: 49ers (1986-1991, 1999); Cowboys (1992-96)

Of note: 12 seasons, 169 games … Only player in NFL history to play on five winning Super Bowl teams. … Began career at linebacker and led the 49ers in sacks in each of his first six seasons. … Recorded four double-digit sack totals with the 49ers, including 12 as rookie and career-high 16 in 1990 … First-team All-Pro twice.

Marvin Harrison, WR

Team: Colts (1996-2008)

Of note: 13 seasons, 190 games. … Three touchdowns in a game nine times. … Eight straight seasons with 1,000-plus yards receiving and 10 or more touchdowns. … Shattered NFL single-season reception record with 143 in 2002. … Finished career with 1,102 receptions, 14,580 yards and 128 touchdowns. … Eight Pro Bowls. … First-team All-Pro three times. … All-Decade team of 2000s.

Walter Jones, LT

Team: Seahawks (1997-2008)

Of note: 12 seasons, 190 games. … Following the 1999 season, became the first offensive lineman in Seahawks history to be elected to the Pro Bowl, the first of nine appearances. … Integral part of running back Shaun Alexander's MVP season of 2005. … First-team All-Pro four times. … Named to the All-Decade team of the 2000s.

John Lynch, S

Teams: Bucs (1993-2003); Broncos (2004-07)

Of note: 15 seasons, 224 games. … Credited with 90 or more tackles in a season nine times. … Integral part of the Bucs 2002' championship season, contributing 96 tackles and three interceptions. … Career numbers include 26 interceptions for 204 return yards, 13 sacks, and 1,058 tackles. ... First-team All-Pro two times.

Andre Reed, WR

Teams: Bills (1985-99); Redskins (2000)

Of note: 16 seasons, 234 games … Most prolific receiver in Bills history. … 951 career receptions were third in NFL history at the time of his retirement; now are 11th. … 941 career receptions remain a Bills record. … 13,095 receiving yards and 36 games with 100-plus yards remain team records. … Seven consecutive Pro Bowls.

Will Shields, RG

Team: Chiefs (1993-2006)

Of note: 14 seasons, 224 games. … Inserted into the lineup in his first game and never missed a game due to injury. … 224 games and 223 starts are franchise records. … Earned 12 straight Pro Bowls. … First-team All-Pro in 1999, 2002 and 2003. … Second-team All-Pro four times. … Named to the All-Decade team of the 2000s.

Michael Strahan, DE

Team: Giants (1993-2007)

Of note: 15 seasons, 216 games. … Dominant pass-rusher and excellent at defending the run. … 1411/2 sacks are fifth all time. … Had 38 multi-sack games. … First-team All-Pro five times. … Voted to seven Pro Bowls. … Set NFL single-season record with 221/2 sacks in 2001. … Unanimous NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2001.

Aeneas Williams, DB

Teams: Cardinals (1991-2000); Rams (2001-04)

Of note: 14 seasons, 211 games. … Starred at cornerback for 12 seasons before switching to safety. … Named to the Pro Bowl seven times as a cornerback, once as a safety. … First interception came in his NFL debut. … Compiled five or more interceptions in a season six times. … Recorded 55 interceptions for 807 return yards and nine touchdowns.

Senior nominees

Ray Guy, P: Raiders (1973-86). 14 seasons, 207 games. … Led NFL in punting in 1974, 1975 and 1977. … Named to seven Pro Bowls. … First-team All-Pro three times.

Claude Humphrey, DE: Falcons (1968-74, 1976-78); Eagles (1979-81). 13 seasons, 171 games. … 122 career sacks (before they were an official stat). … First-team All-Pro five times. … Six Pro Bowls.



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