The Pro Football Hall of Fame released the list of modern day eligible candidates for the their Class of 2014. Of the 126 names on the list, the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee will choose 25 candidates who will advance as semifinalist nominees. The list of 25 semifinalist nominees will be announced in late November. That semifinalist list will be further reduced by a mail ballot to 15 modern-era finalists and announced in early January.
The Class of 2014 will be selected from the list of the 15 modern-era finalists plus the two senior nominees (former Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders punter Ray Guy and former Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Claude Humphrey) who were selected last month by the Hall of Fame’s Senior Selection Committee.
There are 16 names on the list (SEE FULL LIST) that at one time or another were associated with the Giants:
PHIL SIMMS – QB -1979-1993 New York Giants – Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XXI. Completed 2,576 of 4,647 passes for 33,462 yards and 199 touchdowns. Was named first-team All-Pro in 1986 and selected to two Pro Bowls during 14-year career.
OTTIS ANDERSON – RB – 1979-1986 St. Louis Cardinals, 1986-1992 New York Giants - MVP of Super Bowl XXV. Named first-team All-Pro and All-NFC once and voted to two Pro Bowls. Rushed for 10,273 yards and 81 touchdowns, and caught 376 passes for 3,062 yards and 5 TDs in 14-season career.
TIKI BARBER – RB – 1997-2006 New York Giants – Rushed for more than 1,500 yards in each of last three seasons of 10-year career and amassed a career total of 10,449 yards. Added 5,183 yards on 586 receptions. Voted to two Pro Bowls and named All-Pro once.
DAVE MEGGETT – RB- (also PR/KR) – 1989-1994 New York Giants, 1995-97 New England Patriots, 1998 New York Jets -Twice named All-Pro as a punt returner, played on five divisional championship teams and won one Super Bowl. Multi-faceted running back who had 336 career catches and amassed nearly 14,000 all-purpose yards during 10 NFL seasons.
HERSCHEL WALKER – RB – 1986-89, 1996-97 Dallas Cowboys, 1989-1991 Minnesota Vikings, 1992-94 Philadelphia Eagles, 1995 New York Giants, 1996-97 Dallas Cowboys – Versatile player who racked up more than 18,000 all-purpose yards during 12 seasons. Recorded two 1,000-yard rushing seasons and accumulated 512 career receptions. Also averaged 23.6 yards per kickoff return over career. Voted to two Pro Bowls.
MARK BAVARO – RB – 1985-1990 New York Giants, 1992 Cleveland Browns, 1993-94 Philadelphia Eagles – Recorded 351 receptions for 4,733 yards and 39 touchdowns during 126 games in nine seasons. Two-time first-team All-Pro and Pro Bowl selection and won two Super Bowl championships.
LOMAS BROWN – T – 1985-1995 Detroit Lions, 1996-98 Arizona Cardinals, 1999 Cleveland Browns, 2000-01 New York Giants, 2002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Named to the Pro Bowl seven consecutive times over an 18-year career. Selected as a first- or second-team All-Pro six times. Played in 263 career games, winning four division, two conference and one Super Bowl championships.
MICHAEL STRAHAN – DE – 1993-2007 New York Giants – Set NFL single-season record with 22.5 sacks in 2001 and finished 15 playing seasons with 141.5 QB drops. Selected to seven Pro Bowls and a five-time All-Pro choice.
SAM MADISON – CB – 1997-2005 Miami Dolphins, 2006-08 New York Giants – Earned four Pro Bowl, three All-AFC, and two All-Pro selections during 12-year career. Stole 20 passes in three-year period (1998-2000). Finished career with 38 total interceptions.
EVERSON WALLS – CB – 1981-89 Dallas Cowboys, 1990-92 New York Giants, 1992-93 Cleveland Browns – Recorded 57 interceptions during 13-year career. Led the league in interceptions three times. Voted to four Pro Bowls and named first-team All-Pro three times. Played on three division championship teams and won one Super Bowl.
MORTEN ANDERSEN – K – 1982-1994 New Orleans Saints, 1995-2000, 2006-07 Atlanta Falcons, 2001 New York Giants, 2002-03 Kansas City Chiefs, 2004 Minnesota Vikings – The NFL’s all-time leading scorer with 2,544 points accumulated over a 25-season career. Connected on 849 PATs and 565 field goals. Named All-Pro five times and selected to seven Pro Bowls.
SEAN LANDETA – P – 1985-1993 New York Giants, 1993-96, 2003-04 Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, 1997 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1998 Green Bay Packers, 1999-2002, 2005 Philadelphia Eagles – Helped teams win six division, two conference and two Super Bowl championships. In 284 games over 21 seasons amassed 60,707 yards on 1,401 punts for a net average of 43.3. Named to two Pro Bowls and selected first-team All-Pro three times.
BRIAN MITCHELL – RB/KR/PR – 1990-99 Washington Redskins, 2000-02 Philadelphia Eagles, 2003 New York Giants - One of the most productive kick/punt returners in NFL history. Ranks first in record book in number of returns and yards in both categories. A two-time All-Pro choice, 23,330 combined net yards is second all-time.
BILL ARNSPARGER – 1964-69 Baltimore Colts, 1970-73, 1976-1983 Miami Dolphins, 1974-76 New York Giants -
Total of 20 seasons included three as head coach. Mastermind of Dolphins defense that captured six division, four conference championships and two Super Bowls. Also had one division, two conference championships and one league championship with the Colts.
GEORGE YOUNG – Team Executive/General Manager – 1968-1974 Baltimore Colts, 1975-78 Miami Dolphins, 1979-1997 New York Giants, 1998-2001 National Football League - Noted for excellent personnel evaluation knowledge, greatest fame came when turned around the Giants franchise. Under leadership, the team ended long postseason draught by capturing four NFC East titles and victories in Super Bowls XXI and XXV.
John Fennelly, Lead Writer
Strahan has the best shot and will probably be a finalist again. He could get the call. George Young was well-repected throughout the league and will certainly garner some support. He should get in because he gets credit for setting up the model most front offices follow to this day. The good ones, anyway.
Tiki is one great year shy of being a lock for the Hall. He’ll have to live with that - and skating on the Giants a year too soon. If he played in 2007, and won the SB, he would be a no-brainer.
I believe the window for Simms, Bavaro and Ottis is very narrow. The bar for offensive statistics gets raised almost every week now and their accomplishments are beginning to fade in comparison.