After meeting for a good portion of the day today, the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee has finally decided upon the members of the 2013 Induction Class, and revealed them in an overblown, overlong 1.5-hour announcement special on NFL Network.
They worked from a list of 15 finalists and two senior nominees, and the names announced tonight received at least 80% of the vote to get into the HOF. CLICK HERE for your full list of the finalists.
I caught a glimpse of the voting process for today's meeting while watching NFL Network today, and took some notes on it so I could share it with you.
First, the senior nominees were discussed and then they faced a "yes-no" up or down vote. If the nominee got 80% votes in the YEA category he made it into the Hall.
Second, the 15 other finalists were discussed and then they voted to create a list of 10, um, SUPERFINALISTS I'll call them. Again, the nominees had to get 80% of the YEA vote to make this list.
Then, this list of 10 was discussed, and the selection members voted to create a list of 5, um, SUPERDUPERFINALISTS I'll call them. It took 80% of the vote to make this list, too.
Finally, these five guys were voted on individually in a "yes-no" proposition, and those who received 80% of the vote in the YEA category, will get to wear an ugly yellow jacket in Canton this August.
The members of the 2013 Pro Football Hall of Fame Induction Class are:
Larry Allen - OT from 1994-2007 with the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers.
Cris Carter - WR from 1987-2002 with the Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings, and Miami Dolphins.
* Curley Culp - DT from 1968-1981 with the Kansas City Chiefs, Houston Oilers, and Detroit Lions.
Jonathan Ogden - OT from 1996-2007 with the Baltimore Ravens.
Bill Parcells - Head Coach from the 80s, 90s, and 00s with the New York Giants, New England Patriots, New York Jets, and Dallas Cowboys.
* Dave Robinson - LB from 1963-1974 with the Green Bay Packers and Washington Redskins.
Warren Sapp - DT from 1995-2007 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders.
* denotes Senior Selection.
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So, there's your list. What do you think of it? Was anyone not as deserving as someone who didn't make it in? Who do you think should have made it, but didn't? Let's hear from you in the comment section!