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Capsule Look at 2014 Class of NFL Hall of Fame Inductees

by Associated Press

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    In this Dec. 28, 2008, file photo, Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Derrick Brooks reacts during an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders in Tampa, Fla. Brooks twetted that he's been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014. Photo/Reinhold Matay (AP File Photo)

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A capsule look at the 2014 inductees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame:

Derrick Brooks
Linebacker
6-0, 232

1995-2008 Tampa Bay Buccaneers ... 14 seasons, 224 games.

First year eligible. ... Selected by Buccaneers in first round (28th player overall). ... Never missed game in career. ... Earned All-Rookie honors. ... Elected to 11 Pro Bowls. ... In 1997, led Bucs to first postseason appearance since 1981 ... NFL's Defensive Player of the Year in 2002. ... Helped Tampa Bay post top defense in NFL twice (2002 and 2005) NFC five times (1998, 1999, 2002, 2005, 2007). ... Named All-Pro six times, All-NFC eight times. ... Selected to the NFL's All-Decade Team of the 2000s.
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Ray Guy
Punter
6-3, 195

1973-86 Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders. ... 14 seasons, 207 games.

Senior nominee. ... First punter ever drafted in first round, Raiders 1973 (23rd player overall). ... Became impact player from very first game as a rookie. ... Had best average (45.3 yards) as rookie. ... Career average was 42.4 yards. ... Averaged under 40 yards only one season in NFL career. ... Led NFL in punting in 1974, 1975, 1977. ... Had only three of 1,049 punts blocked. ... Had 619 punts without a block, 1979-1986. ... Veteran of 22 postseason games, adding 111 punts for 42.4 average. ... All-Pro six straight seasons, 1973-1978. ... Played in seven Pro Bowls, including six straight from 1974 to 1979. ... Played in seven AFC championship games and three Super Bowls. ... Three-game Super Bowl totals: 14 punts, 41.9-yard average. ... Had 57 punts inside 20-yard line, 1984-1985. ... First punter to hit Louisiana Superdome scoreboard, 1977 Pro Bowl.
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Claude Humphrey
Defensive End
6-4, 252

1968-74, 1976-78 Atlanta Falcons. 1979-81 Philadelphia Eagles. ... 13 seasons, 171 games.

Senior nominee. ... Falcons' first-round pick (third player overall) in 1968 draft. ... Recorded 11.5 sacks his first year and was NFL's Defensive Rookie of the Year. ... Credited with 122 career sacks. Led team in sacks nine of 13 seasons. ... Earned first-team All-Pro five times. Selected for six Pro Bowls. ... Missed just two games before season-ending knee injury in 1975. Rebounded with career-best 15 sacks in 1976 and was chosen team MVP. ... Traded to Eagles in 1979 for two fourth-round picks following brief retirement. ... In 1980, his team-high 14.5 sacks helped Eagles advance to 1981 Super Bowl.

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Walter Jones
Tackle
6-5, 300

1997-2008 Seattle Seahawks. ... 12 seasons, 190 games.

First year eligible. ... Selected in first round (sixth player overall) by Seahawks in 1997. ... Earned starting left tackle spot in rookie training camp. ... Consensus pick for multiple all-rookie teams ... Following the 1999 season, Jones became the first offensive linemen in Seahawks history to be elected to the Pro Bowl, the first of nine All-Star appearances. ... Team leader and integral part of Shaun Alexander's MVP season in 2005 when RB ran for franchise-record and league-high 1,880 yards and set NFL mark for TDs in season. ... All-Pro six times (2001-02, 2004-07). ... Named to NFL's All-Decade Team of the 2000s. three straight seasons (1999-2001).
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Andre Reed
Wide Receiver
6-2, 190

1985-1999 Buffalo Bills, 2000 Washington Redskins. ... 16 seasons, 234 games.

Selected by Buffalo in fourth round (86th overall) of 1985 draft. ... Most prolific receiver in Buffalo Bills history. ... His 951 career receptions were third in NFL history at time of his retirement. ... His 941 career receptions still are a Bills record and 266 more than No. 2 on that list. ... His 13,095 yards receiving and 36 games with 100-plus yards are current team records. ... Known for gaining yards after catch. ... His 13 seasons, including nine consecutive, with 50-plus receptions is exceeded only by Jerry Rice. ... Reed is tied with Bills running back Thurman Thomas for team's most career touchdowns (87), most of them on passes from Jim Kelly. ... Kelly-Reed tandem held NFL record for career receptions (663) until 2004 when eclipsed by Peyton Manning to Marvin Harrison. ... Known for toughness, he made many of his receptions over the middle. ... Selected to play in seven consecutive Pro Bowls (1989-1995). ... Had 85 catches for 1,229 yards, including five 100-yard games, in postseason play.
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Michael Strahan
Defensive End
6-5, 255

1993-2007 New York Giants ... 15 seasons, 216 games.

First-year eligible. ... Selected in second round (40th player overall) in 1993 draft. ... Dominant pass rusher and excellent at defending the run. ... Recorded 141.5 career sacks. ... Had 38 multi-sack games during career. ... Registered double-digit sack totals six times during nine-season span, 1997-2005. ... Suffered torn pectoral muscle in 2004 but rebounded following season by starting all 16 games and amassing 11.5 sacks. ... Named first-team All-Pro five times (1997, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2005). ... All-NFC five seasons. ... Voted to seven Pro Bowls. ... Set NFL single-season sack record with 22.5 sacks, 2001. ... Also won NFL sack title in 2003 with 18.5 sacks. ... Named unanimous NFL Defensive Player of the Year, 2001. ... Started at left defensive end in two NFC championship game wins, two Super Bowls. ... Recorded two tackles, one assisted tackle, one sack and one pass defended in Giants' 17-14 win over Patriots in the 2008 Super Bowl, his last NFL game. ... Selected to the NFL's All-Decade Team of the 2000s.
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Aeneas Williams
Defensive Back
5-11, 194

1991-2000 Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals, 2001-2004 St. Louis Rams. ... 14 seasons, 211 games.

Selected by the Cardinals in third round (59th overall) of 1991 draft. ... Starred at cornerback for 12 seasons before switching to safety. ... Named to Pro Bowl seven times as a cornerback and once as a safety. ... First career interception came in NFL debut. ... Compiled five or more interceptions in a season six times. ... Recorded 55 interceptions for 807 yards and nine touchdowns. ... Had a then-record 104-yard fumble return vs. Redskins in 2000. ... Selected to NFL's All-Decade Team 1990s.

 

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