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Reed, Strahan Lead Those Inducted into 2014 Hall of Fame

Michael Loccisano/Getty Images(CANTON, Ohio) -- Receiver Andre Reed, defensive ends Michael Strahan and Claude Humphrey, defensive back Aeneas Williams, linebacker Derrick Brooks, offensive tackle Walter Jones and punter Ray Guy were all inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday night.

Reed, who played in four Super Bowls with the Bills in the 90's, reflected on playing with quarterback Jim Kelly.

"I wanted the ball every single time," Reed said while talking to Kelly who was in the audience. "I wanted you to be proud of me and know that you could count on me at any time. You know our old saying bro...12 plus 83 always equals six."

Strahan, who is fifth in the NFL in career sacks, explained how his dad helped him transform from a huskie child into a football player.

"He didn't know about about the weight lifting part," Strahan said of his father who would go to the gym with him. "But Muscle and Fitness or whatever it was that he took these programs out of I can't read one to this day because of that. I remember being in the gym and I didn't want to be there, and my dad looked at me and said, 'son, one day it will pay off.' And dad I've got to say it payed off."

Ray Guy became the first punter ever inducted into the Hall.

"It's been a long, long overdue but now the Hall of Fame has a complete team," Guy said.

Aeneas Williams played 14 seasons split between the Cardinals and the Rams.

"If you would have told me, 'Aeneas, you have to the potential to be one of the best cornerbacks,' I would have thought you were crazy and hit you with my right hand," Williams said. "I'll just take a moment to soak this all in."

Derrick Brooks is a former Defensive Player of the Year who won the Super Bowl in 2002 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Walter Jones played his entire 12-year career for the Seahawks and made nine Pro Bowls.

Claude Humphrey was a six-time Pro Bowl selection.

"Now they tell me I only had 10 minutes up here, but let me start off by telling you that I've waited 30 years to get to this podium, so don't rush me guys," Humphrey said.

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2014 Football Hall of Fame Class Announced

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Pro Football Hall of Fame will have seven new members inducted this coming August. Michael Strahan, Walter Jones, Derrick Brooks, Andre Reed, Aeneas Williams, Ray Guy and Claude Humphrey were all selected by the Hall's Board of Selectors on Saturday.

Deliberations lasted nine hours in what is believed to be the longest-ever meeting to decide who would be enshrined in Canton, Ohio. Both Jones and Brooks were in their first year of eligibility while Guy and Humphrey were voted in by the Hall's Seniors Committee.

Strahan, the former New York Giants defensive end, was a five-time All-Pro selection and ranks fifth all-time in sacks with 141.5. In 2001 he set a single-season record with 22.5 sacks and won a Super Bowl with New York in 2007.

Jones was a nine-time Pro Bowler for the Seattle Seahawks and started all 180 games in his 12-year career. A member of the NFL All-Decade team for the 2000s, Jones allowed just 23 sacks throughout his career.

In 14 seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Brooks made 11 Pro Bowls and was the league Defensive Player of the Year in 2002. The linebacker was a part of Tampa Bay's Super Bowl championship team in 2002, returning an interception for a touchdown.

After being a finalist for the Hall seven times before, Reed was selected in his ninth year of eligibility. The former Buffalo Bills wide receiver ranks fifth all-time in postseason receptions with 85 and was the teams leading receiver all four years in which Buffalo reached the Super Bowl.

A safety and cornerback, Williams played for the Arizona Cardinals and was an eight-time Pro Bowl Selection. The 14-year veteran recorded 55 career interceptions, returning nine for touchdowns.

Guy, who played for the both the Oakland and Los Angeles Raiders, is the first punter to ever be inducted. After his eligibility as a modern-era candidate expired, Guy joines Jan Stenerud as the only kickers in the Hall.

The Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1968, Humphrey was the third overall pick in the '68 draft. Humphrey played for both the Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles and was credited with 122 career sacks despite the fact that the sack was not an official league statistic until after he retired.

All seven inductees will be enshrined at the Pro Football Hall of Fame on August 2 in Canton, Ohio.

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Football Hall of Fame Finalists Announced

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(CANTON) -- The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced the 15 modern-era finalists for induction on Thursday. Tony Dungy, Derrick Brooks, Marvin Harrison and Walter Jones were the four first-year finalists named to this year's ballot.

Dungy, a Super Bowl-winning coach with Indianapolis, coached Harrison when he was with the Colts, and also coached Brooks in Tampa Bay. Jones was an offensive tackle for the Seattle Seahawks.

Former New York Giants defensive lineman Michael Strahan was named a finalist in his second year of eligibility, as were former safety John Lynch and kicker Morten Anderson. Charles Haley, Kevin Greene, Andre Reed, Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown, Aeneas Williams and Will Shields are the other finalists up for induction.

Paul Tagliabue, the former NFL commissioner, was among the notable semifinalists that did not advance. Three-time Super Bowl-winning coach Jimmie Johnson and players Terrell Davis and Steve Atwater also were not named finalists.

Voting will be held on Feb. 1 in New York, where the 46-member committee will decide on the 2014 class. A minimum of 80 percent is required for induction.

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Pro Football HOF Semifinalists Announced 

Leon Halip/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  Former head coach Tony Dungy and wide receiver Marvin Harrison were among 25 semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's class of 2014 announced Wednesday night.

Dungy, Harrison, linebacker Derrick Brooks, and tackle Walter Jones were the four first-year eligible candidates to make the cut from 126 to 25.

Other former players who are being considered for induction to the Hall of Fame include running back Jerome Bettis, safety John Lynch, and defensive end Michael Strahan.

The list of 25 semifinalists will be reduced to 15 modern-era finalists.  They will be joined by two recommended candidates from hall's seniors committee.  There is no set numbers of enshrinees for any Hall of Fame class, but anywhere between four and seven new members are selected each year.

The Hall of Fame election will be held on Feb. 1, the night before the Super Bowl, in New York.

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Pro Football Hall of Fame Finalists

Michael Loccisano/Getty Images(CANTON, Ohio) -- Former Giants defensive end Michael Strahan will headline the names of first timers for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.    Strahan will be joined by former Cowboys and 49ers guard Larry Allen, Ravens tackle Jonathan Ogden, and former Raiders and Buccaneers defensive tackle Warren Sapp as part of the 15 finalist announced on Friday.

Strahan set the single-season sack record of 22.5 in 2001 and has a Super Bowl title to his name.  Ogden and Sapp also will bring along their Super Bowl ring.

The other remaining finalist who are part of last year’s 10 finalist who missed the cut last year are: running back Jerome Bettis, wide receivers Tim Brown, Cris Carter and Andre Reed, guard Will Shields, defensive end Charles Haley, linebacker Kevin Greene, cornerback Aeneas Williams along with Bill Parcells and Ed DeBartolo, Jr.

The late Ravens and Browns owner Art Modell is also a part of the 15 finalist.

Defensive tackle Curley Culp and Linebacker Dave Robinson are among the two senior nominees.

Four to seven new members will be selected on Feb. 2.

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Giants Celebrate on Canyon of Heroes

Bobby Bank/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- The New York Giants on Tuesday got their second parade down the Canyon of Heroes in four years.

The parade began at 11 a.m. at Battery Place and Washington Street, before continuing north up the Canyon of Heroes to Worth Street. The parade ended at City Hall, where Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former Giants great Michael Strahan presented the team with keys to the city.

"We do have the best fans in the world.  There is a group of guys down in Dallas who call themselves 'America's Team'," said Giants Chairman and Executive Vice President Steve Tisch. "Looking out at all of you and the millions of people in the streets today, we're 'America's Dream.'"

Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said he stressed all season to his team the goal of finishing.  That is exactly what his team did in Super Bowl 46.

"All things are possible for those who believe, we always believed, we always knew we could get here," said Coughlin.  "It's a great credit to the coaches who did a magnificent job and our players."

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