The presenters for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2014 next month include children, a father, a media member and two former coaches.
The seven inductees during the weekend of Aug. 1-3 in Canton, Ohio, are former Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Derrick Brooks, former Oakland Raiders punter Ray Guy, former Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles defensive lineman Claude Humphrey, former Seattle Seahawks offensive tackle Walter Jones, former Buffalo Bills wide receiver and Dieruff High and Kutztown University product Andre Reed, former New York Giants defensive lineman Michael Strahan and former Arizona Cardinals and St. Louis Rams defensive back Aeneas Williams.
Brooks will be presented by son Decalon Brooks, Guy by former coach John Madden, Humphrey by daughter Cheyenne Humphrey-Robinson, Jones by son Walterius Jones, Reed by former coach Marv Levy, Strahan by media personality Jay Glazer and Williams by his father, Lawrence Williams.
Sons have become a popular choice in recent years, starting with Jarrett Payton for his father Walter Payton in 1993.
"Obviously, my first preference was having all of my kids say something, but I had to pick just one," Brooks said. "Since he started playing football, I've always been directly involved with him, and now he gets a chance to be directly involved with me. I am anxious to see what he says representing his brothers and sisters."
Cheyenne Humphrey-Robinson will be just the third daughter to handle the honors, following Jessica Elway for John Elway in 2004 and Mercedes Sapp for Warren Sapp last year.
Madden and Levy, both members of the Hall of Fame, will be presenters for the third time each. Madden was also there for Dave Casper in 2002 and Al Davis in 1992 and Levy for Jim Kelly in 2002 and Thurman Thomas in 2007.
Lawrence Williams becomes the seventh father to present a son. Others players introduced for enshrinement by their dads were Willie Roaf (2012), Steve Young (2005), Barry Sanders (2004), Marcus Allen (2003), Ronnie Lott (2000) and John Hannah (1991).Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun