Former New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath (L) and Fox TV announcer Joe Buck introduce the class of 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees during the NFL Honors award show in New York February 1, 2014.
(CARLO ALLEGRI / REUTERS / February 2, 2014)
NEW YORK -- Seven players were elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday.
Linebacker Derrick Brooks, offensive tackle Walter Jones, wide receiver Andre Reed, defensive end Michael Strahan and defensive back Aeneas Williams and senior candidates Ray Guy, a longtime punter for the Raiders, and defensive end Claude Humphrey will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in Canton in August.
Four first-time-eligible nominees -- wide receiver Marvin Harrison, Brooks, Jones and coach Tony Dungy -- led the group of 15 modern-era finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2014.
They were joined by nine of last year's finalists: wide receivers Tim Brown and Reed, running back Jerome Bettis, linebacker/defensive end Kevin Greene, defensive end/linebacker Charles Haley, guard Will Shields, Strahan, Williams and team owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr.
The other two finalists are free safety John Lynch and kicker Morten Andersen.
Selectors met at the Sheraton New York to narrow the field of finalists to five and received the required 80 percent support from the 46 selectors.
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