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Bettis and Dawson Make the Finalist List for the Pro Football Hall of Fame

There’s some big names on the list for the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year, as there were 17 finalists, and on that list were two Steelers – RB Jerome Bettis and Center Dermontti Dawson. Those that end up in the Hall will be announced the night before the Super Bowl in Dallas.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee’s 17 finalists (15 modern-era and two senior nominees*) with their positions, teams, and years active follow:

* Jerome Bettis – Running Back – 1993-95 Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, 1996-2005 Pittsburgh Steelers
* Tim Brown – Wide Receiver/Kick Returner – 1988-2003 Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders, 2004 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
* Cris Carter – Wide Receiver – 1987-89 Philadelphia Eagles, 1990-2001 Minnesota Vikings, 2002 Miami Dolphins
* Dermontti Dawson – Center – 1988-2000 Pittsburgh Steelers
* Richard Dent – Defensive End – 1983-1993, 1995 Chicago Bears, 1994 San Francisco 49ers, 1996 Indianapolis Colts, 1997 Philadelphia Eagles
* Chris Doleman – Defensive End/Linebacker – 1985-1993, 1999 Minnesota Vikings, 1994-95 Atlanta Falcons, 1996-98 San Francisco 49ers
* Marshall Faulk – Running Back – 1994-98 Indianapolis Colts, 1999-2005 St. Louis Rams
* Charles Haley – Defensive End/Linebacker – 1986-1991, 1999 San Francisco 49ers, 1992-96 Dallas Cowboys
* *Chris Hanburger – Linebacker – 1965-1978 Washington Redskins
* Cortez Kennedy – Defensive Tackle – 1990-2000 Seattle Seahawks
* Curtis Martin – Running Back – 1995-97 New England Patriots, 1998-2005 New York Jets
* Andre Reed – Wide Receiver – 1985-1999 Buffalo Bills, 2000 Washington Redskins
* *Les Richter – Linebacker – 1954-1962 Los Angeles Rams
* Willie Roaf – Tackle – 1993-2001 New Orleans Saints, 2002-05 Kansas City Chiefs
* Ed Sabol – Founder/President/Chairman – 1964-1995 NFL Films
* Deion Sanders – Cornerback/Kick Returner/Punt Returner – 1989-1993 Atlanta Falcons, 1994 San Francisco 49ers, 1995-99 Dallas Cowboys, 2000 Washington Redskins, 2004-05 Baltimore Ravens
* Shannon Sharpe – Tight End – 1990-99, 2002-03 Denver Broncos, 2000-01 Baltimore Ravens

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.



  1. mark

    January 10, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Maybe in some odd way, Jerome Bettis can inspire the Steelers to once again win the Super Bowl. In a year and a time when The Bus can get the “Call from the Hall”, wouldnt it be great to have the Steelers rally around the great running back and win the title? Win one more for the BUS! This Saturday is going to be incredible.

    • George H

      January 10, 2011 at 11:40 pm

      Jerome was the man without a doubt but now he really has become, to quote our dear friend Mark Madden, “a fat-ass publicity hound.” So for the notion to win one for the Bus seems highly unlikely. The Steelers need to win this one for no one but themselves and the fans of the Steeler nation. Although, Saturday will be intense, however, I have a suspicion that the Steelers are going to win the game pretty easily, much easier than expected

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