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Former Buffalo Bills Receiver Andre Reed Named NFL Hall of Fame Finalist, Again

January 9th, 2014 at 9:32 PM
By Anthony Custode Jr

It's that time of year again where Andre Reed makes the list of finalists that could be elected to the NFL Hall of Fame.

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In recent years, Reed has reached this point, only to be inexplicably left out of the induction ceremony. Reed has been a finalist for the Hall of Fame eight times previously, and Bills fans hope that this will be the year that he finally gets in.

Reed has 951 catches for 13,198 yards and 87 touchdowns in his 16-year career. He was an intricate part of Buffalo's Super Bowl teams in the early 90s and was also a seven-time Pro Bowl selection. 

While Reed has been snubbed in the past, he has a prominent Hall of Famer in his corner. Jerry Rice, arguably the greatest receiver in NFL history, believes Reed deserves the honor.

“I think he deserves to be in the Hall of Fame,” said Rice of Reed on the NFL Network. “Will he get in this year, I think it’s going to be really close. But I think with Andre Reed what he was able to do with Jim Kelly and the numbers he was able to put up and he was a playmaker on that football team, so I think he deserves to be in.”

At this point, for Reed, the question isn't if, but when he will be inducted. Of course, Bills fans feel he has waited long enough, but that is up to the voters. A look at Reed's competition is listed below:

Morten Andersen 
Jerome Bettis 
Derrick Brooks 
Tim Brown 
Edward DeBartolo 
Tony Dungy 
Kevin Greene 
Charles Haley 
Marvin Harrison 
Walter Jones 
John Lynch 
Andre Reed 
Will Shields 
Michael Strahan 
Aeneas Williams

The list features other snubs, like Charles Haley, who has five Super Bowl rings. It also includes a field goal kicker, Morten Andersen. It would be hard to imagine Reed being snubbed again in favor of a kicker, but the fact that he's not already in the Hall of Fame is mind boggling in its own right.

 

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