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NFL Network special on Andre Reed Thursday

Posted by Chris Brown on July 30, 2014 – 9:00 pm

The NFL Network has put together one-hour specials on all the Hall of Fame inductees for the 2014 class. The special on Andre Reed airs Thursday. Here are the details.

Called ‘The Road to Canton’  the series will feature former Buffalo Bills wide receiver Andre Reed starting at 10:00 PM ET on Thursday, July 31.

The title of the special is called ‘Middle Man: Andre Reed’. The one-hour special features footage of Andre Reed as a high school quarterback, his transition to becoming a speedy and reliable wide receiver at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, and his consistent play from the slot in the NFL.

Reed was referred to being too small to have an impact in playing football until his senior year of high school. During his senior season, the Allentown, Pennsylvania native became the starting quarterback at Deiruff High School. The future NFL fourth round draft pick was at one point a tremendous talent in the Division II Eastern Pennsylvania Conference.

Andre was regarded by his coaches and teammates for his work ethic and desire for excellence. He made his mark by going across the middle from the slot and turning short passes up field for major yardage after the catch.

Once solidified in the NFL, Reed contributed to a Buffalo Bills team that made four straight Super Bowl appearances with fellow Hall of Famers Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas, James Lofton and Bruce Smith. Even though they could never capture a ring, these players formed a family bond that exists to this day.

Middle Man chronicles those experiences for Andre Reed and also shows the story of how and why he attributes his success in life and the NFL to the values taught to him by his father who battled alcoholism throughout his life.

Middle Man features interviews with special people from Andre Reed’s life:

• Marv Levy – Bills coach
• Thurman Thomas, James Lofton, Bruce Smith, Cornelius Bennett, Steve Tasker and Frank Reich – Bills teammates
• Joyce Reed Ebling – Mother
• Tyrone, Teshia and Dion Reed – Siblings
• Larry Lewis – High School Football Coach


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2014 Hall of Fame presenters

Posted by Chris Brown on July 17, 2014 – 12:16 pm

Everyone who is a Bills fan knows that Hall of Fame coach Marv Levy will be the presenter for Bills 2014 Hall of Fame inductee Andre Reed. Here’s a look at the rest of the presenters for the 2014 class, with four inductees choosing their children as their presenters.

Class of 2014 Presenters
• Decaon Brooks for his father Derrick Brooks
• John Madden for former Oakland Raiders punter Ray Guy
• Cheyenne Humphrey-Robinson for her father Claude Humphrey
• Walterius Jones for his father Walter Jones
• Marv Levy for former Buffalo Bills wide receiver Andre Reed
• Jay Glazer for his friend and colleague Michael Strahan
• Lawrence Williams for his son Aeneas Williams

Induction ceremonies are set for Saturday Aug. 2nd. Buffalobills.com will be on hand for coverage of Buffalo’s 10th player being enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.


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Andre Reed to announce Bills 2nd rd pick

Posted by Chris Brown on May 2, 2014 – 9:06 am

The Bills will have a Hall of Fame presence at the NFL draft a week from today.

Bills Hall of Famer to be Andre Reed will be on hand at Radio City Music Hall for day two of the 2014 NFL draft next Friday to announce the Bills second-round pick.

The NFL is having 32 NFL greats representing each team in round two to come out and announce the picks. Other former Bills who are participating include Hall of Famer James Lofton, who will announce the Packers pick and London Fletcher, who will announce Washington’s pick.


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Fan Friday 3-28

Posted by Chris Brown on March 28, 2014 – 11:45 am

Pre-draft visits will begin next week. We’ll have you covered here at Buffalobills.com as the draft is just over a month away. Now we turn to some of your latest questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills.

1 - Hey CB,

Why are more people not talking about Martavis Bryant?  I saw his combine numbers and at 6 foot 5 I though they were quite impressive.  He was projected by some to go in the late 2nd or 3rd round and I was just thinking.  Wouldn’t that be a steal to get him in the 3rd round?  The bills need a tall receiver that can be a red zone threat.  Thank You

Morgan

CB: There’s no question that Bryant is an athlete after clocking a 4.42 at the NFL combine along with a 10’4” broad jump and a 39-inch vertical. His linear speed is unquestioned, but dropping his weight and getting in and out of breaks is still a bit of a question mark for him. He’s also considered a raw prospect, who wasn’t asked to run a full route tree at Clemson.

My biggest issue with him is his playing strength. Even though he had an impressive 16 reps on the bench it’s difficult to find that strength off the line or in traffic on the playing field in his game. He needs to add muscle to his frame as he goes just 211 pounds and has a slight build. Against the physical cornerbacks of the NFL he’s going to get knocked around. He’s probably a late second or early to mid-third round pick in a deep receiver class.

 

2 – @ChrisBrownBills Do you believe his lack of “body of work” will lower the #Bills interest in Mike Evans? He just started playing ball.

rockydm92

CB: I think what intrigues most NFL clubs with Mike Evans is his amazing production despite still being young in football. As most talent evaluators see it there is a very high ceiling there knowing when he does gain more experience his production could be even better at the NFL level.

And the reason teams are happy to wait on that potential is because right now even in the NFL he’s a size mismatch and he should be able to produce just off his measurables to start. Then as he hones his game he’ll be an even greater asset to a team’s passing attack.

 

3 –  Chris,

With Jairus Byrd now in New Orleans, do you anticipate the Bills are happy with their current S depth with: Aaron Williams, Searcy, Meeks, Duke Williams?

Also a random question, do you know why the NFL football is nicknamed “the Duke”??

-Jim

CB: As you probably saw this week with our coverage of the league meetings in Orlando, led by our own John Murphy, head coach Doug Marrone is considering lining Corey Graham up at safety as part of the competition. It sounds like he’ll compete for a role there, in addition to cornerback, with Duke Williams, Jonathan Meeks and Da’Norris Searcy. Aaron Williams is a lock at one of the safety spots already.

As we outlined in our story on this development this week, Graham isn’t completely foreign to safety.

As for your question about NFL footballs being nicknamed ‘The Duke,’ here’s the history behind it courtesy of the Wilson Sporting goods website.

In honor of the late New York Giants owner, Wellington Mara, one of the most beloved and respected figures in professional sports history, the Official Football of the NFL is called “The Duke”.

Wellington Mara, who spent 81 years with the New York Giants and made numerous contributions to the NFL, was named Wellington by his father, Tim Mara, after the Duke of Wellington. He was given the nickname “The Duke” as a youngster by Giants players.

The NFL first used a ball in honor of Wellington Mara called “The Duke” in 1941 at the suggestion of George Halas, as Tim Mara (Wellington’s father) had helped him arrange for Wilson Sporting Goods Co. to become the league’s official supplier of game balls.

“The Duke” ball was used through 1969 but was discontinued prior to the 1970 season, the first to be played post NFL-AFL merger. The NFL and AFL continued using a Wilson football, but with a new design and no official name. In 2006, the NFL returned the name of “The Duke” to the ball after Mara’s passing in October, 2005.

 

4 – Chris,

I think the two best prospects the Bills should consider are Khalil Mack and Sammy Watkins. Which do you think fits the team better? They would bit the best player available. What chances to you think they might make it to 9? How should the Bills protect a team jumping up to 7 or 8th pick if they find a player they love?

Josh

CB: I don’t disagree that Mack and Watkins are two of the best prospects in the class, but I’d be surprised if either are available at nine. If either one gets past the fifth pick I think a few teams will be making efforts to move up to six or seven to grab them. If both are still on the board when Tampa Bay is on the clock at 7, I think it’d be very tempting for Buffalo to swap spots with Minnesota at 8 to ensure they would get at least one of them. Still, parting with picks is not what the Bills typically do. Then again it’s Doug Whaley’s first draft and we don’t have a track record to work with concerning his approach in a fluid draft situation.

 

5 – Hi, Chris!

What criteria did the Bills and New York Giants, and the rest of the NFL teams qualify to be the selected matchup for the annual NFL HOF Game? Does both the PFHOF in Canton, OH, and the NFL decide which teams to play, is the selection if teams always announced in February, especially after the Super Bowl? Thanks. Llewellyn.

CB:  The league doesn’t have a specific criteria, but the fact that both NFL franchises have some of their most popular all-time players being inducted in this year’s Hall of Fame class in Andre Reed and Michael Strahan does play a factor. The NFL also takes into account the likelihood of fans from the respective teams traveling to the game. Knowing that fans of the Bills and Giants will already be on hand for the induction ceremony, there’s a strong likelihood that many of them will make a full weekend of it and take in the Hall of Fame game Sunday as well.


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Polian still excited about Reed in HOF

Posted by johnmurphyshow on February 24, 2014 – 7:50 pm

His mind might be on 40-times and bench presses at the Combine this week, but former Bills General Manager Bill Polian is still gratified by the election of Andre Reed to the Hall of Fame.

Three weeks ago, Reed was elected to the Hall in high eighth year as a finalist. And speaking on The John Murphy Show Monday night, Polian said he couldn’t be happier.

“I was overjoyed,” Polian said. “It’s been so long for all of us associated with Andre and working hard behind the scenes to try to get him elected. It was just such a relief and a joy to see him in because he richly deserves it.”

Polian said it was unfortunate Reed had to wait so long before he got the call to the Hall.

“He should have been in four or five years ago and it happened. I was getting worried very frankly that it might not happen if we went beyond this year. Marv and I and Jim and Thurman and Bruce have been telling everyone we could –listen, this is Andre’s year, this is Andre’s time. And fortunately the electors listened to us.”

The complete interview with former Bills GM Bill Polian from the Combine in Indianapolis is available at Buffalobills.com


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Levy mum on Reed speech vocabulary

Posted by Chris Brown on February 7, 2014 – 3:28 pm

In the past when Bills Hall of Fame coach Marv Levy has been a presenter for one of his former players for induction he’s inserted some of his obscure and advanced vocabulary into his speech. In the Jim Kelly induction speech he used words like ‘elan and enigmatic. In his speech for Thurman Thomas he made use of the word prodigious. In both speeches he turned to Thomas and told him to look it up, harkening back to the numerous occasions when Thomas was stumped on a word that his head coach might have used in a team meeting back in his playing days. So in crafting his presentation speech for Andre Reed’s induction, Buffalobills.com asked Levy if he intended to make use of his wide-ranging vocabulary to send Thomas and everyone else scurrying for the online dictionary on their phone.

The Hall of Fame coach played coy in giving his response.

“Well I know I’ve incorporated that in others (speeches) and I refuse to comment in advance,” said Levy.


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Marv to be Reed’s HOF presenter

Posted by Chris Brown on February 7, 2014 – 9:30 am

In an interview on Sirius XM NFL Radio last night, Andre Reed told host Alex Marvez that Marv Levy will be his presenter for the Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony this August.

This year’s enshrinement ceremony will take place on August 2, 2014 at 7:00 pm in Canton, Ohio.

For Levy this will mark the third time he will serve as a presenter for a Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee.  Levy presented Jim Kelly in 2002 and Thurman Thomas in 2007.  Bill Polian served as Marv Levy’s presenter in 2001.

In the Sirius XM NFL Radio interview, Reed also reveals his emotions when he received the news  regarding his induction from Buffalo-native and Pro Football Hall of Fame vice president Joe Horrigan. Click here for a link to the interview.


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Andre open to coaching in NFL

Posted by Chris Brown on February 5, 2014 – 12:03 pm

He was a minority fellowship coach with the Chiefs this past summer, and just this past January coached receivers in the NFLPA bowl, an all-star game for NFL draft prospects. It has Bills Hall of Famer strongly considering a career in coaching.

In an appearance on the John Murphy show Tuesday, Reed admitted it’s something he’s given a lot of thought.

“I really enjoyed myself in California at the NFLPA bowl. I enjoyed myself in a couple of other bowl games that I’ve been in. I really enjoyed myself in Kansas City last year with Andy Reid’s staff,” Reed said. “Being back in the pro game as a coach I’m sure if I want to pursue it I can do that.

“I wouldn’t say it’s on the back burner, but it’s definitely a possibility. I’m sure I’m going to be busy for the next six months getting ready for Canton. The door is open. Canton opened up and this other door is going to open. I always say when one door closes another opens up. I have to really just see if it’s what I want to do and what the best situation might be.”


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Reed says Tim Brown should be next for HOF

Posted by Chris Brown on February 5, 2014 – 11:50 am

Bills Hall of Fame WR Andre Reed made an appearance on the John Murphy Show Tuesday evening and talked about the logjam of receivers that’s existed on the finalist list for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He’s convinced it’s part of what led to the nine-year wait he had before being chosen for enshrinement in Canton. Unfortunately Reed sees the problem at the receiver position for the Hall continuing, but when it comes to wideouts he knows who he thinks should go into the Hall next.

“The logjam is going to continue,” Reed said. “The next guy that should be in is Tim Brown. He should be the next guy in line because that’s my era. Marvin Harrison is in a different era with T.O. and (Randy) Moss and Isaac Bruce and Hines Ward and all the other guys coming up. I think it’s going be more difficult for them than it was for all the guys who were bunched up in my era with Tim (Brown), Cris (Carter), Jerry (Rice), Michael Irvin and myself going up against each other.  The game has changed so dramatically to a passing game that what is going to be the criteria to put a wide receiver in the Hall of Fame?”

Isaac Bruce is going to be one of the new eligibles for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2015.


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Teammate: Andre Reed changed WR

Posted by johnmurphyshow on February 3, 2014 – 8:00 pm

Steve Tasker made his living on special teams, during his Wall of Fame career with the Buffalo Bills. But he also played wide receiver. And Tasker says teammate Andre Reed, elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, changed the way the receiver position was played during his career.

Tasker was a guest Monday night on The John Murphy Show, and he talked about Reed’s career and how he helped the WR position evolve.

“Nobody before him had the kind of career he had,” Tasker said. “He was the guy in that no huddle, in a league that was changing into more of what we see now, he was the slot guy.”

Tasker says Reed’s performance over the years opened eyes all over the league as to the potential production that could come out of the slot WR spot.

“He played Wes Welker’s spot ten years before Welker was in the league, and he made a living doing it,” Tasker told host John Murphy.

“He was different, at the time he played. His ability and the way he ran and the way he played was different from a lot of guys. The way he ran, his run after the catch was legendary.”

The entire interview with Steve Tasker is available here


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How Andre’s stage dive almost injured Kelly

Posted by Chris Brown on February 3, 2014 – 5:41 pm

Andre Reed was naturally excited about being named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2014. He was even more excited to see his teammates Saturday night. Fellow Hall of Famers Bruce Smith and Jim Kelly were in attendance at the NFL Honors show and they attended the press conference after the show was over where the Hall of Famers were introduced.

“When I finally found out from Bruce and when it was over and they announced the Hall of Famers and Andre came out and me and Bruce were up front,” said Kelly on WGR Sportsradio 550. “Andre saw us and jumped off the stage right on me and I’m like, ‘Ohhhh my back?!’”

Kelly has had a couple of back surgeries the past couple of years, and his back was not in any shape to withstand a stage dive. Reed admitted he was a little over exuberant.

“I know when I came out at the NFL Honors thing I saw Bruce and Jim and Marv Levy,” Reed told Buffalobills.com. “Out of the whole crowd those were the first people I saw. My guys. I came off and I jumped on Jim and I almost hurt his back. I forgot he had back surgery and I jumped on him.”


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Teammates on Andre’s HOF nod

Posted by Chris Brown on February 3, 2014 – 5:35 pm

A handful of his teammates, his head coach and general manager were in New York when Andre Reed was named as a member of the 2014 Hall of Fame class over the weekend. They shared their feelings with us and on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550 Monday.

“For him I thought well finally,” Steve Tasker told Buffalobills.com. “I knew it would happen and I had been keen to listen to other guys who had to wait, like Cris Carter and some other guys, who had to wait for a while. Longer than you would think they would have to wait to get into the Hall of Fame. And all of them said when it happens it doesn’t matter how long you had to wait. You’re a Hall of Famer. Andre has been a Hall of Famer for the guys who played with him and fans that watched him here in Buffalo for 20 years. It was great and well deserved.”

“We were in New York. We had tickets to the Honors Program. We were hoping of course and they announced Andre’s name and he showed up on the big screen and my wife Fran let out a big scream,” said Marv Levy in an appearance on WGR Sportsradio 550. “It’s a thrill, but up there on that screen for Andre and the others, it’s like having your son being announced as a member of the Hall of Fame.”

“I couldn’t be happier,” said Bill Polian on WGR Sportsradio 550. “This was a long time coming. For some reason, I don’t know why, I just felt this was the year. Every voter that I talked to and I was blatantly electioneering and I kept telling them it’s his time put him in and they did.”

“To know that I had something to do with it, knowing there were many players that had a lot to do with me going into the Hall of Fame so to be able to impact somebody else’s life and their play on the football field, when Thurman got in it was very special and when James Lofton went in it was very special and of course Bruce, who was one of the greatest to play that position of all time,” said Jim Kelly on WGR Sportsradio 550. “Andre and I think we hooked up over 600 times on receptions and know that he should’ve been in a long time ago, to finally get there and feel the impact it had on my heart when they announced that he was in and the feeling of knowing he finally got it. He carried a little chip and we all did a little bit. He’s in and that’s what counts and I cannot wait for August.”

 


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Polian did “heavy campaigning” for Reed

Posted by Chris Brown on February 3, 2014 – 12:30 pm

Bills former GM Bill Polian, who was part of the personnel department that drafted Andre Reed in 1985, was doing some heavy campaigning for Andre Reed’s Hall of Fame induction this week at the Super Bowl site in advance of the Hall of Fame Selectors meeting on Saturday, which eventually chose Reed for Hall of Fame enshrinement on his eight straight year as a finalist.

Appearing on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550 this morning, Polian wasn’t shy in admitting that he spoke to an awful lot of the Selectors this week to advocate for Reed.

“I couldn’t be happier,” said Polian. “This was a long time coming. For some reason, I don’t know why, I just felt this was the year. Every voter that I talked to and I was blatantly electioneering and I kept telling them it’s his time put him in and they did.”

What Polian emphasized about Reed’s career was his consistent production.

“Competitiveness and production,” said Polian. “Some people really want to compete and have the gifts and the attitude to produce. That was Andre Reed. He was our go-to receiver. There’s no question about that. There are some who have tried to say that he had Don Beebe and James Lofton with him and Keith McKellar and Thurman Thomas, but in the Greatest Comeback game there was no Jim Kelly, no Thurman Thomas, no Cornelius Bennett it was Frank Reich and Andre Reed and he produced in every single situation.”

Reed caught three touchdowns passes in that AFC Wild Card comeback win over the Houston Oilers after they had trailed 35-3 in the third quarter.


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Congrats from Andre’s teammates & coach

Posted by Chris Brown on February 1, 2014 – 8:06 pm

Here’s a rundown of some of the congratulations that Andre Reed received tonight for his selection as a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2014 from his former teammates and coach all of whom are Hall of Famers themselves.

“What a thrilling evening it is,” said Hall of Fame coach Marv Levy. “How overwhelmed and proud I am of Andre. How deserving he was to now be a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Great player, great individual, great team man. How fortunate I was that I can say that I got to coach Andre Reed. I wish him well, him and all his family. I know how exultant he has to feel.”

“Congratulations to my Hall of Fame brother Andre Reed. Class of 2014,” said Hall of Famer Bruce Smith.

“Andre Reed, yeah! It’s about time you got in,” said Hall of Famer Jim Kelly. “You deserved to be in a long time ago, but sometimes good things just have to wait. I love you man, we’re going to have some fun.”


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What Marv first thought of Andre

Posted by Chris Brown on February 1, 2014 – 7:23 pm

Andre Reed had just gotten his rookie NFL season under his belt and was midway through his second NFL campaign when Marv Levy was hired as head coach. What did the Bills’ new sideline boss first think of the newest Bills Hall of Famer?

In an appearance on the John Murphy Show, Levy said it didn’t take him long to like him more and more.

“He was good. I didn’t know much about him when I got there,” Levy said. “When the practices started I said, ‘Wow this guy is good.’ And then two weeks later I said, ‘This guy is really good.’ Then about a month later I said, ‘Wow we’ve got somebody special here.’”


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Reed’s 1985 draft slot among WRs

Posted by Chris Brown on February 1, 2014 – 7:21 pm

Bills all-time leading receiver Andre Reed, who has been chosen for enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, was taken in the fourth round of the 1985 NFL draft and was the 13th wide receiver selected. Here are the 12 receivers taken ahead of him, which includes one other Hall of Famer in Jerry Rice.

First round
#10 – Al Toon (Jets)
#13 – Eddie Brown (Bengals)
#16 – Jerry Rice (49ers)
#23 – Jessie Hester (Raiders)

Second round
#31 – Vance Johnson (Broncos)
#42 – Chris Burkett (Bills)
#46 – Stacy Robinson (Giants)
#50 – Chuck Scott (Rams)

Third round
#78 – James Maness (Bears)
#79 – Tim Moffett (Raiders)
#81 – Danny Greene (Seahawks)

Fourth round
#85 – Buster Rhymes (Vikings)
#86 – Andre Reed (Bills)


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Andre Reed’s 951 catches by QB

Posted by Chris Brown on February 1, 2014 – 7:18 pm

To celebrate Andre Reed’s Hall of Fame selectionwe’ve decided to break down his 951 career receptions by the quarterbacks who threw to him.

Not surprisingly, Jim Kelly heads the list, but there are a host of other interesting names who threw to the Bills all-time leading receiver.

Jim Kelly                     665
Doug Flutie                 100
Todd Collins               58
Frank Reich                41
Bruce Mathison           28
Vince Ferragamo         20
Rob Johnson               15
Alex Van Pelt             11
Brad Johnson              7
Billy Joe Hobert          3
Jeff George                  3


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How Reed has fared as a HOF finalist

Posted by Chris Brown on February 1, 2014 – 9:15 am

This is the eighth year that Bills all-time leading receiver Andre Reed has been a Pro Football Hall of Fame finalist. Here’s a look back at how he fared in each of the voting results since 2007.

2007 – Reed was eliminated in the first cut from 15 to 10 with both Michael Irvin and Monk advancing. Monk was then eliminated when the group was reduced to six, with Irvin making the cut and eventually being selected for enshrinement.

2008 – Reed was eliminated in the first cut from 15 to 10 with both Cris Carter and Monk advancing. Carter was then eliminated in the next reduction from 10 to 5, with Monk making the cut and eventually being selected for enshrinement.

2009 – Reed again did not make the cut from 15 to 10. Veteran committee finalist Bob Hayes was the only receiver selected for induction.

2010 – Reed advanced past the first cut with Cris Carter and Tim Brown both getting clipped, but Reed was eliminated in the reduction from 10 to 5, with Jerry Rice advancing and being selected for enshrinement.

2011 – Reed again advanced past the first cut with Cris Carter and Tim Brown both getting clipped again, but Reed was again eliminated in the reduction from 10 to 5, with Shannon Sharpe and Ed Sabol being selected for enshrinement.

2012 – Reed advanced past the first cut with Cris Carter both making it to the final 10. Tim Brown was eliminated. But in the reduction from 10 to 5 both Reed and Carter were eliminated.

2013 – Reed advanced past the first cut with Cris Carter both making it to the final 10. Tim Brown was eliminated. In the reduction from 10 to 5 Reed was eliminated and Carter made it through to the final 5. Carter was selected for enshrinement with a yes or no vote by 80 percent of the Selectors.


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Reed: I’m more optimistic this year

Posted by Chris Brown on January 31, 2014 – 2:57 pm

Bills all-time leading receiver Andre Reed is again a finalist for Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement and he said he feels better about his chances this year.

“I’m more optimistic this year than in previous years,” Reed said in an appearance on NFL Network Friday. “I think right now it’s the family, they have a party every year and I want this for them so much more than myself and you talk about validation and what your career is about. There are only 275 guys here and to be on this stage at this time it speaks volumes.”

Reed is competing with fellow receivers Tim Brown and Marvin Harrison. He’ll know his Hall of Fame fate Saturday afternoon.


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ESPN’s Clayton a Reed HOF supporter

Posted by Chris Brown on January 31, 2014 – 12:58 pm

ESPN NFL reporter John Clayton in an appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550 this week was asked to handicap the Hall of Fame voting on Saturday. He is one of the 46 Hall of Fame Selectors and believes this should be the year that Andre Reed is selected for enshrinement.

“I think Walter Jones has a great chance to be first ballot as does Derrick Brooks,” said Clayton. “I think Michael Strahan should and would make it. That takes care of three (out of a maximum of five). Everyone is going to be saying that Marvin Harrison should make it on the first ballot. But I would love it for Andre Reed to make it in before Marvin Harrison. It’s not a knock on Marvin Harrison. I think he’s a Hall of Fame receiver and that he will make it.

“But as you know from Tim Brown and Andre Reed and last year with Cris Carter it takes us forever to get receivers in. I just think justice needs to be served that if there is a receiver to go in this year that it be Andre Reed. Then maybe Harrison makes it in next year.

“I think on the fringes not in any order, throw Reed in, you’ve got Charles Haley, Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown and Will Shields. They’re on the fringe for the number four or number five spot.”

When asked how he would rank the three receivers among the 15 finalists this year (Tim Brown, Marvin Harrison, Andre Reed), Clayton said Reed was his top guy.

“This is just my opinion and it could change in the room, but I would go Reed first, Harrison second, Tim Brown third,” Clayton said.

 

 


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