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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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Will Guy’s induction open door for Tasker?

Posted by Chris Brown on February 1, 2014 – 7:48 pm

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The Pro Football Hall of Fame class for 2014 will mark the first that will ever have a special teams player in its ranks as Senior Committee finalist Ray Guy will join Bills all-time leading receiver Andre Reed and the other inductees for enshrinement in Canton this summer. With the barrier now broken by the famed Oakland punter, will it open the door for an equally deserving special teamer in Steve Tasker?

Tasker has been a Hall of Fame semifinalist six times, including four of the past five years, but has never been a finalist. Here’s a look at Ray Guy’s credentials that earned him enshrinement.

Guy becomes the first full-time punter to earn election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. An impact player throughout his entire 14-season career with the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders, he was named All-Pro six straight years.

Tasker, who played 13 NFL seasons, is widely seen as the best cover and return teams player in NFL history. He went to seven Pro Bowls and earned a Pro Bowl MVP nod. He was also named to the PFWA All-NFL 1st team four times (1992-1995).


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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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King: NFL to air HOF presentations

Posted by Chris Brown on January 31, 2014 – 11:20 am

According to MMQB columnist Peter King, a Hall of Fame Selector, the NFL will be airing the presentations made by Selectors for each of the 15 Hall of Fame finalists up for possible enshrinement as members of the 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame class.

King wrote the following in his column Friday.

The NFL plans to film and air the presenters in 2014, allowing cameras in the room for the first time. Writers originally bristled at the prospect of airing any portion of the meeting publicly, but they have largely accepted the intrusion so long as it is confined to the presentations and not the ensuing discussion.

That means that Buffalo News reporter Mark Gaughan’s presentation and case for Andre Reed’s enshrinement will be aired. King does not give details as to when these presentations will be aired, or if they will be aired live, but it’s assumed they will be broadcast on NFL Network at some point. We’ll pass along a time when the coverage begins if and when we get word.

Here is a list of the 46 Hall of Fame Selectors.


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The Case for Andre Reed in the Hall of Fame

Posted by johnmurphyshow on January 29, 2014 – 8:25 pm

Who better to make the case for Andre Reed’s candidacy for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, than another Hall of Famer?

Former Bills coach Marv Levy says Reed belongs in the Hall for a variety of reasons. Levy was a guest on The John Murphy Show Wednesday night.

The Bills all time leading receiver, Reed has been one of the 15 finalists for election to the Hall of Fame for the eighth time. And his former coach, Marv Levy, says Reed has handled the disappointment well.

“He has, he’s handled it very graciously,” Levy said. “I think he’s tremendously deserving.”

Levy, who was elected to the Pro Football shrine in 2001, says there’s more to Andre Reed’s resume than just numbers.

“You can talk about statistics,” Levy told host John Murphy. “When he retired,he was the third most prolific receiver of all time. But it went way beyond that with Andre.”

“If you stop to think about it,” Levy said, “we had a balanced offense, it wasn’t just focused on one guy, and yet he racked up the catches. There was nobody ever in the history of the game better at coming across the middle, more courageous. His nickname with our players was ‘YAC,’ not because he talked about, but because of Yards After the Catch.”

Levy also said playing in Buffalo weather should bolster Reed’s case for inclusion in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

“There’s one other element with Andre, with all those statistics you mentioned. He didn’t get them in the nice weather, in a warm climate or in the confines of an indoor stadium, he got them in weather that was sometimes tremendously challenging. Modest guy, a team player, so deserving, I hope this is his year.”

The complete interview with Hall of Fame Coach Marv Levy is available here


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Vote for Andre for Hall of Fame

Posted by Chris Brown on January 11, 2014 – 11:20 am

Bills fans have the opportunity to let their voice be heard and win something for themselves in the process.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame will provide NFL faithful with the unique opportunity to vote exclusively for the Class of 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame nominees for induction by simply logging on to vote for the 15 finalists they feel are most deserving for enshrinement.
During the voting period (ending Feb. 1, 2014), fans will be able to hear and read about the 15 modern-day finalists via digital content.  Fans will also be given the chance to enter a sweepstakes for a trip to Enshrinement Weekend among other prizes.
So vote early and often for Bills Wall of Famer and now eight time Pro Football HOF finalist Andre Reed right here 

 


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HOF Selectors not all about the numbers

Posted by Chris Brown on January 10, 2014 – 1:24 pm

With Bills all-time leading receiver and Wall of Famer Andre Reed once again a Pro Football Hall of Fame finalist, fans wonder if this will be the year he’s given the thumbs up for enshrinement. At the same time fans worry that his career numbers, which were very impressive when he retired, have been minimized by the proliferation of the passing game with more modern candidates like this year’s first ballot finalist Marvin Harrison.

Last year Cris Carter leapfrogged Reed to gain induction, even though Reed had made the final cut from 15 to 10 three of the previous four years and Carter had not. Buffalo presenter and Buffalo News Bills beat reporter Mark Gaughan in an appearance on the John Murphy Show this week indicated it was largely due to the fact that Cris Carter had 135 career touchdowns to Reed’s 87.

At the same time Gaughan assures that the Hall of Fame Selectors are not guided solely by career numbers.

“That is a point that I can assure I make at length, and that is an issue that the selectors have embraced that it’s about more than numbers,” Gaughan said. “When Michael Irvin got in his total numbers are much lower than Andre’s and Tim Brown and all those guys. But what did Michael Irvin mean to his team and the Super Bowl and what did he do for his team in the biggest games on the biggest stages? All those arguments can be made on Andre’s behalf as well.

“The Cowboys wanted to give the ball to Emmitt Smith much like the Bills wanted to give the ball to Thurman Thomas. That’s another point that I make. The Bills had a balanced offense. Even though they were the K-Gun they were not an aerial circus like Peyton Manning’s Colts or the Rams. In Andre’s six most prime years the Bills averaged 479 pass attempts per year. Four-hundred seventy-nine pass attempts would’ve been 29th in the league this year.”

When asked for the strongest argument that he makes in presenting Reed, which he will again do for an eighth time this year, Gaughan said he highlights Reed’s team first approach.

“I think that Andre was what a Hall of Famer should be all about,” Gaughan said. “He has the numbers, but he wasn’t just about the numbers. He was a team player. He produced in the biggest moments for his team. He was a quintessential tough receiver who did the dirty work. He was about impact, not just about the numbers. How much he meant to the Bills offense and what he did in the biggest games at the most important times. And his playoff numbers in three of the first four Super Bowls, the Bills probably don’t get there without great games from Andre. So he epitomizes what a larger than life Hall of Famer should be all about.”


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Breaking HOF WR logjam not easy

Posted by Chris Brown on January 10, 2014 – 9:23 am

Bills WR Andre Reed is a Pro Football Hall of Fame finalist for the eighth straight year, after he was named to the list of 15 Thursday night. The presenter for Buffalo candidates is Hall of Fame Selector and Buffalo News Bills beat reporter Mark Gaughan. He appeared on the John Murphy Show this week and explained that while Reed is a solid candidate breaking the wide receiver logjam is easier said than done.

Gaughan said the main reason Cris Carter leapfrogged Reed last year, even though Reed had made the first cut from 15 to 10 three of the previous four years, was in large part because Carter had 135 touchdowns to Reed’s 87. Now that Carter is in Murphy asked Gaughan if that clears the way for Reed this year.

“I hope so although it’s not simple,” said Gaughan. “Tim Brown is still there, but he has never made the final 10. Andre has made the final 10 for four of the last five years. Marvin Harrison is up this year so how does that impact the dynamics of the vote? That’s a good question.”

Still, Gaughan believes Reed is just as solid as about any other candidate on the final 15 list this year.

“He is a very strong candidate,” said Gaughan. “He’s viewed as a strong candidate or he wouldn’t keep making it. Not only has he made it eight times to the final 15, but he’s made the final 10 four of the last five years . I’m sure everybody knows this, but the way it works is the final 15 are whittled down to 10 and then five and then you vote up or down on those five.”

As for any so called “slam dunk” finalists that are most likely to gain enshrinement, Gaughan isn’t certain there are shoe-ins, but has a favorite for such a designation.

“It’s tough to predict,” he said. “Of the four first time eligible guys, Marvin Harrison, Walter Jones and Derrick Brooks, I think Walter Jones is probably the closest thing to a slam dunk. Nobody is a slam dunk like Joe Montana or Bruce Smith or Dan Marino. But Walter Jones is probably one of six or seven best tackles of all time. He’s an all-1st team all-decade player.”


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