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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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Rice believes Reed deserving of HOF

Posted by Chris Brown on January 9, 2014 – 1:37 pm

The Pro Football Hall of Fame finalists for the 2014 class will be announced tonight on NFL Network at 9 pm, and Andre Reed is widely expected to be named a finalist for the eighth straight year. But what kind of support might Reed get in the room of the Hall of Fame Committee voters? Hall of Fame WR Jerry Rice, a player peer to Reed, said the Bills Wall of Famer deserves to be enshrined.

In an interview on NFL Network Rice felt Reed did enough in his career to be inducted.

“I think he deserves to be in the Hall of Fame,” said Rice of Reed. “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.”

When asked to assess Reed’s chances knowing there are other receivers expected to be among the finalists again this year, Rice said he doesn’t expect it to be easy.

“I don’t know how the committee is going to pick these guys,” said Rice. “I think he’s put up outstanding numbers. The people he played with also put up outstanding numbers, but now he’s been out for seven years and he’s been waiting and you’ve also got Tim Brown and Marvin Harrison so it might be difficult for him to get in.”


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HOF semifinalists announced tonight

Posted by Chris Brown on November 20, 2013 – 4:47 pm

The NFL Network will announce the reduction of the initial Pro Football Hall of Fame nominee list of 125 candidates down to 25 semifinalists tonight. Bills Wall of Famers Andre Reed and Steve Tasker are both expected to make the cut.

Here’s a look at the likely candidates to make it through to the final 25, which include Reed and Tasker, who both made the semifinalist list last year.

The list will be announced on NFL Network this evening (Wednesday) at 10 pm.


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Ralph Wilson part of Hall of Fame Reunion

Posted by johnmurphyshow on August 2, 2013 – 12:57 pm

It’s Hall of Fame weekend in Canton, and it’s a special one. The Pro Football Hall of Fame has assembled as many living members as possible for a Golden Anniversary Reunion to mark the 50th anniversary of the shrine.

Bills Owner Ralph Wilson took his place among the game’s greats Friday morning, when the Hall of Famers staged a “Red Carpet” arrival on the steps of the Hall in Canton. They then assembled for a group photo, with Mr. Wilson seated among the legendary players and contributors to the game, including former Bills Coach Marv Levy and Quarterback Jim Kelly.

Mr. Wilson was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2009. He returned to Canton last August, to help dedicate the new Ralph Wilson, Jr. Pro Football Research and Preservation Center. And he made a sizable donation this past year to support the Hall in its 50th Anniversary Enshrinement Festival and Golden Anniversary Reunion.


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Joe D. completes walk to Canton

Posted by Chris Brown on July 20, 2013 – 10:20 pm

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Bills Hall of Famer Joe DeLamielleure completed his 213-mile walk from Buffalo to Canton Saturday as he successfully raised awareness and support for the GRACE’S LAMP organization that deals with young children who grow out of their prosthetic legs, but cannot afford the high cost of new adult prosthetic legs. Here are some photos of the completion of Joe D’s walk as he finished in Canton as well as a link to his daily blog on his journey.

 

 


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Manuel on seeing Bruce’s HOF bust

Posted by Chris Brown on June 27, 2013 – 1:57 pm

Bills QB EJ Manuel commented on seeing his godfather’s bust at the Pro Football Hall of Fame this week as part of the NFL Rookie Symposium program. Here’s what he had to say.

“I remember first seeing his bust when it was sitting on his kitchen table a summer ago,” said Manuel. “That was incredible to see it and I took a bunch of pictures with it. Now to see it here in the Hall of Fame amongst these other busts and great names that I’ve seen on NFL Films over the years. It’s awesome and it puts a lot of it in perspective.”

 


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Bills on the radio

Posted by Chris Brown on June 27, 2013 – 12:44 pm

Here’s where you can find one of Buffalo’s draft choices on the radio this afternoon.

Fourth-round pick Duke Williams will be on The Fan 1270 AM with Bull today (Thursday) at 1 pm.

He’ll be talking about the NFL rookie symposium that he and his draft classmates attended the past few days in Canton, Ohio. The Bills players also visited the Hall of Fame, which we covered on Buffalobills.com.


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EJ checks godfather’s bust at HOF

Posted by Chris Brown on June 26, 2013 – 11:12 am

Bills QB EJ Manuel is at the Pro Football Hall of Fame as part of the NFL Rookie Symposium and he took the time to check out his godfather’s HOF bust in Canton.

Manuel’s godfather is Bills Hall of Fame DE Bruce Smith.


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How long Reed’s HOF candidacy was discussed

Posted by Chris Brown on February 6, 2013 – 10:31 am

Bills Wall of Famer and perennial Hall of Fame finalist Andre Reed was again not selected for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year. For the fourth straight year he made the first cut down to 10 finalists, but did not make it past the second cutdown to five. ESPN Cleveland’s Tony Grossi, a Hall of Fame Board Selector outlined how long the discussion lasted on Reed’s candidacy as well as all the other finalists.

Grossi called his timekeeping unofficial, but it’s interesting to note nonetheless.

1. Bill Parcells, 55 minutes
2. Art Modell, 32:15. 3
3. Cris Carter, 30:30
4. Jerome Bettis, 29:55
5. Dave Robinson, 28:27
6. Eddie DeBartolo Jr., 27:50
7. Aeneas Williams, 22:45
8. Andre Reed, 18:30
9. Warren Sapp, 17:55
10. Jonathan Ogden, 15:40
11. Kevin Greene, 15:30
12. Curley Culp, 13:21
13. Michael Strahan, 13:13
14. Charles Haley, 10:56
15. Larry Allen, 9:02
16. Will Shields, 4:26
17. Tim Brown, 3:45

Perhaps the most encouraging item that comes from these discussion times is the fact that Tim Brown was discussed for less than four minutes. It serves again as indication that Reed is clearly a more debated candidate than the former Raiders receiver, which is a good thing.

Another encouraging sign for Reed is the statistical note brought up by Tom Reed of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. His research of Hall of Fame voting history revealed that since 1970, 89 percent of candidates who have been multiple finalists, like Reed, eventually have made it to induction. And since 1970, 83 percent of all finalists have made it in.


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The good & bad news about Reed’s chances

Posted by Chris Brown on February 2, 2013 – 6:48 pm

With Andre Reed not gaining induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame despite being a finalist for each of the past seven years, there is some good news about the outcome this year, but also bad news about next year.

With Cris Carter being selected for enshrinement, the logjam of Tim Brown, Carter and Reed has finally been broken. Reed had been the only one of the three to advance to the final 10 in the first reduction vote from 15 each of the past three years. But this year Carter was the only one of the three to make the second cut to five and then got the required 80 percent of the vote.

With the logjam broken it would seem that Reed is the odds on favorite among receivers to advance the furthest next year.

The bad news is even though a receiver has been taken out of the mix in Carter, another will be added next year as Marvin Harrison will be a first-year eligible.

Harrison has the second most receptions in NFL history behind only Hall of Famer Jerry Rice. The receiver that’s third on the list of all-time receptions… is 2013 Hall of Fame inductee Cris Carter.


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HOF voting for Reed again comes up short

Posted by Chris Brown on February 2, 2013 – 6:36 pm

Bills all-time leading receiver Andre Reed has now been a Hall of Fame finalist seven times in his eight years of eligibility for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Unfortunately he has not been chosen for enshrinement by the Board of Selectors again this year. Here is a look at how the voting fell in each of his seven years as a finalist.

In 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.

In 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.

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

In 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.

In 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.

In 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.

In 2013 Reed advanced past the first cut with he and Cris Carter making it to the final 10. Tim Brown was again eliminated. But in the reduction from 10 to 5 Reed was eliminated, but Carter advanced. Carter was then selected for enshrinement for the 2013 class.


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