With Andre Reed and Ralph Wilson advancing to the list of 2009 Hall of Fame finalists with Bruce Smith, they each have a shot, but only Bruce is a shoe-in.
Reed will be battling Cris Carter for enshrinement and Carter has superior career numbers. He has 701 more receiving yards than Reed, 150 more receptions and 43 more touchdowns and they both played in the exact same number of regular season games (234).
Where the argument needs to be made for Reed is that he came up big in playoff games and was part of a dynasty in Buffalo. Carter was on a few playoff teams, but Reed’s playoff numbers including the 3 TD game in the greatest comeback are superior to Carter’s.
As for Mr. Wilson, I think he has a real shot. He’s been a finalist before. Paul Tagliabue is obviously his competition. With Tagliabue having been part of causing the current labor problem by helping to railroad through the current CBA extension, I would hope the voter’s committee would weigh that against him and rule him out.
Either way the day before the Super Bowl is going to be very interesting with three Bills candidates.
Here’s the whole list of finalists
Cris Carter – Wide Receiver
Dermontti Dawson – Center
Richard Dent – Defensive End
Russ Grimm – Guard
Bob Hayes – Wide Receiver (Senior committee nominee)
Claude Humphrey – Defensive End (Senior committee nominee)
Cortez Kennedy – Defensive Tackle
Bob Kuechenberg – Guard
Randall McDaniel – Guard
John Randle – Defensive Tackle
Andre Reed – Wide Receiver
Shannon Sharpe – Tight End
Bruce Smith – Defensive End
Paul Tagliabue – Commissioner – 1989-2006 National Football League
Derrick Thomas – Linebacker
Ralph Wilson – Team Founder/Owner – 1960-Present Buffalo Bills
Rod Woodson – Cornerback/Safety
Tags: Andre Reed, Bruce Smith, Pro Football Hall of Fame, Ralph Wilson
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