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Reed waits for the call from the Hall

Posted by johnmurphyshow on January 11, 2013 – 7:20 pm

He’s been down this road before. Bills WR Andre Reed is a finalist again for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

And Reed says he doesn’t know what to say with the selection meeting just three weeks away.

The Bills all time Wide Receiver was a guest Friday night on The John Murphy Show. And he says he’ll approach the selection meeting this year the same way he has in previous years.

“I’ve talked to you now eight years in a row about this, and you can probably go back eight years and I’ve probably said the same thing,” Reed told host John Murphy.

“Any time you’re even put on the preliminary list and then you make it to the semifinals, and then you make it to the finals, that’s really pretty much a validation of what somebody thinks you have done, and what kind of a player you were. That’s how I look at it.”

When Reed retired from the NFL after the 2000 season, he was third all time in receptions with 951. But with tough competiton in the Hall of Fame balloting from other wideouts, including Tim Brown and Cris Carter, Reed has had a tough time getting over the hump and into Canton.

“It seems like I’ve always had to go the hard road to get something,” Reed said. “There wasn’t too much given to me. I’ve always had to work really extra hard to get recognition. That’s been my whole life.”

Reed says he will be in New Orleans in three weeks during Super Bowl week to make other appearances. But he doesn’t look forward to the hype and speculation about his chances leading up to the Hall of Fame vote on February 2nd.

“At this point, I don’t know how many words I can say—it’s ridiculous right now. I really don’t want to talk about it anymore. When it does happen, then I can talk about it even more. Its hard to talk about it every year and be disappointed every year. We’ll see what happens, and we’ll go from there.”

The John Murphy Show airs weeknights from 7pm-9pm on the flagship station of the Bills, WGR Sports Radio 550.

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