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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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