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Brown, Sapp among finalists for HOF voting

By Steve Corkran
Friday, January 11th, 2013 at 3:02 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Raiders wide receiver Tim Brown and defensive lineman Warren Sapp are among the 15 modern-era finalists in voting for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Sapp is among the four first-year-eligible nominees. Brown made the cut for the final 15 last year before being bypassed.
The 15 modern-era finalists were determined by a vote of the Hall’s Selection Committee from a list of 127 nominees that earlier was reduced to a list of 27 semifinalists, during the multi-step, year-long selection process.
Curley Culp and Dave Robinson were selected as senior candidates by the Hall of Fame’s Seniors Committee. The Seniors Committee reviews the qualifications of those players whose careers took place more than 25 years ago.
The final vote takes place the day before the Super Bowl, with anywhere from four to seven players being selected for induction in early August.
Brown played for the Raiders from 1988-2003 and concluded his NFL career with the Buccaneers in 2004. This is the fourth year he has been on the ballot.
Here is Brown’s bio:

Wide Receiver/Kick Returner/Punt Returner … 6-0, 195 … Notre Dame … 1988-2003 Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders, 2004 Tampa Bay Buccaneers … 17 seasons, 255 games … Heisman Trophy Winner … Selected by Raiders in 1st round (6th player overall) of 1988 draft … As rookie led NFL in kickoff returns, return yards, and yards per return average … Led NFL in receptions, 1997 … Set Raiders franchise records for receptions, receiving yards, and punt return yards … At time of retirement his 14,934 receiving yards were second-highest total in NFL history; 1,094 receptions were 3rd; and 100 touchdown catches were tied for 3rd … Also gained 190 rushing yards; 3,320 punt return yards, 3 fumble return yards; 1,235 kickoff return yards … Total of 19,682 combined net yards, 5th all-time at time of retirement … Scored 105 total touchdowns (100 receiving, 1 rushing, 3 punt returns, 1 kickoff return) … Voted to Pro Bowl nine times, 1989 and 1992 as kick returner, 1994-98, 2000 and 2002 as a receiver … All-Pro choice as a kick returner, 1988 … All-Pro wide receiver, 1997 … Was named All-AFC as a kick returner, 1988, punt returner, 1991, and wide receiver, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997 … Born July 22, 1966 in Dallas, Texas.

Here is Sapp’s bio:

Defensive Tackle … 6-2, 300 … Miami (FL) … 1995-2003 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2004-07 Oakland Raiders … 13 seasons, 198 games … Selected in first round (12th player overall) by Tampa Bay in 1995 NFL Draft … Instant starter … Named to All-Rookie Team, 1995 … Amassed 96.5 career sacks despite playing on interior of defensive line … Recorded double-digit sack totals four times … Had more than one sack in a game 23 times … Named 1999 NFL Defensive Player of the Year after helping lead Tampa Bay to first division title in 18 years … Registered 12.5 sacks, 54 tackles, three forced fumbles, and recovered two fumbles, 1999 … Recorded career-high 16.5 sacks, 2000 … Started in two NFC championship games, one Super Bowl … Recorded two tackles, one sack, two passes defensed, and forced fumble in Bucs’ 48-21 win over Raiders, Super Bowl XXXVII … Additional career statistics include four interceptions, two touchdown receptions … First-team All-Pro four straight times (1999-2002) … Second-team All-NFL in 1997, 1998 … All-NFC five times … Selected to seven Pro Bowls … Named to NFL’s All-Decade Teams of the 1990s, 2000s … Born December 19, 1972 in Orlando, Florida.

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  • http://ggeden.blogspot.com/ GG

    Brian Costello ‏@BrianCoz

    Source: Rob Ryan has been hired by the Rams as their new defensive coordinator.

  • Dakota

    Ravens might ask us about Palmer after the ravens lose in the playoffs again. Palmer would give that team a chance to win a super bowl.

  • Bart Simpson

    We are gonna be vulnerable to being out coached next season. Just like this year. There is film on DA now. Not good for us. All the opponents got to do is study the film on DA. We’re in for the long haul.

  • Dakota

    GG Says:
    January 11th, 2013 at 6:18 pm
    Brian Costello ‏@BrianCoz

    Source: Rob Ryan has been hired by the Rams as their new defensive coordinator.
    ——

    I never took Jeff Fischer as a fool. Bummer, that team showed promise last year…

  • Bart Simpson

    People think cuz the Raids are mum on the new OC they cookin up something under wraps. No way. DA and Reggie are lost. They’ve been turned down. Rejected. That’s why they is mum on the matter. Nobody wants to take them to the dance.

  • jackasspuria

    Bart Simpson

    Its partly DA and Reggie, but it’s in large part to Mark Davis.

    Who wants a boss that sports that awful Lloyd Christmas Dumb & Dumber bowl cut?

  • morilla

    Dakota Says:
    January 11th, 2013 at 6:14 pm
    Lefty12 Says:
    January 11th, 2013 at 6:12 pm
    Just Fire Baby Says:
    January 11th, 2013 at 6:05 pm
    Flacco has 4 road playoff wins, which is twice as many as Peyton.
    ====================================
    But Payton isn’t playing on the road.
    —–

    Flacco is not that good.

    ===================

    I think the Ravens have a better chance than people are giving them. Everyone is calling for a cakewalk by the Broncos. That is dangerous talk. Peytons had some blunders, and doesn’t really play well in cold post season weather.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the Ravens walk in there and pull out a major upset. And also smack Peyton in the mouth while doing it.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Flacco is pretty damn good, not sure why people sleep on him so much.

    Posted two 95+ QBR’s in the playoffs last year, and was a 30 yard missed FG (or dropped pass on perfectly thrown back-shoulder TD) from playing in the Super Bowl last year.

    And……..just for fun.

    He had 1 TD and 6 INT’s in the playoffs when his QB coach was Hue Jackson, 9 TD’s and 2 INT’s since.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    KoolKell, Plunkett over Gannon?

  • morilla

    Bart Simpson Says:
    January 11th, 2013 at 6:22 pm
    People think cuz the Raids are mum on the new OC they cookin up something under wraps. No way. DA and Reggie are lost. They’ve been turned down. Rejected. That’s why they is mum on the matter. Nobody wants to take them to the dance.
    ————————-

    It’s because the people they are interested in are currently on teams. They also have an ace in the back pocket with Saunders.

    But yeah, they are really worried about letting people on some blog know their intentions. It keeps them up at night.

  • lefty12

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the Ravens walk in there and pull out a major upset. And also smack Peyton in the mouth while doing it.
    ==================================
    Do you really believe that or are you speaking more with your heart because of your dislike for the donkeys?Also,why do so many on here like the Browns,I mean Ravens so much?You’d think the Harbaugh ran up the score and intentionally tried to embarrass the team this year more fans would be against them.

  • jackasspuria

    Kiffin (Lance) was hired late when he became Oakland head coach and he got most of his staff during Senior Bowl week (Cable as O-line coach, etc. etc.)

    DA’s OC targets could be coaches still in the playoffs.

    But, like PurpleDrank81′s post at the No. 1 spot in this thread and others have said, Al Saunders is in the back pocket so Oakland is mum.

    I will begin to worry when its February and there is no OC.

  • jackasspuria

    Lefty12

    It would be a cataclysmic event if Ray Lewis and Peyton Manning were both knocked out of this divisional game.

    Say for instance, a Lewis blitz, hit and sack of Manning causes injuries to both men and they miss the remainder of the game.

  • Dakota

    Just get a good oc in the house and we will at least look like we belong on the same field as our opponents.

    Right now we look like a euro team playing NFL teams in some sort of exhibition games.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    Dakota Says:
    Ravens might ask us about Palmer after the ravens lose in the playoffs again. Palmer would give that team a chance to win a super bowl.
    =====================================================

    You really think Palmer would do that to his old team and fans?

  • Dakota

    Lefty12 Says:
    January 11th, 2013 at 6:33 pm
    I wouldn’t be surprised if the Ravens walk in there and pull out a major upset. And also smack Peyton in the mouth while doing it.
    ==================================
    Do you really believe that or are you speaking more with your heart because of your dislike for the donkeys?Also,why do so many on here like the Browns,I mean Ravens so much?You’d think the Harbaugh ran up the score and intentionally tried to embarrass the team this year more fans would be against them.
    ———–

    I do not like the ravens, but them running up the score on us does not suddenly leap frog them over the broncos on the most hated list. Come on lefty!

    And in a cold game, manning is not always at his best, which gives the ravens with their defense and running game a chance even in Denver.

    Manning needs to throw two ints for the ravens to win. I give them a bit under 50-50 chance to win.

  • morilla

    Lefty12 Says:
    January 11th, 2013 at 6:33 pm
    I wouldn’t be surprised if the Ravens walk in there and pull out a major upset. And also smack Peyton in the mouth while doing it.
    ==================================

    Do you really believe that or are you speaking more with your heart because of your dislike for the donkeys?

    ========================================

    Probably a mix of both. I know the Ravens are old and the Donks have a great D and Peyton. But stranger things have happened and this is the playoffs. the regular season means nothing now. This is just one game.

    You’re probably right, the Donks pull this one out. But part of me is thinking this could be a better game than people expect.

    As for liking the Ravens… I’ve always respected that defense. Even after what they did to Rich. If the Raiders aren’t in the dance, and I need a AFC team to pull for, I usually pull for them.

    It’s a love/hate thing.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    morilla Says:
    But yeah, they are really worried about letting people on some blog know their intentions. It keeps them up at night.
    =====================================================

    Speaking of that, is there an NFL rule that says they have to publicize who they interview? If it’s not somebody that needs permission?

  • Gdog

    Dakota Says:
    January 11th, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    You can’t look at this information and tell me al Davis was a good GM. I am not saying he should have made these drafts, but you would think that a lot more of the players he drafted over nearly two decades would pan out. Makes you sick when you see all of the misses.

    >>>>

    Thanx for the interesting list, but every team in the NFL can do the exact same thing and come up with the exact same list.

    The draft is, and always has been a crap shoot.

    20/20 hindsite cherry-picking of the draft is meaningless.

  • Bart Simpson

    Bromance or no bromance. DA and Reggie need to get that OC. I don’t care which one of those two wears the pants. Get that OC. I don’t care which one of those two does the cooking or the spanking. Just hire an OC already.

  • jackasspuria

    Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    Only time an NFL team has to publicize coaching matters are hires and fires. Interviews are usually leaked by agents/coaches/players.

    Sometimes, the team can leak the interview to draw or create false interest in an individual.

  • lefty12

    I hate them both to be honest.I hope they beat the crap out of each other.The problem is I can’t stand Hou or NE either.

  • morilla

    Lefty12 Says:
    January 11th, 2013 at 6:45 pm
    I hate them both to be honest.I hope they beat the crap out of each other.The problem is I can’t stand Hou or NE either.
    =================

    I hear you, it’s hard. But I generally always pull for the AFC to take the trophy home.

  • morilla

    That is unless Denver, KC, or SD are in the dance. Other than that I root for the AFC.

  • Bart Simpson

    Alex7 Says:
    January 11th, 2013 at 3:38 pm
    RaidO

    haven’t the Raiders ALWAYS = silence?
    Was this stressed about when Al was in charge?
    He was pretty big on keeping things close to the vest.
    ((((((((((((•)))))))))))

    Got a link?

  • lefty12

    Morilla-me too,but when at look at the 4 teams left that is really difficult.I’m actually going for Seattle I think even though they are NFC.At least they were once an AFC team.

  • Bart Simpson

    The Beeech Diggity Dawg Says:
    January 11th, 2013 at 3:32 pm
    P Drank in the hizzy

    Yo just got a fresh shipment of New Zealand shrimp in for tonight’s Reggae Party Boat

    It’s goin’ down, already have 23 confirmed RSVPs from my girlfriend Cinnamon’s hippy friends

    These granola babes always put out but you gotta wade through the moss first

    Get it, they all have super hairy beevs

    (((((((((((((•)))))))))))))

    Damn dude. You need to fire up the weed eater.

  • http://www.nfl.com RockinRaider

    The_Judge37 Says:
    January 11th, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    And winning 2 Super Bowls should definetly be worthy of the HOF, but hell, winning 3 isn’t even enough to get Branch in.
    ============
    Double negatives are frowned upon, in this establishment.

  • lefty12

    158-JFB,you just love it,don’t you.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    morilla Says:
    I hear you, it’s hard. But I generally always pull for the AFC to take the trophy home.
    =======================================================

    When I first became a fan(1979) and didn’t know any better, if the Raiders were out of the playoffs, my preferences were AFCWest first, and then AFC. That’s how I bet the superbowl, with McMahon and the Bears the only exception. I lost a lot. Elway and Kelly alone cost me six SB’s which is around when I quit betting. Well, usung that system, anyway.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    RockinRaider Says:
    Double negatives are frowned upon, in this establishment.
    ========================================================

    We don’t have no reason to doubt that.

  • Yellow Cab

    Watching The Big Year. It’s awesome.

  • boss01

    Al’s picks no doubt got progressively worse the older he got…no doubt he should have handed over the reigns at least as GM around 2003. Had he done that, I would have a lot less gray hairs now.

    Some of the names I see in that list piss me off. Patrick Bates???!!!

  • http://ggeden.blogspot.com/ GG

    If you leave the hiring of coaches too late, most of them have been hired to college or pros. Then you’re looking at slim pickings and end up with people like Greg Knapp. This is what happened last year when Reggie was hired GM late, and then his HC search was late, and then when Allen was hired, his OC/DC etc hirings were all late.

  • http://ggeden.blogspot.com/ GG

    My main question is Reggie should’ve done an “al” anyway, of interviewing many coaches to pick their brains at the very least.

    As many have worried too…if reggie is waiting on a packer/falcon coach, what happens if both teams win this weekend, then we have to wait ANOTHER week to interview. Each week that goes by, more coaches get hired college/pros. Then, what happens if Reggie ends up not liking that coach? Or, that coach says, “thanks but no thanks”?

    Just this week, how many coaches have been hired around the league? Next week more will get hired, other teams winding down their interviews and hurrying to snap coaches up.

  • morilla

    GG Says:
    January 11th, 2013 at 7:11 pm
    My main question is Reggie should’ve done an “al” anyway, of interviewing many coaches to pick their brains at the very least.

    As many have worried too…if reggie is waiting on a packer/falcon coach, what happens if both teams win this weekend, then we have to wait ANOTHER week to interview. Each week that goes by, more coaches get hired college/pros. Then, what happens if Reggie ends up not liking that coach? Or, that coach says, “thanks but no thanks”?

    Just this week, how many coaches have been hired around the league? Next week more will get hired, other teams winding down their interviews and hurrying to snap coaches up.
    ===========================

    Maybe they don’t really need to interview anyone. They already have their guy and they have agreed. Just waiting for their team to be done.

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  • lefty12

    GG,why do you keep saying Reggie?DA is the one who will hire his OC.And we have a safety net with Sanders.Calm down,you’ll be able to complain all you want after the hire is made.

  • Yellow Cab

    Lefty12 Says:
    January 11th, 2013 at 7:17 pm
    GG,why do you keep saying Reggie?DA is the one who will hire his OC.And we have a safety net with Sanders.Calm down,you’ll be able to complain all you want after the hire is made.
    ——-
    You really think Reggie has enough confidence in DA to trust him with the matter of hiring his own OC after the knapp fiasco? And if DA really is hiring his own OC, do you trust that? And what’s taking him so long? Something is wrong and we do not know what it is. Something foul lurks asunder. I can smell it.

  • http://www.RAIDERS.com Back-n-Black

    Bart Simpson Says:
    January 11th, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    People think cuz the Raids are mum on the new OC they cookin up something under wraps. No way. DA and Reggie are lost. They’ve been turned down. Rejected. That’s why they is mum on the matter. Nobody wants to take them to the dance.
    …….

    I’m beginning to think the same thing.

    Usually the Raiders are linked to everyone because agents “leak” the connection to use it as leverage.

    Yet, not one candidate has even been rumored to be connected to Oakland.

    Something is fishy.

    Only other explanation I can think of is they have contacted their guy already and he has accepted the job but no announcement will be made until that team is out of the playoffs.

    Still hard to keep stuff like that under wraps though.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist Says:
    January 11th, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    KoolKell, Plunkett over Gannon?
    —————————–
    With hindsight, I’d have to take Plumkett of course. Gannon threw 5 ints in his SB.

    In the situation the Raiders are in “right now” I d take Gannon over Plunkett and Palmer.

  • http://www.nfl.com RockinRaider

    KoolKell Says:
    January 11th, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Dan Marino is a HOF QB. Lol. a real one. One of the greatest passers of all time.

    Besides, Marcus Allen carried the Raiders to those two Super Bowls.
    ===================================================
    KoolKell Says:
    January 11th, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Dakota Says:
    January 11th, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    The raider super bowl teams had more talent than the mid to late 1980s and the 1990s phins teams.

    Was that al Davis or partly Ron wolf I don’t know…ancient NFL history means little to me.
    —————————–
    That’s because you know nothing about it. Whereas a seasoned renaissance man like myself……………
    ========================================
    You would think a seasoned renaissance man would have a clue on when a teams superstar played in the super bowl, wouldn’t you?

    Funny watching you pat yourself on the back for being old and knowledgeable.
    Only to watch you post and prove you’re just old, and rather clueless

  • RAIDERMAN99

    Punters play in the NFL, right ?

    They play a vital role in establishing field position. How they perform can often be instrumental in determining the outcome of a game – right ?

    So why isn’t the consensus greatest punter of all time in the HOF ?

    Have to laugh at the moronic scribes that feel punters aren’t worthy of entry into the HOF and refuse to even consider them.

    Wonder what Jerry’s and Cork’s take on this matter is.

    Doubt if either one of them have a HOF vote.

    RAY GUY SHOULD BE IN THE HOF.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    KoolKell Says:
    With hindsight, I’d have to take Plumkett of course. Gannon threw 5 ints in his SB.
    =====================================================
    I’d agree, but I still blame Callahan more than Gannon for that debacle. And fate, winding up facing Gruden.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    RAIDERMAN99 Says:
    Wonder what Jerry’s and Cork’s take on this matter is.
    Doubt if either one of them have a HOF vote.
    ======================================================

    Thought Jerry did.Could be wrong.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Rob Ryan = Rams DC

    dang, now who will coach our LB’s?

  • http://www.nfl.com RockinRaider

    Bart Simpson Says:
    January 11th, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    We are gonna be vulnerable to being out coached next season. Just like this year. There is film on DA now. Not good for us. All the opponents got to do is study the film on DA. We’re in for the long haul.
    ————————–
    Film on DA?
    film on the hc?

    Just when you think your stance won’t be an issue, someone goes and picks up on the tells.
    Boy, I hate that.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Reggie & Dennis should be looking hard at Norv Turner, Marty Mornhinweg & Cam Cameron for OC

    Heck – maybe even Tony Sparano, Pat Shurmur & Mike Mularkey

    If we settle for Al Saunders or John DeFilippo i’m gonna be so pissed!!

  • RaiderRockstar

    Alan Lowry (Titans) has to be better than Hoffman was.

    I’ll take him for ST Coach over Keith Burns!!

  • lefty12

    Why not wait,see who DA hires,and then you guys can complain all you want,which I’m positive you will.And yes,DA will hire his staff.We are no longer run by a dictator who forces coordinators and assistants on his HC.The HC will bring in someone he feels comfortable working with.If he and his staff fail once again,they will be replaced.That is how it is done and should be done.The CEO of a company doesn’t hire the head of accounting.Think real world instead of the fantasy land many of you are stuck in.