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Reed among 25 semifinalists for Hall of Fame


Buffalo Bills great Andre Reed is among 25 semifinalists for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The Hall on Wednesday night released the results of voting that brought a preliminary list of 126 down to 25. The 25 semifinalists will be narrowed to a list of 15 finalists in early January. Reed has been one of the 15 modern-era finalists for induction seven years in a row.

Besides Reed, the semifinalists include: kicker Morten Andersen; safeties Steve Atwater and John Lynch; running backs Jerome Bettis, Roger Craig and Terrell Davis; linebackers Derrick Brooks, Kevin Greene and Karl Mecklenburg; receivers Tim Brown and Marvin Harrison; coaches Don Coryell, Tony Dungy and Jimmy Johnson; owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr.; defensive ends Charles Haley and Michael Strahan; tackles Joe Jacoby and Walter Jones; guards Will Shields and Steve Wisniewski; commissioner Paul Tagliabue; cornerback Aeneas Williams; and general manager George Young. 

Reed holds most of Buffalo's team receiving records, earned in a Bills career that spanned from 1985 to 1999. Reed finished his career with 951 catches, 13,198 receiving yards and 88 touchdowns. In 21 postseason games, Reed caught 85 passes for 1,229 yards and nine touchdowns. He made seven Pro Bowls. 

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Vic Carucci returned to The Buffalo News as a Bills beat reporter in September. Carucci covered the Bills for 17 years before joining as a columnist in 1999. Prior to rejoining The News, he spent three years as a senior editor for the Cleveland Browns.

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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