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Prominent voter predicts Andre Reed won't make HOF again this year


It is one man's opinion.

The man delivering it, though, has an influential voice within the closed-door meeting that will determine this year's Pro Football Hall of Fame induction class.

Sports Illustrated writer Peter King on Monday predicted Buffalo Bills receiver Andre Reed will miss the final cut again.

From King's weekly column at

"I think, and I have been wrong on this before (like, most years, as one of the 46 voters), that this would be my best guess as to the five finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame most likely to be elected Feb. 1: Walter Jones, Derrick Brooks, Marvin Harrison, Charles Haley, Michael Strahan. And I would list these three as the closest contenders to them: Will Shields, Tony Dungy, Aeneas Williams. Now, I didn't say those first five would be my picks. I don't know my picks yet, and won’t until we get inside the room."

King's forecast is that Reed will finish in the bottom half of the 15 semifinalists to be debated.

Reed has been a semifinalist eight consecutive years, but has been boxed out by other receivers. This is Harrison's first eligible year.

  • Guest

    What a load of crap already -- look at what this guy did during his ERA !! Worthy Hall of Famer by ANY criteria regardless -- these sports writers are a bag of douches with how they justify things. They have far too much say in these proceedings. Haley ? Strahan ? Williams ? before Andre ? ... please.

  • Guest

    Time for Gaughan or whomever is the Buffalo representative in that voting room to stop STUTTERING, uh, uh, uh, uh and balls up -- give an impassioned presentation like Felser used to !! Not that anyone has Felsers's juice anymore.

  • BuffaloGolfer.Com

    Actually, Peter King likes Buffalo. He appears with Schop and Parker on radio on a weekly basis during football season. I agree, though, that an impassioned speech is the least that Andre Reed deserves.

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