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Michael Irvin: Andre Reed 'definitely' should be in Hall of Fame

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NEW YORK -- The time has come for Andre Reed to finally get into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

That from a one-time adversary of Reed and the Buffalo Bills, and a Hall of Famer himself, in former Dallas Cowboys great Michael Irvin.

"There's no way that you don't get Andre Reed in the Hall of Fame after going to four straight Super Bowls," Irvin said. "I'm very disappointed he's not in, because he should be in. It's not just about catching passes. It's about catching passes that gets you to championships, and he caught passes that got them to the Super Bowl, so he should definitely be in."

Reed has been a finalist for eight straight years. His 951 catches ranks 11th all time, and was third on the list at the time of his retirement following the 2000 season. He made the Pro Bowl seven times.

The Hall of Fame's selection committee will meet Saturday to decide. The 15 finalists will first be cut to 10, then whittled down to five before a vote is held, with 80 percent agreement needed for induction. Up to five modern-era candidates can be elected each year.

 

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