AFC East: 2013 Hall of Fame vote

Former Buffalo Bills receiver Andre Reed has been a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame seven times. And each time, Reed has come up short.

Reed was turned down again after just missing the cut to become a member of the 2013 Hall of Fame class. He was one of 10 modern-era finalists but did not make the final five. This year's class includes Jonathan Ogden, Bill Parcells, Larry Allen, Cris Carter and Warren Sapp. It's a very strong group and all are deserving.

But you have to wonder if Reed's chances are dwindling. After being turned down as a finalist seven times, it’s clear the Hall of Fame committee views Reed as a very good receiver but not a Hall of Famer. Maybe that opinion will change over time. Maybe it won’t.

You can certainly make a good case for Reed. His 951 receptions, 13,198 yards and 87 touchdowns are solid, especially considering most of those numbers were put up in poor weather conditions in Buffalo.

However, more and more receivers are putting up similar or better numbers in this age of high-volume passing. Over time, that will make Reed's accomplishments look less impressive.

For example, receivers Terrell Owens, Randy Moss, Marvin Harrison, Isaac Bruce, Torry Holt and tight end Tony Gonzalez have all surpassed Reed in career yards in recent years. These half-dozen players and others will be coming down the pike for Hall of Fame voting, which clogs the position.

Reed came close to getting in this year. He has to hope his window for the Hall of Fame remains open and this wasn't his best chance.
The Miami Dolphins were the last team 2013 Hall of Famer Bill Parcells worked for. He led the Dolphins to the playoffs in his first year as team president in 2008. But Parcells decided to leave early partly due to an ownership change during his tenure.

Still, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross was one of the first to publicly congratulate Parcells on his Hall of Fame selection Saturday evening, in a statement released by the team.

“I want to congratulate Bill Parcells on his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame,” Ross said. “He had his own unique style in building a successful organization and instilled a winning mindset at all levels as both a coach and executive. While he might have had different levels of success at each of the teams he worked for, he always left each franchise far better off than how he found it.”

Miami general manager Jeff Ireland, who was an understudy of Parcells', also weighed in.

“I want to congratulate Bill on being selected to the NFL's highest honor ... the Hall of Fame,” Ireland said. “His contributions to the game and to people in the game are countless. Having worked with him, I saw firsthand the philosophy and culture he espoused that made him so successful, and like so many others before me, I continue to use many of those principles to build a winning team. I learned a great deal from him, and it has been a true pleasure working alongside such an iconic and legendary man.”

Parcells spent time with three teams in the AFC East: the Dolphins, New York Jets and New England Patriots. As Ross mentioned, Parcells had a way of making all his teams better than when he arrived.

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