Saturday, February 1, 2014
Harrison, Dungy must wait for Hall of Fame
By Mike Wells
Both have strong résumés.
Tony Dungy led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Indianapolis Colts to the playoffs in 11 of his 13 seasons coaching the teams. The Colts won Super Bowl XLI under Dungy.
Receiver Marvin Harrison is in the top seven in receiving yards, receptions and receiving touchdowns.
None of those accolades mattered Saturday because Harrison and Dungy will have to wait at least another year. The two were not named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2014.
Harrison, who was in his first year of eligibility, made the cut from 15 modern-era finalists to 10, but did not make the cut to the five players to be voted on for the class. Dungy didn’t make the cut from 15 to 10 in the selection meeting.
Reed’s selection over Harrison is confusing. Reed is headed to the Hall of Fame after being an eight-time finalist.
The numbers prove that Harrison was a better receiver. There's no other way to look at it.
Harrison had at least 1,000 yards receiving and 10 touchdowns in eight straight seasons. Reed had at least 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns in a season only once in his career. He topped 1,000 receiving yards in a season only four times in his 16-year career.
Harrison was an eight-time Pro Bowler and six-time All-Pro selection. Reed played in seven Pro Bowls.
Harrison's and Dungy's time will come.
Just not now.