Indianapolis Colts: 2014 Hall of Fame

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.

Is this year of the receiver at HOF?

January, 30, 2014
Jan 30
Is this the year that the Hall of Fame elects three wide receivers?

That's what former Indianapolis Colts general manager and current ESPN NFL analyst Bill Polian believes.

Receivers Marvin Harrison, Tim Brown and Andre Reed are finalist for the Hall of Fame. Each finalist must receive 80 percent of the votes.

Polian was general manager of the Colts when Harrison played with the team and GM of the Buffalo Bills when Reed was catching touchdown passes from Jim Kelly.

Reed is a finalist for the eighth straight year. Brown was among the first cut last year when finalist were reduced from 17 to 12. This is the fifth year that he's been eligible.

"I believe this ought to be the year of the receiver," Polian said. "All three deserve to go in. Get it out of the way by doing the right thing. Next year you can get back to electing guards and tackles and there are some seriously deserving defensive players this year in my opinion. It's long overdue for Andre and Tim Brown."

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