It's about time.
That's what Andre Reed and his former coaches, teammates and fans are thinking after the longtime Buffalo Bills wide receiver was elected Saturday to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Reed had been a finalist for election in each of the past eight years, but this was the first time Reed advanced past the cut down to five finalists.
The induction of Cris Carter last summer may have helped clear the logjam at wide receiver that had kept Reed out of Canton, although Reed was still elected Saturday over two other receivers: Marvin Harrison (his first time on the ballot) and Tim Brown.
The class of 2014 induction ceremony will be held Aug. 2 in Canton, Ohio.
Reed will become the 10th Bills player, coach or contributor to be enshrined. He joins several of his teammates -- quarterback Jim Kelly, running back Thurman Thomas, wide receiver James Lofton, defensive end Bruce Smith -- as well as his coach, Marv Levy, and owner, Ralph Wilson.