Marvin Harrison and Tony Dungy, two key ingredients for the 2006 NFL champion Indianapolis Colts, are among 16 first-year-eligible modern era candidates for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class.
Tampa Bay linebacker Derrick Brooks, who also played under Dungy, is a candidate, too. So are former Raiders punter Ray Guy and former Falcons and Eagles defensive end Claude Humphrey as senior nominees.
The election will take place on Feb. 1, the night before the Super Bowl. Between four and seven new members will be selected to the Hall of Fame and will be enshrined next August.
A nominated player or coach must been out of the game for five consecutive seasons before he can be considered for the hall. A contributor may still be active in his pro football career.
The 2014 list has 89 players, 16 coaches and 21 contributors, including former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue and longtime team owners Bud Adams Jr., Jack Kent Cooke, Edward DeBartolo Jr., Jerry Jones, Robert Kraft, and Art Modell.
Other players who are first-time candidates for induction are quarterback Trent Green, running backs Shaun Alexander and Warrick Dunn, offensive linemen Willie Anderson and Walter Jones, linebackers Tedy Bruschi, Willie McGinest and Zach Thomas, defensive backs Rodney Harrison, Sam Madison and Patrick Surtain, and coaches Jon Gruden and Mike Holmgren.
LIONS: Detroit defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh says he isn’t going to change what he does on the field. And he’s appealing his latest fine, too. Suh was fined $100,000 for an illegal block on a Minnesota Vikings player in the Detroit Lions’ season-opening win last weekend. It is the NFL’s biggest monetary fine for on-field conduct, not including the dollars lost by players due to suspensions.
Suh vowed that he’s not going to change his ways on the field.
“I’m going to continue to play hard, blue-collar football,” he said.
JAGUARS: Chad Henne has been in and out of the starting lineup before — just about every year he’s been in the league actually. So this is nothing new. Henne will make his 38th career start when the Jacksonville Jaguars play at Oakland on Sunday.
REDSKINS: Commissioner Roger Goodell says the NFL has to pay attention to those who are offended by the Washington Redskins nickname. Goodell told 106.7 The Fan on Wednesday he is “always sensitive to what impacts on the league” and that includes “making sure that we’re doing what’s right here.”
He saID, “If we are offending one person, we need to be listening and making sure that we’re doing the right things to try to address that.”
Goodell didn’t take a position on the nickname. He said it’s up to Redskins owner Dan Snyder to decide whether it should be changed.
TEXANS: Antonio Smith was so excited about rejoining the Houston Texans after a three-game suspension that he woke up early Tuesday hoping to meet the team buses when they arrived from the airport from their season-opener at San Diego. Rain and rush hour traffic delayed his trip from the suburbs and he missed their arrival.
That was OK, though. It gave the gregarious defensive end a chance to surprise his teammates in the locker room.
Smith was suspended for hitting Miami guard Richie Incognito with the Dolphins player’s helmet in a preseason game.
He was docked about $354,000 for the incident, and says something like that won’t happen again. He says he learned that he: “can’t let him or anyone else get in my head.”
RAMS: St. Louis coach Jeff Fisher squelched talk he might be in line to be the next coach at Southern California, where he played in college. After practice Wednesday, Fisher called the speculation “absurd.”