Pro Football Hall of Fame: Class of 2014
Seven players will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Aug. 2. Have a look at the career highlights of those seven former players who will live on forever in Canton, Ohio.
DERRICK BROOKS, LB(Credit: AP)
Derrick Brooks never missed a game during his 14-year career, and helped transform the Bucs’ defense into one of the best in the NFL . . . The six-time All Pro linebacker was selected for 11 Pro Bowls . . . Had an interception return for touchdown in Super Bowl XXXVIII win over the Raiders . . . Was Defensive Player of the Year in 2002, when he led had a career-high five interceptions.
RAY GUY, P(Credit: AP)
Ray Guy is the first punter to be selected to the Hall of Fame . . . Also the first punter to be selected in the first round (23rd overall) . . . Led NFL in punting in 1974, 1975 and 1977 . . . Only three of his 1,049 punts were blocked. Had a career average of 42.4 yards . . . All-Pro selection six straight years from 1973-78 . . . Played in seven AFC Championship Games and seven Pro Bowls.
CLAUDE HUMPHREY, DE(Credit: AP)
Although sacks were not officially recorded as a stat at the time, subsequent film review determined Claude Humphrey had 122 career sacks, including 11 1/2 as a Falcons rookie . . . Led his teams in sacks nine of 13 seasons . . . First-team All Pro five times from 1971-77 and selected to play in six Pro Bowls . . . Had 14 1/2 sacks in 1980, helping the Eagles advance to their first Super Bowl.
WALTER JONES, T(Credit: AP)
Walter Jones was a consensus All Rookie selection in 1997, when he blocked for quarterback Warren Moon. The Seahawks led the NFL in total passing yards that season . . . First Seahawks offensive lineman to go to the Pro Bowl, in 1999, and was selected to eight more Pro Bowls. A first-team All Pro in 2001. Had five additional All Pro selections from 2002-2007 . . . Named to All Decade Team of the 2000s.
ANDRE REED, WR(Credit: AP)
Andre Reed was a part of the Bills’ famed “K-gun offense’’ that was a key part of Buffalo’s four straight Super Bowl appearances from 1990-93 . . . Bills’ all-time leading receiver with 941 catches, 13,095 yards and 36 100-yard receiving games . . . His 951 career receptions total (10 with Washington) were third all-time when he retired . . . Tied with running back Thurman Thomas for most TDs in Bills’ history (87). Was selected to play in seven straight Pro Bowls from 1988-94. Had 85 catches for 1,229 yards in the playoffs.
MICHAEL STRAHAN, DE(Credit: AP)
A second-round pick (40th overall) in 1993, Michael Strahan went on to become the Giants’ all-time sack leader with 141 1/2 -- fifth-most in the NFL behind Bruce Smith (200), Reggie White (198), Kevin Greene (160) and Chris Doleman (150 1/2) . . .
Switched from right end to left end in 1996 and became one of the most dominant pass rushers in league history. Also became one of the best run-stoppers, joining Hall of Famers Deacon Jones of the Rams, Chargers and Redskins, and White of the Eagles, Packers and Panthers as the top left ends ever . . .
Established single-season sack record of 22 1/2 in 2001 and was named Defensive Player of the Year . . . After missing the second half of the 2004 season with a pectoral muscle injury, he had 11½ sacks in 2005, the sixth time in a nine-season span from 1997-2005 that he finished with double-digit sack totals . . .
Was a member of two NFC championship teams and helped the Giants win Super Bowl XLII after the 2007 season . . . Named to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 2000s . . . A five-time All-Pro, Strahan was selected to play in seven Pro Bowls . . . Played in 216 games, most in Giants history . . . Had four career interceptions, two of which went for touchdowns . . . One of only three players to spend his entire 15-year career with the Giants (center Mel Hein and quarterback Phil Simms were the others) . . .
Led the 2003 Giants with 18½ sacks, becoming the only Giant to lead the league in sacks twice in his career . . . Had at least half a sack against 64 different quarterbacks during the regular season. Sacked Eagles’ Donovan McNabb (12 1/2) more than any other quarterback.
AENEAS WILLIAMS, CB/S(Credit: AP)
Aeneas Willliams was an elite cornerback his first 12 seasons before switching to safety with the Rams and was a Pro Bowl selection at both positions -- seven times at cornerback and once at safety . . . Selected to NFL’s All-Decade Team of 1990s. Had at least one interception in 13 straight seasons and led Cardinals in interceptions seven times, despite routinely being assigned to opponent’s top receiver . . . Has 55 career interceptions.