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Seven named to Pro Football Hall of Fame

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NEW YORK -- Seven players were elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday.

Linebacker Derrick Brooks, offensive tackle Walter Jones, wide receiver Andre Reed, defensive end Michael Strahan and defensive back Aeneas Williams and senior candidates Ray Guy, a longtime punter for the Raiders, and defensive end Claude Humphrey will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in Canton in August.

Four first-time-eligible nominees -- wide receiver Marvin Harrison, Brooks, Jones and coach Tony Dungy -- led the group of 15 modern-era finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2014.

They were joined by nine of last year's finalists: wide receivers Tim Brown and Reed, running back Jerome Bettis, linebacker/defensive end Kevin Greene, defensive end/linebacker Charles Haley, guard Will Shields, Strahan, Williams and team owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr.

The other two finalists are free safety John Lynch and kicker Morten Andersen.

Selectors met at the Sheraton New York to narrow the field of finalists to five and received the required 80 percent support from the 46 selectors.

A capsule look at the seven inductees:

Derrick Brooks

Position: Linebacker

Years/Teams: 1995-2008 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

College: Florida State

Drafted: 1st round (28th player overall) of 1995 draft by Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Seasons: 14

Games: 224

All-Pro: 6

Pro Bowls: 11

Career Stats: Recorded 25 interceptions returned for 530 yards, six touchdowns. Also amassed 13.5 sacks and one fumble recovery for touchdown.

Notable: Brooks, a member of the NFL's All-Decade Team of the 2000s, was named the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year in 2002.

Walter Jones

Position: Tackle

Years/Teams: 1997-2008 Seattle Seahawks

College: Holmes Community College (Mississippi), Florida State

Drafted: 1st round (6th overall) of 1997 draft by Seattle Seahawks

Seasons: 12

Games: 180

All-Pro: 6

Pro Bowls: 9

Notable: Jones was voted to the NFL's All-Decade Team of the 2000s. His number was retired by the Seahawks in 2010.

Andre Reed

Position: Wide Receiver

Years/Teams: 1985-1999 Buffalo Bills, 2000 Washington Redskins

College: Kutztown

Drafted: 4th round (86th overall) in 1985 draft by Buffalo Bills

Seasons: 16

Games: 234

All-Pro: 3

Pro Bowls: 7

Career Stats: 951 receptions for 13,198 yards and 87 touchdowns.

Notable: Reed had 50 or more receptions in 13 seasons, which ranks third all time. At the time of his retirement, his 951 career receptions ranked third all time.

Michael Strahan

Position: Defensive End

Years/Teams: 1993-2007 New York Giants

College: Texas Southern

Drafted: 2nd round (40th overall) of 1993 draft by New York Giants.

Seasons: 15

Games: 216

All-Pro: 5

Pro Bowls: 7

Career Stats: 141 1/2 sacks and one safety, four interceptions for 124 yards and two touchdowns.

Notable: Strahan holds the NFL record for most sacks in a season, 22.5 in 2001.

Aeneas Williams

Position: Cornerback/Safety

Years/Teams: 1991-2000 Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals, 2001-04 St. Louis Rams

College: Southern University

Drafted: 3rd round (59th overall) of 1991 draft by Phoenix Cardinals

Seasons: 14

Games: 211

All-Pro: 4

Pro Bowls: 8

Career Stats: 55 interceptions for 807 yards and nine touchdowns.

Notable: At the time of his retirement, Williams was tied with Hall of Famer Ken Houston for second on the NFL's all-time list of interception returns for touchdowns with nine.

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Ray Guy

Position: Punter

Years/Teams: 1973-1986 Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders

College: Southern Mississippi

Drafted: 1st round (23rd overall) of 1973 draft by Oakland Raiders

Seasons: 14

All-Pro: 6

Pro Bowls: 7

Career stats: 42.4-yard average on 1,049 punts.

Notable: Averaged under 40 yards only once in his career. Only three of his punts were blocked.

Claude Humphrey

Position: Defensive End

Years/Teams: 1968-1978 Atlanta Falcons, 1979-1981 Philadelphia Eagles

College: Tennessee State

Drafted: 1st round (3rd overall) of 1968 draft by Atlanta Falcons

Seasons: 13

All-Pro: 5

Pro Bowls: 6

Career stats: 122 sacks, two interceptions, one fumble recovery for a touchdown, two safeties

Notable: Recorded 11 1/2 sacks en route to winning 1968 Defensive Rookie of the Year. Posted a team-high 14 1/2 sacks to help the 1980 Eagles advance to Super Bowl XV.
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