28 Oct 2005
Reggie White and Troy Aikman are among the preliminary nominees for enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. From this list, Hall of Fame selectors will choose 25 candidates who will advance as semifinalists. That list will be trimmed to 13 candidates, who will join veterans committee nominees John Madden and Rayfield Wright as finalists. On the day before the Super Bowl, the voters will select between four and six enshrinees from that group of 15.
White and Aikman are sure things, although I'm not as enamored of Aikman as most people are. I'd love to see Pittsburgh center Dermontti Dawson make it, but I'm not sure he's got enough name recognition. I've always found it a bit odd that contributors are on the same ballot as players. How is a voter supposed to make a determination between Ed Sabol and Art Monk? I love NFL Films, and the Sabols definitely deserve recognition for what they've done for the league, but I don't know that a bust in Canton is the right recognition.
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