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Greene named Pro Football Hall of Fame finalist

Posted by Mike Spofford on January 7, 2012 – 3:27 pm

A semifinalist three times previously, Packers Outside Linebackers Coach Kevin Greene for the first time has advanced to the finalist stage for potential induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Greene was named one of 17 finalists (15 modern-era and two senior nominees) by the Hall of Fame selection committee on Saturday. Former Packers GM Ron Wolf also was a semifinalist but did not advance to the finalist stage. For more on both individuals, please refer to a story posted earlier this week on packers.com.

The HOF selection committee will meet on Saturday, Feb. 4 (the day before Super Bowl XLVI) in Indianapolis to elect the 2012 class of inductees. Between four and seven of the finalists will be elected, but no more than five modern-era nominees can be elected in any one year. The class can grow to six or seven members if one or both of the senior nominees are chosen.

From the Hall of Fame’s press release on Saturday, below is the list of all of this year’s finalists (* denotes senior nominee), plus the synopsis on Greene’s career:

·         Jerome Bettis – Running Back – 1993-95 Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, 1996-2005 Pittsburgh Steelers

·         Tim Brown – Wide Receiver/Kick Returner – 1988-2003 Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders, 2004 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

·         Jack Butler* – Cornerback – 1951-59 Pittsburgh Steelers

·         Cris Carter – Wide Receiver – 1987-89 Philadelphia Eagles, 1990-2001 Minnesota Vikings, 2002 Miami Dolphins

·         Dermontti Dawson – Center – 1988-2000 Pittsburgh Steelers

·         Edward DeBartolo, Jr. – Owner – 1977-2000 San Francisco 49ers

·         Chris Doleman – Defensive End/Linebacker – 1985-1993, 1999 Minnesota Vikings, 1994-95 Atlanta Falcons, 1996-98 San Francisco 49ers

·         Kevin Greene – Linebacker/Defensive End – 1985-1992 Los Angeles Rams, 1993-95 Pittsburgh Steelers, 1996, 1998-99 Carolina Panthers, 1997 San Francisco 49ers

·         Charles Haley – Defensive End/Linebacker – 1986-1991, 1999 San Francisco 49ers, 1992-96 Dallas Cowboys

·         Cortez Kennedy – Defensive Tackle – 1990-2000 Seattle Seahawks

·         Curtis Martin – Running Back – 1995-97 New England Patriots, 1998-2005 New York Jets

·         Bill Parcells – Coach – 1983-1990 New York Giants, 1993-96 New England Patriots, 1997-99 New York Jets, 2003-06 Dallas Cowboys

·         Andre Reed – Wide Receiver – 1985-1999 Buffalo Bills, 2000 Washington Redskins

·         Willie Roaf – Tackle – 1993-2001 New Orleans Saints, 2002-05 Kansas City Chiefs

·         Will Shields – Guard – 1993-2006 Kansas City Chiefs

·         Dick Stanfel* – Guard – 1952-55 Detroit Lions, 1956-58 Washington Redskins

·         Aeneas Williams – Cornerback/Safety – 1991-2000 Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals, 2001-04 St. Louis Rams


Linebacker/Defensive End … 6-3, 247 … Auburn… 1985-1992 Los Angeles Rams, 1993-95 Pittsburgh Steelers, 1996, 1998-99 Carolina Panthers, 1997 San Francisco 49ers … 15 seasons, 228 games … Selected by Rams in 5th round (113th player overall) in 1985 draft … Played primarily on special teams as rookie, only season he didn’t register a sack  … Did not have any starts in second season, but played in all 16 games and managed seven sacks … Added 6.5 sacks in 1987 and by fourth season was bona fide pass rusher for Rams, registering career-high 16.5 sacks, including career-best 4.5 sacks in win over 49ers in season finale that clinched playoff spot for Rams … Following year matched his 16.5 sacks total … Had double-digit sack totals ten times, second in record book at the time … Only time missed recording 10 sacks in any of last eight seasons was 1995 when he had team-leading nine sacks for Steelers … Named to Pro Bowl five times (once with the Rams, twice with Steelers and Panthers) … Selected first-team All-Pro, 1989 with Rams, 1994 with Pittsburgh and 1996 with Carolina … Captured league sack title twice, 1994 and 1996 … A member of NFL’s All-Decade Team of 1990s … Played in six conference championship games and one Super Bowl … Led team in sacks 11 times and amassed 160 total sacks, third all-time at time of retirement … Also had three safeties, 26 opponent fumble recoveries, and five interceptions … Born July 31, 1962 in New York, New York.

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26 Responses to “Greene named Pro Football Hall of Fame finalist”

  1. By Phil on Jan 7, 2012 | Reply

    Until the injustice of Jerry Kramer’s lack of induction into the Pro football Hall of Fame continues the worthiness of any and all others is inconsequential. If any individual associated with the Packers are inducted before that time they need to make the failure of Jerry’s inclusion a paramount part of their exception speech. Hopefully that means you Kevin but especially you Brett.

  2. By Richard Reese on Jan 7, 2012 | Reply

    Nice list of players, but where is Jerry Kramer. Vince Lombardi said that Jerry Karmer was “the best player” he every coached. When will Jerry Kramer be in?

  3. By Stephanie on Jan 7, 2012 | Reply

    I agree ten-fold with Phil. I can’t believe Mr. Kramer is not in the Hall of Fame. The only player from the 50th Anniversary All-NFL Team not in the Hall of Fame. Thew the most famous block in NFL history in the Ice Bowl. How can you not have the pulling Guard of the famous Green Bay Packer Sweep not in the Hall of Fame?

  4. By Gary on Jan 7, 2012 | Reply

    Absolutely agree here. The most famous block in NFL history? Not to be included? Come on.

  5. By Mike on Jan 7, 2012 | Reply

    Richard Reese–Actually, Lombardi said that about Forrest Gregg, but I still agree that the omission of Jerry Kramer all this time is almost criminal. He must have done something unforgivable to somebody that we do not know about. Any new Packer inductee needs to make it an issue in his acceptance speech (not “exception” speech, Phil)

  6. By Phil on Jan 7, 2012 | Reply

    Thanks for the correction–much appreciated.

    As shareholders of the winningest,13 and counting, team in NFL history it is time for us to come together and fight for one of our own. Jerry Kramer has long been denied his rightful place on Pro football’s other ultimate team–the Hall of Fame.
    I don’t know what the rules are for someone with Jerry’s status as an older veteran to be elected–and I don’t care. What self respecting HOF would make, comply with, or allow to sustain any rule that would preclude Jerry from assuming his rightful place with the other greats in league history.
    It was alleged by some that Jerry left early on Bart’s QB sneak in the Ice Bowl. Jerry’s response, “I didn’t leave early, Kenny (Bowman) was slow hiking the ball.” In like manner, I don’t care what the rule is–INDUCT JERRY NOW!!!
    May I suggest (I can’t be there as I am presently out of the country) that Packer fans hold up signs at the playoff game on Sunday with the simple message from the owners: HOF INDUCT JERRY NOW!!!
    Just an idea.

  7. By Mike on Jan 7, 2012 | Reply

    Amen, Phil. That Ice Bowl play was certainly his most famous, yet just another footnote of his stellar career. He was the reason that the Packer Sweep was so successful. Everybody knew it was coming, yet they couldn’t stop it. Sure, Taylor played a big part, but Kramer started it and set it up every time–for YEARS! Sitting at Lambeau, I am still awestruck at the HOF names lining the stadium, yet it is such a glaring omission that Kramer’s name is not up there. Were all of the HOF voters either sleeping or stoned when he played?

  8. By Phil on Jan 7, 2012 | Reply

    Thanks for the support of my contention that Jerry belongs in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. I believe the names lining the stadium at Lambeau, which you are referring to are the Packers whose numbers have been retired. While you are correct that every retired number belongs to a player who is also in the Pro Football HOF they are two distinct and separate acknowledgements of ones career.

  9. By patrick oligney on Jan 7, 2012 | Reply

    complaining about the lack oof recognition of jerry kramer and his contributions to the green bay packers and the nfl. he shouldve been inducted 20 years ago! i was 11 when the ice bowl took place, i havent forgotten and neither should canton…get real!

  10. By larry on Jan 7, 2012 | Reply

    with some of the names on this list it looks like its now the Hall of very good players. dont just put people on a list because you feel you have to if noone is worthy dont put anyone in.

  11. By david snyder on Jan 7, 2012 | Reply

    There are controversies in this and other sports Hall of Fame. How can one not include Pete Rose in the MLB Hall of Fame for his feat of the most hits ever? Jerry Kramer should be in for the one event of having the most famous block in NFL history. As much as I admire Jerry’s contribution to the game (and his book), the hard fact is he is a lineman and they normally don’t get the recognition they deserve. Even if he did “false start”, his block should be in the Hall, even if he is not.

    To be current, Kevin Greene is a worthy candidate for the HOF. I admired his skills as a Steeler and hope he gets the votes to make it in.

  12. By Scott on Jan 7, 2012 | Reply

    I agree about Jerry Kramer. If you go to profootballhof.com and go to hall of famers and then to selection process it lists the 44 person selection committee. Maybe we need to send letters to these people and also send in nominations directly to the Hall of Fame. It says that any fan can nominate someone. Let’s get Jerry in the HOF!!

  13. By Phil on Jan 8, 2012 | Reply

    Jerry deserves induction into the HOF for his career accomplishments not just because of his critical part in the final Packer offensive play in the Ice Bowl.

    There is a great article on AllGreenBayPackers.com about Jerry’s career highlights. Three that stuck out were:

    “Kramer was named to the NFL’s All-Decade team for the 1960′s.”

    “He was named a starting guard in “The Ultimate Super Bowl 40 Man Roster”, the 40th anniversary all-time Super Bowl team.”

    “And most impressively of all, he was the ONLY guard selected for the NFL’s 50th Anniversary all-time team.”

    The article concludes: “Incredulously, Kramer is the ONLY player on that that team that is NOT a member of the Pro Football Hall-of-Fame.”

    You may email the voters to complain about this injustice though there is the chance that they will be ignored, as the are received and read in silence–never to see the light of day.

    My thought was to use the forum of Lambeau to voice our outrage. When TV cameras catch all the signs imploring the voters to do the right–and long over do–thing, they can no longer hide. HOF INDUCT JERRY NOW!!!

  14. By Josh on Jan 8, 2012 | Reply

    @david snyder. Pete Rose is not in the HOF b/c he bet on his sport. You might not agree with him no being allowed in the baseball hall, but there’s good reason for it. There is no good reason for Kramer’s non-induction. On another note – if you all haven’t read “Instant Replay” I would recommend that you go and pick it up ASAP. Funny and insightful.

  15. By Polish Prophet on Jan 8, 2012 | Reply

    I feel strongly both ways.

  16. By Daren on Jan 8, 2012 | Reply


  17. By RGBPACKFAN on Jan 8, 2012 | Reply

    I couldn’t agree more with all the support for Jerry Kramer (#64). It’s interesting that any time I see that number I think of Jerry, remember incredible times I’ve had the pleasure to meet him, and then think of his outstanding playing accomplishments. It’s time the HOF looks at the exemplary contributions that Jerry has ALSO made off the field, contributing to the “NFL Fan Experience” in every interaction he so generously provides to fans. If writers, GMs and others that never suited are worthy (which they are), it’s a no-brainer for the HOF to look at Jerry Kramer, the HOF player and HOF representative of the NFL.

  18. By Gary on Jan 8, 2012 | Reply

    Frankly, you could make an argument for Fuzzy too. These two guys DEFINED the pulling Guard. Taylor and Hornung are both in there….

  19. By Cali on Jan 8, 2012 | Reply

    Good for him. Now, let’s focus on winning another TITLE!! Next week will be interesting. Funny thing, I’m pullin’ for the whiners just so we can beat them in the Championship game. By the way, half my family is whiners fans. HA!! Beat down in Lambeau! Send ‘em whining back to the Gay Area!! GO PACK GO!!

  20. By Mike on Jan 8, 2012 | Reply

    Good call Cali. I am pulling for another Packar-Niner showdown. As a Wisconsinite transplanted to SF, I have not lost my roots and loyalties, and have put up with endless self righteous whining for 30 years now! I still proudly wear my Packer gear, including my wedge, at games and sports bars. Lots of Packer fans out here. Except for the full-of-themselves people, this is a great area to live.

  21. By Cali on Jan 8, 2012 | Reply

    Ya Mike, I know what you mean. I was born and raised in Northern Cali, so I have had to constantly deal with the crap from friends and family. I am a lonely Cheesehead in a world of whiners and Traiders. HELP!!

  22. By Pat on Jan 9, 2012 | Reply

    I just hope Jerome Bettis does not get elected. If elected, he would be the only runningback in the HOF with a career rushing average less than 4 yards per rush. At no time in his career was he ever considered the best or even second or third best back in the league. A long decent career and being a good personality does not make you a HOFamer. I absolutely agree that Jerry Kramer should at least be in the consideration for the HOF. How can’t he even make the list when you include someone like Jerome Bettis.

  23. By Lou on Jan 9, 2012 | Reply

    Greene deserves election it is not if but when based on the long list of deserving candidates. I saw Jack Butler on the list, he was not even close to being the defensive back that the Packer’s Bobby Dillon was. Dillon was a consensus all-pro on poor teams and only played one year under Lombardi before retiring. He did it all with only one eye.

  24. By Kris on Jan 9, 2012 | Reply

    oh I could guess that Kevin Greene is the best player in the bunch. At least he’s not a WR I really can’t stand it when WR’s are inducted, ball whores. That’s my two cents. Go Donald!

  25. By Ken on Jan 10, 2012 | Reply

    Jerry Kramer not only belongs in the HOF, he deserves to be in the HOF…Ive written the HOF, but its like they dontcare…Ive told them I will never visit the Hall until this injustice is corrected…I dont believe the care

  26. By Hawk on Jan 10, 2012 | Reply

    Good luck to Kevin Greene. What a great player he was. Top Ten Players not in the HOF video. #1 Jerry Kramer – http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-top-ten/09000d5d80999c60/Top-Ten-Not-in-HOF-Jerry-Kramer

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