Tonight, the NFL announced their 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame Class, with seven more bronze busts set to be installed in Canton, Ohio in August. The list of inductees includes Derrick Brooks, Ray Guy, Claude Humphrey, Walter Jones, Andre Reed, Michael Strahan, and Aeneas Williams.
Brooks spent 14 seasons as a linebacker with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he made 11 Pro Bowls, was selected as a First-team All-Pro five times, and never missed a game. He was also the 2002 Defensive Player of the Year for the league, as well as a member of the Super Bowl XXXVII champion Buccaneers.
Guy becomes the first punter to reach Canton. He was a first round pick by the Oakland Raiders in 1973, playing 14 seasons with the franchise, split between Oakland and Los Angeles. Guy was a seven-time Pro Bowl selection and a three-time AP First-team All Pro.
Claude Humphrey spent 13 seasons in the league, playing from 1968 to 1981. The defensive end made six Pro Bowls, all during his first nine seasons with the Atlanta Falcons. He finished his career with the Philadelphia Eagles. The 1968 Defensive Rookie of the Year tallied an estimated 126.5 sacks in his career.
Jones earned nine Pro Bowl selections, four AP First-team All Pro Selections, and was a member of the 2000s All-Decade Team from his left tackle position. He played his entire career with the Seattle Seahawks, spanning 1997 to 2009, and was named the 2005 NFL Alumni Offensive Lineman of the Year.
Reed recorded 951 receptions, 13,198 yards, and 87 touchdowns in 15 seasons with the Buffalo Bills. and one year with the Washington Redskins. He was selected to the Pro Bowl seven times in seven years (1988-1994). It took eight years as a finalist, but Reed was finally selected to the Hall of Fame.
Strahan spent 15 years with the New York Giants, making the Pro Bowl seven times and being selected as an AP First-team All-Pro four times. He is the single season sack record holder, bringing down opposing quarterbacks 22.5 times in 2001 (141.5 career sacks), and helped the Giants upset the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. He was the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year in 2001 and the NFL Alumni Pass Rusher of the Year in 2003.
Williams spent 14 years in the league, 10 with the Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals, the final four with the St. Louis Rams. He earned eight Pro Bowl berths in his career, and was a three time AP First-team All-Pro selection. Williams is 20th in NFL history with 55 career interceptions, fourth in league history with nine interception returns for touchdowns, and ninth in league history in fumble returns for touchdowns (3). His 12 defensive touchdowns are one behind Charles Woodson, Rod Woodson, and Darren Sharper for the career NFL record.