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Dungy, Harrison Miss First Hall of Fame Opportunity

Posted Feb 1, 2014

Tony Dungy and Marvin Harrison, the winningest head coach and receiver in Colts history, failed to get enough votes to be among the Class of 2014 inductees to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Dungy and Harrison were among 15 modern-day finalists and were two of four first-year nominees. They will have future chances to gain induction.



NEW YORK – What stood as a possible noteworthy day in Colts history with the chance for Tony Dungy and Marvin Harrison to be voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame ended with disappointment as the franchise’s winningest field leader and wide receiver fell short of the votes needed to achieve the NFL’s highest individual honor.

 

Dungy and Harrison were among four first-time eligible nominees, and they will have a future chance to gain induction.

 

They were not among the Class of 2014 inductees that includes linebacker Derrick Brooks, tackle Walter Jones, wide receiver Andre Reed, defensive end Michael Strahan and cornerback/safety Aeneas Williams, while Ray Guy and Claude Humphrey made it off the senior list.

Harrison would have become the sixth wide receiver to enter on a first ballot, joining Raymond Berry, Jerry Rice, Steve Largent, Paul Warfield and Lance Alworth.

 

In 190 career games, Harrison caught 1,102 passes for 14,580 yards and 128 touchdowns.  Harrison’s receptions were second in league history upon retirement.  His 59 100-yard games ranked third.  He set the NFL seasonal record with 143 receptions in 2002. 

 

“There was basically no discussion, zero.  It was startling, especially for a first-year guy in the room,” said 10-year voter Ira Kaufman about Harrison.  “He didn’t garner enough support.  I think maybe the pecking order factor came into play where (some) weren’t going to put him in ahead of Tim Brown and Andre Reed.  Reed got in, so maybe that loosens things up for Marvin next year.” 

From 1999-2002, Harrison became the first NFL player with 100-plus receptions in four consecutive seasons. 

 

Harrison (1999-2006) holds the record with eight consecutive 1,000-yard and 10-plus-TD seasons, with Hall-of-Famers Rice second (seven) and Cris Carter third (five).

 

By every statistical measure, Harrison ranks among the best.  Indianapolis won 62 percent of the time Harrison played (118-72), and nearly 73 percent of its games when he topped 100 reception yards.

 

Marvin Harrison Among NFL Career Leaders (Total, Rank)

Name

Receptions

Yards

TDs

Yds/Game

Jerry Rice*

1,549, 1

22,895, 1

197, 1

 

Tony Gonzalez#

1,325, 2

15,127, 5

 

 

Marvin Harrison

1,102, 3

14,580, 7

128, 5

76.7, 6

Randy Moss#

 

15,292, 3

156, 2

 

Isaac Bruce

 

15,208, 4

 

 

Tim Brown

 

14,934, 6

 

 

Terrell Owens

 

15,934, 2

153, 3

 

Cris Carter*

 

 

130, 4

 

Calvin Johnson#

 

 

 

88.0, 1

Andre Johnson#

 

 

 

82.2, 2

A.J. Green#

 

 

 

81.6, 3

Julio Jones#

 

 

 

80.5, 4

Torry Holt

 

 

 

77.4, 5

*HOF; #Not Hall Eligible

 

Reception Totals of Leading Hall-of-Famers, First 150 games vs. Marvin Harrison

Name, HOF Yr.

Career

Rec. (Rank)

Yds

Avg

Yd/G

TD

100

Marvin Harrison

1996-08

907 (1)

11,979 (2)

13.2 (22)

79.9 (2)

107 (2)

51 (1)

Jerry Rice, 10

1985-00

765 (2)

12,640 (1)

 

84.3 (1)

125 (1)

46 (3)

Michael Irvin, 07

1988-99

718 (3)

11,411 (3)

 

76.0 (3)

 

45 (4)

Art Monk, 08

1980-95

698 (4)

 

 

 

 

 

Cris Carter, 13

1987-02

691 (5)

 

 

 

 

 

Don Maynard, 87

1958,60-73

 

10,715 (4)

18.7 (4)

71.4 (5)

84 (T5)

47 (2)

James Lofton, 03

1978-93

 

10,696 (5)

18.5 (5)

 

 

 

Paul Warfield, 83

1964-77

 

 

20.2 (1)

 

84 (T5)

 

Bob Hayes, 09

1965-75

 

 

20.0 (2)

 

 

 

Lance Alworth, 78

1962-72

 

 

18.9 (3)

75.5 (4)

85 (4)

41 (5)

Tommy McDonald, 98

1957-68

 

 

 

 

87 (3)

 

 

RECEIVERS WITH 13,000 CAREER YARDS /100 TDS

Name

Yards

TDs

Jerry Rice*

22,895

197

Terrell Owens#

15,934

153

Randy Moss#

15,292

156

Tony Gonzalez (TE)#

15,127

111

Tim Brown

14,934

100

Marvin Harrison

14,580

128

Cris Carter*

13,899

130

Steve Largent*

13,089

100

*HOF; #Not Hall Eligible

 

Dungy, the first coach to beat all 32 teams, is one of three people (John Madden, Tom Flores) to win a Super Bowl as a player and head coach.

 

“I’m excited to be a part of the process.  To be down to the final 15 was an honor,” said Dungy.  “It’s great to be even considered with this group.  It was a good class.

 

“The Lord moves in his own time.  There will probably be votes in other years.  It wasn’t the timing.  It was great to be a part of this process.”

From 1996-2001, Dungy directed Tampa Bay to four playoff appearances, a franchise with three winning seasons and playoff berths in the previous 20 years.

 

From 2002-08, Dungy led Indianapolis to 10-6, 12-4, 12-4, 14-2, 12-4, 13-3 and 12-4 records.  His Colts teams tied then the league’s second-best mark with seven seasons with double-digit victory totals.  His 2003-08 teams set the NFL mark with six straight seasons with 12 or more wins.

 

Only one Dungy team, his first in Tampa, failed to produce a winning record.  Dungy had 10 seasons with 10-plus wins. 

 

“It’s a little disappointing,” said Dungy.  “Coach Noll always talked about the mark of a coach is to help your players play better.  To know I had a chance of a couple of first-ballot Hall-of-Famers (Harrison, Brooks, John Lynch) who played for me is exciting.”

He took 11 of his 13 teams to the playoffs, and 10 straight appearances from 1999-2008 bested Tom Landry’s nine (1975-83) as the most by a coach since 1970.  Dungy ended his career with 10 straight winning seasons, seven times having 11-plus triumphs.

 

Dungy (139-69, .668 regular season; 148-79, .652 overall) had hoped to become the 23rd coach in the Hall of Fame.  Eighteen of the 22 enshrined have 100-plus wins. 

 

Only Madden (.759), Vince Lombardi (.739), George Allen (.712), George Halas (.682) and Don Shula (.677) had a better regular-season winning percentage than Dungy (.668), and Dungy’s overall percentage (.652) would rank sixth-highest among Hall-of-Fame coaches.

 

“Tony generated 45 minutes of discussion, which I believe is the most of the 17 candidates discussed,” said Kaufman.  “I would say 90 percent of the debate on Tony was positive.  A couple people questioned his post-season record – one Super Bowl win and a couple of early playoff flameouts.  That seemed to be the big argument.

 

“I think he’s a worthy candidate.  I emphasized his body of work, which I call historically successful – 10.7 wins per year, the best in the 94-year history of the NFL for coaches with three years of experience.  I can’t get around that.  I expect him to be in the Class of 2015.”

Dungy won 131 times in his first 200 regular-season games, a victory total exceeded only by Shula (147) and Halas (135), the two-winningest coaches in history.

 

18 HALL-OF-FAME COACHES WITH 100 CAREER WINS (Regular Season-Overall)

Name

Yrs

W-L-T

Pct.

Overall

W-L-T

Pct.

Don Shula*

33

328-156-6

.677

 

347-173-6

.666

George Halas*

40

318-148-31

.682

 

324-151-31

.682

Tom Landry*

29

250-162-6

.607

 

270-178-6

.603

Curly Lambeau*

33

226-132-22

.631

 

229-134-22

.631

Chuck Noll*

23

193-148-1

.566

 

209-156-1

.572

Bill Parcells*

19

172-130-1

.569

 

183-138-1

.570

Joe Gibbs*

16

154-94-0

.621

 

171-101-0

.629

Paul Brown*

21

166-100-6

.624

 

170-108-6

.612

Bud Grant

18

158-96-5

.621

 

168-108-5

.608

Marv Levy

17

143-112-0

.561

 

154-120-0

.562

Steve Owen*

23

151-100-17

.602

 

153-108-17

.586

Hank Stram*

17

131-97-10

.574

 

136-100-10

.576

Weeb Ewbank*

20

130-129-7

.502

 

134-130-7

.508

Sid Gillman

18

122-99-7

.552

 

123-104-7

.542

George Allen

12

116-47-5

.712

 

118-54-5

.686

John Madden*

10

103-32-7

.759

 

112-39-7

.739

Vince Lombardi*

10

96-34-6

.739

 

105-35-6

.750

Bill Walsh*

10

92-59-1

.609

 

102-63-1

.617

TONY DUNGY*

13

139-69-0

.668

 

148-79-0

.652

*Won NFL Championship/Super Bowl

 

There are 12 individuals with Colts ties in the Hall of Fame:  defensive tackle Art Donovan (inducted in 1968), defensive end Gino Marchetti (1972), wide receiver Raymond Berry (1973), guard/tackle Jim Parker (1973), running back/flanker Lenny Moore (1975), coach Weeb Ewbank (1978), quarterback John Unitas (1979), linebacker Ted Hendricks (1990), tight end John Mackey (1992), coach Don Shula (1997), running back Eric Dickerson (1999) and running back Marshall Faulk (2011).
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