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Is Marvin Harrison's Hall Of Fame Call Coming On Saturday Night?

Intro: On Saturday night, 15 Hall of Fame finalists will be cut down to anywhere from four to eight inductees in the 2015 class. Will Marvin Harrison make the cut in his second time around?


INDIANAPOLIS – The resume screams "First Ballot Hall of Famer."

Yet, when Marvin Harrison's name was brought up among Hall of Fame voters last year, the talk was unexpectedly brief.

The thought outside of the room with 46 Pro Football writers was Harrison would enter the Hall on his first try in 2014, thanks to numbers that rank up there with any gold-jacketed wide receiver.

Harrison ranks third in NFL history with 1,102 catches.

His 14,580 receiving yards are the seventh most ever.

He finished his 13 seasons with 128 touchdowns, good for fifth on the league's all-time list.

Last year, Harrison watched as Andre Reed got the Hall of Fame nod. Reed had been on the ballot for several years and made it over Harrison, despite numbers that pale in comparison to the Colts great.

In three *fewer *seasons than Reed, Harrison amassed 151 more receptions, 1,352 more receiving yards and 41 more touchdowns.

Harrison once again finds himself among the 15 Hall of Fame finalists with the induction class being announced Saturday in Arizona.

From personnel people to former teammates, the common theme is Harrison's time in Canton is not an if, but more of a when.

"Marvin was an essential figure in the greatness this franchise built and he is an extremely deserving of a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame," Colts Owner Jim Irsay said.

"He had the best practice habits I've ever seen in a player and his dedication and preparedness each week allowed him to develop into one of the most talented receivers in NFL history. You knew Marvin was capable of making the highlight reel anytime he stepped on the field. He brought so much happiness to Colts fans everywhere and we're extremely proud to call him our own."

The 2015 class has some very strong candidates on the ballot for the first time. Even with the likes of Orlando Pace, Junior Seau and Kurt Warner among the first-year finalists, Harrison's candidacy is worthy of serious consideration.

While Harrison's quiet nature off the field might be holding his nomination back, he made plenty of noise on the gridiron to hear his name called on Saturday night.

"Marvin is a freak, in a good way," Reggie Wayne said. "He definitely helped me with my game. He's a future Hall-of-Famer.

"I have a quote that I took from him that I use to this day, 'Game days, that's fun. Practice is where I make my money.' I use that to this day. He had a standard and a work ethic second to none. He's Marvin. He doesn't say much, and that's cool. You know when he was out there on the field, it was all work. That's what you take from Marv. You don't take a quote or a special saying. You know that he was all about football and he wanted to go out there and do the best that he could. He's the best in my eyes."

Here's the **NFL’s full list of finalists** who could be getting the call to Canton (first-year eligible finalists denoted with an asterisk):

Morten Andersen, kicker (1982-2004, 2006-2007): Drafted in 1982, Andersen scored more than 90 points in each of 22 seasons and topped 100 points 14 times in his 25-year career. Andersen's best moment might have been a game-winning field goal in overtime to send the **Falcons** to **Super Bowl** XXXIII.

Jerome Bettis, running back (1993-2005): Bettis rushed for 1,000-plus yards eight times and ranked fifth all-time in career rushing yards at the time of his retirement. The running back affectionately known by fans as "The Bus" helped Pittsburgh to a **Super Bowl** XL title in his hometown of Detroit, Michigan, before riding off into the sunset.

Tim Brown, wide receiver (1988-2004): The 1987 Heisman Trophy winner spent all but one season in Oakland, setting multiple franchise records and finishing with the second-highest total receiving yards in NFL history at the time of his retirement. Brown was an All-Pro choice as a kick returner in 1988 and as a wide receiver in 1997, and finished with 100 receiving touchdowns.

Don Coryell, head coach (1973-77, 1978-1986): An innovator who introduced a passing system decades ahead of its time, Coryell first brought the St. Louis **Cardinals** out of the doldrums, going 42-27-1 in five years. The coach then installed his "Air Coryell" offense after taking over the **San Diego Chargers** in 1978, amassing more than 24,000 yards from 1978 to 1983 and capturing three AFC Western Division crowns from 1979 to 1981.

Terrell Davis, running back (1995-2001): Once taken as an afterthought in a crowded backfield, Davis stormed into the starting lineup and led a ground game that powered the **Denver Broncos** to back-to-back **Super Bowl** titles in 1997 and 1998. Davis was a three-time All-Pro selection and 1998 NFL MVP before a knee injury cut his career short. He topped the 2,000-yard plateau in 1998.

Tony Dungy, head coach (1996-2008): Dungy took over a **Tampa Bay Buccaneers** franchise known only for perennial failure in 1996 and ushered in a turnaround that culminated in Tampa Bay's **Super Bowl** XXXVII victory a year after Dungy's departure. No matter for the coach, who moved on to Indianapolis, where he won **Super Bowl** XLI and finished with a career regular-season record of 139-69.

Kevin Greene, defensive end/linebacker (1985-1999): A three-time All-Pro, the former Ram posted double-digit sack totals 10 times. A member of the NFL's All-Decade Team of 1990s, he currently ranks third among all-time sack leaders with 160.

Charles Haley, defensive end/linebacker (1986-1996; 1999): Haley is the only player in NFL history to play on five winning **Super Bowl** teams, earning rings with the **Cowboys** and **49ers**. He has 100-plus sacks for his career.

Marvin Harrison, wide receiver (1996-2008): Teaming with **Peyton Manning**, Harrison posted eight consecutive 1,000-plus yard seasons with 10 or more touchdowns. A six-time All-Pro, he shattered the record for receptions in a single season with 143 in 2002. He was a member of the **Colts** team that won **Super Bowl** XLI.

Jimmy Johnson, coach (1989-1993, 1996-1999): Johnson left the college ranks to take over the downtrodden **Cowboys** in 1989 and lead a turnaround that included two Super bowl titles in five seasons. After leaving Dallas, Johnson returned to the league in 1996 as head coach of the **Miami Dolphins**, and led the team to playoff berths in his final three seasons on the sideline.

John Lynch, safety (1993-2007): Lynch was an integral member of a historically great defense that led the 2002 Bucs to a **Super Bowl** title. A four-time All-Pro, he racked up over 1,000 tackles during his 15-year career.

* Orlando Pace, offensive tackle (1997-2009): The longtime St. Louis Ram earned five All-Pro nods and led an offensive line that blocked for three straight NFL MVPs. A member of the team that won **Super Bowl** XXXIV, he was one of the dominant tackles of his generation.

Bill Polian, contributor (1978-1982, 1984-2011): Polian spent more than three decades helping build franchises into dominant playoff teams, resulting in five **Super Bowl** appearances between the **Buffalo Bills** and **Indianapolis Colts**. Polian was also at the helm of the expansion **Carolina Panthers**, building a roster that made it to the NFC Championship in the franchise's second year of existence.

* Junior Seau, linebacker (1990-2009): Seau led the **San Diego Chargers** to their lone **Super Bowl** appearance in franchise history. An eight-time All-Pro, he was the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year in 1992.

Will Shields, guard (1993-2006): Shields was the definition of durability, playing 224 straight games from his rookie season until his retirement in 2006. The lineman was named first-team All-Pro three times, during which he blocked for an NFL-best scoring offense featuring running back Priest Holmes in 2002 and 2003.

Mick Tingelhoff, center (1962-1978): Signed as a free agent out of Nebraska in 1962, Tingelhoff earned the starting center position as a rookie and never relinquished it. The durable, seven-time All-NFL/All-Pro Tingelhoff anchored a **Vikings** offensive line that helped win 10 division titles from 1968 to 1978 and appeared in four **Super Bowl**s. He's the lone senior finalist for the Class of 2015.

* Kurt Warner, quarterback (1998-2009): A two-time NFL MVP, Warner led the **Rams** to their only **Super Bowl** championship in franchise history. He then led the **Arizona Cardinals** to their lone **Super Bowl** appearance, totaling three **Super Bowl** games for the two-time All-Pro. Warner entered the league as an undrafted free agent and owns the three highest passing yardage totals in **Super Bowl** history.

Ron Wolf, contributor (1963-1974, 1976-2001): Starting as a scout for Oakland in 1963, Wolf made a lasting mark as player personnel director, building **Raiders** teams that won nine division titles and appeared in three **Super Bowl**s. Wolf later moved on to Green Bay, where he assembled a roster that claimed three straight NFC Central division titles and won **Super Bowl** XXXI. He's viewed as one of the best talent evaluators in NFL history.

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