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Tingelhoff's Hall of Fame wait will continue

  • Blog Post by: Mark Craig
  • August 21, 2013 - 5:14 PM

Chris Kluwe got his wish, but Mick Tingelhoff's wait for the Pro Football Hall of Fame will stretch to at least 31 years since his first year of eligibility in 1984.

The nine-member seniors committee today selected former Raiders punter Ray Guy and former Falcons and Eagles defensive end Claude Humphrey as the two senior nominees to be considered for enshrinement in 2014. The senior nominees still must receive at least 80 percent of the vote from the full 46-member selection committee on Feb. 1, 2014 to enter the Hall of Fame.

Tingelhoff, a five-time Associated Press first-team All-Pro center, played for the Vikings for 17 seasons and never missed a preseason (90), regular-season (240) or post-season (19) game. 

Guy became the first punter selected in the first round when the Raiders used the 23rd overall selection on him in 1973. He went on to play 14 seasons, making first-team All-Pro six consecutive years.

Kluwe, the former Vikings punter, campaigned for Guy's selection a year ago. He went so far that the league fined him for wearing a Post-it note saying "Ray Guy Hall of Fame" over the 50-year Hall of Fame anniversary patch on his jersey during a nationally-televised prime-time game. 

Humphrey, meanwhile, played 14 seasons for the Falcons (1968-78) and Eagles (1979-81). He was a five-time first-team All-Pro pick. He also was a senior nominee in 2009, but fell short of the 80 percent of the votes from the full selection committee.

Humphrey is the sixth player to be chosen twice as a senior nominee. Of the 46 senior nominees to be voted on by the full committee, 38 have received enough votes to enter the Hall of Fame.

Tingelhoff was given strong consideration this year. Like the other candidates who weren't chosen, he's still eligible to be reconsidered in the future.

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