Former Washington Redskins All Pro tackle Joe Jacoby, who won three Super Bowls with the team in the 1980s and early 1990s, failed again to become a Hall of Fame finalist and it is starting to look like it may never happen for the man whose enormous size [6'7" and 325 pounds] ushered in a new era of gigantic offensive linemen.
Former Buffalo Bills WR Andre Reed, who lost Super Bowl 26 to Jacoby and the Redskins in January 1992, made the Hall finalist list, as did LB Dave Robinson, who played with the Redskins from 173-1974, but won most of his plaudits as a member of the great Green Bay Packers teams of the 1960s. Robinson made the Pro Bowl in 1966, 1967 and 1969.
Here is the full list of 2013 NFL Hall of Fame finalists:
OL Larry Allen [Dallas Cowboys]
TB Jerome Bettis [Pittsburgh Steelers]
WR Tim Brown [Oakland Raiders]
LB Kevin Greene [Steelers, Carolina Panthers]
LB/DE Charles Haley [San Francisco 49ers, Cowboys]
OL Jonathon Ogden [Baltimore Ravens]
WR Andre Reed [Buffalo Bills]
LB Dave Robinson [Green Bay Packers, Washington Redskins]
OL Will Shields [Kansas City Chiefs]
DE Michael Strahan [NY Giants]
WR Cris Carter [Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles]
DB Aeneas Williams [Arizona Cardinals]
DL Warren Sapp [Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Raiders]
OL/DL Curley Culp [Chiefs, Houston Oilers, Detroit Lions]
Coach Bill Parcells [NY Giants, New England Patriots, NY Jets, Cowboys]
Owner Eddie DeBartolo, Jr. [49ers]
Owner Art Modell [Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens]
To me, the persons from this list who eventually belong in the Hall of Fame are, in no particular order:
Sapp, Strahan, Williams, Carter, Shields, Ogden, Brown, Allen and Parcells.
DeBartolo was a great owner, but disgraced himself with criminal business connections in Louisiana and Art Modell cravenly and greedily betrayed the good football fans of Cleveland to chase tax dollars in Maryland. Modell deserves nothing from the game of football.