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2011 Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

Posted by Neil Paine on February 5, 2011

The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced the results of the 2011 voting tonight; here were those who made and missed the cut, along with the readers' opinions from our recent Hall of Fame polls:

"Does This Player deserve to be in the Hall of Fame?"
Player Votes "Yes, and he will get in" "Yes, but he won't get in" "No, and he won't get in" "No, but he will get in"
Inducted:
Deion Sanders 279 90.7% 0.7% 1.1% 7.5%
Marshall Faulk 345 96.8% 1.2% 0.6% 1.5%
Shannon Sharpe 139 77.7% 10.1% 2.2% 10.1%
Richard Dent 225 44.9% 30.2% 11.1% 13.8%
Ed Sabol 216 69.0% 23.6% 2.3% 5.1%
Les Richter 91 27.5% 14.3% 28.6% 29.7%
Chris Hanburger 110 74.6% 18.2% 3.6% 3.6%
Missed Final Cut:
Curtis Martin 191 68.1% 15.2% 5.2% 11.5%
Dermontti Dawson 154 68.8% 22.7% 4.6% 3.9%
Cortez Kennedy 250 43.6% 41.6% 11.6% 3.2%
Andre Reed 289 25.6% 29.1% 32.2% 13.2%
Willie Roaf 220 82.3% 14.6% 2.7% 0.5%
Missed 1st Cut:
Tim Brown 285 70.2% 17.9% 4.6% 7.4%
Charles Haley 135 20.0% 13.3% 31.9% 34.8%
Jerome Bettis 543 56.2% 7.0% 6.1% 30.8%
Cris Carter 280 79.3% 7.1% 3.6% 10.0%
Chris Doleman 137 47.5% 24.8% 19.7% 8.0%

Based on the voting, if PFR readers could pick seven players from this year's class to induct, they would be (in order from most deserving to least):

Richter was deemed the second-most undeserving of all finalists by the readership, ahead of only Charles Haley. Dent was also voted 6th-most undeserving, but Sharpe was narrowly behind Brown in terms of the % of readers who felt he did deserve the HoF.

PFR readers would probably consider the biggest snub to be Roaf, whom 96.8% of the voters felt was deserving; also, 91.6% felt Dawson deserved HoF honors, and both failed to survive the final cut. Brown over Sharpe, though, was so close in the voting that it's hard to call it a snub.

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