Tony Dungy and Marvin Harrison are among 25 semi-finalists for the 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame Class.
These would be two worthy additions for their contributions to the game and for how they entertained Colts and NFL fans.
With a humanity and integrity that exceeded his coaching exploits, here are some of Dungy’s accomplishments:
- Overall record of 148-79 with a 65.2 winning percentage.
- Entering 2013, his 148 victories ranked 19th-best in NFL history.
- Had 66.8 regular-season winning percentage (139-69).
- Was 85-27 in regular season with Colts, 92-33 counting playoffs (the winningest Colts head coach).
- One of six head coaches to win 100+ regular-season games in first 10 years of career.
- Directed 11-of-13 teams into the playoffs, reaching three conference title games and one Super Bowl (Super Bowl XLI, where he became the first African-American winner).
- Only Colts head coach with 10+ wins and playoff appearances in each of first seven years.
- Had 10 career double-digit victory seasons and was first coach to defeat all 32 NFL teams.
- Earned 10 consecutive playoff appearances (1999-2001, Tampa Bay; 2002-08, Colts) to surpass Tom Landry (9) for the most by an NFL coach since 1970.
- Earned seven straight 10+-victory seasons (2002-08), tying then the second-longest NFL streak.
- From 2003-08, earned six straight seasons with 11-plus wins, tying the NFL mark, while setting the league standard for the most consecutive seasons with 12-plus victories.
- Only NFL coach to win at least seven consecutive games in five straight seasons (2004-08).
- Won five straight AFC South titles (2003-07).
Harrison played in 190 career games from 1996-2008 and totaled 1,102 receptions for 14,580 yards and 128 touchdowns. His receptions, yards and scoring receptions broke club records held by Hall-of-Fame wide receiver Raymond Berry, marks that stood since 1967.
With 59 100-yard reception games, his total was third-most in NFL history at his departure.
Harrison caught passes in the first 190 games of his career, an NFL record and set the NFL seasonal record with 143 receptions in 2002.
From 1999-2002, he became first NFL player with 100+ receptions in four consecutive seasons and from 1999-2006, he had eight consecutive 1,000-yard seasons.
Harrison is the only player ever with eight straight seasons with 1,000 reception yards and 10+ scoring receptions.
Dungy and Harrison are two of the four first-year eligible candidates among the 25 semi-finalists.
The Hall of Fame Selection Committee chose the semi-finalists from an initial list of 126 nominees.
The 2014 Hall of Fame Class will be decided on Saturday, February 1, one day prior to Super Bowl XLVIII.
The Colts are represented well in Canton. There should be room for these two outstanding performers, plus a few more to follow.
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