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Aeneas again a Hall finalist and Licht talk

Posted by Darren Urban on January 9, 2014 – 8:51 pm

For the third year in a row, former Cardinals cornerback Aeneas Williams has been selected as one of the 15 modern-day finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Getting to that point is important. The group will be shaved to 10 and then the final group will be selected, up to five (plus the two senior nominees, punter Ray Guy and defensive lineman Claude Humphrey.)

Does Williams have a chance? Sure, but again, with only up to five others getting it, it’s tough sledding. (I wrote a post last year whether Williams or Kurt Warner would be the first to get into the Hall of Fame. Warner’s first year of eligibility after next season, and the voting will be held at the Super Bowl in Arizona.) Among the other finalists: Seahawks tackle Walter Jones, Bucs linebacker Derrick Brooks, Giants defensive end Michael Strahan, Cowboys/49ers defensive end Charles Haley and Colts wide receiver Marvin Harrison.

The vote will be Feb. 1, the day before the Super Bowl. Kent Somers, the Arizona Republic’s beat writer covering the Cardinals, is the Arizona voter in the room and will present Williams’ case as he has the past two years.

– The news came out this afternoon that the Dolphins, who are searching for a new general manager after firing Jeff Ireland, have asked permission to interview Cardinals vice president of player personnel Jason Licht. Licht was a finalist for the Bears GM job in 2012. Even if Licht doesn’t get the job, it won’t be the last time teams seek him out as at least a candidate for a GM job.


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7 Responses to “Aeneas again a Hall finalist and Licht talk”

  1. By georgiebird on Jan 9, 2014 | Reply

    Aeneas is close but he’s not a HOFer. Not enough exposure in big games. His years with the Rams will help but the one playoff game with the Cards is not enough.

  2. By Omaha Card on Jan 10, 2014 | Reply

    Can Kent Somers call Michael Irvin. I have heard him talk about his battles with Aeneas before and I think he might put a good word in.

  3. By Rugbymuffin on Jan 10, 2014 | Reply

    If Walter Jones doesn’t make it in, then shame on the committee. Guy was just dominant from day 1 till the last game he played.

    Any Cardinal fan would agree.

  4. By John The Draft Guy on Jan 10, 2014 | Reply

    The cards went 10-6 and other teams want our coaches, front office, and I am sure players.

    Wow have things changed.

  5. By John The Draft Guy on Jan 10, 2014 | Reply

    Aeneas has always been my favorite cardinal. Ken Harvey ranks up there too.

    But the battles Aeneas had with Michael Irvin were awesome. He should have been rookie of the year (finished second I believe) and he deserved more pro bowls.

    There is truth that being lost in the desert will hurt his chances, but he is deserving of the HOF.

    Of course I had season tickets back then and got to talk with him a few times at games and at Flagstaff (camp). He is a class act. But I will always remember going to New Orleans for a game (the one the cards running back who was a rodeo guy ran for 200 yards) and Aeneas had about 25 members of his family there sitting by me. Great people and they were excited a cardinal fan was in the stands.

  6. By Justin on Jan 10, 2014 | Reply

    80% of players who make it to the final 15, two or more times get into the Hall of Fame.

  7. By Raxan on Jan 12, 2014 | Reply

    Walter Jones should really get in now, I watched him in Seattle one of the best OTs to ever play the game from day 1. Another is Ray Guy, he would be the only punter in the HOF however he was a weapon. Madden would coach his QBs on 3rd down – if it is not there just throw the ball away – we have Ray Guy. Incredible hang time.

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