Jeff Legwold of the Rocky Mountain News
Vote: Unknown (5/10)
February 1, 2003
Dent looks to join Bears staff
There has been some chatter since Saturday’s Hall of Fame announcement about whether wide receiver James Lofton should have been elected.
However, Lofton’s career numbers will certainly stand the test of time. Lofton is third all-time in receiving yards at 14,004 and while that total will be surpassed by several players from this pass-happy era, Lofton’s yards per catch average shows the quality of his work.
Lofton’s career yards per catch were 18.3 – that’s fifth-best among Hall of Famers – and it has been three years since any receiver in the league averaged at least that much for even a single season.
This past season, none of the top 10 receivers in the league averaged at least 15 yards per catch.
The fact Lofton also did all of that while playing his entire home career outdoors in Green Bay and Buffalo and not in a dome made him Hall worthy.
Marino is one of 15 finalists who will be considered for induction. A maximum of six can be voted into the Hall.
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February 5, 2005
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The other finalists are: Harry Carson, Richard Dent, Benny Friedman, L.C. Greenwood, Russ Grimm, Claude Humphrey, Michael Irvin, Bob Kuechenberg, Art Monk, Fritz Pollard, Derrick Thomas, Roger Wehrli, George Young and Steve Young.