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Hall of Fame candidates

By ROGER MILLS

© St. Petersburg Times, published January 27, 2001


Nick Buoniconti, 51

POSITION: Middle linebacker.

TEAM: Miami Dolphins.

NFL CAREER: 14 seasons.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: He was captain of the Dolphins' famous No-name defense. An eight-time Pro Bowler, he played in three Super Bowls, winning two.

Harry Carson, 47

POSITION: Linebacker.

TEAM: New York Giants.

NFL CAREER: 13 seasons.

CAREER HIGHLIGHT: A nine-time Pro Bowler, Carson won a Super Bowl ring with the Giants in 1986.

Dave Casper, 49

POSITION: Tight end.

TEAMS: Oakland Raiders, Houston Oilers, Minnesota Vikings and Los Angeles Raiders.

NFL CAREER: 11 seasons.

CAREER HIGHLIGHT: Scored a touchdown for the Raiders in Oakland's 32-14 win over the Vikings in Super Bowl XI. Finished his career with 378 receptions and 52 TDs.

Dan Hampton, 43

POSITION: Defensive end/defensive tackle.

TEAM: Chicago.

NFL CAREER: 12 seasons.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: A four-time Pro Bowl selection, Hampton finished with 57 sacks and earned a ring with the Bears' win over New England in Super Bowl XX.

Lester Hayes, 45

POSITION: Cornerback.

TEAM: Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders.

NFL CAREER: 10 seasons.

CAREER HIGHLIGHT: A member of the 1980s All-Decade team, Hayes was a five-time Pro Bowler who won two Super Bowl rings.

Marv Levy, 75

POSITION: Coach.

TEAM: Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills.

COACHING CAREER: 17 seasons.

CAREER HIGHLIGHT: One of the more storied coaching careers in NFL history, Levy finished with a record of 143-112 and led his team to four straight Super Bowls (1990-93).

Art Monk, 43

POSITION: Receiver.

TEAM: Washington Redskins, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles.

NFL CAREER: 16 seasons.

CAREER HIGHLIGHT: A three-time Pro Bowler, Monk's team appeared in four Super Bowls, winning three. He finished with 940 career receptions and 68 TDs.

Mike Munchak, 40

POSITION: Guard.

TEAM: Houston Oilers.

NFL CAREER: 12 seasons.

CAREER HIGHLIGHT: He was selected to nine Pro Bowls and was named to the 1980s All-Decade team. He finished his career having played 159 games.

Bill Parcells, 59

POSITION: Coach.

TEAMS: New York Giants, New England Patriots, New York Jets.

COACHING CAREER: 15 seasons.

CAREER HIGHLIGHT: A vibrant force in the coaching fraternity, Parcells is a two time NFL Coach of the Year (1986 and 1994) and led two franchises to the Super Bowl.

Jackie Slater, 46

POSITION: Tackle.

TEAM: Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams.

NFL CAREER: 20 season.

CAREER HIGHLIGHT: He played a remarkable 259 games and holds the NFL record for the most seasons played with one club. He appeared in one Super Bowl but was a seven-time Pro Bowl selection.

John Stallworth, 48

POSITION: Receiver.

TEAM: Pittsburgh Steelers.

NFL CAREER: 14 seasons.

CAREER HIGHLIGHT: Four seems to be his lucky number. Stallworth appeared and won four Super Bowl rings and was a four-time selection to the Pro Bowl.

Lynn Swann, 48

POSITION: Receiver.

TEAM: Pittsburgh Steelers.

NFL CAREER: Nine seasons.

CAREER HIGHLIGHT: The first-round draft pick helped the Steelers to four Super Bowl victories and finished his career with 336 receptions and 51 TDs.

Ralph Wilson

Jr., 82POSITION: Owner.

TEAM: Buffalo Bills.

OWNERSHIP TENURE: 41 seasons.

CAREER HIGHLIGHT: A former President of the AFL, Wilson is considered one of the pioneer owners. Two of his AFL teams won championships and his Bills made it to an unprecedented four straight Super Bowls.

Ron Yary, 54

POSITION: Offensive tackle.

TEAM: Minnesota Vikings, Los Angeles Rams.

NFL CAREER: 15 seasons.

CAREER HIGHLIGHT: A fixture at right tackle, Yary had a 207-game career. He was selected to seven Pro Bowls and appeared in four Super Bowls, losing all four.

Jack Youngblood, 50

POSITION: Defensive end.

TEAM: Los Angeles Rams.

NFL CAREER: 14 seasons.

CAREER HIGHLIGHT: He made seven consecutive Pro Bowl appearances (1974-80) and was the Defensive Player of the Year in 1975. But Youngblood is best-remembered for playing Super Bowl XIV with a broken fibula.

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