John Elway and former Detroit running back Barry Sanders are locks for Canton. The 62-year-old Brown, one of two Senior Committee nominees, is among the remaining 13 finalists not sure what to expect.
Voters can induct no more than six nominees, and only one Senior Committee candidate. The other is the late Bob Hayes, a former wide receiver and Olympic gold-medal sprinter. “I have been on tender hoofs since being told I was a finalist (Jan. 14),” said Bob Brown, who played for the Philadelphia Eagles (1964-68), Los Angeles Rams (’69-70) and Raiders (’71-73).
“I’m not being blase about this. I’m not one of those guys who will be on the golf course when the class is announced. I’ll be staring at the phone, as anxious as a 16-year-old on prom night.”
—Tom Reed, The Akron Beacon Journal “Elway, Sanders considered locks for Canton”
Elway, Sanders and Brown were all elected, along with former Viking defensive end Carl Eller.