NFL Hall Of Fame 2012: Curtis Martin, 5 Others To Be Inducted

Jack Butler, Dermontii Dawson, Chris Doleman, Cortez Kennedy, Curtis Martin and Willie Roaf were voted in. Notable finalists who didn't make the cut include Bill Parcells, Cris Carter and Tim Brown.

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2012 NFL Hall Of Fame Voting: An Explanation For Some Of The Perplexing Snubs

Sports Illustrated's Jim Trotter was in the room for this year's Hall of Fame voting and has his thoughts on how and why some notable names were left out. Many were perplexed when Bill Parcells, Cris Carter, Andre Reed and others did not make the final cut, and Trotter tries to explain why this happened.

The problem is the numbers, with only five modern-era candidates inducted each year. Further compounding the problem, Trotter hypothesizes, is the candidates that will become eligible in the near future. Which led him to this.

Some thoughts on today's voting: It sure had the feel of a good old-fashion housecleaning. That may sound terrible, but in no way is it meant to demean the players who were selected. Each of them is most deserving. But voters were aware of what's coming down the pike, and if certain positions weren't addressed this year it would create major logjams going forward.

He continued by pointing out the battles that would've taken place over the coming year, had some of the candidates who gained the necessary votes for induction not been approved this year. For the wide receivers, the problem seemed to be a split vote: Trotter said it was impossible for voters to agree which of the corps was "better," causing a split.

Go read the whole piece for an inside look at the process and a deeper explanation of the voting. It's the system we're stuck with, and there will always be snubs, but it's tough to take when so many deserving candidates are left out, like they were on Saturday.

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2012 NFL Hall Of Fame Inductees: Curtis Martin, Willie Roaf Make It On Second Ballot

The Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2012 has been selected, with the maximum of five modern-era players selected to be enshrined and one veterans committee player selected. There were a number of surprises, but the group of 17 finalists was incredibly strong, and the limitations set by the Hall of Fame mean that a number of spectacular players are left out every season.

The first five modern-era finalists cut were Will Shields, Tim Brown, Jerome Bettis, Kevin Greene and Ed DeBartolo, Jr. That this group of five individuals could be cut from consideration before the final cut is a testament to how strong this group is. There were no first-ballot selections, but two players got in on their second try in 2012. Here are the inductees.

Dermontti Dawson: Center - Pittsburgh Steelers

Dawson played 184 games and started 181 games in his NFL career, playing his entire professional career with the Pittsburgh Steelers. In his time in the NFL, Dawson was a seven-time Pro Bowl selection and a six-time All-Pro selection.

Chris Doleman: Defensive End - Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons, San Fransisco 49ers

Doleman played the vast majority of his career with the Minnesota Vikings and retired with 150.5 sacks, then the fourth-highest career total. Doleman went to the Pro Bowl eight times and was named to the NFL All-Decade team for the 1990s.

Cortez Kennedy: Defensive Tackle - Seattle Seahawks

Though nose tackles are not usually on the field for their pass-rushing ability, Kennedy regularly recorded massive sack totals from the position. Playing his entire career with the Seahawks, Kennedy recorded 58 sacks as a pro and went to eight Pro Bowls.

Curtis Martin: Running Back - New England Patriots, New York Jets

A five-time Pro Bowl and All-Pro selection, Martin retired from football in 2005 as the fourth-leading rusher in NFL history, amassing over 14,000 yards on the ground in his career. Martin appeared in one Super Bowl and was also a recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award.

Willie Roaf: Offensive Tackle - New Orleans Saints, Kansas City Chiefs

Roaf was somehow not a first-ballot selection, but has finally been rightfully enshrined on his second try. Roaf was one of the most dominant left tackles in NFL history and made 189 starts in his career. He was an 11-time Pro Bowl and six-time All-Pro selection, and was named to the All-Decade teams for the 1990s and 2000s.

Jack Butler: Cornerback - Pittsburgh Steelers

The lone veterans' committee inductee in 2012, Butler played for nine seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, was selected to four Pro Bowls and was first-team All Pro on three occasions.

Missed final cut

Bill Parcells: Head Coach - New York Giants, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Dallas Cowboys

Charles Haley: Outside Linebacker - Dallas Cowboys, San Fransisco 49ers

Cris Carter: Wide Receiver - Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings, Miami Dolphins

Andre Reed: Wide Receiver - Buffalo Bills, Washington Redskins

Aeneas Williams: Defensive Back - Arizona Cardinals, St. Louis Rams

Dick Stanfel: Offensive Guard - Detroit Lions, Washington Redskins (Veterans' committee)

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2012 Pro Football Hall Of Fame Snubs: Bill Parcells Misses The Cut

One day before Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis, the NFL announced its 2012 class of Hall of Fame inductees. These men will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August to kick off the 2012 NFL season.

Despite many expecting Bill Parcells to make it into the Hall of Fame with ease on his first try, though, the long-time NFL head coach was left out. Parcells made the cut from 15 to 10, but did not make the final cut to five, joining all the wide receivers, including Cris Carter on the outside looking in.

Parcells is perhaps best known for serving as head coach of the Giants from 1983 until 1990, where he won two Super Bowl titles with them in two appearances, in 1986 and 1990. Parcells retired after that second Super Bowl win for a short time, before being lured back into action as the head coach of the Patriots in 1993. He stayed with team until 1996, ending his tenure there with a Super Bowl appearance in which New England lost to the Green Bay Packers. His most recent head coaching stint was with the Dallas Cowboys, from 2003 to 2006.

Parcells owns a career head coaching record of 172-130-1 in the regular season, with a postseason record of 11-8.

For complete coverage of the 2012 Hall of Fame class and all other football news, stay tuned to SB Nation's dedicated NFL hub. For news and information on the New York Giants, please visit Big Blue View. For updates and perspective on the New England Patriots, head on over to Pats Pulpit.

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2012 Pro Football Hall Of Fame: Bill Parcells Headlines The Class

Bill Parcells and Will Shield are the first-year eligible candidates for the 2012 Pro Football Hall of Fame. The voters will decide on Saturday the 2012 class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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