Walter Jones among finalists for Hall of Fame

Posted Jan 9, 2014

When the 15 finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2014 were announced Thursday night, the inclusion of nine-time Pro Bowl left tackle Walter Jones was hardly a surprise.

Walter Jones was named one of the 15 finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2014 on Thursday night.

On the duh-factor scale, that’s about as startling as a Seattle weather forecast in January that includes rain. And the reason was Jones’ reign as the best left tackle in football during his 12-season career with the Seahawks. His resume includes a franchise-record nine Pro Bowls, six All-Pro berths and a spot on the NFL’s Team of the Decade for the 2000s.

“It means a lot,” Jones said of being a finalist. “It means, as the old cliché goes, that you have gained the respect of a lot of people and you did it the right way. So now that I’m done playing, I can say I did it the right way, I left it on the football field.”

The other finalists selected from the field of 25 semifinalists include: kicker Morten Andersen, running back Jerome Bettis, linebacker Derrick Brooks, wide receiver Tim Brown, owner Edward DeBartolo Jr., coach Tony Dungy, defensive end/linebacker Kevin Greene, defensive end Charles Haley, wide receiver Marvin Harrison, safety John Lynch, wide receiver Andre Reed, guard Will Shields, defensive end Michael Strahan and defensive back Aeneas Williams.

Lynch, a nine-time Pro Bowl player, will be the analyst for FOX’s telecast of the Seahawks’ divisional playoff game against the New Orleans Saints on Saturday.

The list of finalists will be presented, debated and voted upon by the selection committee on Saturday, Feb. 1, the day before Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium. The Class of 2014 will be announced on the NFL Network on Feb. 1.

“Now you just sit back and enjoy it,” Jones said. “So I think it’s fun. It’s something that once you get in the league and see all the great guys that have made it and now to be on that list, it’s a great feeling.”