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Dungy denied admittance into the NFL Hall of Fame


Former Vikings defensive coordinator and Gopher quarterback Tony Dungy did not get elected into the NFL Hall of Fame.

The Star Tribune reports Dungy didn't make the first cut of modern-era finalists during a nearly nine hour session of the member selection committee.

Instead the committee chose Senior Committee candidates Ray Guy, who is the first punter named to the Hall of Fame and former Falcons and Eagles defensive end Claude Humphrey. Others included former Buccaneers linebacker Derrick Brooks, Seahawks left tackle Walter Jones, Bills receiver Andre Reed, Giants defensive end Michael Strahan and Cardinals and Rams cornerback Aeneas Williams.

Despite turning around the struggling Buccaneers franchise and winning a Super Bowl as the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, Dungy's resume was hurt by a 9-10 post season record and a strong class of first-year eligible candidates, according to the Star Tribune.

The Indianapolis Star reports that Dungy (92-33) is winningest coach in Colts history. He led his team into the postseason in 11-of-13 seasons and set the NFL record by taking the Bucs and Colts to the playoffs in 10 straight seasons, according to the Star.

“I was humbled to be considered in the Hall of Fame balloting,” Dungy said in a text message to The Star. “It is an honor just to be considered. I’m excited and proud of Derrick Brooks and the rest of the class.

Dungy's Colts also set an NFL record by winning at least 12 games in six consecutive seasons.

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