Tony Dungy (Five Votes)
Tony Dungy coached for both the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Indianapolis Colts, winning a Super Bowl with the latter. Perhaps more importantly, he helped revolutionize the way defense was played in the NFL for over a decade, and his Tampa 2 scheme helped bring down the West Coast Offense. Members of his coaching tree dot the NFL landscape, and Dungy is still known to offer guidance to troubled players to this day.
Charles Haley (Five Votes)
As far as Charles Haley goes, Brad Gagnon opined that when one "combines his production with his five rings, he's a must." It's a sentiment I wholeheartedly agree with. As we look at pro football in the late '80s through the '90s, it's difficult to think of a more impactful player on the big stage than Haley. While he may not have been the best pass-rusher of his generation, he was consistently toward the top of the list, as his five Pro Bowls and two All-Pro selections can attest.
Don Coryell (Four Votes)
Whereas Tony Dungy helped revolutionize defense, Don Coryell's "Air Coryell" scheme has planted roots in every NFL offensive playbook. Sam Monson wrote alongside his vote that it's time to stop trying to "tell the story of pro football" without mentioning Coryell. While he never won a Super Bowl in his career, not many offenses were as feared in league history as the Dan Fouts-quarterbacked San Diego Chargers squad with Coryell on the sideline.
Aeneas Williams (Four Votes)
Aeneas Williams spent most of his career with the Arizona Cardinals before finishing with the St. Louis Rams. The defensive back went to eight Pro Bowls and was named to four first-team All-Pro teams. Playing for the Cardinals didn't equate to a lot of postseason chances for Williams, but he went to a Super Bowl with St. Louis during the 2001 season, eventually losing to the New England Patriots. His 55 career interceptions rank 19th all-time, and he leads the NFL record books with 268 fumble return yards.
Ken Anderson (Two Votes)
Ken Anderson was not on the "official" ballot that I sent out, but he was written in by both Erik Frenz and Brad Gagnon. He was a four-time Pro Bowler and led the NFL in passing yards twice. He has also been a Hall of Fame finalist twice—in 1996 and 1998.
Jerome Bettis (Three Votes)
Too often, fans think of Jerome Bettis as the plodding goal-line back that he became late in his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Yet, earlier in his Steelers career, and certainly with the Los Angeles Rams before that, he was the epitome of the perfect mixture of size, speed, force and grace. "The Bus" is a Super Bowl champion, six-time Pro Bowler and the sixth-leading rusher of all time.
Terrell Davis (Two Votes)
Mike Tanier called Terrell Davis' Hall candidacy a "pet project" and realizes that his short career could keep him from Canton's hallowed halls. Still, being a three-time Pro Bowler and All-Pro, an MVP and a Super Bowl MVP along with completing a 2,000-yard-rushing season make for one heck of a resume.
Eddie DeBartolo Jr. (Two Votes)
Eddie DeBartolo Jr. is already in the San Francisco 49ers Hall of Fame, as well as the Bay Area Hall of Fame, as the owner of five Super Bowl-winning teams and the winningest team of its era. Tom Mantzouranis and Mike Silver both cast votes for him.
Marvin Harrison (Two Votes)
Ty Schalter admits that he is trying to clear the wide receiver logjam once and for all with the selection of Marvin Harrison, but other votes didn't go as far along that train of thought. Harrison has a great shot of getting in down the road, though, as eight straight Pro Bowls, a Super Bowl trophy and twice leading the league in receptions will make a heck of a case for him.