2012 Pro Football Hall of Fame Finalists Include Tim Brown, Jerome Bettis, Kevin Greene

There are several NFL players most noted for their careers with the Los Angeles Rams and Raiders that are up for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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Pro Football Hall Of Fame 2012: Snubs And A Look To 2013 Candidates

Los Angeles had a chance to have three representatives in the 2012 Pro Football Hall of Fame class. However, when the selections were announced on Saturday, the trifecta of Tim Brown, Kevin Greene and Jerome Bettis were all snubbed by the votes. The three will have another chance to be elected next year, but they will face an even deeper class of candidates.

In 2013 there will be a new crop of eligibles for the Hall of Fame. These include Larry Allen, Morten Andersen, Priest Holmes, Steve McNair, Jonathan Ogden, Warren Sapp, Michael Strahan and Bryant Young. Two of those players in next year's incoming eligibles have Southern California ties.

Larry Allen was born in Los Angeles and went on to a prestigious NFL career as a guard for the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers.

Jonathan Ogden was a standout offensive tackle with the UCLA Bruins and was a first-round draft pick, going as the No. 4 overall selection to the Baltimore Ravens in the 1996 NFL Draft. He played his entire twelve-year career with the Ravens and being selected to 11 Pro Bowls.

Also up for selection once again will be running back Roger Craig, who played on the Los Angeles Raiders in 1991. Craig did not make the list of finalists this year.

For more on former Los Angeles players and the Hall of Fame, go to SB Nation's LA Hall of Fame stream.


2012 Pro Football Hall Of Fame: Jerome Bettis, Kevin Greene Did Not Make Cut

As six new members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame celebrate, two former members of the Los Angeles Rams will have to wait for another year to be enshrined in the halls of Canton. Those players are running back Jerome Bettis and defensive end and linebacker Kevin Greene.

Bettis was a first-round pick for the LA Rams in 1993 and played with the Rams in LA for two seasons before the team moved to St. Louis. He stayed with them for one more year before moving to Pittsburgh, where most fans remember him the most, to play for the Steelers in 1996. While in LA, Bettis had a great rookie and sophomore seasons, combining for 2,454 yards and 10 touchdowns. In his career, Bettis has 13,662 total rushing yards and 91 touchdowns. He's the sixth leading rusher of all time.

Greene, like Bettis, started his career with the LA Rams before eventually finding his way to the Steelers, though he started much earlier. Greene was a fifth-round pick by the Rams in 1985 and didn't have a single sack his entire rookie year. However, a seven-sack sophomore season got him on a roll in which he had less than 10 sacks in a season only three times in a 15-year career. He finished with 160 sacks, 72.5 of which were while he was with the Rams.

Greene was in his eighth year of Hall of Fame Eligibility while Bettis was in his second.

For more on former Los Angeles players and the Hall of Fame, go to SB Nation's LA Hall of Fame stream.


2012 Pro Football Hall Of Fame Passes On Former Raiders WR Tim Brown

Former Raiders wide receiver Tim Brown, who played in LA from his rookie season in 1988, played through the move to Oakland in 1995 and left the team in 2003, let it be known via Twitter that the NFL Hall of Fame passed on him again and that he wasn't happy about it.

Raider nation!! Don't bother to watch tonight they passed on me again!! In fact, no wrs made it again. Gotta get some of y'all in there!! 19 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhone · Reply · Retweet · Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Brown holds a few Raiders franchise records, including his with 14,734 receiving yards, 99 touchdowns and 1,070 receptions. Brown's 14,934 career receiving yards places him in fourth place in the history of the league behind Jerry Rice, Terrell Owens and Isaac Bruce. He's ahead of Randy Moss, Marvin Harrison and James Lofton. The only wide receivers in the top 10 to be in the Hall of Fame are Lofton and Rice.

For more on the Raiders, head to Silver And Black Pride.


2012 NFL Hall Of Fame Finalists: Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown, Kevin Greene Represent Los Angeles

Just one day before Super Bowl XLVI, the NFL will announce the 2012 class of inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The 2012 class will be enshrined in August just before the NFL season gets underway. The finalists for the honor include several candidates with deep ties to Los Angeles, both with the Raiders and Rams franchises.

Superstar running back Jerome Bettis is best known for his dominant seasons with the PIttsburgh Steelers, but he began his career with the Los Angeles and St. Louis Rams from 1993-1995. He put up 1,000 rushing yards in two seasons with the Rams before heading to Pittsburgh. He is a virtual shoo-in for the Hall of Fame, ranking fifth all-time in career rushing yards.

Wide receiver and kick returner Tim Brown was with the Los Angeles and Oakland Raiders from 1988-2003. He is second all-time in receiving yards and third all-time in touchdown catches, although those numbers are threatened more each year. This is his third time on the Hall of Fame ballot, so this may be his year while those numbers are still at their most impressive.

Kevin Greene served as a linebacker and defensive end with the Los Angeles Rams from 1985-1992. He was a five-time Pro Bowl selection (although only once as a Ram), a three-time First-Team All-Pro and was named to the 1990s All-Decade Team. He won the UPI NFC Defensive Player of the Year award in 1996 and his 160 sacks are the record for a linebacker. He led the NFL in sacks twice and was in the top 10 in sacks in ten separate seasons.

It seems likely that at least one of these three representatives will be part of the 2012 Hall of Fame class and speak to the rich NFL history in Los Angeles.


2012 NFL Hall Of Fame Finalists: Tim Brown, Jerome Bettis, Kevin Greene All Affiliated With Los Angeles

The city of Los Angeles and their former football teams was well-represented when the 2012 NFL Hall Of Fame finalists were announced on Saturday. Among those affiliated with the Los Angeles Raiders and/or Rams include Tim Brown, Jerome Bettis and Kevin Greene. Here is a complete list of the nominees.

Jerome Bettis - Running Back - 1993-95 Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, 1996-2005 Pittsburgh Steelers
Tim Brown - Wide Receiver/Kick Returner - 1988-2003 Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders, 2004 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jack Butler* - Cornerback - 1951-59 Pittsburgh Steelers
Cris Carter - Wide Receiver - 1987-89 Philadelphia Eagles, 1990-2001 Minnesota Vikings, 2002 Miami Dolphins
Dermontti Dawson - Center - 1988-2000 Pittsburgh Steelers
Edward DeBartolo, Jr. - Owner - 1977-2000 San Francisco 49ers
Chris Doleman - Defensive End/Linebacker - 1985-1993, 1999 Minnesota Vikings, 1994-95 Atlanta Falcons, 1996-98 San Francisco 49ers
Kevin Greene - Linebacker/Defensive End - 1985-1992 Los Angeles Rams, 1993-95 Pittsburgh Steelers, 1996, 1998-99 Carolina Panthers, 1997 San Francisco 49ers
Charles Haley - Defensive End/Linebacker - 1986-1991, 1999 San Francisco 49ers, 1992-96 Dallas Cowboys
Cortez Kennedy - Defensive Tackle - 1990-2000 Seattle Seahawks
Curtis Martin - Running Back - 1995-97 New England Patriots, 1998-2005 New York Jets
Bill Parcells - Coach - 1983-1990 New York Giants, 1993-96 New England Patriots, 1997-99 New York Jets, 2003-06 Dallas Cowboys
Andre Reed - Wide Receiver - 1985-1999 Buffalo Bills, 2000 WashingtonRedskins
Willie Roaf - Tackle - 1993-2001 New Orleans Saints, 2002-05 Kansas City Chiefs
Will Shields - Guard - 1993-2006 Kansas City Chiefs
Dick Stanfel* - Guard - 1952-55 Detroit Lions, 1956-58 Washington Redskins
Aeneas Williams - Cornerback/Safety - 1991-2000 Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals, 2001-04 St. Louis Rams

Bettis ranks fifth all-time in rushing yards and is known for being one of the toughest running backs in NFL history. With the L.A. Rams he rushed for more than 1,000 yards in two seasons before being dealt to the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he would go on to greatness for the next decade.

Brown spent most of his time between Los Angeles and Oakland and is currently ranked No. 2 in receiving yards and No. 3 in touchdown catches. Never blessed with incredible athleticism, his ability to get open and create plays for the offense was something to behold in his prime. This is Brown's third time on the ballot.

Kevin Greene spent seven seasons with the L.A. Rams and was one of the better linemen of his era, and was even skilled enough to both rush the passer and fall back in coverage. He averaged double-digit sacks throughout his career and was named an All-Pro numerous times in the NFL.

A big congratulations to each of these three players. The Selection Committee will meet in Indianapolis, Ind. on Saturday, February 4, 2012, to elect the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2012. The election results will be announced at 5:30 p.m. ET during a one-hour NFL Network special, live from the Super Bowl Media Center. The Class of 2012 will be the 50th class to be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.


2012 Pro Football Hall of Fame Semifinalists Include Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown, Kevin Greene

There are several NFL players most noted for their careers with the Los Angeles Rams and Raiders that are up for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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