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NFL Hall Of Fame Voting: Deion Sanders A Lock; What About Chris Doleman?

Atlanta Falcons CB Deion Sanders is sure to become a first-ballot Pro Football Hall of Famer in the 2011 class, which will be announced Feb. 5 at 6 pm ET. Voting takes place Feb. 2 — I’m wondering whether voters are going to find enough Hall of Fame material in Chris Doleman, another (brief) Falcon.

For your reference, here are the 15 finalists up for voting this time around. As you can see, this could be a crowded field, with Sanders, Jerome Bettis, and Marshall Faulk all but certain to make it in, plus the very deserving Curtis Martin and Willie Roaf.

Though Doleman has been waiting a long time, I wouldn’t bet on him making it this time around. The Pro Football Reference community thinks differently, voting that Doleman will deservedly make it in as a part of the 2011 class.

Doleman would become, after Sanders, the second-most Falconly member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, so here’s hoping he can collect enough votes.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.