Former player and coach Tony Dungy, linebacker Derrick Brooks, and unemployed quarterback Vince Young have been announced as first-time semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2014.
Dungy, who last coached in 2008 and was the Vikings’ defensive coordinator from 1992-95, is one of four first-year eligible candidates. He led the Colts to a victory in Super Bowl XLI.
Brooks played 14 years for the Buccaneers and is widely considered one of the best players in franchise history and one of the best linebackers in NFL history. From 1995 to 2008, Brooks started 221 of 224 games, recording 1,698 tackles, 13.5 sacks, 25 interceptions, and six touchdowns.
Vince Young has has been fired by 4 different teams and is currently seeking a role as a backup or practice squad quarterback for any NFL organization. It’s widely believed that a computer glitch is to blame for his name even showing up on the ballot at all.
“Hopefully it helps get my foot back in the door” explained Young via his cell phone from his Houston home. “I’m just looking forward to playing again and doing all I can to justify my nomination into the NFL hall of fame.”