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The Monitor's 2012 Pro Football Hall of Fame picks

The Christian Science Monitor has taken a hard look at the 17 nominees for enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and picked seven men who would get our vote to be elected on Saturday if we were represented on the Selection Committee. The following list presents the reasoning behind the Monitor's seven choices.

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Former Detroit Lions running back Barry Sanders poses with his bust following his induction to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio August 8, 2004.

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Tim Brown

Wide receiver/kick returner

6 ft., 195 lbs.

Oakland Raiders (1988-2003), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2004)

Birthplace: Dallas

Alma mater: Notre Dame

Although Brown never played on a championship team, other credentials merit his selection. Chief among them: his versatility. In an age of specialists, Brown not only was an outstanding pass receiver but also a highly productive kick returner. Upon his retirement following the 2004 season, he had compiled the fifth-most combined net yards (19,682) of any player in NFL history. Also impressive is the durability that allowed him to play an average of 15 games a season over 17 years and his nine Pro Bowl selections, the most by any of this year’s skill-position candidates.

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