To be elected, a finalist must receive a minimum positive vote of 80%. At least three candidates must be selected with a maximum of six. The 2004 Hall of Fame class will be announced on January 31 in Houston.
Hayes played on Cowboys teams winning one Super Bowl, appearing in
two, playing in four consecutive NFC Championship games and two NFL
title games prior to the merger. Harris and Wright appeared in five
Super Bowl for the Cowboys, winning two.
If elected, Harris, Hayes, and/or Wright would be the 8th, 9th, and/or
10th Dallas Cowboys Hall of Fame members. Tony Dorsett, Tom Landry, Bob
Lilly, Mel Renfro, Tex Schramm, Roger Staubach and Randy White are the
current Cowboys Hall of Fame members.
Among the 15 finalists are first-year eligible candidates John Elway
and Barry Sanders, seemingly shoe-ins when the Hall of Fame's Board of
Selectors meet in Houston on Jan. 31, the day before Super Bowl XXXVIII,
to pare the list down to at least the mandatory three inductees but no
more than a maximum of six, which will include one senior member.
Hayes, who passed away in September of 2002 from liver and kidney
ailments, and Brown, the former Eagles, Rams and Raiders offensive
tackle, were selected as senior candidates by the Hall of Fame's Seniors
Committee at the August 2003 meeting.
One of the NFL's first great receivers, Hayes revolutionized his
position and redefined the way NFL defenses were forced to defend
against the pass. Equipped with the speed to win two gold medals in the
1964 Summer Olympics, Hayes was a threat to score from anywhere on the
He finished an 11-year NFL career with 71 touchdown catches, a 20-yard
average per catch and three trips to the Pro Bowl. When Dallas won the
Super Bowl after the 1971 season, Hayes became the only athlete to win
an Olympic gold medal (100 meters and 4x100 relay) and a Super Bowl ring.
More than 30 years later, he's still the only person with that
Harris was a four-time All-Pro selection and six-time Pro Bowler, and
is a member of the Sports Illustrated All-Century team, selected by
senior writer Paul Zimmerman, a member of the Hall's Selectors Board.
Harris went from an undrafted rookie from Ouachita Baptist (Ark.) to
starting nine of his 10 NFL seasons, finishing with 29 career
interceptions and 16 fumble recoveries. Only 15 defensive backs are
members of the Hall of Fame, and Harris and Raiders cornerback Lester
Hayes are the only two finalists this year.
Wright came to the Cowboys as a tight end, but left the team and the
NFL as one of the most dominating offensive tackles of his time. From
1971-76, Wright earned six consecutive trips to the Pro Bowl, which
still ranks near the top for the most Pro Bowl trips by Cowboys players.
Only five Cowboys players have appeared in more Pro Bowls, and Larry
Allen is the only offensive lineman with more appearances (seven).
During Wright's 13 seasons, the Cowboys qualified for the playoffs 12
times and earned five trips to the Super Bowl. Wright is one of 11
players, including six other Cowboys, to have played in five different
The Hall of Fame includes just 13 offensive tackles, but there are
three finalists this year: Wright, Brown and former Broncos tackle Gary
3 Cowboys Among Hall of Fame Finalists
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