NEW YORK -- The Carolina Panthers wanted to be playing in New Jersey on Sunday. Instead, they were the big winners at the "NFL Honors" ceremony in New York on Saturday night.
Andre Reed finally got a ticket to Canton, but Charles Haley remains on the outside looking in. Elliot Harrison examines. **READ**
Michael Strahan and Walter Jones are headed to Canton, but the biggest news was one name that was left off this list. We're stunned that Marvin Harrison was not inducted.
The complete list of award winners are below. First, a few observations from our intrepid reporter Marc Sessler:
» Andre Reed and Ray Guy stood out as the most thrilled to make the Hall of Fame. Both men waited a long time for this moment, and they were relieved. There was an audible gasp when Guy, a Veterans Committee candidate, was announced.
"There's been a lot of frustration (over the wait)," Guy said, before calling it a "moment so precious."
Guy says the news gives a younger generation of punters hope. It will be a cool Raiders moment when John Madden presents Guy in Canton.
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» Reed repeatedly praised Buffalo as a sports town.
"That was one of the greatest cities to play for," Reed said.
Here is a list of the winners:
» Don Shula High School Coach of the Year: Mike Grant, Eden Prairie (Minn.) H.S.