For the seventh straight year, Andre Reed is a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Reed, the Buffalo Bills’ all-time greatest receiver, made the list of 15 modern-era candidates, announced Friday.
The selection meeting for the Hall’s Class of 2013 will take place in New Orleans on Feb. 2, the day before the Super Bowl. A maximum of five modern-era candidates can be elected.
The modern finalists were culled from a list of 27 semifinalists, who were announced in December. Bills special teams great Steve Tasker was among the semifinalists for the sixth time in the last 10 years. He never has made the final 15.
In the selection meeting, the modern finalists are whittled down to a group of 10, then a group of six. Then a vote, up or down, is taken on each of the last six.
Reed has advanced to the final 10 each of the past three years.
Reed is joined on the list by two other receivers, Cris Carter and Tim Brown. This is Carter’s sixth straight year among the final 15 and Brown’s fourth straight appearance.
There are four first-time modern finalists. They are defensive linemen Michael Strahan and Warren Sapp, and offensive linemen Larry Allen and Jonathan Ogden.
The other finalists are: running back Jerome Bettis, defensive linemen Kevin Greene and Charles Haley, owners Edward DeBartolo Jr. and Art Modell, coach Bill Parcells, guard Will Shields and cornerback Aeneas Williams.
They are joined by two senior nominees: nose tackle Curley Culp and linebacker Dave Robinson. Senior nominees are players whose careers ended more than 25 years ago. The vote on the worthiness of the seniors is separate from that of the modern candidates.
Reed starred for the Bills from 1985 through 1999. He caught 951 passes for 13,198 yards and 87 touchdowns. When he ended his career, he ranked fourth in NFL history in catches and sixth in receiving yards. He also did it in a more balanced offense than many modern-era receivers. The Bills ran the ball 51 percent of the time during Reed’s career. Reed also was durable. He missed just three games in his first 10 seasons.
In 21 postseason games, Reed caught 85 passes for 1,229 yards with nine touchdowns.
A panel of 46 media people from around the country vote in the Hall of Fame’s selection process.