Emmitt, Rice will head the 2010 HOF class

In case you missed it, the Hall of Fame Selection Committee released the 25 semifinalists for the Class of 2010 on Saturday and there were some players who spent some or all of their careers playing in the NFC East. Here are the players with Beast ties:

  • Cris Carter, Eagles (1987-89)

  • Richard Dent, Eagles (1997)

  • Russ Grimm, Redskins (1981-91)

  • Charles Haley, Cowboys (1992-96)

  • Andre Reed, Redskins (2000)

  • Emmitt Smith, Cowboys (1990-2002)

Yes, I realize that Andre Reed will someday enter the Hall as a Bills player and Cris Carter and Richard Dent will go in as a Viking and a Bear, but I was simply mentioning any of the players who at some point had an association with the NFC East. Of this group, I think Emmitt Smith and Jerry Rice are the stone-cold locks. The fact that Rice is a lock probably hurts both Carter and Reed, who both belong to be in the Hall. And then there's the Charles Haley situation. He was a huge part of the Cowboys' three Super Bowl wins and he picked up a couple more rings with the 49ers. He could be a nightmare in the locker room, but he made a huge impact on the field. The problem for Haley is that he's going against Dent.

At least one member of the selection committee told ESPNDallas.com's Calvin Watkins that he would vote for Dent over Haley. I think Russ Grimm is a worthy candidate, but the fact that Redskins Art Monk and Darrell Green recently entered the Hall might make it tough.