It is one man's opinion.
The man delivering it, though, has an influential voice within the closed-door meeting that will determine this year's Pro Football Hall of Fame induction class.
Sports Illustrated writer Peter King on Monday predicted Buffalo Bills receiver Andre Reed will miss the final cut again.
From King's weekly column at SI.com:
"I think, and I have been wrong on this before (like, most years, as one of the 46 voters), that this would be my best guess as to the five finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame most likely to be elected Feb. 1: Walter Jones, Derrick Brooks, Marvin Harrison, Charles Haley, Michael Strahan. And I would list these three as the closest contenders to them: Will Shields, Tony Dungy, Aeneas Williams. Now, I didn't say those first five would be my picks. I don't know my picks yet, and won’t until we get inside the room."
King's forecast is that Reed will finish in the bottom half of the 15 semifinalists to be debated.
Reed has been a semifinalist eight consecutive years, but has been boxed out by other receivers. This is Harrison's first eligible year.
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