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Pro Football Hall Of Fame: Former Lion Dick Stanfel Not Selected To 2012 Class

The inductees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's class of 2012 have been announced. Former Detroit Lions offensive guard Dick Stanfel, who was one of two senior-era nominees, did not make the cut.

Stanfel was selected by the Lions back in 1951 in the second-round of the draft. He made his NFL debut a year later and was with the Lions until 1955. He earned a Pro Bowl selection in 1953 and 1955 and helped lead the Lions to two NFL championships (in 1952 and 1953). Following the 1955 season, Stanfel was traded to the Washington Redskins. In Washington, he earned three more Pro Bowl selections, bringing his career total to five.

After his playing career came to an end, Stanfel went on to coach for both the New Orleans Saints and Chicago Bears.

The six players who made the cut and will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame's 2012 class in August are CB Jack Butler, C Dermontti Dawson, DE/LB Chris Doleman, DT Cortez Kennedy, RB Curtis Martin and OT Willie Roaf.

Former Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Cris Carter once again was not selected. I guess the Hall of Fame voters just don't consider him to be elite enough. What a shame.