Joe Jacoby A Semifinalist For Hall Of Fame

Posted on November 21, 2013 by Harvey Valentine

Former Redskins tackle Joe Jacoby has again been selected as a semifinalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Jacoby, who spent 13 seasons with the Redskins and was one of the original Hogs, was among 25 semifinalists named for the Class of 2014, making the cut from 126 nominees.

Four first-year-eligible candidates -- linebacker Derrick Brooks, coach Tony Dungy, wide receiver Marvin Harrison and tackle Walter Jones -- are among the semifinalists.

After playing at Louisville, Jacoby signed with Washington in 1981 as an undrafted free agent. He was voted to four straight Pro Bowls (1983-86) and was named All-Pro three times. Jacoby was a member of four Super Bowl teams, three of which won the Lombardi Trophy, and he played in 170 games for the Redskins.

This is Jacoby's fourth time as a semifinalist, including for the classes of 2005, 2008 and 2013. Fellow Hog Russ Grimm was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2010. The last member of the Redskins elected was linebacker Chris Hanburger, in 2011.

According to the team's website, the Redskins have had 26 former players, coaches and administrators inducted for enshrinement into the Hall of Fame

Other Class of 2014 semifinalists include kicker Morten Andersen, safety Steve Atwater, running back Jerome Bettis, wide receiver/kick returner Tim Brown, coach Don Coryell, running back Roger Craig, running back Terrell Davis, owner Edward DeBartolo Jr., linebacker/defensive end Kevin Greene, defensive end/linebacker Charles Haley, coach Jimmy Johnson, safety John Lynch, linebacker Karl Mecklenburg, wide receiver Andre Reed, guard Will Shields, defensive end Michael Strahan, former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue, cornerback/safety Aeneas Williams, guard Steve Wisniewski and contributor George Young.

The list of 25 semifinalists will be reduced by mail ballot to 15 modern-era finalists. That list will be announced Jan. 8, and those 15 will join the Hall of Fame's Seniors Committee nominees, punter Ray Guy and defensive end Claude Humphrey, as finalists.

The Class of 2014 will be determined Feb. 1, 2014, in New York at the Selection Committee's annual meeting, the day before Super Bowl XLVIII.

The Redskins announced Nov. 21 that they had signed wide receiver Lance Lewis to the team's active roster from its practice squad and placed wide receiver Leonard Hankerson on injured reserve. The team also signed wide receiver Josh Bellamy to its practice squad.

Lewis (6-foot-2, 207 pounds) originally signed with the Redskins as a college free agent in May 2012, and was released in August 2012. He re-signed with the Redskins in May 2013. Lewis was waived Aug. 31, and the Redskins added him to the practice squad Sept. 1.

He played collegiately at East Carolina, where he scored a school-record 22 receiving touchdowns. He is among the Pirates' program leaders in career receptions (149, fourth) and receiving yards (1,716, sixth).

The 6-foot, 206-pound Bellamy first signed with Kansas City as a college free agent on April 30, 2012.  He played on San Diego's practice squad this season, but was released Nov. 19. The 24-year-old Bellamy went to Louisville, where he played in 26 games, catching 53 passes for 681 yards and seven receiving touchdowns.

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan announced Nov. 20 that Hankerson, injured during Washington's Nov. 17 loss to Philadelphia, would need lateral collateral ligament surgery on his left knee and would not play the rest of the season.

Hankerson, 24, played in Washington's first 10 games, netting 30 receptions for 375 yards (12.5 avg.) and tying a career single-season high with three receiving touchdowns.

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