Former Seahawk Walter Jones was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday, with the announcement made later that night at the NFL Honors awards show at Radio City Music Hall in New York.
Jones, who played left tackle for the Seahawks from 1997-2009, becomes the third player who spent his entire career in Seattle to get into the Hall. The others are WR Steve Largent and DT Cortez Kennedy.
Jones was one of 15-modern day finalists and was elected by the 46-member Hall of Fame selection committee during its annual meeting today.
Others in the Class of 2014, which will be inducted this summer at Canton, Ohio, are WR Andre Reed, LB Derrick Brooks, DT Michael Strahan, DB Aeneas Williams, punter Ray Guy and defensive end Claude Humphrey.
Finalists who were not elected were: kicker Morten Andersen, running back Jerome Bettis, receiver Tim Brown, owner Eddie Debartolo Jr., coach Tony Dungy, linebacker/defensive end Kevin Greene, defensive end/linebacker Charles Haley, receiver Marvin Harrison, safety John Lynch, and guard Will Shields.
Jones was elected in his first year eligible, joining Largent as the only players who spent their entire careers in Seattle to get in on the first ballot.
Five other players who played no more than three years with the Seahawks are also in the Hall of Fame (DT John Randle, QB Warren Moon, WR Jerry Rice, DE Carl Eller and RB Franco Harris. Mike McCormack, a coach and general manager with the Seahawks, is also in the Hall for his playing career).
Jones started 180 games for the Seahawks, which ranks second in team history behind the 197 of Largent, and was named to the Pro Bowl nine times, the most in team history. He was also a six-time Associated Press All-Pro and helped lead the team to its first Super Bowl following the 2005 season.
Earlier this month, Jones said it would be “very important’’ for him to be elected in his first year.
“Anytime you can get that title of first ballot Hall of Famer that’s a great title and just being a Hall of Famer is a great title,’’ he said. “Would it be a letdown (to not get in this year)? Probably will. But I think it’s still a moment that will be exciting whenever it happens. If it happens this year it will be exciting, if it happens two years from now it will be exciting.
“For me to be on that list is amazing and to be on that list and been able to play with one team is amazing too. I’m excited to be a product of the Seattle Seahawks and have my whole career here in Seattle.’’