BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- Bill Belichick has made an effort this year to stump for certain names to be enshrined into the Hall of Fame.
In October, he called Rodney Harrison a "Hall of Fame-level player, in my opinion." In November, he said that former Cowboys vice president of player personnel Gil Brandt deserved to be enshrined in Canton, Ohio.
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On Saturday, Belichick had an opportunity to see three former players inducted into the Hall of Fame: Randy Moss, Ty Law and Everson Walls. Only Moss made the final cut, joining Brian Urlacher, Ray Lewis, Brian Dawkins, Terrell Owens, Jerry Kramer, Robert Brazile and Bobby Beathard in this year's class.
Earlier in the week, Belichick touted the careers of all three of his former players. He coached Moss in New England from 2007-2010. He was with Law as the defensive backs coach of the Patriots in 1996 and then served as his head coach from 2000-2004. Belichick coached Walls with both the Giants (1990) and the Browns (1992-1993).
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"They're all great players . . . They're all great players," Belichick said earlier in the week. "Different styles, different attributes that they have, but all great players. All certainly worthy of being in the discussion. It's hard for me, I don't really know what the criteria for the Hall of Fame is so it'd be hard for me to comment on that. But I had great experiences coaching those players. They performed very well . . . I have a tremendous amount of respect for all three that I coached."