Hall of Fame selection processes

A comparison of baseball, basketball, hockey and football voting

Updated: February 4, 2010, 4:12 PM ET
By Matt Friedrichs | ESPN.com

"Ladies and gentlemen, Jerry Rice. Any questions? No? Thank you."

When voters meet to discuss and vote on Pro Football Hall of Fame nominees Saturday in Miami, the discussion about Rice, the longtime San Francisco 49er, could be that brief. Some Hall hopefuls, even when compared to a short list of other incredibly accomplished players, are no-brainers. There's no need for debate.

Others fall into the grayer categories. When the voters attempt to distinguish between ...

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