National Football League roundup
(The Sports Xchange) - The presenters for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2014 next month include children, a father, a media member and two former coaches.
The seven inductees during the weekend of Aug. 1-3 in Canton, Ohio, are former Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Derrick Brooks, former Oakland Raiders punter Ray Guy, former Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles defensive lineman Claude Humphrey, former Seattle Seahawks offensive tackle Walter Jones, former Buffalo Bills wide receiver Andre Reed, former New York Giants defensive lineman Michael Strahan and former Arizona Cardinals and St. Louis Rams defensive back Aeneas Williams.
Brooks will be presented by son Decalon Brooks, Guy by former coach John Madden, Humphrey by daughter Cheyenne Humphrey-Robinson, Jones by son Walterius Jones, Reed by former coach Marv Levy, Strahan by media personality Jay Glazer and Williams by his father, Lawrence Williams.
Andy Dalton has taken the brunt of the criticism for the Cincinnati Bengals' disappointing postseason performances the past three years. But standout wide receiver A.J. Green has his quarterback's back, saying Thursday that he is also to blame.
"He's not the only one on the team," Green said. "We all take a hand in that. The defense didn't play good (this year). I dropped a pass."
Green, who entered the NFL with Dalton in 2011, thinks the Bengals will soon reach a contract agreement with the quarterback. Dalton is entering the final year of his rookie deal.
The San Francisco 49ers secured the services of offensive tackle Joe Staley through the 2019 season after signing him to a two-year contract extension Thursday. Continued...