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Former Cowboys guru Gil Brandt misses cut for Pro Football Hall of Fame ballot

Ron Wolf and Bill Polian were selected as the contributor candidates for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015.

The contributor category is a new addition to the ballot, which will include Mick Tingelhoff as the seniors candidate. Selectors will vote on the three, along with the modern-era candidates, on Jan. 31.

Wolf, Polian and Tingelhoff need 80 percent approval from the 46 voters, or 37 votes, to earn enshrinement into Canton.

Nine selectors considered 11 contributors, including former Dallas Cowboys player personnel director Gil Brandt, in a six-hour meeting Wednesday.

Pittsburgh Steelers chairman Dan Rooney, Chicago Bears chairman of the board George McCaskey, Washington Redskins president/GM Bruce Allen and Sports Business Journal executive editor Abe Madkour served as consultants.

In a series of reduction ballots, Wolf and Polian made the cut.

Wolf served as executive vice president/general manager of the Green Bay Packers from 1991-2001. He also worked for the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders from 1963-75 and 1978-1990 and for the expansion Tampa Bay Bucs. Polian was the architect of the Buffalo Bills, the Carolina Panthers and the Colts, with his teams going to five Super Bowls and winning one.

“I think I’m overwhelmed,” Wolf said in a phone call from Pro Football Hall of Fame president David Baker.

Of the 287 Hall of Famers, 19 are contributors. But only nine of those were elected in the past 47 years.

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