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Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

Posted on: February 4, 2012 6:10 pm
Edited on: February 4, 2012 7:04 pm
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Curtis Martin (AP)By Josh Katzowitz

INDIANAPOLIS -- The official 2012 Pro Football Hall of Fame class is official, and center Dermontti Dawson, defensive end Chris Doleman, defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy, running back Curtis Martin, left tackle Willie Roaf and senior selection Jack Butler will be enshrined this summer.

That means Aeneas Williams, Cris Carter, Andre Reed, Charles Haley and Bill Parcells, who made up the rest of the 10 finalist spots, were denied in the final vote by the selection committee.

While the biggest stunner of the night was that Parcells didn't make the Hall* -- I think most media members collectively agreed that he was the one guy who would make it in -- this is another year with the committee not selecting a single wide receiver. Before the selection show ever began, Tim Brown showed his displeasure on Twitter, writing "Raider nation!! Don't bother to watch tonight they passed on me again!! In fact, no wrs made it again. Gotta get some of y'all in there!"

Martin, meanwhile, was ecstatic at making the cut. He said he didn't deserve to make the Hall last year with Marshall Faulk on the list but that he felt better about his chacnes this year.

"They are a different class," Martin said during a phone interview on the NFL Network. "This year, my chances were a little better. When it was winding down to the show got close to starting, I felt a different kind of nervousness than I did last year."

*'s Clark Judge makes the case that if the Giants win Super Bowl XLVI and Tom Coughlin gets his second title, that will hinder Parcell's chances.

And our colleague Mike Freeman explains that he's stunned by the development. "I'm not a fan of Parcells," Freeman wrote. "He treated many people in my business terribly and wasn't exactly a great human being but to me, in history, there are few better coaches."

Even though Parcells didn't get in this year, he'll get the chance to present Martin.

"That's not a big decision for me," he said. "It's simple. There's no one I'd rather have present me than Bill Parcells. That man has meant everything in my career."

Among those who didn’t make the cut from 15 to 10: former 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo, Will Shields, Kevin Greene, Tim Brown and Jerome Bettis.

Here's more reaction from the class.

Chris Doleman: "I'm blessed to be in this position. I'm very honored. ... There was a moment when you go through this process where you're like, 'If it happen, it happens. If it don't, it don't.' But I tell you what, when they call your name, you're numb. There are times when you ask yourself why you're getting the short end of the stick even though you're blessed -- maybe you might have been overlooked -- but I've always had the respect of my peers and my family, and I tried to go out to play to that level."

As for who will present Doleman, he pointed to his son, Evan: "I watched LT's (Lawrence Taylor) son present him. I watched Walter Payton's present him. I was fortunate enough to have a son who can speak on my behalf."

Cortez Kennedy: "(Former Miami Hurricanes coach) Randy Shannon, my roommate at the University of Miami, he taught me how to get in shape and played mind games on me so I could become a better person. He was very instrumental in my football days."

Dermontti Dawson: "This is something my kids can take their kids to see, that you're enshrined in the Hall of Fame and immortalized where they can bring family from here on out to see what their grandad did. It's a great honor."

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Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2012 2:03 am

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

Jesus H.

I can't believe your posts.  All of you need a head-check.  Great players all of them, you act like they were drunk bums off the streets of LA or something.

Since: Oct 30, 2010
Posted on: February 5, 2012 1:28 am

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

Ah, MGD, but let's not forget that Cortez Kennedy did not play the "Warren Sapp/John Randle" model of defensive tackle. He played nose tackle, not three-quarter technique, which meant he was lined up DIRECTLY over center. No gap to exploit. The fact that he got 58 sacks on his career playing nose tackle is simply unbelievable. For reference, Vince Wilfork and Casey Hampton are two of the great modern nose tackles...Wilfork has 12 sacks in his career, Hampton has 9. And Cortez Kennedy had 58! What a monster!

And not to drag team loyalty too much into a HOF thread, but MGD, the Giants most certainly deserved to win that game. If Phil Simms had been playing, we'd have won by two touchdowns. If a team loses to Jeff Hostletler, it would have been TRASHED by Phil Simms, so don't go and call a great franchise and its base "losers!" 

Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: February 5, 2012 1:20 am

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

Who's kidding who?  It's a matter of politics and "payback."  The HOF in all sports is the same way, some just worse than others.

Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2012 1:13 am

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

Oh, and yeah Reed wasn't that good but shredded the Giants in SupER Bowl 25....a Bowl the Giants never deserved to win, against a superior opponent.  Losers.

Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2012 1:10 am

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

What a joke.  This guy had a 14 sack season in '92, but only 58 in his career.  Which means he averaged only 4.4 sacks over the other 10 years.  Was Seattle ever really a defensive powerhouse with him?  No.  Did he ever help Seattle do anything great? No.  Andre Reed continues to get snubbed...a guy who wet to 4 straight Super Bowls and was vital to the legendary K-Gun offense.....but scrubs like Kennedy and Doleman make the HOF before a legendary Reed.  What a joke.  Next guy to snub Reed will be Tim Brown - as big as a joke that seems.

Since: Oct 30, 2010
Posted on: February 5, 2012 12:56 am

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

Um, guys? Andre Reed was not that good...Charles Haley wasn't that good either...Tim Brown and Kevin Greene were much better than those two, respectively, and nobody on this board is pushing for them. What's with all the Reed/Haley love? 

Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: February 5, 2012 12:44 am

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

   I have another comment.  A huge atta boy to Curtis Martin!  He has to be the most under appreciated players ever.  You should look at his stats, than you will say "damn, he is a HOFer"  Good for you Curtis!

Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: February 5, 2012 12:39 am

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

 I'm very happy as a Viking fan to see Chris Doleman get in.  Well deserved and congratulations!  I am confused why Chris Carter didn't make it.  Maybe his early drug days in Philly?  He deserves to be there no matter what!  I hope next year they get it right.

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2012 12:37 am

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

To those of you listing pro-bowls as a stat for HOF consideration its a popularity contest it doesnt prove how GREAT a player was

Since: Jan 17, 2010
Posted on: February 5, 2012 12:35 am

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

If they put Lynn Swann and Gayle Sayers in they will have to eventually put Terrell Davis in. I actually think Terrell Davis deserves it more then them two.

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