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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: Aug 10, 2011
Posted on: February 4, 2012 6:44 pm

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

It's a shame that Jerome Bettis didn't make it this year.  I think The Bus was one of my favorite running backs of all time.  I think he'll make it to Canton, but apparently this wasn't his year.  

Since: Dec 18, 2007
Posted on: February 4, 2012 6:39 pm

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

I'll admit I'm a little suprised that Tim Brown and Chris Carter didn't make it in.  When the 2 of them retired they were statistically 2 of the top 5 or so receivers ever to play the game.  Even with some of the people that have put up numbers to join them in those rankings (rec, yds, TDs), you'd still have to have them BOTH in your top 10 all time, and to me that's easily worthy of a trip to Canton.  I suspect both will be enshrined within the next couple years, and if not, then the NFL HOF will trully not be a home for the best players at each position!

Since: Feb 3, 2009
Posted on: February 4, 2012 6:32 pm

Hall of Fame results announced

I honestly feel bad for you, Cuse, that you didn't get to watch Tez destroy fools while the Seahawks were god awful.  He and Largent are the greatest Seahawks ever and more than deserving of the Hall of Fame.  I'd like to see anyone else try to win Defensive POY on a 2-14 team.  He was and still is my favorite player.  Unfortunately like Marino without much help or a taste of playoff success.

Since: Sep 25, 2007
Posted on: February 4, 2012 6:31 pm

Hall of Fame results announced

There will always be issues on who is worthy or who is not based on the human element of the 44 folks who argue this every year.  I respect the Hall but there should be a little more accoutability as to why folks are not given more consideration.  Folks like Carter and Parcells are on TV each football weekend and some of the members may hold that aganist them in the voting process.  I did agree with Warren Moon that the WR finalists had three guys who are all worthy but keep bumping heads, but dont you think Reed and Carter are better choices than Kennedy, and Doleman?  Both of those guys had good but not great careers with their teams.   I dont feel qualified to comment on Parcells or Eddie D. based on their public personas but the 49ers were on top of the NFL for a while with the five titles under his ownership.  

Since: Mar 6, 2011
Posted on: February 4, 2012 6:27 pm

Hall of Fame results announced

All deserving candidates to make the Hall. I am dissapointed to see Tim Brown, Cris Carter and Jermoe Bettis not make it. I would have to put Carter at the top of the list of the players that didn't make it. He surely is more deserving then Kennedy and Curtis Martin in my opionion. I think him being such a pain in the ass all the years has cost him with the voters. Hopefullt all three get in next year

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