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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."

*CBSSports.com'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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Comments

Since: Nov 9, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2012 5:29 pm
 

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

When was that?  All his rookie football cards say, "Cris". Did he do this in college?
 I am not sure when he made the change, I just remember hearing him talk about it, he was raised in Ohio as was Collinsworth, then Collinsworth was drafted by the Bengals and he was a favorite of Carter so he made the change, I believe it is also the reason he chose to wear #80 with the Vikings, that i'm not sure of though.


Peace...



Since: Nov 6, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2012 5:27 pm
 

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

Cris Carter was never elite, I hope he never gets in.  And he's a selfish drug addict, there's enough of those in already, no need to add more.



Since: Nov 9, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2012 5:16 pm
 

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

Additionally, neither changed the way the game was played. Criticize and be haters all you want, but defenses just didn't game plan against Chris Carter and Tim Brown. They were very good talents, but they were not elite


Neither Lynn Swann or Michael Irvin changed anything either. Cris Carter is better than either of them and it's not close.


Peace...



Since: Nov 8, 2010
Posted on: February 5, 2012 5:02 pm
 

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

"The official 2012 Pro Football Hall of Fame....is official" poor editing.



Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: February 5, 2012 4:31 pm
 

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

  I will start by saying that I agree on The Ray Guy thing.  The best ever, at any position, should be in the HOF.  I wish Chris Carter would have got the nod because he deserves it, but am pretty good with the rest of the picks.  I'm glad for Curtis Martin because I believe he is the best player in NFL history to achive what he did so quietly.  You look at some of the all time lists and see his name and think wow I never would have thought that.  I actually think that is something he should be proud of!  Congrats to all the new members!



Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2012 4:27 pm
 

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

"and the REAL reason Buddy Ryan traded Cris Carter to the Eagles....he felt he was too one dimensional...after all, as Buddy once said..."ALL HE DOES IS CATCH TOUCHDOWNS"....LMAO...one of the dumbest comments in football history.....I think I might keep a guy who only catches TD's."

Go figure that one of the dumbest comments in football history would come out of the mouth of a Ryan.  



Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2012 4:25 pm
 

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

When was that?  All his rookie football cards say, "Cris". Did he do this in college? 



Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2012 4:23 pm
 

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

Relax!  Tim Brown (and Cris Carter) will get into the Hall eventually.  



Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2012 4:22 pm
 

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

Agreed!  If those that kick the football are part of the game, the Hall of Fame needs to recognize them! 



Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: February 5, 2012 4:20 pm
 

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

I have no problem with any of these players entry in the Hall of Fame but it is a shame and a disgrace that the best punter in the history of the game,Ray Guy isn't in the HOF! The man has 3 Super Bowl rings & his hang times are legendary. It time to put Ray Guy in the Pro Football Hall of Fame now!


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