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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: Feb 12, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2012 4:18 pm

Curtis Martin leads 6, WHAT ABOUT TIM BROWN!

I want to start out by saying that I AM NOT A RAIDER FAN, and don't really like anything about the Raiders, that being said, What the HECK is wrong with the NFL Hall of Fame committee?  Tim Brown deserves to be in the HALL OF FAME.  This guy was amazing at wide receiver.  In statistics alone he is the 4 leading reciever in ALL TIME NFL history for Receiving Yards, is 4th in NFL History among receivers in Career receptions.  Always finished near the top of the receiver core in all the statistics every season.  This guy didn't have a decent quarterback until Rich Gannon joined the Raiders in the late late 90's.  Tim Brown almost single handedly kept the Raiders offense relevant during a period where the Raiders were NOT a relevant team.  Plus he played in one Super Bowl and lost. 

Really?  He needs to be in there!  Come on guys! As for his attitude, I can say a lot of things about A LOT of other HOF members, so what does everyone think?  Am I way off here?

Since: Sep 22, 2009
Posted on: February 5, 2012 4:05 pm

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

In typical Martin fashion, he deflected and paid homage to Mr. Faulk indicating he was more worthy of the enshrinement than Martin last year. As far as wide receivers are concerned, Tim Brown and Chris Carter cancel each other out with the voters. 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. Tim Brown was more dangerous in the return game and to me, that is where he has his best opportunity to garner votes and delineate himself from Chris Carter.

Defenses game planned around Curtis Martin. Offensive lines game planned around Chris Doleman. The athlete who was not voted in and perhaps should have been this go around, was Charles Haley. He made offenses plan for him, whether it was a double team or a chip block. Dawson was just rock solid and really obtained notoriety for becomin the first center to be good enough on his feet to pull and block down the field. Plus he didn't miss games. He played. All of these guys played and for the most part, played with one or two teams so there is recognition associated with the name. Roaf was just "dirty". Not dirty as a player, but dirty as he was tough as nails, like Dawson. Kennedy was a small market breakthrough and that is awesome to see. The Seahawks should be proud as I think he joins only Largent that is currently in the HOF.

As an observation, two of the inductees went to Pitt. It seems that Pitt puts alot of its players into the NFL and they aspire frequently to the HOF, although I do not have the numbers to back that up right now.

Since: Jul 25, 2011
Posted on: February 5, 2012 3:36 pm

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

Was Curtis Martin's numbers, better than Chris Carter's numbers ???  lol

Since: Jul 27, 2009
Posted on: February 5, 2012 3:35 pm

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

If I had to pick one person off that list for enshrinement, it would be Cris Carter.  My second pick would be Tim Brown.  How can the HOF say that two guys with over 1,000 career receptions and 100 TDs shouldn't be in the Hall?  Not to take anything away from Kennedy, Roaf, and Dawson, but I think they let a lot of "very good" linemen in, but are very picky when it comes to skill position guys.  Also, how is Doleman better than Kevin Greene?  Greene had 10 more sacks in the same number of seasons, also the record for linebackers. 

Since: Sep 3, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2012 3:27 pm

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

It actually is Chris but he changed it because of Cris Collinsworth who's name is actually Anthony Cris Collinsworth.


Everyone knows it's currently Cris and wiki has it as Cristopher. I've never heard of it as Chris and maybe that was true, but it's still well documented and shown that it is currently Cris. It was just to add insult to a dumb post. I googled it and couldn't find anything on it ever being Chris, maybe ya could find something?

Since: Aug 1, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2012 3:18 pm

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

My twin brother Cris Carter get's deny again. Curtis Martin was good but I don't think HOF worthy.

Since: Nov 9, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2012 3:05 pm

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

It's Cris not Chris, so that right there shows how dumb you are.

It actually is Chris but he changed it because of Cris Collinsworth who's name is actually Anthony Cris Collinsworth.


Since: Dec 10, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2012 3:05 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" of the dumbest comments in football history.....I think I might keep a guy who only catches TD's.

Since: Jun 24, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2012 2:51 pm

So When Is Cris Carter getting in?

I agree that Tim Brown should be in...but Cris Carter is even MORE deserving.  What a joke.  Cris Carter is one of the all time greats, easily a top 10...and he's STILL not in?  He's better than Irvin...just because he didn't win any rings does not diminish how awesome he was.  Argh.

Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2012 2:44 pm

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

This is a really uninspiring class.  Not saying the players are not deserving.  I mean, c'mon, who among us saw every down of each of their careers?  Who watched the film? 

The only real constant is that their teams did not experience much success, if any at all.  A ton of Pro Bowls, but just the one Super Bowl, right (Dermontti Dawson XXX)?

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