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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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Since: Feb 3, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2012 12:02 pm
 

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

Curtis Martin gets into the Hall of Fame before TIMMY BROWN ????  BS!!!!

Yell



Since: Aug 5, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2012 12:00 pm
 

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

Chris Carter sure as shit shouldn't get in if sterling sharpe can't. Sharpe had better numbers over a seven year Span than Carter, brown, reed, and rice. I would also put them all ahead of Carter who refused to go over the middle and has shown himself to be a petty crybaby ever since he became eligible. If he was as good as he thinks he was, he'd be in already.



Since: Sep 3, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2012 11:59 am
 

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

Ex ohio and NFL'e Cris Carter was probably left out for his previous problems with cocaine...Oh and getting kicked out of school.





First off, your pre-professional career has NOTHING do to with HOF voting, they are told not to vote based on anything off the field. Secondly, Cris Carter had the record in receptions at OSU despite missing out on his final year of eligibility. Retiring 2nd in catches and 2nd in TD's is no joke. Especially when the first 3 years of your career were slow. Imagine the stats he could've had if he had been starting all them games. He's 1 of only 2 receivers ever to have 2 120+ catch seasons.
Also...
  • Most touchdown receptions on Thursday games (9)
  • Most 12+ reception games in a single season (4) in 1995
  • One of 3 players (Clarke Gaines and Jerry Rice) to record 12+ receptions in back to back games
  • Most consecutive games with at least 3 receptions (58)
  • Most 1-yard touchdown receptions in NFL history (9)
  • Most touchdown receptions 2 yards or less in NFL history (16) - tied with Jerry Rice
  • Most touchdown receptions 4 yards or less in NFL history (28)
  • Most touchdown receptions 5 yards or less in NFL history (36) - tied with Jerry Rice
  • Most touchdown receptions 6 yards or less in NFL history (44)
  • Most touchdown receptions 7 yards or less in NFL history (48)
  • Most consecutive games with 2 touchdown receptions (4) - tied with Calvin Johnson
  • Most consecutive seasons with 5+ touchdowns (11) - Terrell Owens, Jerry Rice, Marvin Harrison, Don Hutson, Cris Carter, Tim Brown
  • Most consecutive seasons with 5+ touchdown receptions (11) - Terrell Owens, Jerry Rice, Marvin Harrison, Don Hutson, Cris Carter, Tim Brown
  • First player to record a 150 yard receiving game in 3 different decades (Jerry Rice is the only other player to do so).

Seems to surely be Hall of Fame worthy to me. If not a first ballot, he should've been in on his 2nd try at the latest, it's a joke he has to wait next year and go against Tim Brown and Reed again. Whoever else is on the ballot shouldn't effect his chances.



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Since: Feb 5, 2012
Posted on: February 5, 2012 11:58 am
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Since: Sep 9, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2012 11:57 am
 

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

The Hall of Fame isn't becoming a joke, It's the VOTERS that have become a JOKE!!!!! How can Cris Carter (Or any player) not be good enough one year, but a few years later, without putting on a single pad or playing 1 snap in a game, he suddenly becomes worthey???
I say get rid of the "voters" and START OVER!!! Hall of Fame inductees should be included in the voting process. Who's better to say if a player is hall worthy than the guys that played against them???
Maybe some media members also, but the ones doing it now clearly have a "Holier than thou" complex and should be thrown aside!!!! START OVER!!!!!



Since: Jan 26, 2008
Posted on: February 5, 2012 11:55 am
 

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

Couldn't agree more. Andre Reed was a really good player, but he wasn't good enough to be in the HOF. Carter and Brown should both be in...



Since: Feb 17, 2009
Posted on: February 5, 2012 11:41 am
 

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

Chris Carter wasn't elite at his position, are you kidding me. He was a second best receiver while he was playing behind only Jerry Rice and definitely top ten all-time. The best hands EVER....get that right. He was far more elite at his position then Bettis and Martin so you are talking out of your XXX. Michael Irvin, Art Monk, Don Maynard, Swann, Stallworth, the list goes on and on with players who couldn't compare stats wise with Cris Carter's numbers. The hall of fame is becoming a joke




Since: Feb 5, 2012
Posted on: February 5, 2012 11:29 am
 

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

I believe the biggest snub is Clay Mathews not getting in. He was awesome when he played for Cleveland and he is a class act


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Since: Feb 5, 2012
Posted on: February 5, 2012 11:26 am
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Since: Nov 19, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2012 11:24 am
 

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

best nfl tackles ever..roaf,munoz,mcdaniel and ogdon


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