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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 18, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2012 11:23 am
 

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

If you are considering owners and coaches for the hall of fame, why not cheerleaders?




Since: Oct 30, 2010
Posted on: February 5, 2012 11:21 am
 

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

Reed isn't in because he wasn't nearly as good as Brown or Carter, despite having a Hall of Fame QB (Jim Kelly) throwing to him. This was a luxery that Brown and Carter never had, and yet they were significantly better - and yet they are not getting in. Reed had a career high of 90 catches, and then had over 80 twice more, and that was all she wrote. Brown pulled in over 80 9 times, including 104 one year with Jeff George (!) throwing him the ball. He was also a great punt returner. And Cris Carter needs no defending, everyone knows he should have been in years ago.

Again: why all the love for Andre Reed, and so little love for Tim Brown, when Reed is so clearly a fantastic wide-out but a borderline/out HOF candidate? I'm just a little curious.



Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2012 11:20 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.



but they did win, didn't they ? they also beat the second best team in football that year in the nfc championship game ( the 49ers ) if you remember.

 i'll never understand how winning the superbowl makes someone a loser.

 

and need i remind anyone that the giants accomplished this with their back up qb jeff hostetler because phil simms was injured ?



Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2012 11:16 am
 

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

I certAINLY wouldn't call the Giants losers for winning SB 25 BUT...I'd call them very, very lucky



Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2012 11:14 am
 

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

Number 4 iin career yardage? Are you serious? Every back in top 10 in yardage is in hall of fame, except for Bettis, and he will be there as well. The only two backs that could have given more in teh top ten are Barry Sanders and Jim Brown(probably the best of all time). As for the rest of them, the game wore them out.

I don't know how old you are, but the game has changed and it will be even tougher for a back to make these numbers again.



Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2012 11:12 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.



but they did win, didn't they ? they also beat the second best team in football that year in the nfc championship game ( the 49ers ) if you remember.

 i'll never understand how winning the superbowl makes someone a loser.



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2012 11:07 am
 

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

Getting into the HOF is NOT just about stats and Superbowl Rings, and it shouldn't be !!! THIS is the PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME !!!

Knuckleheads like Chris Carter will have to wait a lonngggg time to get in. I TOO am surprised that a guy with Michael Irvin's checkered past got in so quickly. Irvin doesn't belong, Period !!

Guys with less receptions BUT Great leaders and Great character guys who did it the right way, Like a Steve Largent DESERVE to be in the HOF. I for one like it when the message is sent to players and coaches who put "Winning" above eveeything else. In allowing thugs, punks, drug users, alcoholics, wife beaters, adulters, child abusers, rapists, and theives to be inducted to the HOF, it teaches them that there are no "real" reprecussions if you make it in the NFL !! wrong message to be sent to the younger ones watching these "bigger than life" athletes. (gags)

I applaud everyone who did Not vote the bums in !!! Perhaps, there is still hope that we can get there athletes heads right !!! 



Since: Dec 22, 2009
Posted on: February 5, 2012 11:07 am
 

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

Curtis Martin is the 4th leading rusher in the HISTORY of the NFL if anyone thinks he doesnt belong in the HOF perhaps you should follow a different sport



Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2012 11:06 am
 

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

Wow 6,000 more yards big deal.

2,000 yards season: Davis Yes, Martin NO
NFL MVP(pretty big deal) Davis Yes, Martin yeah right
Superbowl MVP: Davis Yes, Martin, uh..no
2 Superbowl rings for Davis, Martin Zero 0.
Davis would have rushed for twice as many yards as Martin if he stayed healthy.
Martin was above average at best.


yes it is a big deal, 6,000 MORE yards than davis' TOTAL of 7,607 yards. 

it's incredible how little you think of 6,000 rushing yards. if you think 6,000 yards is nothing then what is 7,607 yards ? still nothing ?  6,000 yards equals 4x 1,500 yards or 4 great seasons rushing the ball DIFFERENCE between the two ( actually it is 6,494 yards difference ), that's at least half a career difference as far as the life expectancy of an nfl running back. if you take away davis' four best years you're left with nothing.

the 2,008 yard season, league mvp, and 1 superbowl ring all happened in the same season, so 1 great year and a three more good ones equals hall of fame eligibity ? i don't think so.

davis has 7,607 yards rushing for his career. that is nothing. you kow how many guys there are with more yards than him that will never get into the hall ?  curtis martin is fourth all time in rushing, davis is 47th all time in rushing. he is behind garrison hearst, freeman mcneil, ernest byner, herschel walker, clinton portis and slew of other DECENT running backs that will never make the hall of fame. one great year doesn't change that.

four great seasons is only about half of what he would need for the hall of fame. he simply didn't have the longevity.




Since: Mar 10, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2012 10:52 am
 

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

This is why the Football Hall of Fame will never hold a torch to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Curtis Martin had a nice career, but an HOF career? Come on. Meanwhile, a two-time Super Bowl-winning coach doesn't make it in.


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