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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: Apr 19, 2009
Posted on: February 5, 2012 10:49 am

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

The Pro Football HOF is a joke. They put anybody in there. Curtis Martin? Like I said, what a joke. These guys were very good players but NOT great players which is what the HOF should be about.

Since: Aug 30, 2008
Posted on: February 5, 2012 10:49 am

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

I still think Roger Craig has been the biggest snub for over 10 years.  He doesn't even mae the ballot anymore.  

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2012 10:36 am

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

No complaints with the new HOFers, but what do Chris Carter and Andre Reed have to do to get elected? As Tom Jackson has just said on Countdown, there's something wrong with the system if players like that are not elected, the winning or not winning of SB's shouldn't enter into the equation, if the Giants win today Coughlin goes in and Parcells doesn't? That arguement doesn't cut it for me, Dan Fouts shouldn't be in then? And there are some who I believe should not be there in the HOF, Michael Irwin perhaps, but that is another infinite arguement.

Since: Aug 9, 2008
Posted on: February 5, 2012 10:18 am

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

Way to go, Willie Roaf.  What a stud.

Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: February 5, 2012 10:15 am

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

Congrats to all HOF inductees, particularly Big Willie Roaf.He was a beast with the Saints and a Man Mountain with the Chiefs.  Those were pricelss and heady years when Roaf, Will Shields and Brian Waters escorted Priest Holmes down the field. Everyone on D knew what what was coming but couldn't stop it. Will Shields should be in the HOF in a year or two as well, along with Waters one day. I have no gripe with this HOF class. I do think that all of the other finalsts will one day be inducted because they all belong.

Since: Jun 8, 2011
Posted on: February 5, 2012 10:11 am

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

Carter was the second Player in NFL history to break the 1000 reception mark.  The first was Jerry rice, and there is no doubt that he is a HOFer.  Michael Irvin only had 750 and Steve Largent had 819.  Don't me the super bowl ring argument because Largent doesn't have on either.

Since: Dec 18, 2010
Posted on: February 5, 2012 9:57 am

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

Congratulations to all the electees, however it is hard to understand why Andre Reed can't get elected..........

Since: Aug 31, 2009
Posted on: February 5, 2012 9:19 am

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

For any one who thinks it's drugs that cris carter is not in there alot of document drug addicts in the hall two best examples are micheal irvin and lawrence taylor cause there drug use was made so public. Cris carter is one of those players that will get in but they can't just let everybody in the voters take this seriously and crunch numbers everywhich way and try to measure intangibles. Look baseball only put in one player this year and one on the vetran comittee. Fans can't vote look how much it screws up the vote when they vote for the probowl and they only get a third of the vote. I heard best put that "This is th Hall of Fame" not the Hall of Very Good

Since: Jan 19, 2009
Posted on: February 5, 2012 9:08 am

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

I wouldve put Martin Haley Dawson Carter out of that list of 15   I dont think parcells is Hall worthy i think he was over hyped by NY media.  he won 2 superbowls lost won thats it Hye tom flores was 2-0 shanahan has 2 i dont think he's hall worthy one more think Belichick aint the greatest ever  he won 3 by the toe of vinatieri lost another one to a heavy underdog

Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: February 5, 2012 9:02 am

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

Hail to Pitt

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