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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: Sep 1, 2011
Posted on: February 5, 2012 8:49 am

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

C Martin was good. REally good.
Bill Parcells not in? What the heck.
Guess he alienated too many people over the years. Can be arrogant.
As for a coach, he has to be one of the all time greats.
But, like in a political election, you get votes for being nice.
He has to work on his image, maybe next  year.
He will get in one day.

Since: Sep 1, 2011
Posted on: February 5, 2012 8:48 am

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

snubbed he is an arrogrant @$$, ever watch on TV.

Since: Jan 5, 2012
Posted on: February 5, 2012 8:37 am

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

once again, Cris Carter got snubbed...........

Since: Mar 4, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2012 8:23 am

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

Two more Steelers (Dawson and Butler) and two more Pitt grads (Doleman and Martin) into the HOF.  Go Steelers, Go PItt.

Since: Jul 19, 2010
Posted on: February 5, 2012 8:04 am

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

You are right, I forgot about Andre Reed...He and Thomas were the Bills ofense. How has Reed not made it yet?

Since: Nov 18, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2012 8:00 am

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

Martin & Roaf were solid choices. Parcells will get in eventually.

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: February 5, 2012 6:32 am

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

Just one thing...the standard for players Cortez Kennedy or anyone else who played that position is not about how many games their team won or lost, not about how many Super Bowls they were in.  It's all about how they played the game week in/out, even when those around them were not the cream of the crop.  For Tampa Bay fans, long before there was Warren Sapp and John Lynch, there was LeRoy Selmon, who gave his all every game, despite a laughable Bus offense.  But that is what Hall of Fame play is about.  The basic question is did the player exceed the ordinary despite the cirucmstances under which he played?  For someone stuck at playing over center like Cortez Kennedy, there's no doubt that the answer is yes.

Since: Feb 26, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2012 2:53 am

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF


you are a real idiot -

among your shortbus rantings were these gems -
 CC its a shame one of the greatest receivers to ever play the game is being punished for a drinking problem
 look up the facts before you comment man
and this one that tops them all -
for myself im very intelligent about sports and am intelligent in real life also im just saying for you idiots that talk out of your butt use google before you comment so you know wtf you are talking about
was google out of order when you stated CC had a drinking problem ?

like you said "look up the facts"

CC had a cocaine problem - that's why Buddy Ryan traded him to Minnesota

AGAIN - PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH ! !   -  so truorpheus2 "know wtf YOU are talking about" before YOU spout off next time & waste all our time

Sometimes it's better to keep quiet & let people think you're an idiot than to open your mouth & remove all doubt ! 

Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2012 2:38 am

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

Davis would have rushed for twice as many yards as Martin if he stayed healthy.
Martin was above average at best.

Curtis Martin is one of only 2 players to have 1,000 plus yards in each of his first 10 seasons along with Barry Sanders and he is 4th all time in rushing yards. He also has 100 total TD's scored which is only 25 less than Walter Payton in 3 less years.  Davis was great but staying healthy is a big part of what makes a running back great. Martin had many injuries thruought his career as well. All this being said TD should get in someday because he put up big #'s in the 8 years but 4 full seasons and does have the 2 rings. Calling Martin above average at best is just stupid. 11th in all purpose yards in NFL history and 4th in rushing yards all time. Above average?? come on!!

Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: February 5, 2012 2:05 am

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

One of the weaker classes in a while. 

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