Tag:NFL Hall of Fame
Posted on: February 5, 2011 7:32 pm
Edited on: February 5, 2011 7:48 pm
 

2011 NFL Hall of Fame induction class

Posted by Will Brinson

DALLAS -- The 2011 NFL Hall of Fame induction took place on Saturday night in downtown Dallas and Deion Sanders, Marshall Faulk, Shannon Sharpe, Ed Sabol, Les Richter, Chris Hanburger and Ed Sabol were selected as the seven members of this year's class.

Faulk, the versatile backfield threat for the Rams and Colts, and Sanders, an all-time great kick returns, cornerback and all-out athlete were the only first-time candidates for the Hall who were inducted.

Dent, the Bears all-time sack leader and MVP of Super Bowl XX, was the 27th player for Chicago to be enshrined, the most of any NFL team.

Sabol, the founder of NFL Films and one of the architects of the modern-day NFL image, was considered a controversial figure because of concerns with non-players. Apparently, the clear-cut popularity of the NFL -- amid the possibility of a labor lockout no less -- made up for any of those concerns.

Hanburger, a nine-time Pro Bowler for the Redskins, made the cut after his 28th year of eligibility. Oddly enough, "Hangman" made the cut in a season in which the NFL truly preached player safety, despite being known for some questionable "tackling techniques."

Richter was an eight-time Pro Bowler (consecutively, no less) for the Los Angeles Rams in the 1950's and 60's.

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Posted on: January 9, 2011 12:46 pm
 

NFL Hall of Fame 2011 class finalists announced

Posted by Will Brinson

Marshall Faulk, Jerome Bettis and Curtis Martin -- three of the great running backs in NFL history -- were all listed as part of the 17 finalists for the NFL Hall of Fame's 2011 class.

The Hall of Fame announced the list Sunday, via NFL.com, and it includes 15 modern-era players, two senior nominees and five first-timers on the list.

Bettis, Faulk, Martin, Deion Sanders and Willie Roaf were listed as first-time finalists on the Hall of Fame ballot for 2011. It seems unlikely that all three running backs will make it, and Faulk and/or Bettis seem likely to land a spot moreso than Martin, mainly because of team success and off-field behavior.

Tim Brown, Cris Carter, Dermontti Dawson, Richard Dent, Charles Haley, Cortez Kennedy, Andre Reed and Shannon Sharpe made the ballot as nominees who had been listed before.

Chris Hanburger and Les Richter were listed as the senior nominees on the Hall's ballot.

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Posted on: August 7, 2010 9:09 pm
 

NFL Hall of Fame introductions are spectacular

Posted by Will Brinson

The NFL Hall of Fame decided to test out a new form of introductions at Canton this year, and to say that it's a success is a pretty large understatement.

They took the always awesome voice of Steve Sabol (of NFL Films) and had him narrate highlights of the inductee's career with interspersed clips of the inductee's presenter discussing the greatness of their career.

Typically, an introduction involves a "Here is so-and-so to induct this great man" line followed by someone close to the inductee spending five or so minutes in front of a podium talking about the inductee and delivers a much more palatable -- especially for television viewers -- and energizing introduction to the inductee's speech.

Just like any other NFL Films experience, the result is a mix between thrilling and chilling.

Of course, Chris Berman still plays the role of Master of Ceremonies (and actually recorded the longest induction speech of the weekend!), so it's not a perfect situation. But there's no question that the folks in charge at Canton struck gold with their decision to eschew the typical inductee introduction.

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Posted on: August 7, 2010 8:02 pm
 

LeBeau calls Canton bigger than meeting the Prez

Posted by Will Brinson

Dick LeBeau's speech for his induction into the NFL Hall of Fame in Canton was pretty spectacular (also awesome: the new introduction videos narrated by Steve Sabol -- more on that later). Mainly because he's incredibly funny and is a 72-year-old who looks like he's 49, which is pretty impressive.

At one point, he was discussing his opportunity to meet President Barack Obama and went into a pretty good yarn about how Obama eventually yelled out "Where's Dick LeBeau? Everyone knows him!"

LeBeau apparently jumped around, waving his hand and whatnot, because, obviously, he was pretty excited. He used that story as a platform to point out how thrilling his induction into the Hall of Fame truly feels.

"And with all due respect Mr. President," LeBeau said during his speech. "I think this thing is a little bigger."

That's probably an arguable point, depending on who you're talking to. At the same time, though, anyone who wins a Super Bowl (or hosts "The View") gets to meet the President.

You have to have a pretty incredible career within the NFL -- especially considering the silly rule that doesn't count time spent both as a player and coach, which in LeBeau's case has always hurt his candidacy -- to make it to Canton.

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