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Posted on: August 6, 2011 8:17 pm
 

Richard Dent: 2011 Hall of Fame Class



Posted by Ryan Wilson

"The thing about Richard was he really made himself what he became," said Mike Ditka, the '85 Bears' coach.

"I didn't worry about [this] day coming. I more or less worried about the people who I wanted to thank, make sure they were living. I lost my high school coach who just died a couple years ago. My mother passed in '89, and I think the last guy living here that played a big part of it was Coach Gilliam." - Richard Dent on finally being inducted into the Hall of Fame

"I'm just a skinny kid from Glennville, Georgia, 3,500 people, two traffic lights, going to the Hall of Fame. Trust me, I don't get lost for words very often, but this has got me baffled." - Richard Dent



                           Pro Football Hall of Fame: Class of 2011
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Richard Dent was an integral part of the 1985 Chicago Bears defense, one of the best defenses in modern NFL history. And Saturday, he becomes the third member of that unit to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Dent, who had to wait seven years for this day, joins Dan Hampton and Mike Singletary.

More via the Associated Press: A four-time Pro Bowl pick and MVP of the Super Bowl during the 1985 championship season, Dent played 15 years and is tied for sixth with John Randle on the NFL's all-time sacks list with 137 1/2. He set a team record with 17 1/2 in 1984, led the NFL with 17 sacks a year later and finished with 10 or more eight times in his career.

"I grew up in a town where a man said 'I have a dream.' … As a kid growing up at that time, listening to [Martin Luther King], all I could do was dream," said Dent Saturday night. "… Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be here."

Dent was a 1983 eighth-round pick of the Bears. Joe Gilliam, Dent's college defensive coordinator, presented him for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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Posted on: August 6, 2011 7:53 pm
Edited on: August 6, 2011 8:13 pm
 

Ed Sabol: 2011 Hall of Fame Class



Posted by Ryan Wilson

"He's a legend, what he brought to the table, what he brought to the game. Still to this day, NFL Films plays a major role in shaping our thought process of the game of football, and allowing you to get a closer glimpse of each player and team, coaches." - Deion Sanders on Ed Sabol

"My dad has a great expression. He always says, 'Tell me a fact and I'll learn, tell me the truth and I believe, but tell me a story, and it will live in my heart forever.' Interestingly enough now, my dad's story is going to be in Canton and hopefully that will live forever, too." - Steve Sabol



                           Pro Football Hall of Fame: Class of 2011
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Ed Sabol has never played in an NFL game but he has everything to do with the current success the league enjoys. He founded Blair Motion Pictures in 1962 (it would become NFL Films in 1964). He went on to win 91 Emmy's and NFL Films is still the gold standard when it comes football and film-making.

"I've dreamt the impossible dream and I'm living it right now," Sabol said Saturday night. "This honor tonight really goes to NFL Films. I just happen to be accepting all the accolades. … I just want to say one thing: I've been very, very happy to have been your boss for all these years. You're a great bunch of people, dedicated, hard-working and loyal, and the reason I'm sitting up here."

After Sabol ended his speech, NFL Network's Rich Eisen summed it up best: "How awesome was that?" 

According to NFL.com, Sabol first put a microphone on a player and coach during a game in 1965. The most famous was putting a microphone on Chiefs coach Hank Stram in Super Bowl IV, where the Hall of Fame coach could be heard telling his team to "Just keep matriculatin' the ball down the field, boys."

Sabol, 94, remains one of the most revered figures in the league. During Friday's enshrinement dinner, the Canton Repository reports that, "When Sabol — the man whose creation, NFL Films, helped skyrocket pro football into the popularity stratosphere — struggled to get to his feet when introduced, the discomfort showing on his face. Helped by his son and presenter, Steve, in his own battle against brain tumors, the elder Sabol eventually stood, drawing a loud ovation from the thousands in the Civic Center."

Son Steve presented his father for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.


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Posted on: August 6, 2011 5:23 pm
 

Pro Football Hall of Fame Induction live chat



Posted by Ryan Wilson

There may not be a Hall of Fame game this year but there's still the Hall of Fame induction ceremony. And we're covering it live. So feel free to join us to talk about the inductees, who should've been donning a sweet canary yellow jacket tonight, or just to relive some of your favorite Shannon Sharpe quotes from over the years.



                           Pro Football Hall of Fame: Class of 2011
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The fun starts around 6:15 p.m. ET.



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Posted on: August 6, 2011 2:33 pm
 

Photos: Richard Dent, Hall of Fame Class of 2011

Posted by Ryan Wilson

The class of 2011 will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday, August 6. Whether it's background on all the members of the Class of 2011, more on Richard Dent, Hall of Fame news in generalor if you want to join us as we follow the induction ceremony live, CBSSports.com and the Eye on Football blog have you covered.


MVP Richard Dent #95 of the Chicago Bears lifts up Defence Coach B. Ryan after winning the Superbowl XX game against the the New England Patriots at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Bears defeated the Patriots 46-10. Credit: Mike Powell, Getty Images.



In this Jan. 26, 1986 file photo, Chicago Bears' Richard Dent (95) sacks New England Patriots' Steve Grogan during the Super Bowl XX football game in New Orleans. The Bears won 46-10 and Dent was named most valuable player of the game. Dent will finally become the third member of that legendary 1985 Chicago Bears defense to be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011, when he joins fellow “Monsters of the Midway” Dan Hampton and Mike Singletary, an honor that his teammates and coaches say is long overdue. Credit: AP Photo/Lennox McLendon, File.



11 Nov 1990: Defensive lineman Richard Dent of the Chicago Bears sacks Atlanta Falcons quarterback Chris Miller during a game at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears won the game, 30-24. Credit: Jonathan Daniel, Getty Images.



Richard Dent waves to the crowd after receiving his gold jacket from Joe Gilliam at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Festival inductees dinner Friday, Aug. 5, 2011 at the Memorial Civic Center in Canton, OH. Gilliam will be presenting his Dent for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday. Credit: AP Photo/The Repository, Scott Heckel.


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Posted on: August 6, 2011 2:15 pm
 

Photos: Shannon Sharpe, 2011 Hall of Fame Class

Posted by Ryan Wilson

The class of 2011 will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday, August 6. Whether it's background on all the members of the Class of 2011, more on Shannon Sharpe, Hall of Fame news in generalor if you want to join us as we follow the induction ceremony live, CBSSports.com and the Eye on Football blog have you covered.


25 Jan 1998: Shannon Sharpe #84 and teammates hold up the Lombardi Trophy after defeating the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XXXII at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. The Denver Broncos defeated the Green Bay Packers 31-24. Credit: Jamie Squire, Getty Images.



28 Jan 2001: Shannon Sharpe of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates after defeating the New York Giants during Super Bowl XXXV at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The Ravens defeated the Giants 34-7. Credit: Brian Bahr/ALLSPORT.



This Aug. 25, 2003, file photo shows Denver Bronocs tight end Shannon Sharpe making a one-handed catch for first down yardage against Indianapolis Colts defender David Thornton (50) during second quarter action, in Denver. Credit: AP Photo/Jack Dempsey, File.



Shannon Sharpe reacts to the crowd after receiving his gold jacket at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Festival inductees dinner Friday, Aug. 5, 2011 at the Memorial Civic Center in Canton, Ohio. Sterling Sharpe will be presenting his brother Shannon Sharpe for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday. Credit: AP Photo/The Repository, Scott Heckel.


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Posted on: August 6, 2011 1:52 pm
Edited on: August 6, 2011 2:14 pm
 

Photos: Marshall Faulk, 2011 Hall of Fame Class

Posted by Ryan Wilson

The class of 2011 will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday, August 6. Whether it's background on all the members of the Class of 2011, more on Marshall Faulk, Hall of Fame news in generalor if you want to join us as we follow the induction ceremony live, CBSSports.com and the Eye on Football blog have you covered.


17 SEP 1995: Running back Marshall Faulk of the Indianapolis Colts evades the tackle of Mark Maddox to score the first of his two first half touchdowns in the first quarter of their clash against the Buffalo Bills at Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, New York. Credit: Rick Stewart, Getty Images.



This file photo shows St. Louis Rams running back Marshall Faulk after catching a pass for a 52-yard gain as teammate Leonard Little (57) cheers him on from the sideline in the first quarter of Super Bowl XXXIV, against the Tennessee Titans, in Atlanta. Credit: AP Photo/John Bazemore, File.



SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 3: Running back Marshall Faulk #28 of the St. Louis Rams carries the ball against the San Francisco 49ers during the game at Monster Park on October 3, 2004 in San Francisco, California. The Rams defeated the 49ers 24-12. Credit: Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images.



Marshall Faulk smiles at the crowd after receiving his gold jacket from Rocky Arceneaux at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Festival inductees dinner Friday, Aug. 5, 2011 at the Memorial Civic Center in Canton, Ohio. Arceneaux will be presenting Faulk for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday. Credit: AP Photo/The Repository, Scott Heckel.


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Posted on: August 6, 2011 1:16 pm
Edited on: August 6, 2011 2:14 pm
 

Photos: Deion Sanders, Hall of Fame Class of 2011

Posted by Ryan Wilson

The class of 2011 will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday, August 6. Whether it's background on all the members of the Class of 2011, more on Deion Sanders, Hall of Fame news in generalor if you want to join us as we follow the induction ceremony live, CBSSports.com and the Eye on Football blog have you covered.


1989-1990: Defensive back Deion Sanders of the Atlanta Falcons looks on during a game against the Dallas Cowboys at Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. The Falcons won the game 27-21. Credit: Allen Steele /Allsport.


2011 Hall of Fame inductee Deion Sanders in action against Jerry Rice. (Getty Images)
10 Nov 1996: Jerry Rice #80 of the San Francisco 49ers'' in action against former teammate Deion Sanders #21 of the Dallas Cowboys during their 20-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys at 3Com Park in San Francisco, California. Credit: Otto Greule Jr., Getty Images.



This Sept. 21, 1998, file photo shows Dallas Cowboys' Deion Sanders celebrating after intercepting a pass from New York Giants quarterback Danny Kanell and returning 71-yards for a touchdown during the fourth quarter, at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Credit: AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File.


Deion Sanders receives his gold jacket from Eugene Parker at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Festival inductees dinner. (AP)
Deion Sanders, right, receives his gold jacket from Eugene Parker at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Festival inductees dinner Friday, August 5, 2011 at the Memorial Civic Center in Canton, Ohio. Parker will be presenting Sanders for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday. Credit: AP Photo/The Repository, Scott Heckel.


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Posted on: August 6, 2011 12:21 pm
Edited on: August 6, 2011 1:14 pm
 

Don't forget Canton's getting hosed this weekend

Posted by Will Brinson

If anyone does a list of lockout winners and losers, the city of Canton, Ohio has to top the list.

That's because Canton will end up losing many millions of dollars and many wasted hours of volunteer work while the Hall of Fame induction takes place.

That's a direct result of the lockout and the fact that the Rams and Bears aren't playing the (now) traditional Hall of Fame Game, which, according to the NFL, brings in $30 million for Canton in terms of an economic impact.

"We are unfortunately going to have to cancel the Hall of Fame Game this year," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said recently. "The time is just too short and we feel that it’s important for all 32 teams to be operating with the same number of preseason games and also starting camp at the same date or near the same date."

There will still be money spent, but it won't be the same -- instead of thousands of Bears/Rams fans pouring into Canton, freely dropping coins and buying swag and pumping cash into the local economy, there will be some fans and a slew of family members for those people being inducted.

In fact, per Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the city's losting $3 million in revenue from the game alone. The NFL has apparently pledged to "compensate the committee" for its losses from that revenue.

That's nice and all but it's not going to fill up hotels, it's not going to send thousands of people to local restaurants and it's not going to fix the city's now-wrecked budget line.

Sorry for being pessimistic and pedantic and whatnot, but this is important, because we (myself included) have now been successfully trained to believe that with the lockout over and 10 years of labor peace on the books, no one was harmed by the NFL's labor strife.

That's obviously not true, and Canton's being nice about the whole process.

"The trickle-down effect is just the confusion," Joe Horrigan, VP of communications and exhibits at Canton, said recently. "If the world talks about the Hall of Fame Game being canceled, then if it's not played, a lot of people assume nothing else is happening. And that's not the case. It's the last day of a 10-day festival."

That's the nice way of handling things, and Horrigan's comments came before the game was actually canceled. You best believe that behind closed doors, the message is a lot less kind.

There's not a whole lot the league can do, though. Donate $30 million to Canton to make up for the lost money? Ha. How does "we'll let you keep the Pro Football Hall of Fame" sound?

About right, yes? That's the nature of this business and it's fine.

Well, not fine. A small city that depends on a part of the NFL is suffering financially this weekend.

And despite how much fluff is given to the ceremony because of the big names -- Deion Sanders and, ahem, NFL Network analyst Marshall Faulk -- they won't be making the same amount of money as they would if the ceremony were going full-steam and featuring the first preseason game of the year.

It's great that we have football back, of course. And it's great that we're going to avoid a lockout for 10 years. But that shouldn't make us forget that everything's not sunshine and rainbows in Canton, where a community that's the perfect representative of the average NFL fan is going to be a lot less financially enthralled this year.

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