Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2010 Announced

02/06/2010


CANTON, OHIO – Guard Russ Grimm, linebacker Rickey Jackson, cornerback Dick LeBeau, running back Floyd Little, defensive tackle John Randle, wide receiver Jerry Rice, and running back Emmitt Smith make up the Class of 2010 Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinees.


Pro Football Hall of Fame President/Executive Director Stephen Perry speaks to the media during the Pro Football Hall of Fame press conference announcing the 2010 Class of Enshrinees.
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The seven-man class was elected by the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Selection Committee who met today in South Florida. The newest members of the Hall were selected from a list of 17 finalists who had been determined earlier by the committee.

Grimm was a steadying force of the Washington Redskins’ offensive line known as “The Hogs.” The standout guard earned All-NFL acclaim and Pro Bowl trips four consecutive seasons.

Jackson helped turn the Saints from perennial losers to a playoff contender and becomes the first long-time player from the team to be elected to the Hall of Fame. He was named first-team All-NFL four times in his career.

LeBeau, was originally drafted by the Cleveland Browns but cut, joined the Lions shortly thereafter. He went on to enjoy a 14-year career that saw him intercept 62 passes. That total currently ranks third all-time among cornerbacks.

Little, the first 1,000-yard rusher in Denver Broncos history, was a versatile star who amassed more than 12,000 all-purpose yards on rushing, receiving, punt returns, and kickoff returns during his nine-season career.

Randle, a seven-time Pro Bowler and six-time All-Pro pick, amassed 137.5 sacks during his career with the Minnesota Vikings and Seattle Seahawks. A member of the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1990s, he played in 219 career games.

Rice played an amazing 20 seasons and owns virtually every major receiving record. In all, he caught 1,549 passes for 22,895 yards and scored a total of 208 touchdowns.

Smith is the NFL’s all-time leading rusher with 18,355 yards and scored a record 164 rushing touchdowns. He won four NFL rushing titles and gained 1,000 yards in a record 11 straight seasons.

The 2010 class will increase to 260 the number of all-time greats permanently honored in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The Enshrinement of the Class of 2010 will take place at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, on Saturday, August 7, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. ET. The Enshrinement Ceremony will be televised live by both ESPN and the NFL Network.

The annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Game that kicks off the NFL’s preseason will be played on Sunday, August 8, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. and broadcast live by NBC. Teams have not yet been announced.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival is a 10-day celebration of the enshrinement of the newest Hall of Fame Class.

Held in Canton each year, the festival includes 19 special public events and culminates with the Enshrinement Ceremony and Hall of Fame Game. Two other major events are the Enshrinees Dinner (Friday, August 6), and the Enshrinees GameDay Roundtable (Sunday, August 8). It is at the Enshrinees Dinner where each member of the Class of 2010 will be presented his gold Pro Football Hall of Fame Jacket. At the GameDay Roundtable, the members of the Class of 2010 will be featured center stage to share memories of the game and their personal feelings about being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Individual enshrinement tickets and Festival Fan & Travel Packages are on sale now. Ticket information can be found on the Hall of Fame’s website at Profootballhof.com.

Also, for the first time fans were invited to vote this year for their choice for the Pro Football Hall of Fame with the VanHeusen Pro Football Hall of Fame Fan’s Choice.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame, Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation and JCPenney Company teamed to provide the first-ever dedicated forum for fans to debate, discuss and voice their choice by voting for the Hall of Fame Enshrinee Class of 2010. The robust forum also included stats on all candidates and opinions from football experts, Hall of Fame players and fans around the country. For more on the Fan’s Choice, visit www.fanschoice.com.

PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2010

RUSS GRIMM
Guard … 6-3, 273 … Pittsburgh … 1981-1991 Washington Redskins … 11 seasons, 140 games … Selected in third round (69th player overall) in 1981 NFL Draft … Originally pegged to play center, moved to left guard as rookie … Immediate starter on line that earned nickname "The Hogs" … Teaming with tackle Joe Jacoby, formed perhaps most punishing side of an offensive line in football at the time … With Grimm’s speed and strength, Redskins rode success of dominating running attack to victory in Super Bowl XVII in which John Riggins rushed for then-record 166 yards … During playoff run that year, team averaged 152 yards rushing … Following 1983 season, Grimm was selected to first of four straight Pro Bowls … Also marked start of four consecutive years (1983-86) of All-Pro recognition … Also named All-NFC in each of those seasons … In 1987 moved to center and started five games before being sidelined until season finale with knee injury … Missed 11 games in 1988 with knee injury … Appeared in five NFC championship games and four Super Bowls including wins in Super Bowls XVII, XXII, XXVI … Elected to NFL's 1980s All-Decade Team … Born May 2, 1959 in Scottdale, Pennsylvania.

RICKEY JACKSON
Linebacker … 6-2, 243 … Pittsburgh … 1981-1993 New Orleans Saints, 1994-95 San Francisco 49ers … 15 playing season, 227 games … Selected by Saints in 2nd round (51st player overall) in 1981 draft … One of key players that fueled New Orleans transition from perennial losers into contenders in late 1980s … Made immediate impact as rookie when he led team with franchise rookie record eight sacks and was leading tackler … In 1983 established himself as elite pass rusher recording 12 sacks … That year marked first of six double-digit sack totals in career … Also earned Jackson first of six trips to Pro Bowl … Named first-team All-Pro 1986, 1987, 1992, 1993 … In 1987, Saints first winning season, Jackson recorded 9.5 sacks, 74 tackles, three forced fumbles, and two interceptions … Saints captured their first-ever division title in 1991 and Jackson recorded 11.5 sacks, 59 tackles, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, and three passes defensed … Team never finished below .500 during Jackson’s final seven years … Jackson finished NFL career with two seasons with 49ers who converted him to defensive end and pass rush specialist … Retired after 1995 season with 128 career sacks that does not include rookie total since sack did not become official statistic until 1982 … Also intercepted eight passes during career … Born March 20, 1958 in Pahokee, Florida.

DICK LEBEAU
Cornerback … 6-1, 185 … Ohio State … 1959-1972 Detroit Lions … 14 playing seasons, 185 games … Selected by Cleveland Browns in 5th round (58th overall) in 1959 draft … Cut by Browns during rookie training camp … Signed with Lions, earned place in starting lineup final six games of rookie year … Didn’t miss another game until late in 1971 season … Started 171 consecutive games, an NFL record for his position … In 1960, began to make mark by intercepting four passes, starting string of 12 straight seasons with three or more interceptions … In 1963, intercepted five passes which he returned for career-high 158 yards, including 70-yard TD return against Rams … It was one of three interceptions he returned for touchdowns in career … The following year, intercepted five passes and was voted to first of three consecutive Pro Bowls … Also earned All-NFL second-team accolades, an honor earned again in 1965, 1966, 1970 … Finest season came in 1970 when he recorded NFC-leading nine interceptions for 96 yards … In all, recorded 62 picks for 762 yards … Ranked second among pure cornerbacks at retirement with 62 interceptions, third overall … Currently ranks third all-time among pure cornerbacks … Born on September 9, 1937 in London, Ohio.

FLOYD LITTLE
Running Back … 5-10, 196 … Syracuse … 1967-1975 Denver Broncos … Nine playing seasons, 117 games … Selected by Denver in first round (6th player overall) of 1967 AFL-NFL Draft … Initially used mostly as return specialist . . . As rookie, led AFL in punt returns with 16.9 average on 16 returns … Scored only touchdown on a punt return that season in AFL, 72 yards against the Jets … Also returned career-high 35 kickoffs for 942 yards … In third year averaged league-high and career best 5.0 yards per carry rushing … In 1971, became Broncos’ first 1,000-yard rusher … Won NFL rushing title that year with 1,133 yards on 284 carries and 6 TDs … Receiving threat out of backfield, caught 25-plus passes in each of final five seasons … Had knack for finding end zone … During three-year stretch, 1971-1973 scored combined 32 TDs rushing and receiving … Named to two AFL All-Star Games, three AFC-NFC Pro Bowls … Named All-AFL/NFL twice, All-AFC first- or second-team four straight years … Amassed more than 12,000 all-purpose yards and 54 TDs … Gained 6,323 yards on 1,641 career carries, scored 43 TDs … Added 215 receptions for 2,418 yards, 9 TDs … Totaled 893 yards on 81 career punt returns, 2 TDs; returned 104 kickoffs for 2,523 yards in his nine-season career … Born July 4, 1942 in New Haven, Connecticut.

JOHN RANDLE
Defensive Tackle … 6-1, 278 … Trinity Valley Community College (TX); Texas A&I … 1990-2000 Minnesota Vikings, 2001-03 Seattle Seahawks … 14 playing seasons, 219 games … Little All-America pick as a senior at Texas A&I … Signed by Vikings as an undrafted free agent … Played in all 16 games as a rookie … Recorded 137.5 sacks during career . . Had eight consecutive seasons (1992-99) with 10-plus sacks and a ninth in 2001 … In 1997 had career best and league leading 15.5 sacks, and career high 71 tackles (39 solo) … Signed a free agent contract with Seahawks in 2001 and turned in one of most productive seasons in team history with 11 sacks, four forced fumbles and fumble recovery in end zone for a TD … Named first-team All-Pro/All-NFC six consecutive years (1993-98) and once All-AFC with Seahawks (2001) … Selected to play in seven Pro Bowls (1994-99, 2002) … Led Minnesota defensive line recording double digit sack totals in three of four years that Vikings won NFC Central Division titles and eight sacks in fourth … Born December 12, 1967 in Hearne, Texas.

JERRY RICE
Wide Receiver … 6-2, 200 … Mississippi Valley State … 1985-2000 San Francisco 49ers, 2001-04 Oakland Raiders, 2004 Seattle Seahawks … 20 playing seasons, 303 games … Selected by 49ers in first round (16th player overall) of 1985 draft … Averaged 18.9 yards per catch on 49 receptions for 927 yards and 3 TDs as rookie … In 1986 caught 86 passes for a league-leading 1,570 yards and led the NFL in touchdown catches with 15 … Marked first of 11 straight 1,000-yard seasons … Also recorded double-digit receiving touchdowns in nine of next 10 seasons … In 1987 set the NFL record for touchdown receptions in season with 22 … Four seasons with 100-plus catches … Led NFL in receiving yards six times including NFL record 1,848 yards in 1995 … Led NFL in touchdown receptions six times … Owns virtually every significant receiving mark including receptions (1,549); receiving yards (22,895); most 1,000-yard receiving seasons (14); total touchdowns (208); combined net yards (23,546) … Holds multiple playoff and Super Bowl records … Played in eight conference championships and four Super Bowls … Earned three Super Bowl rings with 49ers and was named MVP in Super Bowl XXIII … Named first-team All-Pro 11 consecutive seasons and voted to 13 Pro Bowls … A member of NFL’s All-Decade Teams of 1980s and 1990s and NFL’s 75th Anniversary Team … Born October 13, 1962 in Starksville, Mississippi.

EMMITT SMITH
Running Back … 5-9, 207 … Florida … 1990-2002 Dallas Cowboys, 2003-04 Arizona Cardinals … 15 playing seasons, 226 games … Selected by Dallas in first round (17th player overall) of 1990 draft … Rushed for 937 yards, 11 touchdowns to earn Offensive Rookie of the Year honors … Second season rushed for league-leading 1,563 yards … Won rushing crowns in 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995 … Led NFL in rushing touchdowns three times and accumulated 277 pass receptions during that same five-season period … In 1995, recorded career highs for rushing yards (1,773), rushing touchdowns (25), and receptions (62) … Major contributor to Cowboys Super Bowl XXVII, XXVIII, XXX victories … Named first-team All-Pro 1992-95 … In 1993, named NFL’s MVP and MVP in Super Bowl XXVIII … After narrowly missing the 1,000-yard mark as rookie, embarked on a record run of 11 straight seasons with 1,000 yards rushing … Streak came to end in 2002 when he missed the 1,000-yard mark by 25 yards … On Oct. 27, 2002 in game vs. Seattle Seahawks, he supplanted Walter Payton as the NFL’s all-time rushing leader … Named to NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1990s … Career totals of 18,355 yards and a 164 touchdowns rushing, 515 receptions for 3,224 yards and 11 touchdowns … Born May 15, 1969 in Pensacola, Florida.

 


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  • lenny16 - February 07 2010 06:45 AM

    What about Otis Taylor?

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  • David Wharton - February 07 2010 06:01 AM

    Coryell, Kuchenberg, Dent and Guy are all going to be senior nominees soon and won't get inducted till then. Why place someone in with one of those 5 nominations when you can wait a couple of years and they will be a slam dunk senior choice. It is very rare that anyone with 20 years eligability will get chosen for that reason.

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  • David Wharton - February 07 2010 05:51 AM

    Rice and Smith were obvious first timers. Randle, Jackson and Grimm were all deserving nominees. As for Andre Reed sorry folks he is probably going to sit for a long time. The WR/TE position is the one with the most depth when you conisider the caliber of candidate that is already waiting or will soon be eligable (LT will soon have such a large log jam). To get enshrined he has to get past Cris Carter, Tim Brown and Shannon Sharpe who all have better claims than he does and then get past Marvin Harrison, Keyshawn Johnson, Jimmy Smith and Rod Smith who have already retired and Randy Moss, Terrell Owens, Isaac Bruce, Chad Johnson, Torry Holt, Heinz Ward, Tony Gonzales and Antonio Gates all heading towards the twilight of their careers. That is without the competition from other positions and he could easily up only getting in as a senior nominee.

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  • Syd - February 07 2010 05:48 AM

    Not to take away from those who made it, Don Coryell deserves to be in the hall of fame for his contributions to coaching and to the game in general. Please do this soon, he's not getting any younger!

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  • Ed Trivett - February 07 2010 04:40 AM

    Floyd Little more than deserved to get in the HoF. Most of these posters not only did not see him play, but go by statistics only. Floyd played on the worst team in Pro Football at the time. Floyd had 0 All-Afl/All-Pro linemen blocking for him. Floyd, in his 9 year career took hand offs and caught passes from 27 different QB's. Jim Brown has OL who blocked for him in the HoF (4), as do O.J. (2), Jim Perry (3). Floyd Little? Come on, name one OL who blocked for him during his career who was all-anything. Matter of fact, name one Offensive Player who played with Floyd who was all-anything. You cannot because there were none. Floyd was called "The Franchise" because that is what he was. The Denver Broncos were getting ready to move to Birmingham, AL. Floyd kept them in Denver because at least Floyd was fun to watch. Fans loved him and still, after all these years still do. Go here and watch a video made THIS YEAR of Floyd in action http://vimeo.com/8647946 Floyd Little, first in Denver (Yes, even over John Elway) and now deservingly so in the Hall Of Fame.

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  • Chris Robinson - February 07 2010 02:25 AM

    Richard Dent not in... Seriously, and what about Kevin Greene? i think it is because everybody loves offense or something. More touchdowns means more ratings. These guys need to get in. Also, what about Hugh Jorgen from the Packers? He sacked a lot of guys in the old days and nothing is said about him. Next year, Dent, Greene, and Jogen....

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  • Brian - February 07 2010 01:42 AM

    Andre Reed continues to get overlooked. I understand Rice has to get in but both Reed and Cris Carter are Hall Of Famers and both are snubbed once again. Floyd Little?! Really?! There is no way he stacks up against the other running backs in the Hall.

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  • Brian - February 07 2010 01:42 AM

    Andre Reed continues to get overlooked. I understand Rice has to get in but both Reed and Cris Carter are Hall Of Famers and both are snubbed once again. Floyd Little?! Really?! There is no way he stacks up against the other running backs in the Hall.

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  • Anthony Crivello - February 07 2010 01:41 AM

    The most GLARING omission to the Hall Of Fame is Green Bay Packer guard JERRY KRAMER. The man was a LOMBARDI stallworth, was in on THE MOST FAMOUS PLAY in play-off History, and a 5 time pro-bowler. ALSO-How can you be a member of the First 50 years All-Pro team, and NOT be in the PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME? It boggles the mind. Come on Hall voters, correct this glaring error!! Crivello in Las Vewgas

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  • westin crenshaw - February 07 2010 01:16 AM

    comon kenny stabler needs to be in there omg comon he has the numbers the pro bowls the superbowl win. hes rated as one of the most accurate passers in nfl history and he was a lefty!! for heavens sake! the only other lefty to make it into the hall as a QB is steve young... but overall im glad for john randle and russ grimm those 2 deserved it

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  • Nicole - February 07 2010 01:07 AM

    #93 Johnny Randle Hooray!!! Awesome!!!

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  • fernando - February 07 2010 12:49 AM

    how about jim plunkett 2 time super bowl champion mvp in super bowl XV what about tim brown top 5 in receptions & yards alltime

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  • Bdjml70 - February 07 2010 12:00 AM

    What about Andre Reed? How long does he need to sit.

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  • Miguel Dejesus - February 06 2010 11:53 PM

    Dent got snuffed again! When will the writers cut the maddness and select Chris Doleman. Heck what about Steve Mcmichael???

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  • Miguel Dejesus - February 06 2010 11:52 PM

    Dent got the snuff again! How about ever getting the voting right and selecting Chris Doleman.. Hello--catdaddy!

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  • Chapman - February 06 2010 11:40 PM

    Ok so the guy that said Cris Carter didn't relize the effects he had on a team negativly until he went to the Vikings, do some research before u answer. He was only an eagle 3 seasons so how can u say he didnt get good until he was with the Vikings? He had been with them since 1990 so how does 3 years way back in the 80's have anything to do with how he performed for the last decade.

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  • Paula - February 06 2010 11:35 PM

    Not inducting Richard "Sack Man" Dent proves the selecting committee doesn't have a clue what they're doing!!

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  • Ed Trivett - February 06 2010 11:31 PM

    Floyd Little more than deserved to get in the HoF. Most of these posters not only did not see him play, but go by statistics only. Floyd played on the worst team in Pro Football at the time. Floyd had 0 All-Afl/All-Pro linemen blocking for him. Floyd, in his 9 year career took hand offs and caught passes from 27 different QB's. Jim Brown has OL who blocked for him in the HoF (4), as do O.J. (2), Jim Perry (3). Floyd Little? Come on, name one OL who blocked for him during his career who was all-anything. Matter of fact, name one Offensive Player who played with Floyd who was all-anything. You cannot because there were none. Floyd was called "The Franchise" because that is what he was. The Denver Broncos were getting ready to move to Birmingham, AL. Floyd kept them in Denver because at least Floyd was fun to watch. Fans loved him and still, after all these years still do. Go here and watch a video made THIS YEAR of Floyd in action http://vimeo.com/8647946 Floyd Little, first in Denver (Yes, even over John Elway) and now deservingly so in the Hall Of Fame.

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  • Dolfan Dave - February 06 2010 11:20 PM

    And how long does Bob Kuechenberg have to wait??? Dolfan Dave in Fla.

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  • Dolphins Fan - February 06 2010 11:16 PM

    More comments I believe Ray Guy, Roger Craig and Shannon Sharpe should be in. I am old enough to remember them all playing in their prime. I was surprised by the choices of Floyd Little and Rickey Jackson, but congrats to them and everyone else for getting in!

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  • Shiloh - February 06 2010 11:13 PM

    Congrats to the new class! True HOF'ers! Tony Gonzalez will be a 1st-ballot HOF'er! Shannon Sharpe is not even in his class! Just a big mouth that can catch anything when its open. Maybe if Shannon would've had Rice's attitude he would be in already.

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  • Dolphins Fan - February 06 2010 11:11 PM

    It seems the NFL HOF is much more competitive than voting for MLB. You can tell who is going in in baseball, but the NFL, so many greats that do not get in right away. I am surprise by Cris Carter, this was his 3rd time and still not getting in? Tim Brown as well is worthy. I was surprise Charles Haley, Kevin Greene and Richard Dent got over looked again!

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  • Ellwood Davis - February 06 2010 11:08 PM

    Again, the finest center to ever play in the NFL gets snubbed. What does it matter the number of Steelers in the HOF. John Randle over Dermontti Dawson? Are you kidding me????

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  • rokko - February 06 2010 11:04 PM

    I think all of the new enshrinees deserve it, but the committee really needs to get with it and elect a few players into the HOF. Shannon Sharpe needs to be there; Cris Carter needs to be there on his first ballot; Ray Guy is the only punter who should be there; and the biggest travesty of all is that Cliff branch is not in the HOF. The guy was light years better than Michael Irvin who's in; Branch has better career numbers than either John Stallworth or Lynn Swann, both of whom are in; Branch's playoff numbers are better than the Steeler pair's too. And he won 3 rings. His career average of 17.6 yards per catch is unreal and hall-worthy. His playoff yards per catch average is over 21. What will it take?

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  • Michael Hackett - February 06 2010 10:50 PM

    Cris Carter should have made it this year.All he does is catches touchdown. Richard Dent should have made the HALL OF FAME years ago.Michael Hackett-Troy,Ohio

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  • mark - February 06 2010 10:47 PM

    you GOT to be kidding me? How can you say that a player like Chris Carter isnt in the HOF? Granted I am a Vikings Fan and have been all my life being from northen Minnesota but he was at retirement 2nd in td rec and I believe 2nd in rec for a WR and after countless times been looked over for the HOF he should have been inducted this year even though he should have been inducted when he was 1st eligible......I am not only a fan of the Vikings but a fan of the NFL and I think that it will do a very big injustice that we hold him out of the NFL HOF next year.

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  • Katy - February 06 2010 10:45 PM

    CONGRATS RUSS GRIMM!!!

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  • Darlene MacG - February 06 2010 10:43 PM

    First of all I would like to congratulate the entire Class of 2010, each man is very deserving and I am glad that the senior players are being recognized. I am however very disappointed that Charles Haley and Richard Dent were once again snubbed. Haley is the only player in the history of the NFL to have EARNED 5 Super Bowl rings, and Dent played 15 seasons, had 137.5 sacks in the 203 games played not to mention he was one of the few defensive players to win an MVP in a Super Bowl. I sure hope the voters get it right next year and get these two amazing players into the Hall, they are more than deserving.

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  • Steve Duncan - February 06 2010 10:23 PM

    Congrat's to Emmitt & Jerry and all the other inductee's. But can someone tell me why a great player like Haley was not elected expecially when a good player like Rickey Jackson was. And where is Ray Guy???

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  • Scott - February 06 2010 10:21 PM

    From someone who watches this very closely every year it seems that there are difinitely players out there who are not getting the respect that they deserve. Sharpe, Carter, Brown all deserve to be there. Richard Dent should be there. I can't wait to see who is excluded next year!!

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  • Paula - February 06 2010 10:16 PM

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  • mark w - February 06 2010 10:16 PM

    This is a joke Floyd Little ? What about Tim Brown ,Ken Stabler, Ray Guy, Cliff Branch, Tom Flores AND THE ASSIAN Jack Tatum whem are these GREAT Oakland Raiders goin g to get their place in the Hall of Fame? when they are dead?

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  • Paula - February 06 2010 10:14 PM

    Are they serious? Richard "The Sack Man" Dent was ROBBED!

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  • Mike M - February 06 2010 09:55 PM

    Congratualtions to all the inductees, Roger Craig should have been in.

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  • Lemky - February 06 2010 09:52 PM

    Where's Don Coryel??????? Pleaseeeeee¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡

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  • ANN - February 06 2010 09:51 PM

    AWESOME...Emmitt joining Aikman & Irvin in the HOF...the same for Jerry, but when's the Snake ever going to get in??????? Ray Guy too?

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  • jim - February 06 2010 09:39 PM

    Why hasn't Kevin Greene gotten in yet. 3rd all time in Sacks and over 10 sacks in 10 seasons. Come on

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  • Baygirl64 - February 06 2010 09:38 PM

    Will someone with clout please advocate for Ray Guy next year??! The man deserves to be in the Hall.

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  • Robert - February 06 2010 09:36 PM

    WHERES KEN STABLER,RAY GUY, AND TOM FLORES

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  • orange crush - February 06 2010 08:55 PM

    I don't understand how Shannon Sharpe wasn't picked already. He retired as top receptions leader for tight ends.All this talk that tony gonzalez will be a shoo-in 1st ballot HOF'er but Sharpe can't get in on his 3rd year?!!..Don't get it

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  • Chris Plyler - February 06 2010 08:54 PM

    I was stunned that none of the "experts" on television didnt mention Cris Carter as a definite selection for the 2010 hall of fame class. As well as Shannon Sharp; i guess the hall of fame doesnt respect tight ends. I am also amazed that Tim Brown hasn't been selected. I believe Tim Brown will be another Art Monk. He'll keep getting passed up for senior candidates who dont truely deserve to be in the Hall of Fame. I'm still blown away that Micheal Irvin got in as soon as he did. I believe that is a product of being on the Cowboys in the 90's. Lastly, im going to give a shout out to RICHARD DENT. I feel bad for Richard because he definitely deserves to be in after 20 years. LITTLE got in? I'm happy for him but he reminds me of a Brian Westbrook, and i dont think Westbrook will get in even though he'll have better numbers at teh end of his career.

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  • mile high magic - February 06 2010 08:40 PM

    What a joke! How can they over look sharpe again. One of the best tight ends ever to play the game and a 3 time super bowl champion, Who are the idiots doing the voting? they need their head examined

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  • Brad Belongea - February 06 2010 08:38 PM

    I'm from Green Bay and not a Vikings fan at all, but how did Floyd Little get in with only 1- 1,000 yard season over Chris Carter and Tim Brown, whom passed the thousand yard mark consistently? I congratulate Floyd Little for getting in and am a huge fan of the classic days of the AFL and NFL, but at the same time feel there were many others who were more worthy of getting in this year. You're right Kevin LeBeau. Dick LeBeau definitely deserves the nod not only for his playing career, but his mastery in coaching. Congratulations to him and your family.

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  • Bill Anderson - February 06 2010 08:32 PM

    Seriously Chris Carter is not in the HOF. I am a Packer fan and he shredded our team for years. As a football fan i think that a guy who is statistically behind Jerry Rice as the all time best receiver needs to be in. I hated the Pack going up against him but boy I sure could appreciate how great he was

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  • Andrew - February 06 2010 08:04 PM

    When is Ray Guy going to get in? He revolutionzed the punting game and importance of the hang time and field position. Voters do not understand his value to the game of football.

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  • echbearsfan - February 06 2010 08:00 PM

    I can't believe that you vaters snubbed Richard Dent again?! When are you guys and girls going to give him the respect and recognition he deserves! Some of these other candidates pale in comparison to him. I fail to comprehend your reasons. You need to stop going for the feel good choices and do the right thing and vote Ricahrd Dent in!

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  • Davif Beckley - February 06 2010 07:58 PM

    Richard Dent get screwed again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • lee p - February 06 2010 07:51 PM

    more of the same. this BS is unbeleiveible!!!! how ca a de with a super bowl ring ss 20 mvp and 8 years all pro and 3rd on the all time sack list miss being elected to this bogus hall of fame for 6 years. you can't tell me this is not a shame and a disgrace. if RICH DENT doen;t belong in the halll of fame nobody does put the press brown noses!!!!!

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  • zeke aguero - February 06 2010 07:42 PM

    I'm glad that smith is going in, But where's Ed ( Too Tall ) Jones and Haley ,i have a feeling they got snubbed,

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  • Dan - February 06 2010 07:40 PM

    Sharpe's records didn't even last until he was Eligible, so that's no surprise. A very pleasant surprise to see Rickey Jackson go it. Class act all the way. The way the game is changing, it's gonna be harder for people to make it. More passing means more receiving yards and TDs. Less running means less yardage. But now the Hall of Fame has both a GOAT and a HOG. Cool.

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  • Dan - February 06 2010 07:39 PM

    Sharpe's records didn't even last until he was Eligible, so that's no surprise. A very pleasant surprise to see Rickey Jackson go it. Class act all the way. The way the game is changing, it's gonna be harder for people to make it. More passing means more receiving yards and TDs. Less running means less yardage. But now the Hall of Fame has both a GOAT and a HOG. Cool.

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  • thomas finley - February 06 2010 07:31 PM

    shanon sharpes remains one of the greatest tight ends of all time and he didnt make the cut man you guys dropped the ball again.

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  • Bob Fribber - February 06 2010 07:20 PM

    I am not at all shocked about the chosen members of the Hall of Fame. I think the hall voters need to be cautious on their choices especially with the offensive numbers that were put up since 1980's. There are players in the 1960's and 1970's that would have comparable numbers to Carter, Reed, Brown, Sharpe, etc. Jerry Rice changed the position, but I think they should also look at Harold Carmichael, Drew Pearson, Harold Jackson, Cliff Branch, Otis Taylor, or Billy Howton. If these players would have played their entire career in the passing NFL they would also be sure HOF's. But are they even discussed in the mix? NO! You can argue all you want, but the stats of today need to reevaluated, especially when it comes to receiving. You could argue that Dave Krieg should be a HOF with his numbers, but is he even mentioned. COME ON!

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  • King of the Jungle - February 06 2010 07:13 PM

    oh, i forgot. probably the last Lion to get in for a long, long time. Congrats to Dick LeBeau. as a Lion fan i would like to see Spielman get in. i know asking alot.

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  • Mary Lever - February 06 2010 07:12 PM

    Congrats to Emmitt Smith - but - where is Darryl (Moose) Johnston? How many yards does Emmitt get without Moose?

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  • King of the Jungle - February 06 2010 07:11 PM

    So many who deserve but Randle? really? before Cris Carter, Sharpe and on and on......Secondly, why hasn't Ray Guy been included? he changed the punters position completely. Jan needs company :D

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  • Chet B. - February 06 2010 06:55 PM

    Congratulations to Dick LeBeau from all of your fans in Pittsburgh... its long overdue! Now lets get Dermontti Dawson in next year. Also many congrats to Russ Grimm and Ricky Jackson from your Pittsburgh friends.

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  • Peter S. - February 06 2010 06:50 PM

    No Chris Carter, Tim Brown or Charles Haley.....Haley has how many rings in his career? Rickey Jackson was a great player but come on Haley should have gotten in this year ahead of him.

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  • peachmon - February 06 2010 06:46 PM

    How disrespectful to RICKEY Jackson. First you call him RANDY and then, you can't get him on the phone, so you don't even recognize him with a montage or anything. NFL network should be ashamed!!!!!

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  • Larry Curtis - February 06 2010 06:45 PM

    Everyone has serious questions as to why their personal picks didn't make the cut for the HOF. I don't think the voting criteria will ever satisfy many of us as you see some of the commentators on NFL Network expressing their misgivings as well. HOWEVER...I think the guys who made it for 2010 CERTAINLY earned their spot among the greats in pro football. Congrats to Russ, Dick, Floyd, Jerry, Emmitt, Rickey, and John. Thanks for all the great games!

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  • peachmon - February 06 2010 06:42 PM

    How disrespectful to RICKEY Jackson. First you call him RANDY and then, you can't get him on the phone, so you don't even recognize him with a montage or anything. NFL network should be ashamed!!!!!

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  • Larry - February 06 2010 06:39 PM

    I might be a bit of a homer but Andre Reed deserves to be in. Retired for 10 years and is still in the top 10 of all receiving categories. Maybe they'll get it right next year.

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  • Pam - February 06 2010 06:33 PM

    THANK YOU HOF for choosing the best class for 2010!!! Inducting Emmitt Smith was the best choice you could have made for the Enshrinment Ceremony. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Now, let's have the Cowboys vs. 49ers play in the HOF Game!!!!!!!

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  • Larry Curtis - February 06 2010 06:26 PM

    Everyone has serious questions as to why their personal picks didn't make the cut for the HOF. I don't think the voting criteria will ever satisfy many of us as you see some of the commentators on NFL Network expressing their misgivings as well. HOWEVER...I think the guys who made it for 2010 CERTAINLY earned their spot among the greats in pro football. Congrats to Russ, Dick, Floyd, Jerry, Emmitt, Rickey, and John. Thanks for all the great games!

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  • nortoncheri - February 06 2010 06:23 PM

    Wow! I can't believe they missed on Shannon Sharpe! I hate the Broncos (Division Rival), but I have complete respect for Shannon Sharpe.

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  • nortoncheri - February 06 2010 06:23 PM

    Wow! I can't believe they missed on Shannon Sharpe! I hate the Broncos (Division Rival), but I have complete respect for Shannon Sharpe.

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  • Steve P - February 06 2010 06:19 PM

    I'm all for Russ Grimm going, but if you put him in, you need to put Joe Jacoby in as well. And no Shannon Sharpe? Roger Craig should have been in years ago, and certainly before Thurman Thomas.

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  • elchivigon - February 06 2010 06:16 PM

    As told for many years, Ken Anderson who defeated HOF Fouts is forgotten again!!!

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  • bmac - February 06 2010 06:14 PM

    no sharpe?? they got lebeau right but wow no sharpe. and im the idiot

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  • natiavesaint - February 06 2010 06:13 PM

    it's about time the hof recognized rickey jackson. congrats rickey! GO SAINTS!!!

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  • natiavesaint - February 06 2010 06:13 PM

    it's about time the hof recognized rickey jackson. congrats rickey! GO SAINTS!!!

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  • Chris Plyler - February 06 2010 06:12 PM

    I was stunned that none of the "experts" on television didnt mention Cris Carter as a definite selection for the 2010 hall of fame class. As well as Shannon Sharp; i guess the hall of fame doesnt respect tight ends. I am also amazed that Tim Brown hasn't been selected. I believe Tim Brown will be another Art Monk. He'll keep getting passed up for senior candidates who dont truely deserve to be in the Hall of Fame. I'm still blown away that Micheal Irvin got in as soon as he did. I believe that is a product of being on the Cowboys in the 90's. Lastly, im going to give a shout out to RICHARD DENT. I feel bad for Richard because he definitely deserves to be in after 20 years. LITTLE got in? I'm happy for him but he reminds me of a Brian Westbrook, and i dont think Westbrook will get in even though he'll have better numbers at teh end of his career.

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  • paul - February 06 2010 05:58 PM

    No Shannon Sharp, What freakin joke!!!!

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  • mjstdenis - February 06 2010 05:57 PM

    Cris Carter certainly deserves the nod, but you have to remember...he was the T.O. of his time. It wasn't until he got to Minnesota and realized his former negative impacts on teams (Philly) that he matured and became truly great (trying to teach Moss what he learned). Numbers or not...your overall career is evaluated, and when you play individual superstar instead of team member, it delays your path to Canton. He'll get there, but his early career doesn't warrant a first ballot pass.

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  • orange crush - February 06 2010 05:53 PM

    I don't understand how Shannon Sharpe wasn't picked already. He retired as top receptions leader for tight ends.All this talk that tony gonzalez will be a shoo-in 1st ballot HOF'er but Sharpe can't get in on his 3rd year?!!..Don't get it

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  • NFLfan4life - February 06 2010 05:42 PM

    What about Shannon Sharpe? He lead all TE's in major stats when he retired and he is a 3 time Super Bowl Champion. The HOF is making a mistake again by not letting him in.

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  • lynn johnson - February 06 2010 05:41 PM

    really sorry Shannon didn't make it a real pro hopefully next time

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  • sdfanintx - February 06 2010 05:37 PM

    Why is my comment repeated so many times??

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  • sdfanintx - February 06 2010 05:35 PM

    Don Coryell didnt make it? Or was this for former players only? What a joke if he didnt get picked. He IS an offensive genius who is long overdue to be in the hall.

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  • BigC - February 06 2010 05:33 PM

    Can't understand why Chris Carter didn't get in again. Certainly has the career numbers.

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  • sdfanintx - February 06 2010 05:33 PM

    Don Coryell didnt make it? Or was this for former players only? What a joke if he didnt get picked. He IS an offensive genius who is long overdue to be in the hall.

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  • sdfanintx - February 06 2010 05:32 PM

    Don Coryell didnt make it? Or was this for former players only? What a joke if he didnt get picked. He IS an offensive genius who is long overdue to be in the hall.

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  • josdin00 - February 06 2010 05:26 PM

    I don't know how Cris Carter was passed over as a first ballot hall-of-famer. I was in shock last year when he was passed over for the second year. Now that he has been snubbed three years in a row, I don't know what to think. Somebody needs to correct this.

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  • leonardp - February 06 2010 05:09 PM

    i believe that dermontti dawson was a better choice over russ grimm

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  • Brett Davies - February 06 2010 05:07 PM

    Cant believe Roger Craig didnt get in, that guy redefined the running back position with receiving outta the backfield.

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  • Kevin LeBeau - February 06 2010 05:03 PM

    Dick: From all the LeBeau's here in Western Massachusetts we say it's about time they noticed that you truly deserve to be wearing the Hall of Fame jacket! Way to go #44 Kevin LeBeau - Granby Massachusetts

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