Congratulations to a Hall of Fame Class I can really relate to! Some of the first time and second time ballot appearances are some of my generations greatest players! I am really excited! How will they be able to narrow this list down to 4-7 actual inductees. The list is:
– Curtis Martin RB
– Jerome Bettis RB “The Bus”
– Marshall Faulk RB
-Deion Sanders “PRIMETIME” CB/PR
– Tim Brown WR
– Andre Reed WR
-Cris Carter WR
-Dermontti Dawson Center
-Richard Dent DE
-Charles Haley DE
-Chris Doleman DE
-Cortez Kennedy DT
-Shannon Sharpe TE
-NFL Filmmaker Ed Sabol
-SENIOR NOMINEES Chris Hanburger and Les Richter
This list contains several first time eligible players. It also contains three running backs — Martin, Bettis, and Faulk — who through their times in the NFL were some of the best and most consistent running backs in the league (4th, 5th, and 10th, respectively on the all-time rushing list). Deion “Primetime” Sanders (I would love to hear his HoF speech in Canton) was a defensiv back, who split his time between defense and offense and football and baseball, winning a Super Bowl in San Francisco and Dallas in back to back years.
This class will be most exciting!
The announcements will be made February 5th, the day before Super Bowl. Congrats and good luck!
(names from the HoF finalists from espn.com)