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RuthlessBurgher
02-04-2012, 06:58 PM
The selection show is now on NFL Network.

Jerome Bettis and Kevin Greene were among the first 5 guys eliminated from consideration as the 15 modern-era candidates were taken down to 10 (also eliminated were Tim Brown, Eddie DeBartolo, and Will Shields).

The remaining 10 modern-era finalists are Cris Carter, Dermontti Dawson, Chris Doleman, Charles Haley, Cortez Kennedy, Curtis Martin, Bill Parcells, Andre Reed, Willie Roaf, and Aeneas Williams.

Senior Candidates Jack Butler and Dick Stanfel were voted on separately. Those results have not been released yet. Stay tuned.

RuthlessBurgher
02-04-2012, 07:02 PM
Dirt is one of the 5 finalists!!!

The 5 modern-era finalists are Dermontti Dawson, Chris Doleman, Cortez Kennedy, Curtis Martin, and Willie Roaf.

These guys aren't automatic (still need an 80% yes vote from the board of selectors).

Cris Carter, Charles Haley, Bill Parcells, Andre Reed, and Aeneas Williams are eliminated.

Stay tuned.

RuthlessBurgher
02-04-2012, 07:06 PM
DERMONTTI DAWSON IS FINALLY IN!!! PLUS JACK BUTLER TOO!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!

All 5 modern-era finalists made it. Of the Senior candidates, Butler got in but Stanfel did not. Your Hall of Fame class of 2012 is: Jack Butler, Dermontti Dawson, Chris Doleman, Cortez Kennedy, Curtis Martin, and Willie Roaf. Congrats to all (I like celebrating the big uglies with 2 OL and 2 DL among the 6 enshrinees).

eniparadoxgma
02-04-2012, 07:07 PM
Congrats to Dirt and Butler!!! :tt2 :tt2 :tt2 :tt2 :tt2 :tt2 :tt2 :tt2 :tt2 :tt2 :tt2 :tt2

SteelBucks
02-04-2012, 07:32 PM
It's about freaking time. They were slow but finally got it right!

:tt2 CONGRATULATIONS DERMONTTI DAWSON AND JACK BUTLER!! :tt2

bostonsteeler
02-04-2012, 08:28 PM
Congrats Dirt!!!!!!!!

:tt2 :tt2 :tt2

hawaiiansteel
02-04-2012, 10:13 PM
February 4, 2012

Curtis Martin leads six HOF enshrinees

ESPN.com news services


INDIANAPOLIS -- Curtis Martin has gone from the mean streets of Pittsburgh to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The star running back with the Patriots and Jets for 11 seasons was one of six players elected Saturday to the shrine. Martin once disliked playing the game, but used it to escape a neighborhood where his grandmother was murdered.

"When I get awarded something like the Hall of Fame, it's almost foreign to me," said Martin, the NFL's No. 4 career rusher. "This wasn't something I planned on doing. Football is something I did so I didn't end up jailed or dead.

"If you make up your mind to just do the right thing no matter what ... and you stick to it, which I did, this is how things can turn around. I feel as if my life turned around from what it used to be, and I think anyone has a chance."

Martin and four linemen were elected to the hall, along with one senior committee choice. He is joined by Chris Doleman, Cortez Kennedy, Willie Roaf, Dermontti Dawson, and senior selection Jack Butler.

Jerome Bettis, Cris Carter and Bill Parcells were among the finalists who didn't make it.

"I'm not even close to this position, I actually don't think I'd play more than four or five years without Bill Parcells," Martin said, indicating he will have his former coach present him for induction on Aug. 4 in Canton, Ohio.

"I'm very, very happy that Curtis got in. He's really deserving," Parcells told ESPNNewYork.com, preferring to keep the focus on Martin and not his own situation.

"He's one of the greatest players I have ever coached," Parcells said.

Martin called it a "bittersweet" moment because his mentor didn't make the cut with him.

"There's God and there's Parcells as far the meaning they've had on my career," Martin said in a conference call with reporters, adding: "If I did dream about anything, it would've been going into Hall of Fame with guy I feel is responsible for my career ... I was looking forward to either Bill going in or us going in together."

A panel of 44 media members voted in the six men.

Martin made it for his consistency and durability, rushing for 14,101 yards and 90 touchdowns. He rushed for at least 1,000 yards in each of his first 10 seasons, the first three with New England and the others with the Jets. The 1995 Offensive Rookie of the Year, Martin won the NFL rushing title in 2004 with 1,697 yards.

Doleman and Kennedy were sackmasters from the defensive line, Doleman at end and Kennedy at tackle.

Doleman had 150 sacks in his 15 seasons, mostly with Minnesota, and was one of the prototype agile-yet-powerful pass rushers who dominate the game today. He made the Pro Bowl eight times and was fourth on the sacks list when he retired.

"I am totally blown away by this and humbled by it," Doleman said, adding his son, Evan, would present him for induction. "When they call your name, you're absolutely numb."

Kennedy was a force inside, both as a run stopper and in threatening quarterbacks. The 1992 Defensive Player of the Year made eight Pro Bowls, had 58 sacks -- an unusually high total for a tackle -- and spent his entire 11-season career with Seattle.

He waited by his phone to hear whether he'd made it after a six-year wait, and was happy he had the television on when the announcement was made.

"I thought I was supposed to get a call. I didn't get a call. I had to watch it on TV," Kennedy said.

"I am very excited right now."

Roaf spent one season at right tackle, then the rest of his 13 seasons on the left side, making 11 Pro Bowls. He made the All-Decade team for the 1990s.

"He possessed exceptional physical talent and a great work ethic," said Jim Mora, who coached in New Orleans for 11 seasons. "He was blessed with high quality character and a team-oriented attitude. He was a team leader, always positive, upbeat, and a fun guy to coach and have on the team. Without question Willie was one of my best and favorite players ever."

Dawson made seven Pro Bowls as the Steelers' center, that rare snapper who also could block defensive players one on one. He replaced a Hall of Famer, Mike Webster, and started for Pittsburgh for most of his 13 pro seasons.

"You never know what your career is going to turn out to be," Dawson said. "I knew I had big shoes to fill 'cause it was my first year playing center. I never would have thought I would be in this position after my career."

"It is a great honor and because of being selected today, my phone has blown up."

Butler also played for the Steelers as a cornerback from 1951-59, picking off 52 passes, at the time second most in NFL history. But he was best known for his tackling skills.

"They told me I was good. I didn't know I was good," Butler said. "I never, ever, ever thought I would be here."

Guard Will Shields didn't get in -- the only first-year eligible player to make the 15-man finals. Shields started all but one of the 224 games in his 14 seasons in Kansas City.

Bettis also fell short. He was the 1993 Offensive Rookie of the Year with the Rams who retired in 2006 after winning his only Super Bowl with the Steelers. He is the NFL's No. 5 career rusher.

Parcells coached the Giants to Super Bowl titles in the 1987 and 1991 games and also lost the 1997 Super Bowl with New England. He coached the New York Jets and Dallas Cowboys, too.

Carter, who along with Parcells is an NFL analyst for ESPN, is the No. 4 with 1,101 career receptions in 16 seasons with three teams.

Others not voted in were receivers Tim Brown and Andre Reed, defensive end/linebackers Kevin Greene and Charles Haley, defensive back Aeneas Williams, and former 49ers owner Ed DeBartolo Jr.

The other senior finalist, guard Dick Stanfel, was not chosen, either.

http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/75408 ... fame-class (http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/7540856/curtis-martin-cortez-kennedy-chris-doleman-lead-2012-pro-football-hall-fame-class)

Steelers>NFL
02-04-2012, 10:26 PM
Really cool to see Chris Dolemman get in. Whether he deserved it or not is another thing.
He is from my hometown, where I still live - York, PA. Same city where our favorite OC Bruce Arians is from... lol! :tt1

dirt
02-04-2012, 10:51 PM
Really cool to see Chris Dolemman get in. Whether he deserved it or not is another thing.
He is from my hometown, where I still live - York, PA. Same city where our favorite OC Bruce Arians is from... lol! :tt1

My hometown too and I believe Doleman and Arians are from the same high school as well. York High.

As for Dirt, all I can say is, it's about time!

papillon
02-05-2012, 07:56 AM
Curtis Martin leads six HOF enshrinees

I take great exception to this quote, martin isn't leading anyone into the HOF, Dawson and Roaf are all the leading anyone needs! This gives you an idea of how slanted the voting for the HOF is towards the skill players and not the guys that you can't track on a stat sheet.

Pappy

papillon
02-05-2012, 07:58 AM
Really cool to see Chris Dolemman get in. Whether he deserved it or not is another thing.
He is from my hometown, where I still live - York, PA. Same city where our favorite OC Bruce Arians is from... lol! :tt1

I live due south of you just before you get into Maryland...south central PA rocks with Steeler fans!

:Beer

Pappy

papillon
02-05-2012, 08:00 AM
On another note, Ward will be waiting awhile before he gets the call. Cris Carter and Tim Brown left out again? I can maybe see Brown not getting the call, Carter was one of the greatest if not the greatest all around receiver, he could work a sideline like no other receiver that I can remember, maybe Belitnikoff.

Pappy

Steelers>NFL
02-05-2012, 11:25 AM
On another note, Ward will be waiting awhile before he gets the call. Cris Carter and Tim Brown left out again? I can maybe see Brown not getting the call, Carter was one of the greatest if not the greatest all around receiver, he could work a sideline like no other receiver that I can remember, maybe Belitnikoff.

Pappy
But all Cris Carter does is "catch TD passes" per the infamous quote of former Eagle HC Buddy Ryan on his reasons for Carter's release. One of the DUMBEST thing any football HC has ever said!

RuthlessBurgher
02-05-2012, 12:34 PM
On another note, Ward will be waiting awhile before he gets the call. Cris Carter and Tim Brown left out again? I can maybe see Brown not getting the call, Carter was one of the greatest if not the greatest all around receiver, he could work a sideline like no other receiver that I can remember, maybe Belitnikoff.

Pappy
But all Cris Carter does is "catch TD passes" per the infamous quote of former Eagle HC Buddy Ryan on his reasons for Carter's release. One of the DUMBEST thing any football HC has ever said!

The apples don't fall far from the tree:

http://assets.nydailynews.com/polopoly_fs/1.196880!/img/httpImage/image.jpghttp://www.sportielab.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/rex-ryan-toes.jpg

I never realized how similar that I am to Tom Brady, I mean, the obvious physical appearance would be the first thing. The fact that hes married to a supermodel? Hello? Yeah, Im also married to a supermodel. I just happened to turn the page of InStyle magazine, page 329, just realized that we are very similar in that way.

http://cdn.bleacherreport.net/images_root/slides/photos/000/213/167/rob-ryan-reacts-to-flagjpg-957c2667f50f63fc_medium_display_image.jpg?12725047 24http://1.bp.blogspot.com/--7DxAShKR3M/TsqQT3B0GfI/AAAAAAAABk0/qTekV2Gbs7s/s1600/Rob+Mad.JPG

I know somebody said Im not a good game day coach. What a dumb (person.) Anyway, Im a great game day coach. Probably the best coach. Been coaching a long time. Thats okay. It was somebody on the talk shows. I always listen to it after the game just so my kids will get (ticked) at me. They get so mad. Why are you doing that dad? I dont know I just want to hear someone dumber than me."

Discipline of Steel
02-05-2012, 01:25 PM
On another note, Ward will be waiting awhile before he gets the call. Cris Carter and Tim Brown left out again? I can maybe see Brown not getting the call, Carter was one of the greatest if not the greatest all around receiver, he could work a sideline like no other receiver that I can remember, maybe Belitnikoff.

Pappy
But all Cris Carter does is "catch TD passes" per the infamous quote of former Eagle HC Buddy Ryan on his reasons for Carter's release. One of the DUMBEST thing any football HC has ever said!

The apples don't fall far from the tree:

http://assets.nydailynews.com/polopoly_fs/1.196880!/img/httpImage/image.jpghttp://www.sportielab.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/rex-ryan-toes.jpg

I never realized how similar that I am to Tom Brady, I mean, the obvious physical appearance would be the first thing. The fact that hes married to a supermodel? Hello? Yeah, Im also married to a supermodel. I just happened to turn the page of InStyle magazine, page 329, just realized that we are very similar in that way.

http://cdn.bleacherreport.net/images_root/slides/photos/000/213/167/rob-ryan-reacts-to-flagjpg-957c2667f50f63fc_medium_display_image.jpg?12725047 24http://1.bp.blogspot.com/--7DxAShKR3M/TsqQT3B0GfI/AAAAAAAABk0/qTekV2Gbs7s/s1600/Rob+Mad.JPG

I know somebody said Im not a good game day coach. What a dumb (person.) Anyway, Im a great game day coach. Probably the best coach. Been coaching a long time. Thats okay. It was somebody on the talk shows. I always listen to it after the game just so my kids will get (ticked) at me. They get so mad. Why are you doing that dad? I dont know I just want to hear someone dumber than me."

Thats just awful.