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Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

Posted on: February 4, 2012 6:10 pm
Edited on: February 4, 2012 7:04 pm
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Curtis Martin (AP)By Josh Katzowitz

INDIANAPOLIS -- The official 2012 Pro Football Hall of Fame class is official, and center Dermontti Dawson, defensive end Chris Doleman, defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy, running back Curtis Martin, left tackle Willie Roaf and senior selection Jack Butler will be enshrined this summer.

That means Aeneas Williams, Cris Carter, Andre Reed, Charles Haley and Bill Parcells, who made up the rest of the 10 finalist spots, were denied in the final vote by the selection committee.

While the biggest stunner of the night was that Parcells didn't make the Hall* -- I think most media members collectively agreed that he was the one guy who would make it in -- this is another year with the committee not selecting a single wide receiver. Before the selection show ever began, Tim Brown showed his displeasure on Twitter, writing "Raider nation!! Don't bother to watch tonight they passed on me again!! In fact, no wrs made it again. Gotta get some of y'all in there!"

Martin, meanwhile, was ecstatic at making the cut. He said he didn't deserve to make the Hall last year with Marshall Faulk on the list but that he felt better about his chacnes this year.

"They are a different class," Martin said during a phone interview on the NFL Network. "This year, my chances were a little better. When it was winding down to the show got close to starting, I felt a different kind of nervousness than I did last year."

*CBSSports.com's Clark Judge makes the case that if the Giants win Super Bowl XLVI and Tom Coughlin gets his second title, that will hinder Parcell's chances.

And our colleague Mike Freeman explains that he's stunned by the development. "I'm not a fan of Parcells," Freeman wrote. "He treated many people in my business terribly and wasn't exactly a great human being but to me, in history, there are few better coaches."

Even though Parcells didn't get in this year, he'll get the chance to present Martin.

"That's not a big decision for me," he said. "It's simple. There's no one I'd rather have present me than Bill Parcells. That man has meant everything in my career."

Among those who didn’t make the cut from 15 to 10: former 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo, Will Shields, Kevin Greene, Tim Brown and Jerome Bettis.

Here's more reaction from the class.

Chris Doleman: "I'm blessed to be in this position. I'm very honored. ... There was a moment when you go through this process where you're like, 'If it happen, it happens. If it don't, it don't.' But I tell you what, when they call your name, you're numb. There are times when you ask yourself why you're getting the short end of the stick even though you're blessed -- maybe you might have been overlooked -- but I've always had the respect of my peers and my family, and I tried to go out to play to that level."

As for who will present Doleman, he pointed to his son, Evan: "I watched LT's (Lawrence Taylor) son present him. I watched Walter Payton's present him. I was fortunate enough to have a son who can speak on my behalf."

Cortez Kennedy: "(Former Miami Hurricanes coach) Randy Shannon, my roommate at the University of Miami, he taught me how to get in shape and played mind games on me so I could become a better person. He was very instrumental in my football days."

Dermontti Dawson: "This is something my kids can take their kids to see, that you're enshrined in the Hall of Fame and immortalized where they can bring family from here on out to see what their grandad did. It's a great honor."

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Since: Jun 24, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2012 11:38 pm
 

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

As a Pats fan I'm torn between Curtis Martin as a Patriot or a Jet.  Will he go in as a Jet or a Patriot?  The Patriots drafted him and established his career in the NFL before volting to the Jets with Parcells.  It all depends on whether he likes the Patriots or not.

Well...he'll go in as both.  The Pro Football HOF is NOT like the baseball HOF where a player has to decide which hat he will wear on his bust.



Since: May 7, 2010
Posted on: February 6, 2012 6:02 pm
 

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

While the biggest stunner of the night was that Parcells didn't make the Hall* -- I think most media members collectively agreed that he was the one guy who would make it in
Seriously? Bill P not in this is just flat out wrong!



Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: February 6, 2012 9:58 am
 

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

I can't argue with anyone that was selected, but I think it is a travesty that Bettis is not in the Hall of Fame yet.  He will guaranteed get in at some point, but he should definitely already be in.


That being said, it is great to finally see one of the greatest Steelers of all time, Dermontti Dawson, get in.  A class act on and off the field.  Yours is a few years too late too, but it will be great seeing you and Steeler Nation in Canton in August.  Nothing livens up the induction ceremony more than having Steeler Nation there.  



Since: Aug 23, 2010
Posted on: February 6, 2012 9:50 am
 

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

As a Pats fan I'm torn between Curtis Martin as a Patriot or a Jet.  Will he go in as a Jet or a Patriot?  The Patriots drafted him and established his career in the NFL before volting to the Jets with Parcells.  It all depends on whether he likes the Patriots or not.  I wouldn't mind him going in as a Patriot but I doubt it.  As for my cousin Chris Doleman I am proud and extremely excited that he got in as is the entire family.  I had the pleasure of seeing him play and meeting afterward for the first time when he played for the 49ers.  He was massive and blocked out all the light around him when I met him.  I told myself I thought I wanted to play pro football but I don't.  I look like an ant compared to him.  Congradulations Chris and to all the inductees.Cool




Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2012 11:53 pm
 

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

People need to remember that the process for electing a Hall of Fame class isn't as simple as: Get a vote and you're in. It doesn't work that way. The committee has something close to 50 voters and in order for a person to be selected for a Hall of Fame class, that person has to get 80% of the possible votes.

A lot of you are asking why Tim Brown, Cris Carter and Andre Reed didn't get in? Because none of them got 80% of the vote. Chris Carter could have gotten 79% of the votes and you wouldn't know it. All you know is he didn't get in... Failing to get in now doesn't mean he's never going to get in, so it's not like you need to whine like babies. The fact is, anyone who was apart of that final 10 list was a player deserving of being in the Hall... and sooner or later that person WILL be enshrined. So you may not like a selection like Chris Doleman, Curtis Martin, Cortez Kennedy and some of the others, but the fact is 80% of the commitee had selected each one of those players.

You can keep raging on and debating the merits of each player, and talk like you somehow have the inside track on how to judge the value of one player at their position over another player at a different position, but the fact is each guy that was eligable was singularly great at his position.

This class of Hall of Famers is as good as any that have been enshrined, and I'm sure that in time, each of the guys complained about will be in the Hall.




Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2012 11:29 pm
 

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

I like all the picks here. My only issue is that Jerome Bettis didn't get in. I know his SB winning season he was just a role player, but he did a lot for a big guy that punished defenders. Most RBs that played like the Bus didn't last long enough to make the career #s he did. I hope he makes the cut next year. That being said 2 of the 6 were former Steelers so his chances this year were probably slim to none. No way a class gets three players from the same team in the FA era.



Since: Dec 29, 2011
Posted on: February 5, 2012 9:07 pm
 

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

Congrats to all that have been inducted into this year's Hall Of Fame.



Since: Sep 30, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2012 7:07 pm
 

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

Tim brown was not fast, he was a rout runner. He never had a quarterback until gannon. He is the 4th best reciver in the nfl. He had crap quarterbacks. He was never a speed guy.



Since: Apr 2, 2009
Posted on: February 5, 2012 5:37 pm
 

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

I hate Chris Carter.

Chose whatever reason, but my hate is real, and isn't going anywhere.

I used to hate Collinsworth too. But that's fading slowly. Always liked Curtis Martin though. Happy for him he got in.

Brown and Carter can wait, they'll get in soon enough.




Since: Nov 9, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2012 5:33 pm
 

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

Cris Carter was never elite, I hope he never gets in.  And he's a selfish drug addict, there's enough of those in already, no need to add more.


Shocker coming from a Michigan fan. 1994, 122 catches 1,371 yards and 17 td's was pretty elite no? Just because he didn't catch bombs doesn't mean he wasn't elite, IMO he had the best hands of any receiver who ever played the game.


Peace...


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