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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."

*'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: Feb 5, 2012
Posted on: February 5, 2012 12:52 pm

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

You lost all credibility with your statement Faulk was a pedestrian running back.   People who know the GAME of football know where I'm coming fronm. Please until you know the GAME, keep your comments to yourself. 

Since: Oct 13, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2012 12:45 pm

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

Once again the HOF gets it wrong the politics involved are wrong and need to be changed Martin was a good player but a HOF before players like Tim Brown, Chris Carter, The Bus and coach Bill Parcells sorry I don't see it

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2012 12:39 pm

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

And since you seem obsessed with rings, I bet you think Jim Brown and Barry Sanders should be removed from the hall as well?

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2012 12:39 pm

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

Brady-Fan bitter and his team is in the Super Bowl. Knew there were some arrogant assholes up there in chowdaland. Martin is 4th on the all-time rushing list. Wonder if you'd the say the same things about Bettis?

Since: Oct 20, 2010
Posted on: February 5, 2012 12:38 pm

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

Charles Haley should have been in with Martin. The man was the best DE of the 90's bar none with 4 rings with 2 teams..WTF?

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2012 12:16 pm

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

Definitely Cris Carter, Andre Reed, Charles Haley and Bill Parcells all should have been voted in along with the ones that did...

Since: Apr 1, 2009
Posted on: February 5, 2012 12:13 pm

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

Good too see CMart get his Kudos, I thought he was a borderline HOFer.  He deserves it and was a class guy to also.  How Carter is'nt in yet is beyond me,  Brown and Tuna should be there soon also.

Since: May 15, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2012 12:11 pm

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

best nfl tackles ever..roaf,munoz,mcdaniel and ogdon

You forgot Pace. You know, the guy that started the pancake block. He was an anchor on those great StL teams that let Warner do his thing.

Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2012 12:03 pm

Curtis Martin leads 6 into Pro Football HOF

Curts Martin?  Seriously!  The guy went to one Super Bowl and was completely pedestrian in that match.  Then he goes to the Jets and goes nowhere with them too and his total pro-Bowl appearances added up to 5.  Carter (8 Pro Bowls), Parcels (3 Super Bowls) and Reed (7 Pro-Bowls & 4 Super Bowls) are far, far more deserving than Martin.  This is almost a complete replay of last year when Marshal Faulk, another pedestrian running back, was elected to the HOF. At least Faulk has a Super Bowl Ring and 7 pro-bowl appearances, but still... These HOF voters are way too bias against wide receivers.

Let's face it... the HOF needs to change it's procedures... They actually let Peter King determine who gets in the Hall.  That's pathetic.  The man is nothing more than a soap opera writer... He actually had the audacity to claim that not only does he have 'no idea' how Vegas comes up with the lines, he claimed that he's never bet in his life.  That is complete BS.  Everybody involved with the NFL whether they are writing about it, taking about it, playing it, or selling hot dogs in the stands knows about betting in the NFL and has at least made one or two bets.

Since: Feb 5, 2012
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