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    Pro Football HOF Enshrinees Announced

    As a Browns' fan, it's about time for Gene Hickerson. I'm sorry he has to go with that Irvin guy.

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    MIAMI (AP) -- Michael Irvin was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday despite a troubled past, though voters denied entry to retired NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue.

    The former Dallas Cowboys receiver, who won three Super Bowls in the 1990s, got in on his third try.

    Irvin pleaded no contest in 1996 to felony cocaine possession. Four years later, he was arrested on drug possession charges, but they were later dropped.

    The 40 Hall voters were criticized by two of Irvin's former teammates, Emmitt Smith and Troy Aikman, for previously bypassing the wideout, who retired in 1999.

    They didn't ignore him this time.

    Tagliabue was eliminated in the first round of voting.

    Also voted in were running back Thurman Thomas, offensive lineman Bruce Matthews, defensive back Roger Wehrli and two nominees of the veterans' committee -- tight end Charlie Sanders and guard Gene Hickerson.

    Inductions will be Aug. 4-5 in Canton, Ohio. The Steelers and Saints will play in the annual Hall of Fame game.

    Irvin finished his career with 750 receptions for 11,904 yards and 65 touchdowns. He was selected to five straight Pro Bowls and picked for the NFL's all-decade team of the 1990s.

    Thomas was the league's most valuable player in 1991, when he gained more than 2,000 yards from scrimmage. His 13 seasons with 50-plus receptions, nine of them in a row, are exceeded only by Jerry Rice. He joins Jim Kelly, who made the Hall of Fame in 2002, from the Buffalo teams that won four straight AFC titles before losing in each Super Bowl.

    "Wow. I don't know what to say," Thomas said. "It's just a beautiful day for my wife, for my kids, the Buffalo Bills organization, the fans of Buffalo. Like I've always said, we didn't win a Super Bowl, but this is my Super Bowl gift to the Buffalo Bills fans."

    Matthews, the only player in his first year of eligibility, spent 19 seasons with the Oilers/Titans franchise, playing more games than any positional player in NFL history when he retired in 2001. He did it as a guard, tackle and center. Matthews never missed a game because of injury.

    "I never had to grow up, could play like I was a kid, played till I was 40, and now you are telling me I am in the Hall of Fame," he said by phone from Texas. "I hadn't been nervous about it until I saw my family and they were ready to melt down."

    Wehrli was a five-time All-Pro cornerback who played 14 seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals, starting as a rookie in 1969. He once intercepted three passes by Roger Staubach in a win over Dallas and made the league's 1970s all-decade squad.

    "Something like this puts a cap on it. It's a dream come true," Wehrli said, speaking by phone from St. Louis.

    Sanders spent a decade with the Lions and was one of the few outstanding receivers among tight ends on his way to seven Pro Bowls.

    "This has been a journey," he said. "The last few days have been very nerve-racking, not only for me but my family and, I know, a lot of my friends. This is a blessing."

    Hickerson played 15 seasons for the Browns as the lead blocker for three Hall of Famers -- Jim Brown, Leroy Kelly, Bobby Mitchell -- and has been eligible for 29 years.

    "I am honored to be joining such an elite group of individuals and to be remembered as one of the best linemen of all time," Hickerson said.

    Tagliabue's legacy was strong, including labor peace throughout his 18 seasons as commissioner; enhancing diversity in coaching and front-office hirings; television deals that now bring the NFL more than $25 billion in revenues; expansion to 32 teams; establishment of the NFL Network; and a rising global presence.

    But it wasn't enough to sway the voters this year.
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    As a Cowboys fan, I'm glad to see The Playmaker get in. "Troubled past" and all, it's about what you do on the field and he was great on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HumnHilghtFreel View Post
    it's about what you do on the field
    Tell that to Pete Rose.
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    Quote Originally Posted by creek14 View Post
    Tell that to Pete Rose.
    The baseball HOF and football HOF use different criteria for the voting. Football is supposedly all about on-field performance, while baseball uses character, etc. in their balloting.

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    Roger Wehrli gets in, yet Ken "The Rattler" Riley gets no love. Inconceivable.
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    Irivn's a loud-mouthed idiot.




    He was one hell of a football player, though.

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    I'm surprised Tagliabue didn't get it, though "if it's about what you do on the field" I guess he really has no chance

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    What Michael Irvin did on the field...didn't he once lead the league in something that had to do with the white lines...?
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    Is it just me, or did they really screw it up this year? What more does Derrick Thomas have to do to get in the hall? Gary Zimmerman should've been in ahead of most of this class. And Ray Guy should've gone in years ago, but there's this stupid bias against kickers and punters.

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    as a cowboy fan im glad ot see him get the hall of fame is suppossed to be about what u did on the field not off

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danny Serafini View Post
    Is it just me, or did they really screw it up this year? What more does Derrick Thomas have to do to get in the hall? Gary Zimmerman should've been in ahead of most of this class. And Ray Guy should've gone in years ago, but there's this stupid bias against kickers and punters.
    Gary Zimmerman couldn't sniff Gene Hickerson's jock.

    If it wasn't for Hickerson, there would be no Zimmerman.
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    Football HOF voting seems to be.....you have to be in Super Bowls and win...or always make the Pro Bowl.

    I am glad they let someone who is probably forgotten by most people in Roger Wehrli...........Yet someone like Lemar Parrish, who went to about 8 Pro-Bowls.....was considered a Top 5 CB and a great kick returner...basically a smaller version of Prime Time Sanders...is never even considered?

    This guy returned punts, INT, fumbles...for TD's and was a great cover man.

    At least consider the guy.

    Ken Riley was also a great corner....yet never made the Pro Bowl for some reason. He got even less pub when he played.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heath View Post
    Gary Zimmerman couldn't sniff Gene Hickerson's jock.

    If it wasn't for Hickerson, there would be no Zimmerman.
    Please tell me that post was a joke. There was some sarcasm in there, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Cloninger View Post
    Football HOF voting seems to be.....you have to be in Super Bowls and win...or always make the Pro Bowl.

    I am glad they let someone who is probably forgotten by most people in Roger Wehrli...........Yet someone like Lemar Parrish, who went to about 8 Pro-Bowls.....was considered a Top 5 CB and a great kick returner...basically a smaller version of Prime Time Sanders...is never even considered?

    This guy returned punts, INT, fumbles...for TD's and was a great cover man.

    At least consider the guy.

    Ken Riley was also a great corner....yet never made the Pro Bowl for some reason. He got even less pub when he played.
    Ken Riley is #5 all-time for interceptions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HumnHilghtFreel View Post
    The baseball HOF and football HOF use different criteria for the voting. Football is supposedly all about on-field performance, while baseball uses character, etc. in their balloting.
    It was a joke.

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