We love this weekend here at Notinhalloffame.com!
Today is the official induction of the 2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame Class leading to tomorrow’s first pre-season game, the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio.
This year’s class sees eight new busts to be included into the Hall, which is quickly becoming the go-to Hall of Fame for all American professional sports.
Former Wide Receiver Marvin Harrison was inducted first by Colts’ owner, Jim Irsay. Harrison enters on his third ballot, though many (including us) have stated that he should have been chosen in his first year of eligibility. Harrison caught 1,102 passes for 14,580 Yards and 128 Touchdowns; all of which place him in the top ten all-time.
He is also a three time Pro Bowl Selection and in 2002 he set the single season record for Receptions (143), which still stands.
In his speech, Harrison thanks the Colts fans, calling them the best in the world and notably thanked Quarterback, Peyton Manning and Genera Manager, Bill Polian.
Fittingly, Harrison’s longtime teammate, Offensive Lineman, Orlando Pace was enshrined next by his son, Justin. Pace anchored the line that protected “The Greatest Show on Turf” and was a huge part of their win in Super Bowl XXXVI. Pace went to seven straight Pro Bowls.
Up next, Marv Levy had the pleasure of inducting Senior Inductee and five time Pro Bowler, Dick Stanfel. The Offensive Guard was a two time NFL Champion and has a Super Bowl Ring with the Chicago Bears as he was their Offensive Line Coach during the “Super Bowl Shuffle” run. This is a posthumous induction as Stanfel passed away last year.
Tony Dungy was inducted next by his former Pittsburgh Steelers teammate, Donnie Shell. The current Sunday Night Football analyst was an NFL Coach for 13 seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Indianapolis Colts. It was with the latter where he won the Super Bowl and made history as the first African-American Head Coach in NFL history.
Kevin Greene was then up and was inducted by his longtime coach, Dom Capers. Greene was a five time Pro Bowler and recorded a whopping 160 Quarterback Sacks, making him third all-time.
The second of two Senior and posthumous inductees, Quarterback, Ken Stabler was inducted next by his former Head Coach, John Madden. “The Snake” helmed Oakland to four straight AFC Title Games and was the winning Quarterback in Super Bowl XI. Stabler died last year and many have felt that this was a snub for far too long and is something that he should have lived to see.
His daughter, Lisa, inducted former San Francisco 49ers owner, Eddie DeBartolo Jr. Under DeBartolo Jr.’s watch, the Niners won five Super Bowls. How badly do San Francisco fans want him still running the team!
The unquestionable headliner was up last in Quarterback, Brett Farve, who was inducted by his wife Deanna. Favre was a Pro Bowler in 11 of his 16 seasons and too Green Bay to a win in Super Bowl XXXI. In a sport known for grit and determination, Favre took those attributes to another level. Constantly playing through pain and never throwing a ball that he thought couldn’t be caught, Favre set a myriad of records and gave us a litany of memories.
How perfect was it when Favre said he was going to wing his speech and than insinuated that he would ask Packers’ coach, Mike McCarthy (during the speech that he winged) if he could throw the first series in tomorrow’s Hall of Fame Game?
Typical Favre, and we hope he never changes!
We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate this latest group of Hall of Famers and encourage you all to tell us who should get in next.
Our 2017 List is here, and ready for your votes and opinions!