HALL OF FAME 2017 CLASS

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MORTEN ANDERSEN: Kicker se­lected by New Or­leans Saints in fourth round of 1982 draft out of Michi­gan State … Played for New Or­leans (1982-94), At­lanta (1995-2000, 2006-07), New York Giants (2001), Kansas City (2002-03), Min­nesota (2004) … Topped 100-point to­tal 14 times … Seven Pro Bowl se­lec­tions, five times All-Pro, and se­lected to two NFL All-Decade teams (1980s and 1990s) … In 1995 sea­son, set then NFL-record for most 50-yard field goals (eight) … On Dec. 10, 1995, be­came first to con­vert three field goals of 50 yards or longer in a game … Set NFL records for ca­reer points (2,544), field goals (565), games played (382) … His 40 field goals of 50-plus yards were most in NFL his­tory at re­tire­ment.

TERRELL DAVIS: Run­ning back se­lected by Den­ver Bron­cos in the sixth round of 1995 draft out of Ge­or­gia … De­spite sit­ting out fi­nal two games of rookie sea­son, topped 1,000 yards rush­ing ... In sec­ond year, gained 1,538 yards and was se­lected of­fen­sive player of the year ... Rushed for 1,750 yards and league-high 15 touch­downs in 1997. Was MVP of Su­per Bowl XXXII af­ter rush­ing for 157 yards, three TDs in vic­tory over Green Bay … In 1998 be­came fourth in NFL his­tory to rush for 2,000 yards in sea­son (2,008) and led NFL with 21 TDs rush­ing en route to Den­ver’s sec­ond straight ti­tle. In play­offs, rushed for fran­chise post­sea­son-record 199 yards against Mi­ami in di­vi­sional play­off, 167 yards vs. New York in AFC cham­pi­onship and 102 yards in Su­per Bowl XXXIII vic­tory over At­lanta ... Set NFL play­off record of seven straight 100-yard games span­ning 1997-98 post­sea­sons ... Three-time All-Pro and Pro Bowl se­lec­tions and se­lected to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of 1990s.

KENNY EASLEY: Safety se­lected fourth over­all by Seat­tle Sea­hawks in 1981 draft out of UCLA, where was three-time con­sen­sus All-Amer­ica … De­fen­sive rookie of the year … De­fen­sive leader of Sea­hawks who ad­vanced to fran­chise’s first con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship game in 1983, when reg­is­tered seven in­ter­cep­tions to earn AFC de­fen­sive player of the year … Se­lected de­fen­sive player of the year in 1984 af­ter record­ing league-high and ca­reer-best 10 in­ter­cep­tions, in­clud­ing two re­turned for TDs … All-Pro four straight sea­sons ( 1982-85), se­lected to five Pro Bowls (1983-86, 1988), and mem­ber of NFL’s All-Decade Team of 1980s.

JERRY JONES: Owner, pres­i­dent and gen­eral man­ager of Dal­las Cow­boys, 1989present … Be­came first owner in league his­tory to win three Su­per Bowls in first seven years. Cow­boys had seven play­off ap­pear­ances, six di­vi­sion ti­tles and three cham­pi­onships in first decade of own­ing team … Dal­las has ad­vanced to post­sea­son 13 times un­der Jones, and has won 10 games in a sea­son 12 times … Cow­boys won NFC Eastern Di­vi­sion ti­tles five straight sea­sons (1992-96) and won di­vi­sion ti­tles in 1998, 2007, 2009, 2014 and 2016.

JA­SON TAY­LOR: De­fen­sive end drafted in third round by Mi­ami in 1997 draft out of Akron … Played with the Dol­phins (1997-2007, 2009, 2011), Wash­ing­ton (2008) and New York Jets (2010) … Reg­is­tered dou­ble-digit sack to­tal in a sea­son six times over an eight-year span (2000-07) … Se­lected NFL de­fen­sive player of the year in 2006 (13.5 sacks, two in­ter­cep­tions re­turned for TDs, 11 passes de­fended, 10 forced fum­bles, two fum­ble re­cov­er­ies and 62 tack­les) … Led NFL with ca­reer-high 18.5 sacks in 2002 … Recorded more sacks than any player in NFL from 2000 to 2011, and fin­ished with 139.5… Has league record-ty­ing 29 op­po­nents’ fum­bles re­cov­ered and record six TDs on fum­ble re­cov­er­ies … Six Pro Bowls, first-team All-Pro in 2000, 2002 and 2006, All-AFC in 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, and se­lected to NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 2000s.

LADAINIAN TOMLINSON: Run­ning back se­lected by San Diego Charg­ers with fifth pick of 2001 draft out of Texas Christian … Played with San Diego (2001-09) and Jets (2010-11) … Had 1,236 yards and 10 TDs rush­ing plus 59 re­cep­tions for 367 yards in rookie sea­son … Eclipsed 1,600-yard mark in 2002 and 2003 … Rushed for 1,000 yards in each of first eight sea­sons … Scored 10 or more TDs rush­ing each of nine sea­sons with Charg­ers … Picked up rush­ing ti­tles in 2006 and 2007 … NFL’s 2006 most valu­able player with league-lead­ing and ca­reer-high 1,815 yards rush­ing and 28 TDs rush­ing. Set NFL record with 31 TDs and 186 points in a sea­son … Had 100 re­cep­tions in 2003 … Set NFL record with rush­ing touch­down in 18 con­sec­u­tive games (2004-05) … All-Pro se­lec­tion from 2004 to 2007, in five Pro Bowls over six-sea­son span and se­lected to NFL’s All-Decade Team of 2000s.

KURT WARNER: Quar­ter­back signed as a free agent by Green Bay Pack­ers in 1994 out of North­ern Iowa, and then re­leased … Played for St. Louis (1998-2003), New York Giants (2004) and Ari­zona (2005-09) … Was the NFL MVP in 1999 and 2001, and was se­lected the MVP of Su­per Bowl XXXIV af­ter lead­ing Rams to a 23-16 vic­tory over Ten­nessee. Set Su­per Bowl record with 414 yards pass­ing … Recorded sec­ond MVP in 2001 when he led Rams back to the Su­per Bowl. Reg­u­lar-sea­son to­tals in­cluded a league-lead­ing and ca­reer-high 4,830 yards pass­ing and 36 TDs, and 101.4 passer rat­ing … Warner made a third ap­pear­ance in the Su­per Bowl in 2008 sea­son when he led the Car­di­nals to their first di­vi­sion ti­tle since 1975 and first Su­per Bowl ap­pear­ance … Only quar­ter­back to throw for 300 yards or more in three Su­per Bowls … Four-time Pro Bowl choice.

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