Pro Foot­ball Hall of Fame class of 2017 cap­sules

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME -

Morten An­der­sen

BORN Aug. 19, 1969, Struer, Den­mark HIGH SCHOOL In­di­anapo­lis Ben Davis

COL­LEGE Michi­gan State PO­SI­TION Kicker

DRAFTED Fourth round, 1982, New Or­leans Saints

PRO CA­REER 25 sea­sons TEAMS Saints (1982-1994) Fal­cons (1995-2000, 2006-2007), Gi­ants (2001), Chiefs (2002-2003), Vik­ings (2004) PRO BOWLS 7 QUOTE “Will comes to the fore­front when your back is against the wall.”


Made 31 of 35 FGs, 27 PATs, for 120 points in 1985

Be­came first kicker to con­vert 3 FGs of 50 yards or longer in sin­gle game. His 40 FGs of 50-plus yards were NFL record when he re­tired Set NFL records for ca­reer points (2,544), most FGs (565), games played (382)

Con­verted 565 of 709 FGAs, 849 of 859 PATs

Named to two NFL All-Decade Teams (1980s and 1990s)

Ter­rell Davis

BORN Oct. 28, 1972, San Diego HIGH SCHOOL San Diego Abra­ham Lin­coln COL­LEGES Long Beach State, Ge­or­gia

PO­SI­TION Run­ning back DRAFTED Sixth round, 1995, Den­ver Bron­cos

PRO CA­REER 7 sea­sons TEAM Bron­cos


QUOTE “The more you put into foot­ball, you train, you pre­pare, the harder you play, then the bet­ter the

Rushed for 7,607 yards, 60 TDs in 78 ca­reer games. Knee in­jury lim­ited him to 17 games over his fi­nal three sea­sons

1,750 rush­ing yards, league­high 15 TDs in 1997; 2,008 rush­ing yards, 21 rush­ing TDs in 1998

Seven con­sec­u­tive 100-yard games in 1997-1998 play­offs. Scored 8 TDs in 1997 play­offs. In 1998 play­offs, rushed for 199 yards against Dol­phins, 167 yards vs. Jets and 102 yards in Su­per Bowl XXXIII vic­tory over Fal­cons

MVP of Su­per Bowl XXXII af­ter rush­ing for 157 yards, 3 TDs in vic­tory over Pack­ers

Kenny Easley

BORN Jan. 15, 1959, Ch­e­sa­peake, Va. HIGH SCHOOL Ch­e­sa­peake (Va.) Os­car F. Smith

COL­LEGE UCLA, three-time con­sen­sus All-Amer­i­can

PO­SI­TION Free safety

DRAFTED First round, fourth over­all, by Seat­tle Sea­hawks, 1981 PRO CA­REER 7 sea­sons TEAM Sea­hawks


QUOTE “The thing I missed most


1981 de­fen­sive rookie of the year, recorded 3 INTs for 155 yards, 1 TD

1983 AFC de­fen­sive player of the year, 7 INTs, 106 re­turn yards

1984 de­fen­sive player of the year af­ter record­ing 10 INTs, 2 re­turned for TDs

In­ter­cepted 2 or more passes in all 7 NFL sea­sons; fin­ished with 32 INTs, 538 re­turn yards, 3 TDs

Named All-Pro 4 con­sec­u­tive sea­sons, 1982-1985; 1980s All-Decade Team BORN Oct. 13, 1942, Los An­ge­les

HIGH SCHOOL North Lit­tle Rock COL­LEGE Arkansas PLAY­ING CA­REER Co-cap­tain of 1964 na­tional cham­pion Arkansas Ra­zor­backs PRO CA­REER Owner, pres­i­dent and gen­eral man­ager of Dal­las Cow­boys since 1989

TEAM Dal­las Cow­boys QUOTE “No­body ever got to the top try­ing to have it on his best day. Foot­ball shows you how to do it when it’s not your best day.”


First NFL owner to win 3 Su­per

Ja­son Tay­lor

BORN Sept. 1, 1974, Pitts­burgh HIGH SCHOOL Pitts­burgh Wood­land Hills COL­LEGE Akron PO­SI­TION De­fen­sive end DRAFTED Third round, Mi­ami Dol­phins, 1997

PRO CA­REER 15 sea­sons TEAMS Dol­phins (1997-2007, 2009, 2011), Red­skins (2008), NY Jets (2010)


QUOTE “I al­ways had the fire burn­ing in­side to push my­self and be the best. You have to have it in­side of you. If you don’t have it in­side of you, then no one can push you fur­ther than you push your­self.”


Reg­is­tered 10 or more sacks

LaDainian Tom­lin­son

BORN June 23, 1979, Rose­bud, Texas

HIGH SCHOOL Waco (Texas) Univer­sity

COL­LEGE Texas Chris­tian PO­SI­TION Run­ning back

PRO CA­REER 11 sea­sons TEAMS Charg­ers (2001-2009); NY Jets (2010-2011)


QUOTE “I be­lieve in work­ing hard all the time. I have faith that work­ing hard is go­ing to get me where I want to go.”


Rushed 3,174 times for 13,684 yards, 145 TDs

Caught 624 passes, 4,772 yards, 17 TDs; caught 100 passes in 2003

Reached 1,000 rush­ing yards in each of first 8 NFL sea­sons and scored 10 or more rush­ing TDs in each of 9 sea­sons with Charg­ers Eclipsed 1,600-yard mark in back-to-back sea­sons, 2002-2003, and won back-to-back rush­ing ti­tles, 2006-2007

2006 MVP: 1,815 yards, 28 TDs, 56 catches, 508 yards, 3 TDs; NFL-record 31 TDs and 186 points

Scored rush­ing touch­down in 18 con­sec­u­tive games (2004-2005), an NFL record

NFL 2000s All-Decade Team

Kurt Warner

BORN June 22, 1971, Burling­ton, Iowa HIGH SCHOOL Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Regis

COL­LEGE North­ern Iowa PO­SI­TION Quar­ter­back DRAFT Orig­i­nally signed as a free agent and then re­leased by Green Bay Pack­ers in 1994; played in the Arena Foot­ball League and NFL Europe be­fore sign­ing as a free agent with Rams in 1998

PRO CA­REER 12 sea­sons

TEAMS St. Louis Rams (19982003), NY Gi­ants (2004), Ari­zona Car­di­nals (2005-2009)


QUOTE “If you’re will­ing to put your­self and your dreams on the line, at the very least you’ll dis­cover an in­ner strength you may not have known ex­isted.”


32,344 ca­reer pass­ing yards, 208 ca­reer TD passes and a 93.7 ca­reer passer rat­ing

League MVP in 1999 and 2001: 4,353 pass­ing yards, 41 TD passes and a 109.2 rat­ing in 1999; 4,830 yards, 36 TDs and 101.4 passer rat­ing in 2001

Su­per Bowl XXXIV MVP af­ter pass­ing for 414 yards in Rams’ 23-16 vic­tory over Ten­nessee Ti­tans

First quar­ter­back to throw for 300 or more yards in 3 Su­per Bowls


Bowls in first 7 years of own­er­ship; team made 7 play­off ap­pear­ances, won 6 di­vi­sion ti­tles in first 10 years

Team has posted 10 vic­to­ries in a sea­son 12 times, and has ad­vanced to play­offs 13 times

One of the NFL’s lead­ers in mar­ket­ing, spon­sor­ship, TV, sta­dium man­age­ment and labor ne­go­ti­a­tions

Opened AT&T sta­dium in 2009, at a cost of more than $1.5 bil­lion, and the fa­cil­ity al­ready has hosted a Su­per Bowl, a na­tional cham­pi­onship game in foot­ball and Fi­nal Four in basketball

Warner dur­ing 6 of first 8 sea­sons

2006 de­fen­sive player of the year with 13½ sacks, 2 INTs re­turned for TDs, 11 passes de­fensed, 10 forced fum­bles, 2 fum­ble re­cov­er­ies,

62 tack­les

Ca­reer-high 18½ sacks in 2002; 139½ ca­reer sacks; 8 INTs for 110 yards and 3 TDs; 29 ca­reer fum­ble re­cov­er­ies, in­clud­ing 6 for TDs; 3 safeties

Named to NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 2000s


[about the game] … even to this day, some 30 years later, I miss those re­la­tion­ships with my fel­low war­riors.”


re­sults are go­ing to be and that is true in life … you can’t think you’re go­ing to be great at any­thing with­out putting work into it.”




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