2011 NFL Hall of Fame inductees
CB Deion Sanders, RB Marshall Faulk, and TE Shannon Sharpe got inducted into the 2011 NFL Hall of Fame, yesterday. (Sat Feb 5)
“I’m excited. These guys — are you kidding me? It’s hard to describe,” Sanders said. “To be held up in high regard, to this standard … I am honored.”
Sanders also played Major League Baseball. But football clearly was his calling.
“He was an electrifying performer who put fans on the edge of their seats every time he manned his cornerback position or dropped back to receive a kickoff or field a punt,” Falcons owner Arthur Blank said. “Deion is, without question, one of the greatest players in the history of the NFL.”
Sanders got in a comical dig at Faulk and Sharpe.
“Man, this is real,” he said, “and I got to see Marshall Faulk and Shannon Sharpe cry.”
“I wanted the ball in my hands so I could so something with it,” Faulk said, recalling how he briefly played quarterback in high school and didn’t find it exciting enough.
Faulk got teary-eyed when asked how his mother reacted to his election.
“If I had a thousand tongues, I couldn’t say how happy and proud I am,” Sharpe said. “I don’t know what I did to deserve this.”
Joining them were Richard Dent, Ed Sabol, Les Richter and Chris Hanburger.
As talkative as he was talented, known as much for his celebration dances as his interceptions and kick returns, Sanders was an outstanding cornerback and sometime wide receiver with five teams. He’s a two-time Super Bowl winner and was the Defensive Player of the Year in 1994.
Faulk won a Super Bowl with the 1999 Rams, was the 1994 Offensive Rookie of the Year, 2000 NFL MVP and a three-time Offensive Player of the Year (1999-2001). Faulk is the 10th leading career rusher with 12,279 yards, and for a half-dozen seasons was the most versatile back in football, as much a threat as a receiver as a runner.
Sharpe starred for Denver and Baltimore for 14 seasons and won three Super Bowls in a four-year span, two with Denver, one with Baltimore. He held league records for a tight end in receptions, yards and touchdowns when he retired in 2001. Sharpe is one of only two Tight Ends in NFL History to have over 10,000 yards receiving for their career.
(exact from full article courtesy espn.com)
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