Saturday, August 4th will be Hall of Fame Day in Canton, Ohio, the home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Thousands of men have played this game, but only 273 have worn the golden jacket of the Hall of Fame.
One by one, six men — Jack Butler, Dermontti Dawson, Chris Doleman, Cortez Kennedy, Curtis Martin and Willie Roaf — will be introduced as the 2012 Hall of Fame Class.
Jack Butler played from 1951-1959 for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He had 52 total career interceptions, and had 10 picks in 1957. He was named to four Pro Bowls and three All-Pro 1st teams.
Dermontti Dawson played from 1988-2000 at center and guard for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was named to seven Pro Bowls and six All-Pro 1st teams. He was a beast at center for a decade in Pittsburgh.
Chris Doleman played 15 seasons at defensive end and outside-linebacker. He played for three different teams in Minnesota, San Fransisco, and Atlanta, and was named to eight Pro Bowls and two All-Pro 1st teams.
Cortez Kennedy was a solid mass of a man at defensive tackle for the Seattle Seahawks. He took up a lot of space in the middle for 11 season in Seattle. He made it to eight Pro Bowls and three All-Pro 1st teams. He was a great player on a bad franchise.
Curtis Martin played 11 season with two different teams – the New York Jets and the New England Patriots. He is third all-time in career attempts 3,518, and fourth all-time in rushing yards with 14,101 yards. For his career, he averaged 83.9 yards per game, making him 11th all-time on that list. He had ten straight years with over a thousand yards rushing. At age 31, he had the most rushing yard in a season with 1,671 yards, and ten touchdowns. He also had 100 career touchdowns 90 rushing and 10 receiving.
Willie Roaf was a 11 time Pro Bowler and 3-time 1st team All-Pro. He played 13 seasons – nine with Saints and four with the Chiefs. He started 189 at left tackle and was a force at that position for a decade. He protected the quarterback’s blind side like no other and could be one of the best tackles of all-time.