Congratulations to running back Marshall Faulk, one of six players and seven people elected Saturday to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
His five-season term with the Colts ended after back-to-back 3-13 seasons. In his first season with St. Louis he helped the Rams win Super Bowl XXXIV over the Tennessee Titans.
Once upon a time it was unreasonable to expect a running back to do all that Faulk did. He was a breathtaking runner, a receiver who could line up anywhere and a reliable blocker. Now, while such three-in-one players are rare, personnel folks know they are possible and every team in the league craves a player like Faulk.
Ask his contemporaries about the most difficult player to matchup with in his era, and a lot of them will say it was Faulk.
He’ll be the 12th Hall of Famer to have played for or coached the Colts. The others are Raymond Berry, Eric Dickerson, Art Donovan, Weeb Ewbank, Ted Hendricks, John Mackey, Gino Marchetti, Lenny Moore, Jim Parker, Don Shula and John Unitas.
The media panel that votes is sworn to secrecy about details. But one of them, our NFC West guro Mike Sando, indicated Faulk had more of a case for inclusion made on his behalf than was needed.