It’s a loaded field that gets sorted out for Pro Football Hall of Fame slots Saturday in North Texas.
I expect Marshall Faulk to make it, and doing so out of this group will make the accomplishment all the more impressive.
While he’ll be remembered more for his work as a member of the St. Louis Rams, the running back from the Greatest Show on Turf who has a Super Bowl ring started out in Indianapolis -- he was the second overall pick in 1994 and went to three Pro Bowls in five seasons while wearing the horseshoe.
Note the chart for a look at how his stats broke down between the Colts and Rams.
After a contract dispute, he was traded for second, and fifth-round picks, and replaced by another first-round pick, Edgerrin James.
Keith Hawkins of ESPN Stats and Information gave me these Faulk nuggets:
Faulk’s the only player in NFL history with 12,000 rushing yards and 6,000 receiving yards.
The only running back with more receptions than Faulk (767) in NFL history is Larry Centers (827)
He is one eight players in NFL history with 100 rushing touchdowns, and his 136 career TDs rank 7th all time.
Faulk and Earl Campbell are the only players to win the AP offensive player of the year award three times.
When I spoke this week to Derrick Brooks, who was a linebacker on the NFL’s most recent All-Decade Team, he spoke glowingly of Faulk.
“He’s a hall of fame player,” Brooks said. “He was one of my toughest matchups I ever had to face, with the ability to make plays in space, the ability to block -- that third-element of a tailback. His football IQ, his ability to dissect defenses from the running back position was second to none.
“I knew every time I lined up against him I had to bring my A game, and we had some classic battles. Hopefully he’ll get in. I know it’s a crowded field, but as someone who played against him, I do believe he’s a hall of fame talent and someone who’s deserving of it.”