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Pitt, Syracuse add to Hall of Fame rosters

The newest induction class into the Pro Football Hall of Fame was unveiled over the weekend, and two Big East schools will be sending more players to Canton.

Two former Pittsburgh greats, offensive lineman Russ Grimm and defensive end Rickey Jackson, were voted in to give the Panthers six professional Hall of Famers. The others are Tony Dorsett, Mike Ditka, Dan Marino and Joe Schmidt.

Remarkably, Grimm, Jackson and Marino were all on the same 1980 Pittsburgh team. Grimm and Jackson were recruited together in the 1977 class. Grimm was the team's starting center and went on to star at guard for the Washington Redskins. Jackson, who teamed with Hugh Green to form a fearsome pass-rushing duo at Pitt, played 15 seasons in the NFL and piled up 128 career sacks.

Syracuse also put a player in the Hall of Fame when running back Floyd Little was chosen by the senior committee.

Little becomes the seventh Orange alum in Canton, joining Jim Brown, Jim Ringo, Larry Csonka, Al Davis, John Mackey and Art Monk.

Little starred for the Denver Broncos in the AFL and NFL, and he led the NFL in rushing yards in 1971 with 1,133.

At Syracuse, he ran for 2,704 yards and 35 touchdowns between 1964 and 1966, and was the first Orange player to run for more than 1,000 yards in a season.