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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Hall of Fame selects charter members
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

Jan. 29, 1963

Seventeen men -- 11 stars of other eras and six officials who helped build the game -- are elected charter members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, which is being constructed in Canton, Ohio.

Running backs Jim Thorpe, Red Grange, Ernie Nevers and Bronko Nagurski, quarterback Sammy Baugh, and end Don Hutson head the players selected. Also chosen are backs Dutch Clark and Johnny "Blood" McNally, center/linebacker Mel Hein, end/tackle Cal Hubbard and tackle Pete "Fats" Henry.

The officials named are: Bert Bell and Joe Carr, both former NFL commissioners, and four team founders -- George Halas (Chicago Bears, originally the Decatur Staleys), Curly Lambeau (Green Bay Packers), Tim Mara (New York Giants), and George Preston Marshall (Washington Redskins).

"These are the milestone men of pro football," says Dick McGann, director of the Hall of Fame. "Their deeds and dogged faith wrote the history of this great game."

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