Hall of Famers kick off fans' choices for induction

Tue, Sep 14

NEW YORK -- When the list of nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's class of 2011 came out Monday, five of those already inducted met at Gallagher's Steakhouse to debate who should be so worthy and the perks of being one of the current 260 in the Hall.

"My favorite part about the whole thing was my bust," wide receiver Jerry Rice said. "They really made it look exactly like me, which was awesome."

A near consensus of what isn't so hot is the French's mustard colored blazers they're required to wear. "I have no idea how they picked it," said linebacker Harry Carson, shaking his head. "You can definitely see us coming."

Rice and Carson were joined by fellow yellow jackets Steve Young, Roger Staubach and Warren Moon to kick off the second annual ESPN.com/fanschoice, which allows fans a forum to vote and debate. Last year, more than 1.5 million fans voted, which ended with Rice and Emmitt Smith as the two favorites, and Charles Haley, Ed "Too Tall" Jones" and Cris Carter rounding out the top five.

"Fans tend to gravitate to the flashier skill positions, like wide receivers who can dance their pants off, or a quarterback who has kept his youthful appeal even after the age of 40," said former linebacker Carson in friendly jabs toward Rice regarding his stint on "Dancing with the Stars," and also the perennially young-looking Young.

As for whether they believe fans can be diplomatic enough to choose the best players as opposed to being biased for just those on their home teams, Carson said that he has faith in them.

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