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Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2005.

Benny Friedman, Quarterback
NFL career: 1927 Cleveland Bulldogs, 1928 Detroit Wolverines,
1929-1931 New York Giants, 1932-1934 Brooklyn Dodgers.
Notes: Senior nominee. ... NFL's first great passer. ... Threw
league record 11 touchdown passes as a rookie in 1927. ... Set
another record with 20 TDs in 1929. ... Led league in touchdown
passes four consecutive years (1927-1930). ... His 66 career
touchdown passes was an NFL record for years. ... Triple-threat
player, could run, pass and kick. ... Although official statistics
were not kept, he is believed to have completed more than half his
passes, at a time when 35 percent was considered a very good
performance. ... In 1928, he led the league in both rushing
touchdowns and touchdown passes; no other player has ever
accomplished that. ... During his first four pro seasons, Friedman
earned first-team All-NFL honors.

Dan Marino, Quarterback
NFL career: 1983-1999 Miami Dolphins.
Notes: Miami's first round pick (27th overall) of the 1983
draft. ... Five other quarterbacks, including Hall of Famers Jim
Kelly and John Elway, had been taken before the Dolphins grabbed
Marino. ... Most prolific passer in NFL history career statistics
include 4,967 completions, 8,358 attempts for 61,343 yards, and 420
TDs. ... Marino threw 20 touchdowns and recorded a 96.0 passer
rating to earn Rookie of the Year honors. ... In 1984, became first
player ever to pass for 5,000 yards in a season (5,084) and threw a
then-record 48 TDs. By season's end, he had set six league records
and was named the NFL's Most Valuable Player. ... In the 1984 AFC
Championship Game, Marino passed for 421 yards and threw four
touchdowns in the Dolphins' 45-28 shootout win over the Pittsburgh
Steelers, earning his first and only trip to the Super Bowl. ... By
the end of the 1995 season he had supplanted Hall of Fame
quarterback Fran Tarkenton as the career passing leader in
attempts, completions, yards, and touchdowns. ... Recorded thirteen
3,000-yard seasons, which includes the six seasons he reached the
4,000-yard plateau. ... He passed for 300 yards in a game 63 times
and threw for 400 or more yards in a game 13 times. Marino was
named first- or second-team All-Pro eight times and earned All-AFC
honors six times. ... Selected to nine straight Pro Bowls.

Fritz Pollard, Back/Coach
Pro career: 1919-1921, 1925-1926 Akron Pros, 1922 Milwaukee
Badgers, 1923, 1925 Hammond Pros, 1923-1924 Gilberton Cadamounts
(independent pro team), 1925 Providence Steam Roller
Notes: A two-time All-America halfback from Brown University was
a pro football pioneer in more ways than one. Pollard turned pro in
1919 following army service during World War I. In 1920, Pollard
led the Pros to an undefeated (8-0-3) season and won the American
Professional Football Association's first crown. Pollard
immediately earned a place in pro football history as one of just
two African Americans in the new league. In 1921, he earned another
distinction becoming the first African American head coach in NFL
history when the Pros named him co-coach of the team. ... An
exciting elusive runner, was the most feared running back in the
fledgling league. ... During his pro football career he played and
sometimes coached for four different NFL teams. ... In 1928,
Pollard organized and coached the Chicago Black Hawks, an
all-African American professional team. The Black Hawks played
against white teams around Chicago, but enjoyed their greatest
success by scheduling exhibition games against West Coast teams
during the winter months.

Steve Young, Quarterback
NFL career: 1985-1986 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1987-1999 San Francisco 49ers
Notes: Bucs' first round pick of 1984 supplemental draft after
spending two seasons in the United States Football League. ...
Traded to 49ers in 1987 where he served as the backup to Hall of
Famer Joe Montana. ... Young stepped into the starting role in 1991
after Montana suffered an injury. He passed for 2,517 yards and 17
touchdowns to post a league high 101.8 passer rating the first of
four straight passing titles. ... Tied with legendary Sammy Baugh
as only QBs to win six NFL passing titles. ... Set then-record
112.8 passer rating in 1994. ... Threw 6 TDs, named Most Valuable
Player, in San Francisco's 49-26 win over the San Diego Chargers in
the 1995 Super Bowl. ... Career statistics include 33,124 yards and
232 TDs passing, also rushed for 4,239 yards and 43 TDs. ... The
left-hander threw for 3,000 or more yards six times and had 20 or
more touchdown passes in a season five times, and posted a passer
rating of 100 or higher six times. ... Named All-Pro in 1992, 1993,
1994, and 1998 and earned All-NFC honors three times. The two-time
league MVP also was selected to the Pro Bowl seven times.