The Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2006 was announced today. Here is a capsule look at the six members who will be enshrined in August (the finalists who were not voted in are listed below, too):
Quarterback, 6-foot-4, 219 pounds
Played: 1989-2000, Dallas Cowboys. 12 seasons, 165 games.
Highights: Cowboys' first-round pick (No. 1 overall) in 1989 draft. ...
Earned All-Rookie honors. ... Led team to three Super Bowl wins,
was game MVP in 1993. ... Closed career with 94 regular-season
wins, including 90 in 1990s, making him winningest starting
quarterback of any decade. ... Held or tied 47 Dallas passing
records, including career attempts (4,715), completions (2,898),
passing yards (32,942), touchdowns (165) and completion percentage
(61.5). ... Led Cowboys from behind 16 times in fourth quarter,
including six times in final two minutes. ... His four 300-yard
playoff passing days were third best in NFL history. ... Picked for
six Pro Bowls.
Linebacker, 6-2, 237
Played: 1976-88 New York Giants. 13 seasons, 173 games.
Highights:Giants' fourth-round pick in 1976 draft. ... Became Giants'
starting middle linebacker halfway through rookie season. Earned
All-Rookie honors. ... Led Giants defenders in tackles five
seasons. ... Had career-high performance in 1982 vs. Green Bay with
20 solo tackles and five assists. ... Ferocious run stopper whose
14 career fumble recoveries ranks second in team record book. ...
Made 11 career interceptions. ... Was a part of the famed Giants'
linebacker trio of Carson, Lawrence Taylor and Carl Banks. ... A
big-play performer, his interception and 12 tackles vs. Redskins in
1986 virtually assured Giants of NFC East title. ... Made key
goal-line stand play in 1987 Super Bowl against Broncos. Selected
to play in nine Pro Bowls, including seven straight (1982-1988).
Coached: 1969-1978 Oakland Raiders.
Highights: Regular season record of 103-32-7. ... Postseason record of 9-7.
... Seniors Committee nominee. ... Led team to victory in the 1977
Super Bowl. ... Began pro coaching career as Raiders assistant,
1967-1968. ... Became one of youngest head coaches in history when
Raiders hired him in 1969 at age 32. ... His .759 winning
percentage during regular season ranks as highest ever among
coaches with 100 career victories. ... Only Hall of Famers George
Halas and Curly Lambeau reached 100 career wins at earlier age. ...
In first year, led the Raiders to 12-1-1 record and American
Football League Western Division title. ... Under Madden, Oakland
never had losing record and claimed seven division titles and had
eight playoff appearances.
Quarterback, 6-3, 212
Played: 1984-1993 Houston Oilers, 1994-1996 Minnesota Vikings, 1997-1998
Seattle Seahawks, 1999-2000 Kansas City Chiefs. 17 seasons, 208 games.
Highights: Began pro career with CFL's Edmonton Eskimos (1978-1983),
winning five straight Grey Cups. ... Signed with the Oilers as
unrestricted free agent in 1984. ... In NFL career, completed 3,988
of 6,823 passes for 49,325 yards, 291 touchdowns, 233
interceptions. ... Rushed 543 times for 1,736 yards for 22 TDs,
giving him 51,061 yards of total offense. ... At retirement, pass
attempts, completions, yardage totals and total offense totals all
ranked third all-time and 291 career touchdown passes were fourth.
Holds record for quarterbacks with eight straight Pro Bowl
selections 1988-1995, added ninth in 1997. ... Had four 4,000-yard
Defensive End/Defensive Tackle, 6-5, 291
Played: 1985-1992 Philadelphia Eagles, 1993-1998 Green Bay Packers, 2000
Carolina Panthers. 15 seasons, 232 games.
Highights: Selected in the first round (fourth player overall) of 1984
supplemental draft. ... Nicknamed "Minister of Defense," joined
Eagles after two years with USFL's Memphis Showboats. ... During
eight seasons with Eagles recorded more sacks (124) than games
played (121). ... In 1987, recorded 21 sacks, second most in NFL
history at the time. ... Became only player to accumulate 20 or
more sacks in just 12 games. ... His 1.75 average sacks per game in
that season was also a record. ... In 1993, went to Green Bay and
recorded another 68.5 sacks, becoming Packers' all-time sack
leader. ... A dominant defensive performer, at time of retirement
his 198 sacks were NFL record. ... Important contributor to Packers
two Super Bowl appearances. ... Chosen the NFL Defensive Player of
the Year in 1987 and 1998. ... Briefly retired following 1998
season. ... Signed with Carolina Panthers for 2000 season ...
Elected to 13 straight Pro Bowls. ... Picked All-Pro 13 of 15
seasons, including 10 as first-team selection. ... Died Dec. 26,
2004 at age 43.
Tackle, 6-6, 255
Played: 1967-1979 Dallas Cowboys. 13 seasons, 166 games.
Highights: Selected by Cowboys in seventh round of 1967 draft. ... Seniors
Committee nominee. ... Used as a tight end, defensive end and
offensive tackle during first three seasons. ... In 1969, replaced
injured right tackle Ralph Neely in lineup. ... First opponent was
Hall of Fame defensive end Deacon Jones. ... Performance against
Jones good enough that before 1970 training camp, became starting
right tackle. ... One season later, he All-NFL. ... Known as "Big
Cat," picked for Pro Bowl six consecutive times (1971-1976). ...
Helped Cowboys to 10 division titles, six conference championships
and two Super Bowl victories. ... Played in five Super Bowls.
Finalists who did not gain enshrinement
Defensive End, 6-6, 245
Played: 1969-1981 Pittsburgh Steelers. 13 seasons, 170 games.
Highights: Steelers' 10th-round pick in 1969 draft. ... Teamed with Hall of
Famer Joe Greene to give Steelers superior left-side strength for
their "Steel Curtain" defense. ... Possessed exceptional
quickness. ... Used height to knock down passes or rush passers.
... Noted for his reckless, freewheeling style as a pass rusher, he
had 73.5 sacks (unofficial) in 13 seasons. Six times he led his
team in that defensive category. ... Also recovered 14 fumbles.
Played in six AFC title games, four Super Bowls. ... Played a major
role in Pittsburgh's 16-6 Super Bowl victory over Minnesota by
batting down three of Fran Tarkenton's passes. ... In Pittsburgh's
Super Bowl win over the Dallas Cowboys the next year, Greenwood
sacked Roger Staubach three times. ... In 1991, he was named to the
Super Bowl Silver Anniversary Team. ... Greenwood was picked
All-Pro in 1974 and 1975.
Guard, 6-3, 273
Played: 1981-1991 Washington Redskins. 11 seasons, 140 games.
Highights: Redskins' third-round pick in 1981 draft. ... Originally pegged
to play center, he moved to left guard where he earned a starting
role as a rookie. ... Became a steadying force on Redskins'
offensive line that earned nickname "The Hogs" ... Teaming with
tackle Joe Jacoby, the pair formed what was perhaps the most
punishing side of an offensive line in NFL at the time. ... He
possessed speed and strength crucial to Redskins' dominating
running attack. ... Grimm appeared in five NFC championship games
and four Super Bowls. Selected to four straight Pro Bowls ...
Elected to NFL's 1980s All-Decade Team.
Defensive End, 6-4, 252
Played: 1968-74, 1976-78 Atlanta Falcons. 1979-81 Philadelphia Eagles.
13 seasons, 171 games.
Highights: Falcons' first-round pick (third player overall) in 1968 draft.
... Recorded 11.5 sacks his first year and was NFL's Defensive
Rookie of the Year. ... Credited with 122 career sacks. Led team in
sacks nine of 13 seasons. ... Earned first-team All-Pro five times.
Selected for six Pro Bowls. ... Missed just two games before
season-ending knee injury in 1975. Rebounded with career-best 15
sacks in 1976 and was chosen team MVP. ... Traded to Eagles in 1979
for two fourth-round picks following brief retirement. ... In 1980,
his team-high 14.5 sacks helped Eagles advance to 1981 Super Bowl.
Wide Receiver, 6-2, 207
Played: 1988-1999 Dallas Cowboys. 12 seasons, 159 games.
Highights: Cowboys' first-round pick (11th overall) in 1988 draft. ...
Became the first rookie wide receiver to start a season opener for
Dallas in more than 20 years. Irvin's 20.4 yard per catch average
during his rookie year led the NFC. ... Led league with 1,523 yards
on 93 catches in 1991. ... Recorded 1,000-yard seasons in all but
one year from 1991-1998 ... In 1995, Irvin recorded his finest
season as he caught 111 passes for 1,603 yards. He also established
an NFL record with 11 100-yard games, and scored 10 touchdowns. ...
Cowboys made four straight appearances in the NFC championship game
(1992-1995) and won three Super Bowls. ... Finished career with 750
receptions for 11,904 yards and 65 TDs. ... Selected to five
straight Pro Bowls. ... Picked for NFL's All-Decade Team of the
Guard, 6-2, 253
Played: 1970-83 Miami Dolphins. 14 seasons, 196 games.
Highights: Selected by Philadelphia Eagles in fourth round of 1969 draft.
... Released by both the Eagles and Atlanta Falcons. Played semipro
football before signing as free agent with Miami Dolphins in 1970.
... Played in more regular season games (196) than any other player
in Dolphins history at the time of his retirement. Only player to
play in all 19 playoff games in franchise's history at that time.
... Also spent time at tackle and center positions. In 1978 played
eight games at guard and seven at tackle, earning Pro Bowl spot at
guard and Sporting News All-AFC honors at tackle. ... In 1977,
suffered a pair of fractures in back in August but returned to
lineup after missing just two regular-season starts. ... Picked for
six Pro Bowls. ... Had memorable performance in 1973 Super Bowl
Wide Receiver, 6-3, 210
Played: 1980-93 Washington Redskins; 1994 New York Jets; 1995
Philadelphia Eagles. 16 seasons, 224 games.
Highights: Redskins' first-round pick (18th player overall) in 1980 draft.
... Prototype for today's bigger, stronger receivers. Caught 58
passes as a rookie and was unanimous All-Rookie choice. ... Had 50
or more receptions in a season nine times. Gained 1,000 or more
receiving yards in a season five times. ... Set then-NFL records
for catches in a season (106), most consecutive games with at least
one reception (164), and career receptions (820). Finished career
with 940 catches. ... Finest season in 1984, catching eight or more
passes in six games, five games of 100-plus receiving yards, and in
one game caught 10 passes for 200 yards. ... Chosen as Redskins
1984 MVP. ... First Redskins player to produce three consecutive
1,000 receiving yard seasons. ... A three-time Pro Bowl selection,
was All-Pro choice in 1984 and 1985.
Linebacker, 6-3, 243
Played: 1989-1999 Kansas City Chiefs. 11 seasons, 169 games.
Highights: Chiefs' first-round pick (fourth player overall) in 1989 draft.
... Had 10 sacks as a rookie and added 75 tackles to earn Defensive
Rookie of the Year honors. ... In 1990, led NFL with team record 20
sacks, including NFL record seven sacks in one game. ... Named to
nine Pro Bowls. ... Accumulated most sacks in NFL during 1990s
(116.5). ... Recorded 126.5 career sacks. Had had 10 or more in a
season seven times and recorded multisack games 27 times. ...
Forced 45 fumbles, recovered 19. Scored four touchdowns on fumble
returns and added three safeties. ... In the 11 years that he
anchored the defense, the Chiefs finished first or second in the
AFC West 10 times, made seven playoff appearances, and won three
division titles. ... All-NFL three times. ... All-AFC seven times.
... Selected to nine straight Pro Bowls. ... Member of the NFL's
All-Decade Team of the 1990s.
Running Back, 5-10, 198
Played: 1988-1999 Buffalo Bills, 2000 Miami Dolphins. 13 seasons, 182
Highights: Selected in the second round of the 1988 draft. ... A key part
of Bills' unprecedented run of four straight Super Bowl
appearances. They lost all of them. ... Set record by leading NFL
in total yards from scrimmage four consecutive seasons. ... In
1991, gained over 2,000 yards from scrimmage and was voted league's
MVP. ... At time of retirement, ranked sixth all-time in career
yards from scrimmage (16,532). ... Rushed for 12,074 yards. ...
Only Emmitt Smith and Barry Sanders ran for more yards in the
1990s. ... One of only three running backs (Walter Payton and
Marcus Allen) to have over 400 receptions and 10,000 yards rushing.
... Played in six AFC title games and four Super Bowls. ... Set
playoff records for career points (126), touchdowns (21), and
consecutive games with a TD (9). ... Selected to play in five
consecutive Pro Bowls.
Tackle, 6-6, 294
Played: 1986-1992 Minnesota Vikings, 1993-1997 Denver Broncos. 12
seasons, 184 games.
Highights: Selected in first round (third player overall) of 1984
supplemental draft. ... Originally chosen by Giants, signing rights
traded to Vikings for two second-round picks in 1986 draft. ...
Spent two seasons with the L.A. Express of USFL before reporting to
Vikings. ... After joining Vikings, began streak of 169 consecutive
starts that lasted until 1996 when surgery sidelined him. ...
Anchored offensive line that helped Vikings lead NFC in rushing,
1991. ... One of just handful of players to earn honor of being
named to two NFL All-Decade Teams, 1980s, 1990s. ... Earned first-
or second-team All-Pro honors eight times. ... Selected to play in
seven Pro Bowls.
Source: Pro Football Hall of Fame.