Saturday, August 04, 2007

NFL's Hall of Fame, updated

Today, six former former football players were inducted to the NFL's hall of fame as the "Class of 2007". Six players who made made contributions to the history of the league and to the success of their teams:

Gene Hickerson - Played as a guard for the Cleveland Browns, from 1958 to 1963. His contributions were critical to drive the Browns to become the leading team in terms of rushing yards on his time.

Michael Irvine - Wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys, from 1988 to 1999. He was selected to play 5 straight Pro Bowls, recorded 750 career receptions for 11,904 yards and 65 touchdowns. He was one of the key players who drove the Cowboys to win two straight superbowls in the 1990's.

Bruce Matthews - Multifunctional player, played as Guard, Tackle and Center for the Houston Oilers (which would later become the Tennessee Oilers and eventually the Tennessee Titans) from 1983 to 1991. Selected 14 times in a row to play the Pro Bowl (9 as guard, 5 as center).

Charlie Sanders - Tight end for the Detroit Lions. Active from 1968 to 1977, was successful in receiving for more than 500 yards in 6 different seasons, and played 7 Pro Bowls.

Thurman Thomas - Played as a running back for the Buffalo Bills, from 1988 to 1999, although he retired in year 2000 playing for the Miami Dolphins (where, by the way, his contributions weren't precisely notorious). While playing for the Bills, he was awarded the most valuable player (MVP) for the 1991 season, rushed for more than 1,000 yards in eight seasons in a row, and was selected to play 5 consecutive Pro Bowls. His jersey number, 34, has been retired from the Bills' roster in honour to Thomas' contributions.

Roger Wehrli - Active from 1969 to 1982 with the St. Louis Cardinals (which would later become the Arizona Cardinals), he had an outstanding performance as a cornerback. He managed to achieve 40 career interceptions and to recover 19 fumbles, and was the interception leader during his time with the Cardinals. He was selected to play 7 Pro Bowls.

It is very exciting to hear that all those players were finally inducted to the hall of fame. As a Buffalo Bills' fan, I am especially happy for Thurman Thomas' induction, as he was a candidate for induction for the class of 2006 but didn't make it on that occasion. However, all those players' records show outstanding performance patterns and statistics and there is no doubt that all of them deserve to be there. Congratulations to all of them!


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