Tonight the NFL will introduce the 2011 Hall of Fame class into the immortal halls of Canton. This class joins the elite at their sport and will be remembered for eternity. Marshall Faulk, Deion Sanders, Shannon Sharpe, Richard Dent, Ed Sabol, Chris Hanburger and Les Richter make up this year’s class.
Marshall Faulk – After being selected second overall in the 1994 draft, he went on to play for the Colts and Rams. His rookie year he ran for 1,282 yards and 11 touchdowns, taking home the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. While being a member of the famous “greatest show on turf” in St Louis, he scored 18 touchdowns and won the 2000 NFL MVP.
Deion Sanders – Known as one of the best cover corner backs in NFL history,”Primetime” was never afraid to tell his opponents how good he was. In 14 seasons in the NFL with Atlanta, San Francisco, Dallas, Washington and Baltimore, Deion had 53 interceptions. He was an eight time pro bowler and won the 1994 NFL Defensive Player of the Year.
Shannon Sharpe – Another player who was not very shy on the field, Sharpe was one of the best to ever play the tight end position. Playing fourteen years for Denver and Baltimore, he had over 10,000 yards receiving and 62 touchdowns. Sharpe was also a part of three Super Bowl Champions in Denver twice and Baltimore.
Richard Dent – A solid defensive player for Chicago, San Francisco, Indianapolis and Philadelphia. He played 15 seasons recording 671 tackles and 137.5 sacks. While winning the 1985 Super Bowl with the Bears he took home the Super Bowl MVP.
Ed Sabol – He started NFL Films in 1964 and through the years has put together some of the most interesting documentaries about the sport. Until 1995, Sabol was the President and Chairman of NFL Films until his son Steve took over.