One of the most beloved LBs in NFL history, Junior Seau made it into Canton in his first year of eligibility.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2015 has been announced with LB Junior Seau, WR Tim Brown and RB Jerome Bettis among the marquee names.
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LB Junior Seau, RB Jerome Bettis, WR Tim Brown, DE Charles Haley, G Will Shields, C Mick Tingelhoff, Executive Bill Polian and Executive Ron Wolf will all answer the call in July at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.
At the NFL Honors on Saturday night, the newest eight-member class was revealed. Seau was the only inductee who was named on his first year of eligibility, beating out the likes of T Orlando Pace and QB Kurt Warner.
The inductions of Bettis and Brown were long overdue, as both are the only players to retire in the top 10 of rushing and receiving respectively to not have been inducted yet. Bettis is the NFL’s No. 6 all-time leading rusher while Brown is the No. 6 all-time leading receiver. Both were finalists in every year of eligibility for the past six years.
Haley has more Super Bowl rings than any other player in NFL history – winning two with the San Francisco 49ers and three with the Dallas Cowboys. He is also a member of the exclusive 100+ sack club and was one of the critical pieces to the Cowboys dynasty in the early 1990s.
Shields and Tingelhoff were two of the best interior linemen of their time and models of consistency, had over 450 games played, 18 Pro Bowls and 13 All-Pro selections between the two of them. Shields got in on his fourth year of eligibility while Tingelhoff made it in as this year’s Senior Committee nominee on his first year on the ballot.
Polian and Wolf served as executives for multiple franchises and established demi-dynasties for the Buffalo Bills, Indianapolis Colts, Oakland Raiders and Green Bay Packers, building those teams into powerhouses that made a combined twelve Super Bowl appearances.