- Todd Archer, ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter
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While Sanders earned the honor, defensive end Charles Haley, who is the only player with five Super Bowl rings, was denied for the second straight year. Dallas native Tim Brown, who played 17 years with the Raiders and Tampa Bay, also missed out on the final selection.
Sanders, who played with the Cowboys from 1995-99, is joined in the 2011 Class by Richard Dent, Marshall Faulk, NFL Films chief Ed Sabol, Chris Hanburger, Les Richter and Shannon Sharpe. Hanburger and Richter were Senior Committee picks.
Sanders intercepted 53 passes in his 14-year career with Atlanta, San Francisco, Dallas, Washington and Baltimore. He was named a first-team All-Pro nine times and a Pro Bowler eight times. He was named to the All-Decade Team of the 1990s and was the Defensive Player of the Year in 1994.
Sanders, who calls Prosper, Texas, home now and maintains strong ties to the area, scored touchdowns on punt returns, kickoff returns, interception returns and even had a fumble return for a score. He caught three touchdown passes as a wide receiver.
Todd Archer covers the Cowboys for ESPNDallas.com.
Former Dallas Cowboys star Deion Sanders was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday.