Hall of Fame Class of 2006
Updated: August 4, 2006, 2:51 PM ETAssociated Press
Here is a capsule look at the six members who will be enshrined Saturday in the Pro Football Hall of Fame:
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 passing seasons.
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.
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