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
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.