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Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2005.
NFL career: 1927 Cleveland Bulldogs, 1928 Detroit Wolverines, 1929-1931 New York Giants, 1932-1934 Brooklyn Dodgers.
Notes: Senior nominee. ... NFL's first great passer. ... Threw league record 11 touchdown passes as a rookie in 1927. ... Set another record with 20 TDs in 1929. ... Led league in touchdown passes four consecutive years (1927-1930). ... His 66 career touchdown passes was an NFL record for years. ... Triple-threat player, could run, pass and kick. ... Although official statistics were not kept, he is believed to have completed more than half his passes, at a time when 35 percent was considered a very good performance. ... In 1928, he led the league in both rushing touchdowns and touchdown passes; no other player has ever accomplished that. ... During his first four pro seasons, Friedman earned first-team All-NFL honors.
Dan Marino, Quarterback
NFL career: 1983-1999 Miami Dolphins.
Notes: Miami's first round pick (27th overall) of the 1983 draft. ... Five other quarterbacks, including Hall of Famers Jim Kelly and John Elway, had been taken before the Dolphins grabbed Marino. ... Most prolific passer in NFL history career statistics include 4,967 completions, 8,358 attempts for 61,343 yards, and 420 TDs. ... Marino threw 20 touchdowns and recorded a 96.0 passer rating to earn Rookie of the Year honors. ... In 1984, became first player ever to pass for 5,000 yards in a season (5,084) and threw a then-record 48 TDs. By season's end, he had set six league records and was named the NFL's Most Valuable Player. ... In the 1984 AFC Championship Game, Marino passed for 421 yards and threw four touchdowns in the Dolphins' 45-28 shootout win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, earning his first and only trip to the Super Bowl. ... By the end of the 1995 season he had supplanted Hall of Fame quarterback Fran Tarkenton as the career passing leader in attempts, completions, yards, and touchdowns. ... Recorded thirteen 3,000-yard seasons, which includes the six seasons he reached the 4,000-yard plateau. ... He passed for 300 yards in a game 63 times and threw for 400 or more yards in a game 13 times. Marino was named first- or second-team All-Pro eight times and earned All-AFC honors six times. ... Selected to nine straight Pro Bowls.
Fritz Pollard, Back/Coach
Pro career: 1919-1921, 1925-1926 Akron Pros, 1922 Milwaukee Badgers, 1923, 1925 Hammond Pros, 1923-1924 Gilberton Cadamounts (independent pro team), 1925 Providence Steam Roller
Notes: A two-time All-America halfback from Brown University was a pro football pioneer in more ways than one. Pollard turned pro in 1919 following army service during World War I. In 1920, Pollard led the Pros to an undefeated (8-0-3) season and won the American Professional Football Association's first crown. Pollard immediately earned a place in pro football history as one of just two African Americans in the new league. In 1921, he earned another distinction becoming the first African American head coach in NFL history when the Pros named him co-coach of the team. ... An exciting elusive runner, was the most feared running back in the fledgling league. ... During his pro football career he played and sometimes coached for four different NFL teams. ... In 1928, Pollard organized and coached the Chicago Black Hawks, an all-African American professional team. The Black Hawks played against white teams around Chicago, but enjoyed their greatest success by scheduling exhibition games against West Coast teams during the winter months.
Steve Young, Quarterback
NFL career: 1985-1986 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1987-1999 San Francisco 49ers
Notes: Bucs' first round pick of 1984 supplemental draft after spending two seasons in the United States Football League. ... Traded to 49ers in 1987 where he served as the backup to Hall of Famer Joe Montana. ... Young stepped into the starting role in 1991 after Montana suffered an injury. He passed for 2,517 yards and 17 touchdowns to post a league high 101.8 passer rating the first of four straight passing titles. ... Tied with legendary Sammy Baugh as only QBs to win six NFL passing titles. ... Set then-record 112.8 passer rating in 1994. ... Threw 6 TDs, named Most Valuable Player, in San Francisco's 49-26 win over the San Diego Chargers in the 1995 Super Bowl. ... Career statistics include 33,124 yards and 232 TDs passing, also rushed for 4,239 yards and 43 TDs. ... The left-hander threw for 3,000 or more yards six times and had 20 or more touchdown passes in a season five times, and posted a passer rating of 100 or higher six times. ... Named All-Pro in 1992, 1993, 1994, and 1998 and earned All-NFC honors three times. The two-time league MVP also was selected to the Pro Bowl seven times.
Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press
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