Every professional athlete throughout the span of their career has two very clear goals: To win a championship and become the best player ever to do it. Championships are the byproduct of great TEAMS but the latter depends solely on work ethic, repetition and a simple question of how bad do you really want to be the best? Saturday in Canton, Ohio the NFL Hall of Fame inducted 8 men that left a lasting impression on the game and will forever be remembered as some of the greatest to ever see the gridiron.
Introducing the 2015 NFL Hall of Fame Inductees:
Tim Brown, WR Oakland Raiders – “Mr. Raider” was one of the probably one of the most consistent players that we’ve had the pleasure of watching suit up. You knew what you were getting out of him day in and day out, setting the tone for everyone else around him on his way to setting Raider records for: Games Played, Touchdowns, Receptions, Receiving Yards and All-Purpose Yards. The man once known as “Touchdown Timmy” stepped to the podium to deliver his HOF speech humbly accepting the honor and title of Hall of Famer. Check it out below:
Junior Seau, LB San Diego Chargers – Can you imagine being able to achieve the dream of not only playing professional football but to do so playing for your hometown team? It would probably motivate you to an entirely different level and for Seau that is exactly what it did. The San Diego native was a different breed on the field covering sideline to sideline with extreme agility, punishing running backs in the gap and leaving quarterbacks with their head on a constant swivel. His off the field persona was large but easy going never seeming to be caught up in the reality that he really was one of the greatest to ever play the Linebacker position. Despite the shocking end of Seau’s journey in life, we look back on the positives and enjoy an incredible moment as his family accepts the HOF honor on his behalf:
Jerome Bettis, RB Pittsburgh Steelers – “Bettis Bus” is one of the most beloved Pittsburgh Steelers of all time and it showed Saturday night through a sea of Terrible Towels waving proudly as the running back took his turn at the podium. Finishing sixth all time in NFL Rushing Yards and hoisting the Vince Lombardi trophy in his hometown of Detroit to walk away from the game he loved isn’t a bad way to go out, but not much can top being honored in Canton. There have been some greats from the steel curtain to enter before him and there will be some after him (Bettis hopes to see Hines Ward, Troy Polamalu, and Ben Roethlisberger join the ranks) but none like the Bus. Check out his HOF speech below:
2015 Hall of Fame Honorees Also Include:
Charles Haley – DE Dallas Cowboys
Ron Wolf – Green Bay Packers
Bill Polian – Buffalo Bills | Carolina Panthers | Indianapolis Colts
Mick Tingelhoff – C Minnesota Vikings
Will Shields – G Kansas City Chiefs
The 2015-6 NFL season is set to kickoff Thursday September 10 with a Steelers vs. Patriots matchup on NBC. Seems like it’s forever away to most football enthusiasts as we anticipate watching the new pool of talent hoping to one day follow in these guys footsteps and be honored as Hall of Famers. The weekend concludes with the annual Hall of Fame Game tonight 8/7c pitting the Minnesota Vikings vs. Pittsburgh Steelers in an AFC/NFC battle. Tune in.