Meet the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2017

By Victoria Barnett

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The Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2017 has been announced! Seven of the greatest NFL players, coaches and contributors will join over 100 other Hall of Famers to be enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The Selection Committee met on Saturday, February 4, 2017 in Houston to elect the Class of 2017 from a list of eighteen finalists. Below are the seven heroes of the game to be inducted this August in Canton.

Meet the Class of 2017

Morten Andersen

Kicker – 1982-1994 New Orleans Saints, 1995-2000, 2006-07 Atlanta Falcons, 2001 New York Giants, 2002-03 Kansas City Chiefs, 2004 Minnesota Vikings
  • Scored more than 90 points in 22 seasons
  • Topped 100-point total 14 times
  • Named All-Pro five times
  • Ranked as Saints’ all-time leading scorer
  • Become first kicker to convert three field goals of 50 yards or longer in a single game
  • In 1995, scored a career-high 122 points, including then NFL-record for more 50-yard field goals in a season (8)
  • Set NFL records for career points (2,544), most field goals (565) and games played (382)
  • Seven Pro Bowl selections
  • Led NFL in field goals in 1987 and scoring in 1992
  • Named to NFL All-Decade Teams of the 1980s and 1990s

Terrell Davis

Running Back – 1995-2001 Denver Broncos
  • Earned starting tailback position as a rookie
  • Named Offensive Player of the Year in his second year
  • Rushed for 1,750 yards and league-high 15 touchdowns in 1997
  • In 1998, became fourth runner in NFL history to rush for 2,000 yards in a season
  • Set NFL playoff record with seven straight 100-yard performances
  • Super Bowl XXXII and XXIII Champion
  • Earned MVP honors in Super Bowl XXXII after rushing 157 yards and having 3 touchdowns
  • Three-time All-Pro Selection
  • Named to NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1990s
  • Selected to three Pro Bowls

Kenny Easley

Safety – 1981-87 Seattle Seahawks
  • Defensive Rookie of the Year
  • Finished rookie year with 3 interceptions for 155 yards and 1 touchdown
  • Led Seahawks to franchise’s first-ever AFC championship game
  • Earned AFC Defensive Player of the Year in 1983
  • Named Defensive Player of the Year in 1984 after recording league-high 10 interceptions
  • Named All-Pro four straight seasons
  • Five Pro Bowl Selections
  • Member of NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1980s
  • Led team in interceptions four times

Jerry Jones

Owner, President & General Manager – 1989-present Dallas Cowboys
  • Became first owner in league history to win three Super Bowls in first seven years of ownership
  • Cowboys made seven playoff appearances, six division titles and wins in Super Bowls XXVII, XVIII and XXX
  • Dallas advanced to postseason 13 times
  • Cowboys posted 10 wins a season 12 times
  • Led franchise to NFC Eastern Division titles five straight seasons
  • Won NFC East crowns five times

Jason Taylor

Defensive End – 1997-2007, 2009, 2011 Miami Dolphins, 2008 Washington Redskins, 2010 New York Jets
  • Recorded double-digit sack total in a season six times over an eight-year span
  • Earned NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2006
  • In 2006, recorded 13.5 sacks, two interceptions returned for touchdowns, 11 passes defended, 10 forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 62 tackles
  • Led NFL with career-high 18.5 sacks in 2002
  • Recorded more sacks than any player in the NFL from 2000-2011
  • Voted to six Pro Bowls
  • Named first-team All-Pro three times
  • Named All-AFC four times
  • Named to NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 2000s
  • Finished career with 139.5 sacks, 8 interceptions for 110 yards and three 3 touchdowns; league record-tying 29 fumbles recovered; NFL record six touchdowns on fumble recoveries; and 3 safeties

LaDainian Tomlinson

Running Back – 2001-09 San Diego Chargers, 2010-11 New York Jets
  • Finished rookie season with 1,236 yards and 10 touchdowns rushing
  • Eclipsed 1,600-yard mark in back-to-back seasons (2002-03)
  • Rushed for 1,000 yards in each of first eight seasons
  • Captured back-to-back rushing titles in 2006 and 2007
  • Named NFL’s MVP in 2006 with league-leading 1,815 yards and 28 touchdowns rushing
  • Set NFL record with rushing touchdown in 18 straight games
  • All-Pro four straight seasons
  • Voted to five Pro Bowls over six-season span
  • Finished career with 13,684 career yards rushing on 3,174 carries and scored 145 rushing touchdowns
  • Named to NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 2000s

Kurt Warner

Quarterback – 1998-2003 St. Louis Rams, 2004 New York Giants, 2005-09 Arizona Cardinals
  • Two-time NFL MVP in 1999 and 2001
  • Super Bowl XXXIV MVP
  • Set Super Bowl record with 414 passing yards
  • Led Rams to Super Bowl twice
  • Led Cardinals to franchise’s first division title since 1975 and first-ever Super Bowl appearance
  • Only quarterback to throw for 300 yards or more in three Super Bowls
  • Four-time Pro Bowl choice
  • Led NFL in average gain per attempt three times
  • Had highest passer rating and led NFL in touchdown passes twice

Celebrate the Class of 2017

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The Class of 2017 will be formally enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, August 5. The Enshrinement Ceremony is held at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton as a part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls that celebrates the newest enshrinees of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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