Notable Hall of Famers: 1980s

By Allie Shriver | January 19, 2017 | Pro Football Hall of Fame

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We’re continuing our series on notable Gold Jackets from each decade. Today’s decade is known for big hair, rock and roll, and Reaganomics. We’re covering the greatest drafted in the 1980s!

Howie Long

Los Angeles Raiders- Second-round draft pick in 1981
HOF Class of 2000
Defensive End

Notable Information-

Recorded career-best 13 sacks in 1983 including five in one game
Four solo tackles and one assist in Raiders Super Bowl XVIII victory


Eight Pro Bowls
All-Pro 1983, 1984, 1985

Jerry Rice

San Francisco 49ers – First-round pick 1985
HOF Class of 2010
Wide Receiver
Mississippi Valley State University

Notable Information-

Set NFL Record with 22 touchdown receptions in 1987
208 total touchdowns
Most 1,000-yard receiving seasons (14)


Super Bowl XXIII MVP
13 Pro Bowls

Charles Haley

San Francisco 49ers – Fourth-round draft pick
HOF Class of 2015
Linebacker/Defensive End
James Madison University

Notable Information-

Only player to play on five winning Super Bowl teams
Member of 10 Division Championship teams


NFC Defensive Player of the Year- twice
Five Pro Bowls
Five-time Super Bowl Champion

Dermontti Dawson

Pittsburgh Steelers- Second-round draft pick
HOF Class of 2012
University of Kentucky

Notable Information-

Named First-Team All-Pro six consecutive years (1993-1998)
Played in 170 consecutive games


NFL Alumni Offensive Lineman of the Year, 1996
Co-AFC Offensive Lineman Of The Year By NFL Players Association, 1993
even Pro Bowls

Each of these men has contributed to this sport in more than one way. They continue to work hard to show the world that NFL players are more than just players. You can hang out with several of the notable players from the Hall of Fame at our Gold Jacket Club before Super Bowl LI. If the Super Bowl isn’t your type of event, join us and hundreds of Gold Jackets to welcome the new class in August during Enshrinement Week.

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