August 7, 2011 by staff
Deion Sanders, Prime Time has come to Canton – with a touch of gold. And a non-black cloth. Deion Sanders strutted into the Hall of Fame on Saturday night with a pair of gold shoes to go with the gold jacket emblematic of the special undertaking that has become a part of.
At the end of his acceptance speech fascinating, put his do-rag ubiquitous lounge of your bust. Neon Deion made. “This game,” Sanders repeated dozens of times, “This game taught me to be a man. This game taught me if I knocked, I have to get my ass up.
“I always had a rule in life that I never love anything that does not love me back. He taught me how to be a man, how to get, how to live in pain. He taught me a lot about people, time, focus, dedication, presentation of self, sacrifice.
“If the dream is bigger than you, there is a problem with your sleep.”
Sanders joined Marshall Faulk to enter the hall in its first year of eligibility. Shannon Sharpe, Richard Dent, Chris Hanburger, Les Richter and Ed Sabol also devoted to an enthusiastic crowd of 13.300 – much lower than usual participation. With Sunday’s Game Hall of Fame a victim of the 4 ½ months of blockade of the NFL, Fawcett Stadium was half full.
Not that Sanders needs of a large audience.
Cornerback and kick returner ran a list of dynamic people who influenced him as best as he ran past opponents, if the runner kicks or interceptions – or even catch passes when he appeared as a wide receiver or running the bases the major leagues, including an appearance in the World Series.
He spoke of the promise to his mother that he could stop working in a hospital when he became a success, and how they created the image of Prime Time Florida State – then became a person.
A Hall of Fame person.
“What separates us is that we expect to be big,” he said. “I hope to be great, I hope to do what he had to do. I hope to make the change.”
As Sharpe expected to change his life as a boy who went to college with two bags of coffee full of their belongings.
When Sharpe went to Savannah State, all I heard was how it was doomed to failure.
“When people told me they never do, I listened to the person who said I could, my,” said Sharpe.
Failure? Sharpe was a seventh-round draft selection for the tight end of the most prolific of his time. He won two Super Bowls with Denver and one with Baltimore, and at the time of his retirement in 2003, his 815 career receptions, 10,060 yards and 62 were all the NFL records for a tight end. Three times he was more than 1,000 receiving yards in a season – almost unheard of for the position. In a playoff game in 1993, Sharpe had 13 catches against Oakland, tying a record.
Sharpe fondled her breasts in the head Saturday before saying: “All these years later, makes me proud when people call me a self-made man.”
In an acceptance speech captivating passion Sharpe threw a pitch that his brother, Sterling, who played seven years with the Packers, in the choice of the sanctuary. Sterling, who introduced his younger brother for induction, wept as he praised Shannon.
“I am the only player who has been inducted into the Hall of Fame and I am the second best player in my family,” said Sharpe.
“I feel very honored. Do not know what this means to me. This is the brotherhood of all fraternities.”
Faulk was the runner runners for much of his career 12 seasons.
As versatile as a threat and dangerous backfield in the NFL has seen, Faulk was elected superior offensive player of the NFL in 1999, 2000 and 2001, and was the NFL MVP in 2000. He was the leader of the league scoring in 2000 and ’01, made seven Pro Bowls and was the first player to gain 2,000 yards in four consecutive offensive.
The project second pick overall in 1994, when Faulk was the offensive rookie of the year, he played five seasons in Indianapolis after their last seven St. Louis, helping the Rams to their only Super Bowl victory in 1999.
Through tears, Faulk said, “This guy is very special. … I’m happy to be part of it. This is football heaven.
“I am a football fan like you all,” Faulk told the crowd. “I have always, always been a fan and had an enduring passion, love and respect for this football game, even when I was a kid selling popcorn at the Superdome because they could not afford a ticket.
“It’s hard to project to the attic.”
Dent was a dynamic pass rusher one of the great defenses in the NFL, the NFL champions of 1985. He was the MVP of the Super Bowl and finished with 137 ½ sacks in his career, third all-time when he left the sport.
He personified the Monsters of the Midway: fast, strong and intimidating.
“Richard was like a guided missile,” said Joe Gilliam, the coach of the dent of the university during his presentation.
“You have to dream and to be spent on something in your life,” said Dent, who asked all attendees to rising applause from Gilliam, thanked dozens of people, including many of the Bears 85 that also were in the stadium. He saved his highest praise of the late Walter Payton.
“When you dream, it is very difficult to say you can do everything by himself,” said Dent. “It’s about other people.”
Sabol made a living out of telling stories of others.
An aspiring filmmaker, Sabol Commissioner Pete Rozelle came to offer twice the share of the rights to film the championship game of the NFL 1962 between the Packers and Giants. Rozelle and accepted the 3000 and a successful marriage was formed.
Sitting in a wheelchair, the Sabol of 94 years, said he “dreamed the impossible dream, and I’m living at this very minute.”
“This honor tonight is really going to NFL Films, what happens is that accepting all the accolades,” said Sabol.
Sabol son, Steve, who replaced him as president of the company, introduced his father, who said, “My sisters used to say my father was two men of straw under a good routine. He loved to entertain.”
Hanburger called his induction “one of the best times of my life and I mean that from my heart. I am overwhelmed by this.”
Hanburger never left his job with the Redskins overwhelm you. It was the call sign for the intricate defenses George Allen in Washington, which included dozens of formations.
He also was a physical player. Nicknamed “The Hangman” was Hanburger out by a violent movement that almost patented in 14 seasons with the Redskins, the clothesline tackle, which was finally outlawed.
A candidate high-level committee, made nine Pro Bowls Hanburger in 14 seasons but never won a championship. Linebacker ability to find the ball helped him 19 interceptions and three fumble returns touchdowns, a record in the league when he retired after the 1978 season.
Hanburger looked into the face of her breasts before he said the induction is “something we never thought.”
Richter, who died last year, was also a high level candidate. He played nine seasons with the Rams in Los Angeles, who acquired him in 1954 by 11 players after he was the second pick in the draft.
Richter spent two years in the army, became one of the most robust defenders in the NFL. He made eight straight Pro Bowls while seeing time at center and as a kicker of his career. He retired in 1962 and became a successful career in motorsport.
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