Canton's Latest Class
A look at those who were selected for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame: Bob Hayes Wide Receiver HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 5-11, 185 NFL CAREER: 1965-1974 Dallas Cowboys, 1975 San Francisco 49ers. 11 seasons, 132 games.NEED TO KNOW: Senior candidate. Cowboys' seventh-round pick (88th overall) of 1964 NFL draft and Broncos' 14th-round pick (105th overall) of 1964 AFL draft. ... Won a pair of gold medals in the 1964 Olympic Games earning him the title "World's Fastest Human." ... As a rookie, his 46 receptions for 1,003 yards led all Cowboys receivers. ... "Bullet Bob" terrorized defensive backs and demanded deep double coverage rarely seen in the NFL then. ... Often said that bump-and-run defense was developed to slow him down. ... Four times was named first- or second-team All-NFL. ... Three times led the Cowboys in receptions, including back-to-back titles in 1965-66 when he caught a total of 110 passes for more than 2,200 yards and 25 touchdowns. ... Hayes accumulated 7,414 yards and 71 touchdowns in his career. ... The 71 TDs remain a Cowboys club record. Randall McDaniel Guard HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-3, 276 NFL CAREER: 1988-1999 Minnesota Vikings, 2000-01 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 14 seasons, 222 games. NEED TO KNOW: Selected by Minnesota in the first round (19th overall) of 1988 draft. ... Played in all 16 games as rookie, starting 15, and earned All-Rookie honors. ... Started in 13 consecutive Vikings playoff games and 202 consecutive games before retiring. ... Possessed uncanny ability to either finesse block or overpower opponents. ... Led Vikings offensive line that held opponents to a sack every 22.7 attempts (1994), and every 21.3 attempts in 1998. ... Blocked for six 1,000-yard rushers and five 3,000-yard passers during career. ... With McDaniel leading the offensive line, team captured NFC Central Division titles in 1989, 1992, 1994 and 1998. ... Named All-Pro nine consecutive times (1990-98). ... Selected to play in a record 12 consecutive Pro Bowls (1990-2001). Bruce Smith Defensive End HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-4, 280 NFL CAREER: 1985-1999 Buffalo Bills, 2000-03 Washington Redskins. 19 seasons, 279 games. NEED TO KNOW: Selected by Buffalo with the first pick overall of 1985 draft. ... Considered one of the most dominant defensive players in NFL history. ... Known as fierce pass rusher who possessed tremendous strength. ... His 200 career sacks is NFL all-time record. ... Recorded 10 or more sacks in an NFL-record 13 seasons. ... Most consider 1990 as his finest single season, when he had 19 sacks, including four against Colts QB Jeff George in the first 20 minutes of a Week 14 game, and sacked Giants QB Jeff Hostetler for a safety in Super Bowl XXV. ... Was a dominant part of Bills championship teams that between 1988-1995 won six AFC Eastern Division crowns (1988-1991, 1993, 1995) and four AFC championships (1990-93) . ... Named NFL Defensive Player of the Year, 1990 and 1996. ... Named to the NFL's All-Decade Teams of the 1980s and 1990s. ... Named first- or second-team All-Pro 11 times and selected to play in 11 Pro Bowls (1988-1991, 1993-99). Derrick Thomas Linebacker HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-3, 243 NFL CAREER: 1989-1999 Kansas City Chiefs. 11 seasons, 169 games. NEED TO KNOW: Selected by Kansas City in the first round (fourth overall) of 1989 draft. ... Had 10 sacks as a rookie and added 75 tackles to earn Defensive Rookie of the Year honors. ... In 1990, led NFL with team-record 20 sacks, including NFL-record seven in one game. ... Chosen for nine Pro Bowls. ... Accumulated most sacks in NFL during 1990s (116 1/2 ). ... Recorded 126 1/2 career sacks. Had 10 or more in a season seven times and multisack games 27 times. ... Forced 45 fumbles and recovered 19. Scored four touchdowns on fumble returns and added three safeties. ... In the 11 years he anchored the defense, Chiefs finished first or second in the AFC West 10 times, made seven playoff appearances, and won three division titles. ... All-Pro three times. ... Selected to nine straight Pro Bowls. ... Member of the NFL's all-decade team of the 1990s. Ralph Wilson Jr. Founder/Owner NFL CAREER: 1960-present Buffalo Bills. NEED TO KNOW: One of original founders of American Football League, Wilson formed Buffalo Bills in 1959. ... During tenure as team owner, Bills won AFL championships in 1964 and 1965 and AFC titles in 1990, 1991, 1992 and 1993. ... Bills had 103 regular-season wins, second-most in NFL during 1990s. ... Helped lead AFL through early years, making tough decisions that were necessary for league's survival. ... Began talks with Carroll Rosenbloom, then owner of NFL's Colts in January 1965, that eventually resulted in AFL-NFL merger. ... Considered "voice of reason" Wilson served as president of AFL, was on AFL's Expansion Committee and AFL-NFL Negotiations Committee. ... Has served as chairman of NFL Pension Committee, Labor Committee, Super Bowl Site Committee, NFL Expansion Committee, NFL Realignment Committee. Rod Woodson Cornerback/Safety HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-0, 200 NFL CAREER: 1987-1996 Pittsburgh Steelers, 1997 San Francisco 49ers, 1998-2001 Baltimore Ravens, 2002-03 Oakland Raiders. 17 seasons, 238 games with 229 starts. NEED TO KNOW: Selected by Pittsburgh in the first round (10th overall) of 1987 draft. ... ... From 1991-94 recorded 12 sacks and 19 interceptions, returning three for TDs. ... In 1995 suffered serious knee injury with recovery time projected to be six to 12 months. ... Returned in just four months and played in the 1996 Super Bowl. ... Member of NFL's 75th Anniversary Team and NFL's All-Decade Team of the 1990s. ... NFL Defensive Player of the Year, 1993. ... Intercepted 71 passes in career; third on NFL all-time list. ... Is NFL's all-time leader in interception return yardage (1,483). ... Holds NFL record for most interceptions returned for TDs (12). ... Six-time first-team All-Pro choice (1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 2001). ... Earned All-Pro honors as cornerback, kick returner, safety. ... Chosen to play in 11 Pro Bowls - seven with Steelers, three with Ravens, and one with Raiders. HALL OF FAME CAPSULES
Compiled by The Associated Press. Source: Pro Football Hall of Fame.