Capsule look at those elected to Hall of Fame Print
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 A capsule look at those elected to the Hall of Fame:
Fred Dean
Defensive End
6-3, 230
1975-1981 San Diego Chargers, 1981-1985 San Francisco 49ers. 11 seasons, 141 games.
Selected by San Diego in the second round (33rd player overall) in 1975 NFL draft. ... Played linebacker in college, moved to defensive line with the Chargers. ... Quickness, speed, strength made him a feared pass rusher. ... Recorded seven sacks, 93 tackles and had four fumble recoveries in his rookie year. ... Career sacks total near 100, but unofficial because sacks were not an official NFL statistic until 1982. ... Unofficially had 15 1/2 sacks in 1978, nine in 1979, 10 1/2 in 1980. ... Contributed 12 sacks in 11 games with the 49ers in 1981. ... Had career best 17 1/2 sacks in 1983, including a then-NFL record six in one game, Nov. 13 vs. New Orleans. ... Played on five division winners and two Super Bowl championship teams. ... Voted All-Pro in 1980 and 1981, selected to play in four Pro Bowls.
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Darrell Green
Cornerback
5-8, 176
1983-2002 Washington Redskins. 20 seasons, 295 games.
Selected in first round (28th player overall) in 1983 draft. ... Holds NFL record with at least one interception in 19 consecutive seasons. ... Career interception totals: 54 interceptions for 621 yards and 6 TDs. ... Tied for first on NFL all-time list for most consecutive seasons playing with one team (20). ... Had three INTs vs. Detroit (11/15/87). ... Had career-best five INTs in three different seasons: 1984, 1986, 1991. ... Returned six interceptions for TDs. ... Also returned 51 punts for 611 yards. ... Tied for second all-time for most interceptions returned for touchdowns in playoffs with two. ... A member of the 1990s All-Decade Team. ... Selected to play in seven Pro Bowls. ... Named All-Pro 1986, 1987, 1990, 1991.
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Art Monk
Wide Receiver
6-3, 210
1980-93 Washington Redskins, 1994 New York Jets, 1995 Philadelphia Eagles. 16 seasons, 224 games.
t or more passes in six games, five games of 100-plus yards receiving, and in one game caught 10 passes for 200 yards. ... Chosen as Redskins MVP in 1984. ... First Redskins player to produce three consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons. ... A three-time Pro Bowl selection, was All-Pro choice in 1984 and 1985.
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Emmitt Thomas
Cornerback
6-2, 192
1966-1978 Kansas City Chiefs. 13 seasons, 181 games.
Joined the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent. ... One of finest cornerbacks of his era. ... Ranks ninth all-time in interceptions with 58, which is fourth all-time best by a pure cornerback and is Chiefs all-time record. ... Led NFL with team-record 12 interceptions in 1974 - two shy of NFL all-time record. ... Two of his 1974 interceptions went for touchdowns. ... Led AFL with nine picks in 1969 and added three more during playoffs including interception in Chiefs Super Bowl IV win over the Vikings. ... Returned five interceptions for TDs during career. ... Led the Chiefs in interceptions in 1969, 1971, 1973, 1974, and 1975. ... His 937 return yards on 58 INTs is team record. ... Selected to play in five Pro Bowls. ... Was first- or second-team All-AFL/AFC 1969, 1970, 1971, 1974, 1975 and first- or second-team All-NFL 1971, 1974, 1975.
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Andre Tippett
Linebacker
6-3, 240
1982-1993 New England Patriots. 10 seasons, 151 games.
Selected in the second round (41st overall) of 1982 draft. ... Used primarily on special teams in strike-shortened rookie season. ... Earned starter's role in following season. ... In 1984 established team record with 18 1/2 sacks and earned first of five consecutive (1985-1989) Pro Bowl selections. ... Was a factor in team's success that led to first Super Bowl appearance in 1986. ... That season (1985) led AFC with 16 1/2 sacks (second in NFL), earning AFC Defensive Player of the Year honors. ... Began 1986 season with 9 1/2 sacks before injury sidelined him for five games following surgery. Returned for final two games of season and earned Pro Bowl spot. ... In 1987 had AFC-leading 12 1/2 sacks. ... Missed four games in 1988 and entire 1989 season due to injuries. ... Remained a dominant player through final four seasons. ... At time of retirement, his 100 career sacks, 18 1/2 sacks in a season, and 17 opponent fumbles recovered were team bests. ... Chosen for NFL's all-decade team of the 1980s.
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Gary Zimmerman
Tackle
6-6, 294
1986-1992 Minnesota Vikings, 1993-1997 Denver Broncos. 12 seasons, 184 games.
Selected in first round (third overall) of 1984 supplemental draft. ... Originally chosen by Giants, signing rights traded to Vikings for two second-round picks in 1986 draft. ... Spent two seasons with the L.A. Express of USFL before reporting to Vikings. ... After joining Vikings, began streak of 169 consecutive starts that lasted until 1996, when surgery sidelined him. ... Anchored offensive line that helped Vikings lead NFC in rushing, 1991. ... One of just handful of players chosen for two NFL all-decade teams, 1980s and 1990s. ... Earned first- or second-team All-Pro honors eight times. ... Selected to play in seven Pro Bowls.
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Source: Pro Football Hall of Fame.
 

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