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Friday, 03 August 2007 10:16
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 Capsules of Saturday's inductees into Pro Football's Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio:
Gene Hickerson
6-3, 248
1958-1973 Cleveland Browns. 15 seasons, 202 games.
leading rusher in seven of those 10 seasons. ... Chosen for NFL's all-decade team of the 1960s.
Michael Irvin
Wide Receiver
6-2, 207
1988-1999 Dallas Cowboys. 12 seasons, 159 games.
Cowboys' first-round pick (11th overall) in 1988 draft. ... Became the first rookie wide receiver to start a season opener for Dallas in more than 20 years. Irvin's 20.4-yards per catch average during his rookie year led the NFC. ... Led league with 1,523 yards on 93 catches in 1991. ... Had 1,000-yard seasons in all but one year from 1991-1998 ... In 1995, Irvin played his finest season: 111 catches for 1,603 yards. He also established an NFL record with 11 100-yard games and scored 10 touchdowns. ... Cowboys made four straight appearances in NFC championship game (1992-1995) and won three Super Bowls. ... Finished career with 750 receptions for 11,904 yards and 65 TDs. ... Selected to five straight Pro Bowls. ... Picked for NFL's all-decade team of the 1990s.
Bruce Matthews
Guard, Tackle, Center
6-5, 289
1983-2001 Houston Oilers/Tennessee Oilers/Titans. 19 seasons, 296 games.
Selected by Houston in first round (ninth overall) of 1983 draft. ... Regarded as one of game's finest offensive linemen for nearly two decades. ... Played in more games than any positional player in NFL history. ... Started 292 of 296 games he played and 15 playoff games. ... Played at every position on line. ... Was also team's long snapper for majority of career. ... Most starts came at guard (99 on left side, 67 as right guard) and at center (87). ... Also had 22 starts at right tackle, 17 at left tackle. ... Was anchor on offensive line that contributed to team's seven consecutive playoff seasons. ... Voted to first of 14 consecutive Pro Bowl teams (nine at guard, five at center) following 1988 season, tying Hall of Famer Merlin Olsen for most ever. ... Was voted All-Pro nine times. ... Selected as guard on NFL's all-decade team of the 1990s.
Charlie Sanders
Tight End
6-4, 230
1968-1977 Detroit Lions. 10 seasons, 128 games.
ions in a season seven times and had more than 500 yards receiving in six seasons. ... At time of retirement was Lions' career receptions leader (336), his career yards receiving (4,817) ranked second. ... Was Lions' leader or co-leader in receptions six of his 10 seasons. ... Chosen for NFL's all-decade team of the 1970s.
Thurman Thomas
Running Back
5-10, 198
1988-1999 Buffalo Bills, 2000 Miami Dolphins. 13 seasons, 182 games.
Selected in the second round of the 1988 draft. ... A key part of Bills' unprecedented run of four straight Super Bowl appearances. They lost all of them. ... Set record by leading NFL in total yards from scrimmage four consecutive seasons. ... In 1991, gained over 2,000 yards from scrimmage and was voted league's MVP. ... At time of retirement, ranked sixth all-time in career yards from scrimmage (16,532). ... Rushed for 12,074 yards. ... Only Emmitt Smith and Barry Sanders ran for more yards in the 1990s. ... One of only three Hall of Fame running backs (Walter Payton and Marcus Allen) to have over 400 receptions and 10,000 yards rushing. ... Played in six AFC title games and four Super Bowls. ... Set playoff records for career points (126), touchdowns (21) and consecutive games with a TD (9). ... Selected to play in five consecutive Pro Bowls. ... Chosen for NFL's all-decade team of the 1990s.
Roger Wehrli
6-0, 190
1969-1982 St. Louis Cardinals. 14 seasons, 193 games.
Selected in first round (19th overall) of 1969 draft. ... Starter as rookie, making three interceptions and leading team in punt returns. ... In 1970 picked off career-high six passes (a feat he matched in 1975) to earn first All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors. ... Led or tied for lead in interceptions for Cardinals four times. ... Maintained enough speed and savvy to play demanding position for 14 seasons. ... Registered interception in all but two seasons and amassed 40 career interceptions, two for touchdowns. ... From 1974-76, picked off 12 passes as Cardinals put together string of three straight double-digit win seasons, including back-to-back NFC East titles (1974, 1975). ... Intercepted three of Roger Staubach's passes during key 31-17 win over division rival Dallas, Dec. 7, 1975. ... In 1981, was moved to left cornerback. ... Recovered franchise record-tying 19 fumbles during career. ... Voted to NFL's all-decade team of 1970s, was first-team All-Pro five times (1970, 1974-1977) and made Pro Bowl seven times.
Source: Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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