[NFL Network] HALL OF FAME ENSHRINEMENT – 2019 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony

[NFL Network] HALL OF FAME ENSHRINEMENT – 2019 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony
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STEVE, I GAVE YOU THE WORD OF WHAT TO LOOK FORWARD TO TONIGHT. >>FOOTBALL FANS EVERYWHERE HAVE BEEN WATCHING THESE GUYS FOR YEARS AND THEIR EXCELLENCE. BUT TONIGHT WE GET A CHANCE TO HEAR FROM THEIR HEART, AND HOW THEY SAY THEY GOT HERE WITH ALL THE HELP. IT IS EMOTIONAL. I CAN’T WAIT FOR THE SPEECHES, RICH. IT IS GOING TO BE AN AWESOME NIGHT.>>LET’S SEND THINGS TO THE PODIUM RIGHT NOW, WITH YOUR Mc BOOMER HIMSELF.>>LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, PLEASE WELCOME OUR MASTER OF CEREMONIES, CHRIS BERMAN. >>GOOD EVENING, EVERYBODY. HOW ARE WE DOING OUT THERE? WE CAN DO BETTER THAN THAT. HOW ARE WE DOING OUT THERE? PRETTY GOOD WEATHER. DID WE HANDLE THAT DEPARTMENT FOR YOU? DON’T YOU WORRY. HOW ABOUT THE FOLKS HERE IN CANTON THAT WELCOME US BACK EVERY YEAR. PLEASE GIVE THEM AND EVERYBODY HERE, OUR HOSTS, A ROUND OF APPLAUSE. HOW DID WE DO IN THE FOOTBALL GRADE DEPARTMENT? MEETING UP WITH ALL THESE GUYS APPEAR QUESTION PRETTY GOOD. LET THEM KNOW HOW MUCH YOU APPRECIATE THEM COMING BACK HERE. FOR OUR RETURNING HALL OF FAMERS, THEY DESERVE YOUR APPLAUSE, THEY CERTAINLY HAVE MINE. WE ARE GOING TO MEET THE NEW CLASS OF 2019 IN A MOMENT, THE GREAT EIGHT WILL BRING THE TOTAL OF HALL OF FAMERS TO ONLY 326. A PRETTY LOW NUMBER WHEN YOU CONSIDER WE ARE ABOUT TO PLAY OUR 100th SEASON OF PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL. SO, WE WILL NEED YOUR HELP UP THERE, OVER THERE, WHETHER YOU ARE WALKING, WHETHER YOU ARE SITTING. WE ARE GOING TO NEED YOUR HELP. ARE THERE ANY BRONCO FANS AROUND? THAT WAS JUST A GUESS. ARE THERE ANY CHIEFS FANS, BECAUSE WE HAVE A FEW. THERE HAVE GOT TO BE SOME FALCONS FANS SOMEWHERE, I MEAN, I KNOW THERE’S A PURPLE IN THE HOUSE, RAVENS, RIGHT? AND HALF OF NEW ORLEANS, RIGHT? HALF OF NEW ORLEANS IS HERE. PATRIOTS FANS? [ LAUGHTER ] YEAH, WELL, JETS FANS? TITANS FANS? SOME COWBOYS FANS? SOME REDSKINS FANS? CAN WE AGREE ON ONE THING QUESTION MARK YOU ARE NFL FANS, SO I HAVE A QUESTION. ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL? THAT IS A LITTLE BIT BETTER. OUR FIRST WELCOME TO THE CLASS OF 2019, WE MISS HIM GREATLY BUT HIS SPIRIT IS AND ALWAYS WILL BE AROUND US. IT WILL BE AROUND HIS TEAM, IT WILL BE AROUND OUR LEAGUE. WE HONOR THE LONGTIME OWNER OF THE DENVER BRONCOS, PAT BOWLEN. I SHUTDOWN CORNER OF THE BRONCOS, AND BEFORE THAT THE WASHINGTON REDSKINS. THE FIRST MOST PROMOS OF ANY DEFENSIVE BACK, CHAMP BAILEY. DESIGNED FOR TALENT, WHO IS SECOND TO NONE, A TRAILBLAZER IN THE TALENT AND SCOUTING AREAS AND STILL IS FOR THE DALLAS COWBOYS, GIL BRANDT. HE SMASHED MOST OF THE RECORDS FOR TIGHT ENDS, AND JUST ABOUT DID THE SAME FOR ALL RECEIVERS. FOR THE KANSAS CITY CHIEFS AND THE ATLANTA FALCONS, TONY GONZALEZ VERY FEW PLAY A POSITION WITH A STYLE THAT FORCES THE NFL TO CHANGE THE RULES. HE DID THAT AT CORNERBACK FOR THE NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS AND THREE OTHERS, TY LAW. A TRUE ANCHOR OF THE OFFENSIVE LINE AT CENTER, HE MADE A CAREER AND A BLOCKING FOR 1000 AND 2000 YARD RUSHERS. FROM THE NEW YORK JETS AND TENNESSEE AND SEATTLE, KEVIN MAWAE. NOBODY RAN AND SMACKED PASSES BETTER THAN THIS MAN, FLIPPING THE FIELD INSTANTLY AND SO MANY DIFFERENT WAYS. 2004 NFL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR, SAFETY FOR THE BALTIMORE RAVENS, ED REED . A TRUE GEM AT SAFETY WHOSE TEAMS WON THE MOST TITLES IN THE 10 YEAR GLORIOUS HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE. FROM THE KANSAS CITY CHIEFS, AT LONG LAST, JOHNNY ROBINSON. WE WILL MEET THEM INDIVIDUALLY AS WE MOVE FORWARD TONIGHT HERE IN CANTON, FOR WHAT WILL BE A VERY, VERY SPECIAL EVENING. GLAD YOU ARE ALL HERE. WE ARE CERTAINLY GLAD THEY ARE HERE.>>SO THE STAGE IS LITERALLY SET . THERE THEY ARE. IT IS GOING TO BE A GREAT NIGHT HERE IN CANTON, OHIO. LET’S GET THIS PARTY STARTED. >>THE FINAL CHAPTERS ARE WRITTEN IN GOLD AND BRONZE. >>NOW, A NEW CLASS OF LEGENDS, AWAITS THAT PERFECT ENDING. THE ARCHITECT OF AMERICA’S TEAM, A DOMINATING LINEMAN, AND LEADER, AND ICONIC OWNER. AND PERHAPS, THE GREATEST TIGHT END OF ALL TIME. JOIN A SAFETY THAT PAVED THE WAY FOR HIS POSITION. AND A TRIO OF SECONDARY PLAYMAKERS, WHO FOLLOWED IN HIS FOOTSTEPS. WHOSE TALENT, TENACITY AND EXCELLENCE, DEFINED THEIR TIES. THEIR STELLAR CAREERS, HAVE EARNED THIS CONCLUSION, THE FINALE FOR THEIR OUTSTANDING EXPLOITS. THE PERFECT ENDING FURTHER AND COMPARABLE FOOTBALL STORIES. IN CANTON OHIO, AT THE PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME. >>>A BEAUTIFUL NIGHT IN CANTON OHIO. FOR THE PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME ENTRAINMENT, BROUGHT TO YOU BY KAY JEWELERS. INSIDE THE HALL OF FAME IN STADIUM NAMED AFTER TOM BENSON. IT IS TIME FOR THE ENTRAINMENT. CAPTAIN AMERICA HIMSELF. HE IS BACK HERE HIMSELF, CHRIS CARTER BACK IN THE STADIUM. 11 SO MUCH. — WE LOVE HIM SO MUCH. IT HAS BEEN SIX YEARS SINCE THAT GREAT SPEECH WHERE HE MADE EVERYONE STAND UP AND SAY SIT DOWN YOU ARE IN THE HALL OF FAME. THAT WAS AMAZING. >>I WONDER WHAT GREAT SPEECHES WE WILL HERE TONIGHT HERE, AND THE HOME OF FOOTBALL GETTING SET FOR THE NFL 100 SEASON. TECHNICALLY KICKED OFF IN THIS STADIUM A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO AT THE HALL OF FAME GAME. I AM RICH HEISMAN, PART OF THE NFL MEDIA WE ARE HUMBLED AND HONORED YOU ARE HERE WITH US. STEVE MARIUCCI, WE ARE SO HAPPY THAT YOU ARE HERE AS WELL. WE GET SO EMOTIONAL LISTING TO THESE GUYS TALK. >>THIS IS HOW WE KICK OFF THE FOOTBALL SEASON, WITH THE HALL OF FAME AND HERE’S HOW WE DO THAT WE WILL HONOR THE GREAT PLAYERS OF THE PAST AND LOOKING FORWARD TO OUR 100 SEASON AS A LEAGUE. >>YES, WE HAVE TRAN EIGHT — GIL BRANDT TALKING FIRST, AND THEN WE WILL HAVE A TONY GONZALEZ FINISHING UP THE NIGHTS. I WAS TOLD IT BAD ED REED IS GOING TO’S PEAKÃMAXINE SOME OF HIS SPEECH TONIGHT. WE WILL BE BACK IN A MOMENT. >>THE 2019 PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME ENTRAINMENT ENSHRINEMENT IS PRESENTED BY KAY JEWELERS. RING OF EXCELLENCE. No, I can’t believe how easy
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SO I THOUGHT, HOW COOL IT WOULD BE, IF OUR CLASS COULD GET SOMETHING OR GIVE SOMETHING TO THE HALL OF FAME SO WE TALKED, AND OUR CLASS, THE CLASS OF 2019 CAME TOGETHER, WE WANT TO PRESENT YOU A CHECK, FOR THE HALL OF FAME, AND HONOR OF PAT BOWLEN IN HIS MEMORY. [ CLAPPING ] THANK YOU. >>WOW, >>THAT’S WHY HE WAS THE PRESIDENT OF NFL PLAYERS. YOU KNOW KEVIN MAWAE , IT’S REMARKABLE AND HE SET A STANDARD FOR FUTURE HALL OF FAMER’S. AND NEXT YEAR’S CAN BE 20 LARGE.>>ARE MAYBE THAT WILL BE THE ACTUAL CHECK 20 LARGE YOU NEVER KNOW. >>TONY GONZALES WITH STEVE. >>TONY HOW BIG A STAGE IS THIS? YOU BEEN A LOT OF BIG STAGES HOW YOU FELT THIS MOMENT? >>YOU KNOW THEY ASKED ME THAT QUESTION ON THE WAY DOWN HERE MY COUSIN DID MY PRESENTER, DENNIS ALLEN, AND HONESTLY IT THE FOOTBALL GAME. BUT I’M GOING TO GO ON THE FOOTBALL FIELD OF THE NERVES MAKING SURE YOU KNOW YOU’RE GOING TO SAY, YOU DON’T WANT TO FORGET ANYONE ALL THAT STUFF. I KNOW THERE’S, LIKE A FOOTBALL GAME I WILL LET IT RIP, I WILL WEAR MY EMOTIONS ON MY SLEEVE THIS IS THE PLACE TO DO IT. IF I FEEL LIKE CRYING I WILL. IF I FEEL LIKE LAUGHING I WILL. I JUST HOPEFULLY I CAN DELIVER A GOOD MESSAGE FOR MY FAMILY, FRIENDS AND ALL THE FANS OF THE NFL. >>WE WERE TALKING, THE 100 YOU HAVE A 101 GRAM — 101 GRANDMOTHER HERE? SHE’S 101 YEARS OLD? >>YES MY GRANDMOTHER SHE JUST CELEBRATED HER 101st BIRTHDAY, SHE ME GREAT ADVICE ALONG TIME AGO I’LL SAY IT OUT THERE. SHE TOLD ME CATCH THAT BALL AND RUN LIKE . IT WAS GREAT ADVICE AND IT WORKED. >>THAT’S WHY YOU ARE HERE. OKAY TONY WE APPRECIATE YOU GOOD LUCK. >>I HOPE ALL MEMBERS OF TONY’S FAMILY ARE READY FOR A FUN AND LONG NIGHT. HE SPEAKS LAST. HE IS THE ONE, WHO WILL WRAP UP OUR EVENING. WE ARE EXPECTING HIM TO COME BY OUR POST PAYMENT SET ALONG WITH ED REED THAT’S HER SCHEDULED GUESTS TO STOP BY, THERE IS GIL BRANDT CAN YOU IMAGINE WHAT IS GOING THROUGH HIS MIND HE IS SEEN AT ALL, DONE IT ALL. HE IS ABOUT TO GO INTO THE HALL. FOR THAT. >>YOU KNOW 86 YEARS OLD, YOU LISTEN TO HIM ON THE RADIO AND HE KNOWS IT ALL. WHAT A GREAT MEMORY. >>HE DOES REMEMBER EVERYONE. >>HE REMEMBERS NOT ONLY WHAT SCHOOL, BUT WHAT THE STREET IS TO GET TO THE UNIVERSITY. THE GUY IS LIKE AN ENCYCLOPEDIA.>>WE TAKE THE COMBINE FOR GRANTED AS A TELEVISION PRODUCT RIGHT? HERE ON THE NFL NETWORK. GIL BRANDT IS A MAN WHO ESSENTIALLY HELPED START IT. TO FIGURE OUT A WAY BACK IN THE DAY, TO GET ALL THE MEDICAL INFORMATION THE KIDS COMING OUT OF COLLEGE, AND FIGURE OUT HOW TO WORK IT INTO THE EQUATION, TO EVALUATE AND DRAFT, BACK IN THE DAY THAT WAS A GROUND BREAKING IDEA. >>YES AND TO COMPUTERIZE SOME OF THIS STUFF AND ORGANIZE IT TO EVALUATE, YOU KNOW IN THE RING OF HONOR OVER THERE AND DALLAS COWBOYS STADIUM THERE ARE 19 FORMER PLAYERS. YOU KNOW GIL BRANDT BROUGHT IN 15 OF THOSE. >>SO, HE CAN FIND TALENT WHETHER IT’S BOB HAYES, RUNNING TRACK OR WHATEVER THAT IS HE FINDS IT. PUT THAT ON THE COMPUTER, FOR YEARS, ANY OF THE CONCEPTS ARE USED IN THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE. >>HIS LONG WAIT IS ABOUT TO BE OVER, IT’S REMARKABLE WE’VE ALL GOTTEN TO KNOW GIL BRANDT HE’S BEEN WRITING FOR NFL.COM FOR QUITE SOME TIME IN THERE IS THE CHAIR HE WILL BE TAKING LATER ON, ONCE HE FINISHES SPEECH. >>YOU THINK YOU WILL TAKE IT HOME? >>I WILL. I WOULD BRONZE THAT. SO NOW IT’S TIME TO START THE NIGHT. CHRIS BERMAN IS ABOUT TO INTRODUCE GIL BRANDT. >>GOOD EVENING. WHEN THE DALLAS COWBOYS CAME INTO THE LEAGUE, BACK IN 1960, THE DECK WAS STACKED AGAINST ANY EXPANSION CHAIN THAT INITIAL SEASON, THEY DID NOT WIN A GAME. IT WAS STACKED SO MUCH, THAT IT WAS EXPECTED, THAT THEY WOULDN’T BE HEARD FROM FROM A LONG, LONG TIME, BUT THE COWBOYS HAD ASSEMBLED A TRIO OF GENTLEMEN, WHO PROVED VERY QUICKLY THAT THEY WERE THE BEST , AND THEY WERE THE BRIGHTEST. CHECK SCHRAM, COACH TOM LANDRY AND VICE PRESIDENT OF PLAYER PERSONNEL GIL BRANDT. [CHEERING] FITTINGLY, THOSE THREE ARE TOGETHER HERE NOW AGAIN IN CANTON. THE 1966 DALLAS HAD ITS FIRST WINNING SEASON, IT WAS THE START OF 20 STRAIGHT WINNING SEASON, PLAYING IN 12 NFL OR NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES, FIVE SUPER BOWL AND OF COURSE WINNING TWO OF THEM BACK THEN. YOU CANNOT DO THIS, WITHOUT PLAYERS, AND NOBODY WAS BETTER AT FINDING THEM THEN GIL BRANDT HE REVOLUTIONIZED SCOUTING, USE COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY, INTELLIGENCE TEST, IN SHORT A TRUE TRAILBLAZER HE FOUND, 53 PLAYERS WHO COMBINED FOR 178 PRO BOWLS. HOW IS THAT? THE FIRST DRAFT PICKED EVER BOB WILLIE HOUSE THAT? HIS LAST NUMBER ONE DRAFT PICK, WAS DRAKE AND, BOTH HERE IN THE HALL OF FAME TROY AIKEN. BACK IN THE DAY HE WAS NAMED ROGERS STAR BAR. HE REMAINED JUST AS UP-TO-DATE TODAY WITH HIS WORK FOR NFL.COM TO READ TO REPRESENT GIL BRANDT, WE GOT JERRY JONES. >>TO BECOME A DIRECTOR OF PLAYER PERSONNEL IN PRO FOOTBALL TODAY, I THINK, ONE HAS TO HAVE A RAPPORT BETWEEN THE HEAD COACH OF HIS TEAM, AND THE COLLEGE COACHES. >>IN THE 1960S, PROMISING DALLAS COWBOYS EMPLOYEE, NAMED GIL BRANDT REVOLUTIONIZED THE SCANNING PROCESS AND FOREVER CHANGE THE GAME. >>WHAT’S AMAZING TO ME , IS HIS ATTENTION TO DETAIL. HE DEVELOPED CONCEPTS, GOING INTO AREAS OF EVALUATION, THAT WERE UNIQUE. >>WE USE THIS FORM HERE, TO DESCRIBE A MAN’S PHYSICAL BUILD, AND HOPES, WE CAN PROJECT WHAT HIS PLAYING WAY WILL BE IN THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE. >>IS ONE OF THE FIRST TO EVER CREATE A COMPUTER BANK BACK WHEN COMPUTERS WERE VERY ANTIQUATED COMPARED TO TODAY AND HE APPLIED THAT TO THE PERSONAL ACQUISITION FOR THE DALLAS COWBOYS. >>AS THE COWBOYS VP PLAYER PERSONNEL, HE WORKED WITH CHIEF LANDRY, OVER NEARLY 3 DECADES HE OVER SAW THE DRAFT OF MANY, MANY PLAYERS. >>GIL BRANDT PUT THE CORNER STORE AND PLACES IN PLACE TO ALLOW THE DALLAS COWBOYS TO HAVE 20 STRAIGHT WINNING SEASONS. >>AND IS 29 YEARS OF THE COWBOYS, THEY MADE FIVE SUPER BOWL APPEARANCES, WINNING TWO OF THEM. >>GIL BRANDT AND I MET RIGHT BEFORE THE ANNOUNCEMENTS, THAT I HAD SHAKEN HANDS AND BOUGHT THE DALLAS COWBOYS. I TOLD HIM WE WILL MAKE THE CHANGE, I NEVER WILL FORGET THIS, BUT THE MASSIVE MEDIA HE SAID, FROM THAT POINT FORWARD, HE BECAME SUCH A AMBASSADOR FOR THE DALLAS COWBOYS. >>TRAN14 ENDED UP BEING A TALENTED EVALUATED ANALYST, TO UNEARTH THE BEST PLAYERS, ESPECIALLY UNDRAFTED DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH. >>WE THINK THE FACT THAT HE WOULD INVITE 80 COLLEGE FREE AGENTS TO HER OFF-SEASON BE ON THE DRAFT, WE HAD PEOPLE ALL PRO PLAYERS, DREW PEARSON, A PAIR OF OTHER SELECTIONS A RIGHT FIELD RIGHT BOB HAYES, HE WASN’T AROUND BUT THAT’S HOW WE GOT TONY ROMO. THAT’S HOW THAT LESSON STUCK WITH US. HIS PROPENSITY TO LEAD OR LEAVE NO STONE UNTURNED. MY MOST REWARDING TIME, WITH GIL BRANDT WAS RECENTLY , REGARDING HIS INDUCTION INTO OUR HONOR. HE PERSONALLY CHOSE 15 OF THE 19 PLAYERS THAT ARE IN THAT RING OF HONOR. WHEN GIL BRANDT ASKED ME TO MAKE THE INDUCTION I THOUGHT HOW MANY PEOPLE , GET A CHANCE TO BE A PART OF A HONOR, OF SOMEONE THAT YOU HAVE HIRED 30 YEARS AGO. HOW COULD IT HAVE COME THIS FULL CIRCLE? HE IS A ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME MAN, AND HE’S CONTRIBUTED TO THE DEVELOPMENT, AND GROWTH OF THE DALLAS COWBOYS, AND THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE, LIKE FEW OTHERS WHO HAVE EVER LIVED. I AM HONORED, TO PRESENT, MY GREAT FRIEND GIL BRANDT FOR 23 FOUR THE JIK THREE FOR THE PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME. >>LADIES AND GENTLEMEN PRESENTING GIL BRANDT IN THE PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME, JERRY JONES. [ CLAPPING ] >>THINK YOU ALL, IT HAS BEEN A GREAT HONOR TO BE HERE THIS EVENING, AND THIS HISTORIC CANTON OHIO. THE BIRTH PLACE OF PERPETUAL FOOTBALL. YOU WOULD’VE THOUGHT, THE CANTON BULLDOGS, WOULD HAVE BEEN A CATALYST FOR OR TO LEAD US WHERE WE ARE TODAY WITH THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE, BEING THE BIGGEST SPORTS LEAGUE IN THE WORLD. AND THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO ASKED NO, I WASN’T A SCOUT FOR THE BULLDOGS. I WOULD LIKE TO BEGIN TONIGHT BY RECOGNIZING MY FAMILY, AND THINKING MY BEAUTIFUL WIFE SARAH , MY SON HUNTER, MY WIFE CALLUM FOR ALWAYS BEING ON MY SIDE. FOR THE TRAVEL AND LONG DAYS, IN THIS INDUSTRY, YOU HAVE TO HAVE A SUPPORTIVE FAMILY. I HAVE BEEN BLESSED TO THIS VERY DAY. THINK YOU VERY MUCH. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THANK YOU FOR THE HALL OF FAME VOTERS TO ALLOW ME TO BE HERE TODAY, AND A SPECIAL THANKS TO MY FELLOW HALL OF FAMER JERRY JONES FOR THE GREATEST HONOR OF HIM PRESENTING ME FOR INDUCTION. AS YOU KNOW, JERRY AND I HAD COME A LONG WAY. WHEN WE PARTED WAYS, FOLLOWING THE 1989 DRAFT, I COULD NOT HAVE IMAGINED HOW INCREDIBLE THE NEXT THREE DECADES IN THE NFL WOULD BECOME. JERRY, THANK YOU FOR TODAY’S WONDERFUL PRESENTATION. THANK YOU FOR INDUCTING ME INTO THE PROCEDURES COWBOYS RING OF HONOR LAST SEASON AND THANK YOU FOR BE MAKING ME A FREE AGENT 30 YEARS AGO. JERRY AND THE ENTIRE JONES FAMILY HAVE DONE THAT A UNBELIEVABLE JOB OF BUILDING THE COUNT DALLAS COWBOYS INTO THE ONE MOST VALUABLE SPORTS FRANCHISES, IN THE WORLD. JERRY HAS BEEN A INCREDIBLE CATALYST AND LEADER FOR THE NFL SINCE HE CAME ONTO THE SCENE IN 1989. I WANT TO THANK, ANOTHER MEMBER OF THE COWBOYS FAMILY. PUBLIC RELATIONS SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, RICH, FOR BEING SUCH A TRUSTED FRIEND. HE’S ONE OF THE BEST THERE IS. I MUST RECOGNIZE THREE LEGENDARY MEN, WHO ARE WITH US ANYMORE. BUT MADE SUCH A DEFINING IMPRESSION, ON NOT ONLY THE COWBOYS FRANCHISE, BUT THE NFL AS A WHOLE. MISTER MERKERSON, HAS NEVER RECEIVED THE PROPER NATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR HIS CONTRIBUTION TO THE NFL. HIS VISION, IN 1960 OF WHAT A PRO FOOTBALL TEAM, IT SHOULD LOOK LIKE, LED HIM TO ONE OF THE SHOWCASE FRANCHISES IN NFL HISTORY. HIS RESOUNDING COMMITMENT TO TOM, AND MYSELF WAS THE FOUNDATION OF WHAT HAS BECOME TODAY’S AMERICAS TEAM. TOM, WAS ONE OF THE MOST VISIONARY MEN AND MODERN SPORTS HISTORY. HE WAS A INNOVATOR WHO NEVER STOOD. ALONG WITH PETE ROSELLE, LED THE DYNAMIC OF THE NFL MID- 1960S, 70s AND 80s. WHAT WOULD A GENERATION BE TODAY, WITHOUT INSTANT REPLAY? THANKSGIVING DAY GAMES, NATIONAL TELEVISION, AND THE WORLD RENOWNED DALLAS COWBOYS CHEERLEADERS. HIS NETWORK TV BACKGROUND, ALLOWED HIM TO SEE, VISION FOR THE TEAM. COLORIST THAT APPEAL TO VIEWERS, ARROWS NEXT TO THE NUMBER ON THE FIELD, A REFEREE MICROPHONE. ONE DIRECTION STRIPS ON THE GOALPOST. WE ONCE SHARED A BRIDGE UNDER OUR PROPERTIES IN DALLAS, I AM SO PROUD, OUR BUS WILL SHARE A ROOM HERE IN CANTON. [ CLAPPING ] ANOTHER LEGEND I AM SO PLEASED TO JOIN HERE IS TOM LANDRY. WHAT A GREAT MAN TO WORK ALONGSIDE. YOU CAN GO THROUGH ALL OF THE STATISTICS, 270 NFL WINS, TWO SUPER BOWLS, 10 STRAIGHT FOR 20 STRAIGHT WINNING SEASONS. YOU CAN GO THROUGH HIS OWN HISTORY OF INNOVATIONS, THE FLEX DEFENSE, THE SHOT GUN, SITUATION SUBSTITUTION THAT HE BEGAN USING, IN 80s. WHAT MADE HIM SUCH A TRULY GREAT PERSON WAS HIS CHARACTER, HIS PERSONAL INTEGRITY, AND THE WAY HE TREATED PEOPLE WHETHER IT WAS COWORKERS, PLAYERS OR FANS. WHATEVER LINE OF WORK TOM LANDRY VENTURED INTO HE WOULD HAVE BEEN A HUGE SUCCESS. LINCOLN IS FOR US, HE CHOSE FOOTBALL. I WAS FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO WORK ALONGSIDE THESE GREAT MEN FOR ALMOST 30 YEARS. AND HELP BRING WINNING FOOTBALL TO THE RULING CITY OF DALLAS TEXAS. WHAT MADE THE DALLAS COWBOYS ORGANIZATION SO SUCCESSFUL, WAS THE PLAYERS. A NUMBER OF THEM ARE ON THE STAGE HERE TODAY. PLUS WE HAVE A BUNCH OF THEM HERE IN THE AUDIENCE. THAT’S WHY THE COWBOYS WERE SUCCESSFUL. HERE, THE LIFELINE OF ANY ORGANIZATION IS THE PLAYERS. OVER MY 60 YEARS IN THIS INDUSTRY, I STILL GET THE BIGGEST THRILL I GOT OUT OF STEAM COLLEGE KIDS I’VE SCOUTED I BELIEVED IN GROW INTO SOME OF THE GREATEST PLAYERS TO EVER WEAR UNIFORM. I AM EXTREMELY PROUD, THAT WITH THE BACKINGS OF THE DALLAS COWBOYS, AND A HIGHLY VOLATILE TIME IN RACE RELATIONS IN OUR COUNTRY, I WAS ABLE TO GET IN ON THE GROUND FLOOR, OF DOING, SCOUTING, AND PREDOMINANTLY HISTORICALLY BLACK UNIVERSITIES, AND COLLEGES, PLACES LIKE JETHRO PUGH FROM ELIZABETH CITY. TEACHERS COLLEGE. OR FOR VALLEY STATE WHERE FUTURE HALL OF FAMER YOUR LATE DOMINATED THE COMPETITION. FLORIDA A&M WHERE I WITNESSED A WORLD-CLASS ATHLETE BOB HAYES, OVER 20 YEARS LATER ANOTHER GREAT ATHLETE AND GUARD, NATE NEWTON, THOMAS HENDERSON PLAYED ON A 0-11 TEAM AS A SENIOR PEER BUT HE POSSESSED SOME OF THE MOST INCREDIBLE, ATHLETIC TALENT I HAVE EVER SEEN. I AM SO PROUD OF HOLLYWOOD WHERE I THINK IS HERE TONIGHT. THE DEMONS THAT HE OVERCAME. AND WHAT HE HAS ACCOMPLISHED OVER HIS LAST 35 YEARS OF SOBRIETY. I CAN PROMISE YOU, THERE WERE NOT ANY OTHER SCOUT ON THE CAMPUS OF JOHNSON C SMITH UNIVERSITY, THE DAY WE WERE FORTUNATE ENOUGH, TO BRING TENNYSON INTO OUR ORGANIZATION. I AM STILL HIGHLY HONORED TO HOLD AN ANNUAL VOTE FOR THE BLACK COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME. WE WILL PLAY A GAME HERE IN STEP TIMBER. WHERE I AM PROUD TO SAY FORMER DALLAS COWBOYS RUNNING BACK TIMMY NEWSOM FROM WINSTON-SALEM STATE WAS ONE OF OUR INDUCTEES THIS PAST YEAR. I AM ALSO GRATEFUL, TO OUR ORGANIZATION, FOR BEING ON THE CUTTING EDGE OF SOME GREAT PERSONNEL DECISIONS. WHILE LOCATING TALENT IN OTHER SPORTS. BASKETBALL PLAYERS, WHO NEVER PLAYED IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL, ONE OF MY ALL-TIME FAVORITE CARNELL GREENE OF UTAH STATE. WENT ON TO START 145 CONSECUTIVE GAMES. AND WAS NAMED ALL-PRO, FOR FOUR SEASONS. NEVER PLAYED A DAY OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL. EVEN A EUROPEAN SOCCER STYLE KICKER, LIKE TONY FROM AUSTRIA WHO WAS ONE OF THE FIRST SOCCER STYLE PLAYERS TO COME INTO THE LEAGUE. NOT TO MENTION THE UNDRAFTED, FREE AGENTS, THAT WE SOUGHT HER THAT WE BOUGHT IN TRAINING CAMP EVERY YEAR FOR AN OPPORTUNITY TO SHOW THEIR TALENTS. FANTASTIC PLAYERS EMERGED, MANY OF WHOM SHOULD BE IN HALL OF FAME TODAY. PLAYERS LIKE DREW PEARSON, FROM TULSA, SAFETY CLIFF HARRIS FROM WASHINGTON BAPTIST, BILL BATES FROM TENNESSEE, DAVE EDWARDS, FROM AUBURN, AND A YOUNG ONE NAME EMERSON WALZ WHO FINISHES HIS NFL CAREER WITH 57 INTERCEPTIONS. AS EVERY SCOUT, AND PERSONNEL MAN KNOWS, BEING ON THE ROAD SCOUTING, IT GIVES YOU AN OPPORTUNITY TO INTERACT NOT ONLY WITH PLAYERS, WITH COACHES AND OTHER SCOUT. THEY GAVE ME A CHANCE TO DEVELOP, AND EVERLASTING RELATIONSHIP, WITH A LOT OF LEGENDS OF THE GAME LIKE SENIOR LINEBACKER AT WICHITA UNIVERSITY, THAT ICE COLLARED IN THE FALL OF 1963, BILL PARCELLS. NEVER PLAYED A DOWN IN THE NFL BUT COACHED TO NFL TEAMS TO SUPER BOWL’S. OR BACKFIELD COACH FOR THE MINNESOTA VIKINGS, IN 1979. A YOUNG, OFFENSE OF GENIUS NAMED MIKE SHANAHAN. I THOUGHT YOU DENVER PEOPLE WOULD LIKE THAT. WHO WENT ON TO LEAD THE BRONCOS TO TWO SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONSHIPS. SOME OF THEM WERE NOT EVEN IN COACHING. LIKE A BRAND-NEW 31-YEAR-OLD HEAD COACH OF THE INDIANA HOOSIERS BASKETBALL TEAM, DURING A SCOUTING TRIP, TO BLOOMINGTON INDIANA. THIS IS MY FIRST AND CONNOR — ENCOUNTER WITH MY MOST ENDURING LIFELONG FRIEND. THE LEGENDARY BOB NIGHT. SOME OF YOU CANNOT FATHOM A 12- YEAR-OLD KID WHOSE DAD, STEVE IT WAS A COACH AT NAVY, HE WOULD RUN AROUND FROM THE PRACTICE FIELD FOR QUARTERBACK ROGER, DURING MY SCOUTING VISITS TO ANNAPOLIS IN THE EARLY 60s. HOW WAS I TO KNOW THAT THAT LITTLE BOY WHO LOVES FOOTBALL SO MUCH, WOULD BE A SIX-TIME SUPER BOWL CHAMPION NAMED BILL BELICHECK. [CHEERING] HE FINDS HIS NAME TO BE LISTED AMONG THE BEST COACHES EVER TO COACH THIS GAME. AND HAS BEEN A GREAT FRIEND FOR OVER 50 YEARS THE NOT TO MENTION GREAT PLAYERS, AND A GREAT MAN WHO DESIRE FOR THE RECORD, LIKE LEROY JORDAN WHO IS HERE TONIGHT CHARLIE WATERS WHO IS HERE TONIGHT, THAT PLAYED SO GREAT FOR THE DALLAS COWBOYS, FOR SO MANY YEARS. OR, THE LAST TWO FIRST-ROUND PICKS THE COWBOYS. MY FELLOW HALL OF FAMER’S, MICHAEL IRVING, AND TRADESMEN TROY AIKMAN, OR EARLY DAYS WITH INCREDIBLE MEN LIKE LIFELONG FRIENDS, BOB MILLIE, AND MEL. MY LIFE HAS BEEN AN INCREDIBLE JOURNEY. ALL INSPIRED BY FOOTBALL. I HAVE BEEN FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO SEE THIS GROWTH OF THIS GAME, THE PAST 60 YEARS. WHEN WE WERE ONE OF THE FOUNDERS OF THE FIRST SCOUTING COMBINE IN THE EARLY 80s, WHO WOULD ENVISION HOW FAR THIS EVENT HAS EVENTS ADVANCE. RICK GOSLIN, RECENTLY SAID THAT 20 YEARS AGO, THE FIRST COMBINE , THERE WERE SEVEN CREDENTIALED MEMBERS FOR THE COMBINE THIS PAST YEAR THERE WAS OVER 2000. AND THE DRAFTS, WHERE DO I EVEN BEGIN? WE USED TO DO IT IN ONE DAY. TEAMS WOULD GATHER IN A HOTEL BALLROOM TO DIVVY UP THAT YEAR’S DRAFT, OF COLLEGE TALENT, IT HAS BECOME TO ONE OF THE BIGGEST ANNUAL EVENTS IN SPORTS. IT’S NOW A THREE DAY NATIONAL TELEVISED PREMIER EVENT, WITH MILLIONS WATCHING AROUND THE NATION. I WOULD IMAGINE EVERYONE IN THE CROWD PROBABLY WATCHED THE DRAFT SOMETIME THIS PAST YEAR. WHEN WE STARTED WITH WORKING WITH COMPUTERS BACK IN THE EARLY 1960S BEFORE ANY OTHER TEAM, FOR THE ADVANTAGES THAT FOLLOWED SUIT, THERE WAS A LOT OF SKEPTICISM IN THE INDUSTRY. FORTUNATELY, WITH THE HELP OF A YOUNG COMPUTER GENIUS, FROM THE IBM OFFICE, WE WERE ABLE TO BEGIN A PROCESS OF SORTING, CATEGORIZING AND RANKING ALL OF THE VITAL DATA FOR THE PROCESS OF EACH PLAYER FOR THE INCOMING COLLEGE DRAFT. IT WAS VERY PROFESSIONALLY FULFILLING FOR ME, THAT SO MANY OF THE TRADE TO BE IDENTIFIED, AS SCOUTING METRICS AND LANDMARKS IN THE EARLY DAYS, HAVE BEEN USED BY THE GREATEST FOOTBALL COACHES, SCOUT, AND VALUATORS OF THE CURRENT GENERATION. LET ME SPEAK DIRECTLY, FOR A FEW MOMENTS TO ALL OF THE SCOUT IN TODAY’S AUDIENCE AND WATCHING IN TODAY’S TV WHAT YOU DO IN LOCATING, AND SECURING TALENT, IS THE LIFEBLOOD OF THIS FOOTBALL. ALL THE TIME IN RANDOM HOTELS DRIVING FROM ONE PLACE TO THE OTHER IT PLAYS OFF IT PAYS OFF, SEEING A PLAYER SOMETHING SPECIAL OR GOING TO ATC OR D3 CAMPUS AND FINDING A DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH. IT REALLY, REALLY IS YOU DESERVE A HUGE APPLAUSE. IT SEEMS TO ME, THAT THE MAGIC THAT KEEPS COMING OUT OUT OF ON THE ROAD FOR HALF OF THE YEAR, AND HALF THE YEAR IN THE FILM ROOM IS IMPORTANT TO OUR EXCESS SETS SUCCESS. SCOUTING IS NOT ALWAYS EASY. TRYING TO FIND PLAYERS EVERY SEASON BUT IT IS SO REWARDING. I WANT EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU, TO LOOK AT MY ELECTION INTO THE HALL OF FAME TO SEE THE ENTIRE SCOUTING INDUSTRY, AND SEE YOURSELF IN CANTON SUNDAY. THERE IS NO BETTER TESTAMENT SORRY MY NOTES JUST FLEW AWAY. THERE’S NO BETTER TESTAMENT IN THIS LEAGUE THEN HOW MUCH ADVANTAGE CARE, I HEAR FROM THOUSANDS OF THEM. OFF FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD’S. ON MY SIRIUS XM RADIO SHOWS. I’M HAPPY TO BE INVOLVED IN THE NFL CHANNEL FROM THE VERY BEGINNING. THINK YOU A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO STEVE COMBE, ALEX MURRAY AS AND OTHERS WHO HAVE BEEN WITH ME THE ENTIRE SEASON. ALSO, I HAVE SOME DEAR FRIENDS FROM MONTANA THAT ARE HERE TODAY. MY WIFE AND I AND SON HAD SHARED MANY OF WONDERFUL DAYS IN THE GREAT STATE OF MONTANA. WHEN I TALK ABOUT THE TWO JANIE ROBERTS, ONE WHAT A WONDERFUL GUY HE IS, AND BRIAN WHEELER, WHO’S BEEN SO HELPFUL OVER SO MANY OF THE YEARS.AS I WANTED TO SAY. AND NOTHING, WE HAVE SO MANY PEOPLE, THAT ARE LOCAL FAN PEOPLE THAT I DON’T WANT TO THINK. IT START YOU KNOW, WITH MY GOOD FRIEND PRETTY GOOD FRIEND I CAN THINK OF HIS NAME [ LAUGHTER ] BUT, I HAVE A NEIGHBOR JUST DOWN THE BLOCK. HE IS THE GREATEST ENTREPRENEUR, IN THE STATE OF TEXAS AND IN THE ENTIRE WORLD. HE IS HERE TONIGHT WITH HIS FAMILY AND TWO CHILDREN. NOTHING WOULD BE MORE COMPLETE HERE, UNLESS I TALKED ABOUT RANDY ALLEN. HIGH SCHOOL COACH, AT HIGHLAND PARK HIGH SCHOOL WHO WAS WON THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP THREE YEARS IN A ROW, AND OVERCOME A GREAT DEAL. AND IT’S NOT ONLY THAT, HE WAS 2018 HIGH SCHOOL COACH OF THE YEAR. I SPENT MANY AFTERNOONS OVER THERE. I HAVE A GREAT, DEAR FRIEND BY THE NAME OF FRASER MAXWELL, WHO HAS REALLY BEEN MY PERSONAL ASSISTANT FOR THE LAST 20 YEARS, AND REALLY KEEPS ME ON THE STRAIGHT AND NARROW. I AM HERE TODAY, BECAUSE OF A GREAT ORGANIZATION, AND AT THAT GREAT ORGANIZATION AS FAR AS I’M CONCERNED, HIS OFFICE OF THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE. EVERYBODY THAT I HAVE WORKED WITH AT 345 PARK AVENUE, AND I HAVE THE PLEASURE OF WORKING ALONGSIDE FOR THE PAST THREE DECADES, ESPECIALLY GREG IOLA WHO IS NO LONGER WITH THE LEAGUE, TRACY PERLMAN, WHO DOES SUCH A GREAT JOB WITH THE PLAYERS, MICHAEL SONORA, HE EVIDENTLY, JOE BROWN, AND COMMISSIONER ROGER FOR THE RESPECT AND ASSISTANCE. I’M HERE TODAY, BECAUSE OF GREAT ORGANIZATIONS LIKE THE DALLAS COWBOYS. HAD AN OWNER, A GENERAL MANAGER AND A HEAD COACH, WHO BELIEVED IN MY ABILITY TO FIND TALENT, AND PLAYERS AND OF THE ROSTER. THE GREAT PLAYERS WE ARE FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO DRAFT &, ARE THE REASON THE COWBOYS HAVE ONE FIVE SUPER BOWLS I’VE SEEN 25 OF THESE PLAYERS THAT WE’VE DRAFTED RIGHT HERE IN THE HALL OF FAME TODAY. I SEE THEM AS PLAYERS, COACHES AND CONTRIBUTORS IS WHAT IT IS. I WANT TO SAY THIS, I AM LUCKY TO BE INVOLVED IN THIS GREAT ENTERPRISE, AND I THINK ALL THE COACHES AND PLAYERS ON THE STAFF THAT WE WORK WITH ALL THE TIME. I AM SO PROUD, OF BEING PART OF A CONTINUING IMPACT OF THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE. THANK YOU AGAIN TO THE HALL OF FAME VOTERS FOR THIS INCREDIBLE HONOR. THANK YOU FOR EVERYONE OF YOU HERE TODAY AND THE MILLIONS OF COWBOY FANS, ALL OVER THE WORLD. [CHEERING] AND THANK YOU SO MUCH, FOR ALL THE FINE PEOPLE FOR NO OHIO FOR HAVING ME HERE TODAY. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. [CHEERING] >>WE HAVE A SCOUT, TALENT EVALUATOR IN THE HALL OF FAME. THAT IS GIL BRANDT. >>AMAZING WORK THAT HE’S DONE. >>SO WHAT GIL BRANDT’S SPEECH IS DONE WHEN WE COME BACK JOHNNY ROBINSON. 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THE REASON WHY I SAY THAT, IS BECAUSE WHEN I FIRST STARTED THIS. I ASSUMED THAT A FEW PLAYERS HAD TO BE IN THE HALL OF FAME, I FOUND OUT THEY WERE NOT. TO SURPRISE ME THE MOST, JERRY KRAMER, WHO GOT IN LAST YEAR, AND JOHNNY ROBINSON, OF THE KANSAS CITY CHIEFS. THOSE OF US, WHO LEARN TO LOVE FOOTBALL BECAUSE OF THE AMERICAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE, KNOW ABOUT HIS BALL HAWKING SKILLS. TWICE HE PICKED OFF 10 IN A SEASON. 57 FOR HIS CAREER. HE STARTED IN 1960 AS A HALFBACK. TWO YEARS LATER, WAS SHIPPED IN THE DEFENSE BY COAT HANK. IN THE 1962 AFL TITLE GAME WIN, IN 1966 AFL TITLE GAME, ROBINSON NABBED ANOTHER ONE AS IN NOW KANSAS CITY CHIEFS ONE AND BEAT BUFFALO AND BECAME THE NFL’S FIRST SUPER BOWL REPRESENTATIVE. IN THE FINAL GAME EVER PLAYED, BY A NFL TEAM, THE CHIEFS ROLLED THE VIKINGS INSUPERABLE FOUR. AS TWO TOUCHDOWN UNDERDOGS. ROBINSON HAD AN INTERCEPTION, HE RECOVERED A FUMBLE, PLAYING WITH THREE BROKEN RIBS. CLUTCH WELL, LISTEN TO THIS. WHEN HE HAD AN INTERCEPTION, WHEN HE HAD AT LEAST ONE INTERCEPTION, THIS TEAM WENT 37 -3-1. HELLO? IT’S RIDICULOUS. JOHNNY BECOMES THE SIXTH DEFENSIVE STARTER, ON THAT CHIEFS TEAM FROM SUPER BOWL FOR, TO MAKE IT HERE TO THE HALL OF FAME. HE IS ONE OF 20 MEN, WHO ARE ON AFL ROSTERS ALL 10 SEASONS. TODAY, HE IS THE FIFTH OF THOSE 20 TO BE ENSHRINED, AT LONG LAST HIS PRESENTER, HIS IT THAT SON BOB THOMPSON. >>IT’S MY HONOR TODAY TO TELL YOU ABOUT A MAN, YOU KNOWS A GREAT FOOTBALL PLAYER. THE PLAYER THAT NEVER LET UP. NEVER GAVE IN, AND NEVER QUIT. A PLAYER THAT PLAYED WITH ALL HIS HEART, EACH DOWN, EACH GAME, EACH SEASON. >>TOUCHDOWN JOHNNY ROBINSON DONE IT AGAIN. >>HE WAS A DEFENSIVE PLAYMAKER AND A KEY CONTRIBUTOR TO STRONG SECONDARY THROUGHOUT HIS CAREER IN THE NFL, AND NFL. >>THE LSU PRODUCT SPENT HIS ENTIRE 12 YEAR CAREER WITH ONE FRANCHISE, THE AFL’S DALLAS TEXANS WHICH LATER BECAME THE KANSAS CITY CHIEFS. AT SAFETY, ROBINSON IS KNOWN FOR THE BALL WAS LEGENDARY. >>I’LL TELL YOU THIS ABOUT JOHNNY ROBINSON HE REVOLUTIONIZED FOR THE POSITION OF SAFETY. HE WAS SOMEONE THAT CAN SEE THE WHOLE FIELD. HIS INTELLIGENCE, HIS ATHLETICISM AND INTUITIVENESS, HE COULD SEE WHAT WAS TAKING PLACE NOT JUST HIS OWN BUT HE THOUGHT THE WHOLE FIELD. >>HE KNOWS HOW TO GET IN THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME ALL THE TIME. >>YOU KNOW THERE WAS A STATEMENT MADE THAT WE DID NOT MAKE A MOVE UNLESS JOHNNY ROBINSON TOLD US YOU. >>IT’S JOHNNY ROBINSON! TO THE SECONDARY. >>HE WAS A MEMBER OF THREE AFL CHAMPIONSHIP TEAMS AND IN 1969, HE HELPED THE CHIEFS BEAT THE MINNESOTA VIKINGS INSUPERABLE FOUR. GIVING KANSAS CITY THEIR FIRST AND ONLY LOMBARDI TROPHY IN FRANCHISE HISTORY. >>THERE IS NO QUESTION TO WHAT HIS STYLE OF PLAY IS DETERMINED HE SHOWED THAT DETERMINATION INSUPERABLE FOUR BY PLAYING THE ENTIRE GAME WITH THREE BROKEN RIBS. MAKING A RECOVERY. AND IN AN INTERSECTION THAT LED THE CHIEFS TO VICTORY. SOMEBODY THAT CAN PLAY THROUGH THAT WITH BROKEN RIBS IS A TRUE IRON MAN AND I BELIEVE THAT IS WHAT HE WAS A IRONMAN A PRO FOOTBALL. >>HIS DURABILITY AND STRENGTH CONTINUE TO DEFINE HIM, LONG AFTER BUT ALL. HE BRAVELY BATTLED A HOST OF MEDICAL COMPLICATIONS. THAT DID NOT SLOW HIM DOWN FROM HELPING HIS COMMUNITY WITH YOUTH OUTREACH. >>MY DAD FOUND IN THE JOHNNY ROAD ROBINSON’S BOYS HOME. THE ADJUDICATED BOYS THAT COME TO THE COURT SYSTEM. THEY SAVE THOUSANDS OF BOYS THERE THAT ARE GOING THROUGH THAT SYSTEM. >>HIS TOUGHNESS AND TALENT WERE LEGENDARY IN WHILE HE FINISHED HIS CAREER WITH 57 INTERCEPTIONS, 18 TOUCHDOWNS AND SEVEN PRO BOWLS, HIS IMPACT GOES BEYOND IMPRESSIVE NUMBERS. >>HE WAS IN LSU LEGEND AND MY CHILDHOOD HERO. I WATCH THEM ON TV FOR THE KANSAS TO THE CHIEFS AND NOT TO WANT TO BE. I NEVER WOULD’VE DREAMED, THAT MY CHILDHOOD HERO WOULD BECOME MY STEPDAD. I AM HONORED TO PRESENT TO JOHNNY ROBINSON FOR AN ENSHRINEMENT FOR THE PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME. >>LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, PRESENTING JOHNNY ROBINSON INTO THE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME, BOB THOMPSON. >>>>GOOD EVENING, IT HAS BEEN 47 YEARS SINCE I LAST PLAYED PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL. AFTER ALL THIS TIME, I THOUGHT I HAD BEEN FORGOTTEN. I CANNOT TELL YOU HOW PLEASED I WAS TO BE NOTIFIED, THAT I HAD BEEN SELECTED AS A SENIOR FINALIST, AFTER ALL OF THESE YEARS. BUT THEN, TO RECEIVE THAT KNOCK ON THE DOOR, FROM DAVID BAKER, SEEMED SURREAL TO ME. I THINK BACK TO WHEN I WAS A YOUNG BOY, AND ALL HE EVER WANTED TO DO WAS TO PLAY BALL. I WENT TO UNIVERSITY HIGH SCHOOL LOCATED ON THE LSU CAMPUS, AS OF THAT, I GREW UP WATCHING THE LSU TIGERS PLAY FOOTBALL. UNIVERSITY HI, WAS A VERY SMALL SCHOOL, SO I WAS SURPRISED WHEN LSU COACH PAUL DIETZEL, OFFERED ME A CHANCE TO PLAY FOOTBALL AT LSU. IT WAS A DREAM COME TRUE STORY. I WAS FORTUNATE ENOUGH, TO PLAY ON THE 1958 CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM, THAT WENT UNDEFEATED, AND TO EARN FIRST TEAM ALL SEC HONORS. HAD MANY GREAT TEAMMATE, WHO BECAME LIFELONG FRIENDS. I NEVER DREAMED I WOULD BECOME A PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL PLAYER. I THOUGHT THAT AFTER COLLEGE, I WOULD JOIN THE AIR FORCE, AND BECOME A FIGHTER PILOT BUT TO MY SURPRISE I WAS SELECTED, THE NUMBER THREE OVERALL PLAYER, IN THE 1960 DRAFT. WHEN I LEFT FOR MY FIRST TRAINING CAMP, I REMEMBERED SOME OF MY DAD’S WORDS OF WISDOM, THAT HE TAUGHT ME. BE A GENTLEMAN WHEN YOU WIN, BE A MAN WHEN YOU LOSE, IF YOU LOSE, HURT SO BAD THAT YOU WORK HARDER SO IT WON’T HAPPEN AGAIN. PREPARE, SACRIFICE, AND GIVE YOUR BEST. BRING OUT THE BEST IN OTHERS, HAVE FAITH IN THE LORD, AND ALWAYS RESPECT YOUR MOTHER. I WAS BLESSED TO PLAY WITH THE GREAT FRANCHISE, AND WITH GREAT PLAYERS DURING MY CAREER. KANSAS CITY OWNER, LAMAR HUNT, AND HEAD COACH HANK STRAM, WERE WONDERFUL, VERY SUPPORTIVE, AND THEY BOTH SHOWED GREAT FAITH IN ME. I WOULD NOT HAVE WANTED TO PLAY WITH ANY OTHER TEAM BUT THE KANSAS CITY CHIEFS. THAT WAS WHERE I WANTED TO BE. 59 YEARS AGO WAS MY FIRST FULL PRO FOOTBALL GAME. THAT IS A LONG TIME. I REMEMBER, PLAYING LIKE IT WAS YESTERDAY. I PLAYED INSUPERABLE ONE, AND AGAIN IN SUPER BOWL IV. IN MY LAST GAME I SUFFERED A INJURY, AND I ENDED UP SPENDING FIVE DAYS IN A ROW. AT THE TIME, I HAD NO IDEA, IT WOULD BE THE LAST GAME OF MY CAREER. THAT WAS THE 1971 AFL PLAYOFF GAME, AGAINST THE MIAMI DOLPHINS ON CHRISTMAS DAY. WHICH IS THE LONGEST GAME IN PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL HISTORY TODAY. I HAVE BEEN VERY FORTUNATE, TO PLAY IN SOME OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT GAINS, IN PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL HISTORY. THE JOURNEY TO THE PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME, MAY HAVE BEEN LONG , AND THE ROAD MAY HAVE BEEN HARD AT TIMES. BUT I FOUND, SOMETIMES YOU MUST GO THROUGH THE VALLEY IN ORDER TO STAND UP ON THE MOUNTAIN. I USED TO WONDER WHY I HAD NOT BEEN INDUCTED HEAD INTO THE HALL OF FAME ALL THESE YEARS, SINCE I WAS FIRST ELIGIBLE. BUT I CAME TO REALIZE, THAT GOD WAS IN CONTROL OF MY LIFE, AND I BELIEVE THAT GOD WANTED ME TO START MY BOYS HOME. IN 1980, I ANSWERED A CALL ON MY LIFE AND FOUNDED THE JOHNNY ROBINSON BOYS HOME, AND MUNRO LOUISIANA. IT IS A PLACE, WHERE BOYS CAN MAKE POSITIVE LIFE CHANGES, AND GET A FRESH START ON LIFE. YOU WILL STILL FIND ME THERE, MOST EVERY DAY. I WANT TO THANK MY FAMILY, FRIENDS, COACHES, AND TEAMMATES, AND THE HALL OF FAME STAFF ALONG WITH THE CITY OF CANTON OHIO, FOR ALL OF YOUR SUPPORT IN MAKING THIS A VERY SPECIAL DAY IN MY LIFE. I ALSO WANT TO THINK THE LAMAR HUNT FAMILY, THE HANK STRAM FAMILY, TODD TOBIAS, AND A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO MY STEPSON , BOB THOMPSON FOR BEING MY PRESENTER HERE THIS EVENING. I ALSO WANTED TO THINK THE PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME VOTERS, WHO SELECTED ME FOR THIS GREAT HONOR. FOR EACH GOAL OR JACKET REPRESENTED ON THE STAGE AND FOR THOSE WHO ARE NOT WITH US, AND TO EACH FAN WHO SUPPORT THE GAME CALLED FOOTBALL, BEING INDUCTED INTO THE PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME, STANDS FOR SOMETHING THAT WILL ENDURE, WELL BEYOND A PLAYER’S LIFETIME. GOD GAVE ME THE ABILITY TO PLAY, AND I PLAYED IT WITH ALL MY HEART. THANK YOU. [CHEERING] >>TRAN10, AND HIS STEPSON BOBBY. TEARS OF HIS FAMILY AS YOU CAN SEE THE HUNT EMILY BEHIND THEM. OWNERS OF THE KANSAS CITY CHIEFS . JOHNNY ROBINSON STARTED HIS CAREER ON OFFENSE IS THE ONLY PLAYER IN THE NFL, AND 1500 YARDS FOR SCRIMMAGE AND 50 CAREER INTERCEPTIONS. HE IS NOW IN THE HALL. KEVIN WILL BE SHORTLY. Wireless network claims are
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ANOTHER GUY FROM LSU JUST FROM JUST LIKE JOHNNY ROBINSON. >>THAT’S RIGHT. IT’S BEEN A LONG TIME COMING FOR KEVIN MAWAE. LET’S GET BACK TO THE STAGE. >>YOU CANNOT, START ANY PLAY WITHOUT THE CENTER. YOU CAN’T WAIT TO START A PLAY IF YOU HAVE KEVIN MAWAE IN CENTER. 241 GAMES IN 16 SEASONS WITH SEATTLE, NEW YORK JETS, TENNESSEE. IF YOU ARE A RUNNING BACK ON THOSE TEAMS, THANK YOU KEVIN! 13 TIMES, IN THOSE 16 SEASONS, HE BLOCKED FOR THOUSAND YARD BACK. SEVEN TIMES, IT WAS CURTIS MARTIN. INCLUDING 2004 WHEN KURT BECAME THE OLDEST PLAYER TO LEAD THE LEAGUE IN RUSHING. ALSO, CHRIS JOHNSON RUSHED FOR 2000 YARDS IN 2009. ONE YEAR KEVIN BROKE HIS RIGHT HAND, NO PROBLEM. HE WENT TO SNAP LEFT IN A MATTER OF DAYS AS IF NOTHING HAPPENED AT ALL. NO WONDER BILL PARCELL IS LISTING ALL OF KEVIN MAWAE’S ATTRIBUTES TO SAY HE ALSO HAD A GOOD MEANS STREAK. EIGHT TIMES HE WAS A PRO BOWLER , SELECTED AT THE ALL DECADE TEAM OF THE 2000. HE IS THE FIRST PLAYER OF HAWAIIAN DISSENT TO MAKE IT HERE TO CANTON, TO HELP SAY ALOHA, AND TO PRESENT KEVIN TO THE HALL OF FAME IS HIS WIFE TRACY MAWAE. >>WHEN KEVIN MAWAE STEPPED ON THE FIELD, HIS OPPONENT KNEW HE WAS BRINGING PASSION, INTENSITY, DETERMINATION, AND A HUNGER TO WIN ON EVERY PLAY. >>KEVIN’S MENTALITY ON THE FIELD IS VERY FOCUSED, IT WAS HIS JOB, HE WILL DO IT THE BEST OF HIS ABILITY AND ALWAYS WALKED ON THE FIELD, THINKING THAT THE ENTIRE STADIUM WAS THERE TO SEE HIM PERFORM >>HIS FIRST STOP BEGAN IN SEATTLE. >>OUR TIME IN SEATTLE WAS EXCITING BECAUSE WE ARE IN A NEW FIELD AWAY FROM LOUISIANA AND WE DID EXPERIENCE SOME TRAGEDY, HIS OLDER BROTHER GOT IN A CAR ACCIDENT AND PASSED AWAY. I THINK, GOD HAD PUT US THERE WITH THE PEOPLE WE WERE WITH, THEY BUILT US UP, WE ARE BELIEVERS, WE BELIEVE IN THE PAST THAT GOD GIVES US. WE WERE THERE IN SEATTLE FOR PURPOSE, ONCE HER PURPOSE WAS THE FIELD HILTON HE MOVED US TO NEW YORK. >>IT WAS IN NEW YORK WERE KEVIN WOULD BEGIN TO WRITE HIS LEGACY IS ONE OF THE GREAT. EARNING SIX PRO BOWL APPEARANCES AND IN 2004, HE DID NOT MISS A SINGLE GAME. WHILE HELPING PAVE A PATH FOR CURTIS MARTIN, TO LEAD THE NFL IN RUSHING. >>WE WERE REALLY SAD WHEN THE JUDGE LET US GO BECAUSE WE THOUGHT KEVIN WOULD PROBABLY RETIRE THERE. BUT, WHEN COACH FISHER CALLED TO GO TO TENNESSEE, THEY ASKED IF WE WOULD LIKE TO COME VISIT AND WE SAID YES WILL JUST COME GOING TO TENNESSEE WAS REFRESHING IT WAS CLOSER TO HOME , IT WAS TIME FOR US TO KIND OF SLOW DOWN A LITTLE. AND THAT IS WHAT TENNESSEE GAVE US. EVERY TEAM WE WENT TO, WAS PART OF A JOURNEY. AND IT WAS AT THE RIGHT TIME THAT GOD PUT US IN THAT PLACE. >>TRAN19 WOULD RETIRE AFTER THE 2009 SEASON, LEAVING A LEGACY TO THE GAME, AND HIS LIFE OUTSIDE THE GOAL. >>IS A FATHER, HE’S ALWAYS THERE. YOU NEVER WANT THE KIDS TO THINK, THAT HE WAS UNAVAILABLE. THAT THEY NEVER COULD SAY, MY DAD WASN’T THERE. OUR FAMILY INTERTWINED WITH FOOTBALL, FOOTBALL INTERTWINED WITH FAMILY, THAT INTERTWINED WITH OURS IT WAS NEVER SEPARATED FOR US. >>16 SEASONS, 177 CONSECUTIVE GAMES PLAYED, NOW A PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAMER. >>I THINK KEVIN IS LOYAL TO EVERY TEAM HE IS ON. HE IS LOYAL TO HIS TEAMMATES, AND FAMILY. WE LOOK EACH OTHER IN AND WE GO CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS CLASS IS AMAZING FOR US. WE’VE BEEN A PART OF THREE TEAMS DOWN THE 14. YOU DON’T PLAY THE GAME TO SAY ALL I WANT TO BE IN THE PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME BUT YOU PLAY IT AT HUNDRED %, AND YOU SEE WHAT HAPPENS AND THIS IS WHAT HAS HAPPENED. I AM HONORED TO PRESENT MY HUSBAND KEVIN MAWAE FOR THE TRAIN TO PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME. >>LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, PRESENTING KEVIN MAWAE FOR THE ENSHRINEMENT FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME TRACY MAWAE. [ MUSIC ] >>THIS IS NOT PART OF MY SPEECH, BUT I HAVE THE SMOKE AND ASKED, HOTTEST WIFE OUT HERE. [CHEERING] AS I BEGAN I MUST TELL YOU I’M A PROUD PERSON FROM LOUISIANA. IM HAWAIIAN, I AM HUMBLED TO BE THE FIRST TO REPRESENT THE PEOPLE OF HAWAII IN THE FIRST HAWAIIAN TO ENTER INTO THE PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME. I AM A BORN AGAIN BELIEVER INTO THE RESURRECTION OF THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST. I PROUDLY, AND HUMBLY RECOGNIZE THAT WITHOUT GOD’S GRACE AND HIS BLESSINGS I WOULD NOT BE HERE TONIGHT. I THINK THE PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME SELECTORS FOR THE PRIVILEGE TO BE ON THE STAGE TONIGHT. SPECIFICALLY GARY MYERS, PAUL, AND JOHN CLAYTON WHO COVERED ME WHEN I PLAYED AND FOUGHT FOR ME TO BE HERE TONIGHT. TO THE MEN ON THE STAGE, AND THOSE WHO ARE NO LONGER WITH US, OR CANNOT BE HERE, I THINK YOU GUYS, FOR IT IS YOU WHO MADE THE FOUNDATION OF THE GAME THAT I LOVE SO MUCH, I WANTED TO BE LIKE YOU GUYS. MEN LIKE DWIGHT STEPHENSON, MIKE WEBSTER, JIM OTTO, AND ANTHONY MUNOZ. I STUDIED YOU WITH THE HOPES OF ONE DAY WOULD PLAY ON THE SAME FIELD THAT YOU GUYS DID. NEVER ONCE TAKING MY LIFE I WOULD BE A TEAMMATE FOR LIFE. IN MANY WAYS TODAY’S THE END OF THE JOURNEY BEST STARTED FOUR YEARS AGO. YET TODAY, SIGNALS THE BEGINNING OF A NEW ONE THAT ONLY GOD KNOWS WHERE THIS WILL TAKE ME. I RESIST IS THE NATION TODAY BECAUSE OF THE PEOPLE, THAT SUPPORTED MEAN FROM THE BEGINNING, AND YOU HAVE BEEN WITH ME THROUGHOUT MY ENTIRE CAREER. TO MY MOM, AND DAD. DAVID, AND LINDA. PEOPLE ALWAYS ASK ME WHO ARE MY GREATEST ROLE MODELS AND WHO I LOOK UP TO THE MOST GROWING UP? IT WAS NEVER HARD ANSWER IT WAS EASY IT’S ALWAYS BEEN YOU. MY DAD WAS A CAREER SOLDIER IN THE U.S. ARMY, SERVING 23 YEARS THERE DURING HIS CAREER, HE SERVED TWO TOURS IN VIETNAM, TWO TOURS IN GERMANY ONE IN KOREA. I WATCHED YOU TAKE PRIDE. IN PUTTING ON YOUR UNIFORM. AND PACKING YOUR RUCKSACK AND TAKING CARE OF YOUR HELICOPTERS. YOU NEVER CUT CORNERS AND YOU NEVER LOOKED UNPREPARED. YOU TAUGHT ME IF IT’S WORTH DOING, DO IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME IN HALF ANYTHING. YOU TAUGHT ME TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY AND MYSELF, IF YOU’RE NOT GOING TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT AND DO NOT COMPLAIN ABOUT IT. YOU TAUGHT ME TO NEVER START THE FIGHT BUT YOU TAUGHT ME I BETTER FINISH IT. YOU TAUGHT ME THE VALUE OF WALKING LIGHTLY AND CARING A BIG STICK AND THOSE LESSONS STILL HOLD VALUE IN MY LIFE TODAY THAT, I LOVE YOU AND I THINK YOU, ALL OF THAT THE GREATEST LESSON IN GREATEST I’VE EVER HAD, THE BIGGEST THING YOU TAUGHT ME WAS FAMILY. YOU TAUGHT ME HOW TO LOVE YOUR FAMILY. TAUGHT ME HOW TO LOVE MY WIFE. AND LOVE MY CHILDREN. YOU’RE THE GREATEST EXAMPLE OF HOW IT IS TO BE A MAN BUT I COULD’VE EVER ASKED FOR. WHILE I SIT ON THE STAGE TONIGHT OR NOT KNOW, I AM PROUD TO BE YOUR SON. [CHEERING] MOM, YOU ARE TOUGH AND HE DEMANDED THE BEST OUT OF US I CANNOT COUNT THE NUMBER OF TIMES WE HAD TO REFOLD OUR CLOSE BECAUSE EVERY DRAWER WAS MESSY. AS A KID, YOU ARE IN TROUBLE, IF THE SHEETS WERE CRUMPLED UNDER THE COVERS AND WE WOULD HAVE TO REMAKE THE BEDS COUNTLESS TIMES. IF WE EVER FEAR DAD WE GOT IN TROUBLE, WE DIDN’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT IT, BECAUSE THE PUNISHMENT CAN BE HALF AS BAD AS THE ONE YOU DOLED OUT BEFORE HE GOT HOME. RESPECT AND OBEDIENCE WAS EXPECTATION. YOU DIDN’T LET US OFF THE HOOK. AND I AM A BETTER MAN FOR IT. RAISING FOUR BOYS YOU LEARN TO TAKE BUMPS AND BRUISES ALONG THE WAY, YOU WERE OUR OTHER TEAMMATES. BUT OTHER MOM PLACED TACKLE FOOTBALL THE FRONT YARD WITH HER SONS? TRUE STORY, SHE HIT HARD BUT, THE MORE OR MOST SUPPORTIVE THING YOU EVER TAUGHT ME WAS FAMILY, TO LOVE AND RESPECT ONE ANOTHER AND PUT FAMILY FIRST. I’M HERE TODAY BECAUSE OF WHAT YOU AND DAD INSTILLED IN ME FROM THE VERY BEGINNING AND I LOVE YOU, AND I THINK YOU. TO MY BROTHER SCOTT AND MARK, OUTSIDE OF MY WIFE TRACY, MOM AND DADDY ARE MY GREATEST FANS IN MY LARGEST CRITICS. THERE WAS IN A GAME THAT I WON THAT I DIDN’T TALK TO ONE OF YOU AFTER THE GAME AND WHEN I LOST YOUR REALLY QUICK TO TELL ME HOW BAD I PLAYED. MARK, FOR EVERYONE THIS FRIDAY NIGHT WERE RECALLED BEFORE KICKOFF, AND SCOTT FOR EVERY POST GAME CRITIQUE WHETHER YOU ARE ON THE OIL RIG OR NOT YOU ARE MY BEST FRIENDS. I LOVE YOU AND I LOVE YOUR FAMILIES. ON MAY 5, 1996 OUR BROTHER WAS TRAGICALLY KILLED IN AN ALCOHOL RELATED CAR ACCIDENT. SHORTLY AFTER THAT NEWS CAME THAT MY WIFE WAS PREGNANT WITH OUR SON KIRKLAND. IS TO MOMENT CHANGED MY LIFE, AND THE DIRECTION AND PURPOSE OF MY LIFE FOREVER. THAT EXTREME SORROW FOLLOWED BY GREAT WAY, MY FOCUS TO TURN TO FACE AS I LEARNED OF THE REDEMPTIVE FIRE OF JESUS CHRIST AND THE PURPOSE OF LIVING IN HIS NAME. WHETHER IT BE THROUGH ENCOURAGEMENT, WISDOM OR RESOURCES I LEARNED THAT GOD CAN USE ONE PERSON TO CHANGE THE LIVES OF 100S OR EVEN THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE. MY JOURNEY OF THE PUBLIC IN A PLOT FORM FOR THE PURPOSE TO CHANGE THE LIVES OF PEOPLE AND SHARING THE GOSPEL. MIGHT BIGGEST REGRET IS THAT MY BROTHER DID NOT TO SEE ME PLAY IN THE NFL AND CELEBRATE THIS NIGHT WITH US TODAY. BUT I BELIEVE GOD HAS A SPECIAL PLACE FOR HIS GUY BUT LOOKING DOWN RIGHT NOW. IN HIS SKYBOX. JOHN IS NOT HERE BUT HE’S NEVER FORGOTTEN AND WE LOVE YOU. PHYLLIS AND CAROL HIGGS, WHEN IT COMES TO IN-LAWS I HIT THE JACKPOT. I CAN NEVER THANK YOU ENOUGH FOR ALL THE LOVE AND SUPPORT, AND ALL YOU HAVE DONE FOR TRACY AND I SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH. TO MY KIDS, KIRKLAND AND ABIGAIL, BEING INDUCTED, AND TO THE PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME IS A TREMENDOUS HONOR. BUT MY TWO GREATEST JOYS ARE THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF YOU TO 2 YOUR NOTE — NO FOOTBALL MOMENT HAS EVER EQUALED THE DAYS YOU WERE BORN, THE TWO GREATEST DAYS OF MY LIFE. YOU EACH WERE ANSWERS TO MY PRAYERS A SON THAT IS HEALTHY AND STRONG, AND HAVE A RIGHTEOUS AND BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTER. THERE IS NOTHING, NOTHING THAT YOU GUYS CAN DO THAT WILL EVER TAKE MY LOVE AWAY FROM YOU I LOVE YOU AND I AM PROUD OF YOU. [CHEERING] TO MY WIFE OF 26 YEARS, TRACY. THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH WORDS, THAT I CAN SHARE WITH YOU OR TO TELL HIS AUDIENCE, HOW MUCH YOU HAVE MEANT TO ME, ON THE GRANDEST JOURNEY WE HAVE HAD TOGETHER. EVERY TRAINING CAMP, FREE AGENT VISIT, SURGERY, WIND, LOSS, CONTRACT NEGOTIATION, HOME GAME, AWAY GAMES YOU. FROM LSU, SEATTLE, NEW YORK AND TENNESSEE YOU HAVE BEEN MY HORIZON. THE LANDSCAPE HAS SHIFTED IN THE SCENERIES CHANGED, BUT YOU’VE ALWAYS BEEN THE CONSTANT MY LIFE AND YOU HAVE BEEN MY TRUE NORTH. GOD GAVE ME A GIFT IN YOU. AND YOU BELIEVED IN ME WITH OR WITHOUT FOOTBALL. YOU ARE MY GREATEST FAN, YOU ARE MY GREATEST CHEERLEADER AND YOU ARE MY BEST FRIEND. AT THE HALL OF FAME EVER MADE A BUS OF WHAT NFL WIFE LOOK LIKE THEY ONLY NEED TO SEEK THE YOU YOU ARE THE EPITOME OF A HALL OF FAME WIFE. THAT WAS THE HARD PART. WEBSTER DEFINED THE JOURNEY AS A TRAVELING FROM ONE PLACE TO ANOTHER, USUALLY TAKEN A LONG TIME. A JOURNEYS FULL OF LESSONS, MEMORIES, GOOD AND BAD. AND THOUGH SHAPE WHO WE BECOME. MY JOURNEY BEGAN AT THE AGE OF EIGHT IN A SMALL TOWN IN GERMANY IT WAS A WITH THE PANTHERS TO COACH FRED MOSES AND IGNITED A FIRE IN ME THAT BEGIN THE JOURNEY OF A LIFETIME. AT AN EARLY AGE I LEARNED FROM COACH MOSES THE LOVE OF FOOTBALL AND HOW TO RESPECT THAT I LEARNED THE PREPARATION, PLAYS AND PUZZLES. I LOVED PUTTING ON MY UNIFORM AND LACING UP MY CLEATS. COACH MOSES HIS ROLE IS NEVER TO COME TO THE GATE WITHOUT YOUR CLEATS ON YOUR ATTITUDE RIGHT. I LEARNED TO NEVER STEP ON THE FIELD WITHOUT BEING READY TO WORK, AT FOUR CLOCK EVEN IF COACH MOSES WASN’T ON THE FIELD YOU START PRACTICE, YOU START RUM WARM UP YOU RUN YOUR ROUTE, GO TO PLAYBOOKS, GO TO YOUR PLACE AND YES AT EIGHT YEARS OLD THE FLAG FOOTBALL I HAD A PLAYBOOK. IT WAS ON GAME DAYS I LEARNED HOW TO PREPARE MENTALLY FOR GAME. HE WAS THE MANAGER OF THE BASE MOVIE THEATER, ON GAME DAY HE MADE THE ENTIRE TEAM SIT IN THE THEATER LIGHTS OUT, AND MENTALLY, VISUALIZE WHAT YOU ARE ABOUT TO DO AND VISUALIZING. RUN TO YOUR PLACE IN YOUR OWN MIND, THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU ARE ABOUT TO DO NEXT, MOST OF ALL ENVISION WINNING. I NEVER PLAYED A GAME NOT TAKING THAT APPROACH. COACH MOSES, THINK YOU FOR TEACHING ME TO LOVE THIS GAME. FOR THE VERY FIRST PRACTICE, COACH MOSES I KNEW I WANTED TO PLAY IN THE NFL. AND WHO WOULD’VE KNOWN THAT 40 YEARS LATER THAT JOURNEY WOULD’VE BROUGHT ME TO CAT IN OHIO. CANTON OHIO. AND THEN I WENT TO LOUISIANA WHERE MY DAD WAS THE — WAS DESIGNED FOR POLK. NOBODY CHOOSES THAT. IT CHOOSES YOU. A LOT OF PEOPLE SAY 4 PUKE AND I PLAYED FOR THE BLACK AND GOLD OF THE POMPOUS CATS THERE. MY FRESHMAN YEAR I WANT TO TRAVEL WITH THE JV TEAM I DIDN’T PLAY IN A GAME I WAS SO MAD. IT WAS ANIMATED DECISION I WOULD NEVER STEP ON A FOOTBALL BUS AND NOT STEP ON THE GRASS.NOT BECAUSE I COMPLAINED OR THREW A FIT BUT BECAUSE I HAD MY PARENTS, COACHES, BUT BECAUSE I WOULD WORK HARD, DO I ALL I COULD AND THEY COULDN’T NOT PUT ME IN THE NEXT TIME. I WAS TAUGHT TO BELIEVE IN MYSELF AND EARN WHAT I BELIEVED IN SPECIFICALLY ON THINK MY TWO HEAD COACHES DADDY JACK ANDRE AND MY OFFENSE OF LINE COACH TOM. EACH OF YOU GUIDED ME AND PUSH ME IN WAYS YOU WILL NEVER KNOW. FRIDAY NIGHT IN THE WHAMPOA, AND LOUISIANA WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. TO MY TEAMMATES, MY WANTED TEAMMATES AND ALL THE PEOPLE OF LEESVILLE WHO SUPPORTED ME ON THE WAY TO NEITHER RECOGNIZE YOU. I THINK YOU, YOU ARE GOING IN THE HALL WITH ME. WHILE AT LSU WE DIDN’T SEE MUCH SUCCESS ON THE FOOTBALL FIELD BUT PLAYING IN PURPLE AND GOLD WILL ALWAYS FOREVER BE A PART OF MY JOURNEY. WENT TO MY FIRST CALLS, UPON ELECTION INTO THE PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME WAS THE COACH WHO RECRUITED ME. TO BE A TIGER, IT WAS THE GREATEST CALL EVER MADE WHEN HE ANSWERED IT, I TOLD HIM WHO I WAS AND HE STARTED CRYING CAN BELIEVE THAT I WOULD CALL HIM ON AN OCCASION. JOE YOU BELIEVED IN NAME, AND I THINK YOU. I WANT TO THINK THINK COACH ARTHUR YOU ALLOWED ME TO CONTINUE ON AND FULFILL A DREAM OF A CHILDHOOD IN A THANK YOU. COACH KENNETH FARROW, HE’S MY FIRST OFFENSE OF LINE COACH AND HE IS BY FAR THE BEST LINE COACH ANYONE HAS EVER HEARD OF. I THINK YOU FOR TEACHING ME THE IMPORTANCE OF TECHNIQUES, AND OFFENSE OF LINE PLAY YOU TAUGHT ME THE GAME OF FOOTBALL STARTS GROUND-UP FEET FIRST, ADJUSTED MY FOOTBALL JOURNEY I’VE TAKEN MANY STEPS AND YOU TAUGHT ME LITERALLY OFFENSE OF LINE PLAY IS BUILT LITERALLY ON THOUSANDS OF STEPS AND THEY LOOKED AT HOW YOU COACHED US AT LSU WE WERE NEVER JUST YOUR PLAYERS, WE WERE ALWAYS YOUR BOYS. YOU TOMMY IF YOU LOVE YOUR PLAYERS, THEY WILL RETURN IT WITH EFFORT AND AS EXECUTION. THE RELATIONSHIP IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE COACHING. YOU’RE THE FIRST COACH THE VERY FIRST COACH EVER TOLD ME I HAD WHAT IT TAKES TO BE IN THE NFL. CONFIRMING ME WHAT I ALWAYS BELIEVED IN MY HEART. AND I’LL NEVER FORGET THAT AND I LOVE YOU COACHED. MARRIES HER LINE, YOU ARE A GODSEND WHEN YOU GOT LSU. IN MY SENIOR YEAR. TIMES WERE TOUGH. YOU BROUGHT ME PERSPECTIVE AND YOU SHOWED ME THAT A COACH DOESN’T HAVE TO DEGRADE YOU, OR DEMEAN YOUR PLAYERS IN ORDER TO GET THEM TO PERFORM. I LEAN ON UNIT LAST SEASON AND YOU CHALLENGE ME TO BE A BETTER PLAYER AND A BETTER LEADER. I’M THANKFUL FOR THAT DAY, AND EVEN TODAY THAT I CAN STILL CALL YOU COACH THE MORE IMPORTANT MY FRIEND. THANK YOU, I LOVE YOU. THROUGHOUT MY NFL CAREER, I HAVE GREAT COACHES THAT I STILL HAVE RELATIONSHIPS WITH TODAY. LEGENDARY TOM FLOREZ, YOU’LL BE ON THIS PAGE SOON AND I THINK YOU FOR DRAFTING ME TO THE SEATTLE SEAHAWKS. AND GIVING ME THE MAGIC TO PLAY IN THE NFL AND MAKE MY CHILDHOOD DREAM BECOME A REALITY. MANY PEOPLE THOUGHT BILL PARCELL WAS CRAZY FOR PAYING A CENTER WHAT I DID WHEN I WAS A FREE-AGENT 98, I THINK THIS MOMENT RIGHT NOW PROVES THAT WILL WAS RIGHT ALL ALONG. BELL TAUGHT ME, NOT EVERYBODY GETS SKEWS ME HE TAUGHT ME THAT EVERYONE GETS TREATED FAIRLY BUT NOT EVERYONE HAS TO BE TREATED THE SAME. HE SAID NEVER GET COMFORTABLE I REMEMBER 1998 WE PLAYED THE CHIEFS AND WE BEAT THEM, EVERYONE WAS LAUGHING AND JOKING AROUND AND THOSE OF YOU WHO KNOW BILL, KNOWS WHAT HE DOES. HE LOOKS AT ME AND SAYS HEY, WHAT THE? ARE YOU SMILING AT? I DID NOT BRING YOU HERE TO BEAT THE CHIEFS YOU BETTER START THINKING ABOUT HOW YOU’RE A BLOCK TED WASHINGTON NEXT WEEK. HE CONFIRMED TO ME THAT THE IDEA OF WHAT YOU DID TODAY, WHICH DID YESTERDAY LOOKS GOOD TODAY YOU’VE ACCOMPLISHED NOTHING YET. BILL, I THINK YOU FOR WHAT YOU DID TO MY CAREER, I NEVER FORGET THE LESSONS I LEARNED FROM YOU AND I APPRECIATE YOU. HARM EDWARDS, YOU TOMMY IT’S OKAY TO BE YOU, TO HAVE YOUR OWN PERSONALITY BUT NOT TO THE DETRIMENT OF YOUR TEAM, OR DISRESPECTING THE GAME. I THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME TOGETHER WITH THE NEW YORK JETS AND NOW AS I’M A MEMBER AND YOUR STAFF AT ARIZONA STATE. JEFF FISHER AND FLOYD REESE THANK YOU FOR BRINGING ME TO TENNESSEE IS A GREAT PLACE TO END MY CAREER. THANK YOU FOR BELIEVING I THOUGHT GAS IN THE TANK. EVERY OFFENSE OF LINEMAN SHOULD HAVE COACHES THAT I HAVE HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF PLAYING FOUR. HOWARD MIGHT YOU GAVE ME THE FREEDOM TO FIND MY BOUNDARIES EVEN IF IT WASN’T WITHIN MUD METHODS. HOWARD’S BRADY SYSTEM WAS SIMPLE DID YOU BLOCK YOUR MAN? YES OR NO? AFTER 16 YEARS IN THE LEAGUE, HOWARD I CAN STILL SAY I’VE MORE YESES AND NO. I THINK EVEN NOW, I PURSUED OF BEING A GREAT OFFENSE OF LINE COACH, BILL YOU TAUGHT ME TO SEE A BIGGER PICTURE AND NOT JUST TO SEE MY SIMON. UNDER YOU THE GAME SLOWED DOWN. I WILL ALWAYS BE GRATEFUL FOR OUR TIME TOGETHER AND I THANK YOU. DOUG MARONEY GAVE ME APPRECIATION FOR THE HISTORY OF THE GAME PARTICULARLY THE POSITION I PLAYED. YOU ALWAYS EXPLAIN THE WIVES, THE SCHEMES AND TECHNIQUES AND THINGS I NEVER CONSIDERED AND I THANK YOU. MIKE MANCHA, I WILL ALWAYS APPRECIATE THE GAME, I APPRECIATE YOUR APPROACH TO THE GAME. RESPECT YOUR OPPONENT, DO NOT EVER GIVE THEM TOO MUCH RESPECT AS TO NOT GOOD ENOUGH TO BE A PRO BUT BE A PROFESSIONAL AND ALL THAT YOU DO. AS MY CAREER CAME TO AN END, I CAME TO APPRECIATE THE STORIES OF YOU, YOU CAME BACK FROM THIS VERY CEREMONY AND WHAT IT MEANT TO YOU AS A HALL OF FAMER TO BE HERE. TODAY I THINK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME TO BE A TEAMMATE FOR LIFE. THANK YOU. ON AN OCCASION SUCH AS THIS THERE’S A GROUP OF PEOPLE THAT MUST BE RECOGNIZED MY AGENTS MARK AND RICK, DAVE COPELAND EVERYONE OF YOU GUYS AND EVERYBODY IN PRIORITY SPORTS YOU ARE FIRST-CLASS. EARLY MY CAREER YOU KNEW MY VALUE EVEN WHEN THE TEAM MANAGEMENT DID NOT. THE FAR FOR ME, GAVE ME SOUND BUSINESS ADVICE NEVER STEERED ME IN THE WRONG DIRECTION. YOU ALLOWED ME TO FOCUS AND FULFILL WHAT I TRUSTED YOU OFF OF THAT AND THAT FAITH LED ME TO THE NEW YORK JETS. AND LAUNCHED ME INTO THE HALL OF FAME CAREER. MY CAREER IS OVER MY FRIENDSHIPS REMAIN AND I THINK YOU GUYS. WHILE AT LSU I LEARNED FROM THE LATE, GREAT JEFF BOSSE, THE MOST IMPORTANT PERSON IS RALEIGH YOUNG FOOTBALL PLAYERS OUT THERE, THE MOST IMPORTANT PERSON IN THAT BUILDING IS YOUR EQUIPMENT MANAGER. TO ALL MY EQUIPMENT MANAGERS, YOUR JOBS ARE SELFLESS, THANK YOU I THINK EVERYONE OF YOU TO BEING PART OF MY JOURNEY. TO ALL OF MY ATHLETIC TRAINERS, THE LATE JIMMY AND JOHN. BRAD BROWN, ALL THE ASSISTANCE AND MEDICAL STAFF YOU ALWAYS PUT ME BACK TOGETHER, KEPT ME ON THE FIELD AND I THINK EVERYONE OF YOU FOR BEING A PART OF MY JOURNEY. TO ALL OF MY STRENGTH COACHES LIKE DANNY LEDUC, STEVE WATERSON, EACH ONE OF YOU TAUGHT ME TO BUY IN AND PUSH MYSELF TO LIMIT I DIDN’T KNOW I COULD GET TO IN THE OFF-SEASON SO REGULAR SEASON WOULD BE EASY. I LEARN THE COMMITMENT IN WEEK 16 IS JUST AS IMPORTANT AS WEEK ONE IN THE SPRING I KNOW HAD THE CAREER BECAUSE OF THE EMPHASIS. I BELIEVE IT THEN AND I BELIEVE IT NOW. LIKE JOHN ALWAYS SAT AND ALWAYS LISTENING IF YOU’RE NOT CLEANING INNER NOT SQUATTING YOU’RE NOT PLAYING IN THE NFL VERY LONG. TO MY TEAM CHAPLAINS CARL PAIN AND SCOTT, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SPIRITUAL KINDNESS GUIDANCE. AND ALWAYS KEPT ME IN PERSPECTIVE AND I THINK EVERY ONE OF YOU. I WOULD BE REMISS TO NOT MENTION ONE MY GREATEST FRIENDS AND PERSONAL PASTOR RIZZO. DANA RIZZO. YOU MARY TRACY AND I, NEARLY EVERY SIGNIFICANT DECISION IN MY CAREER, WAS MADE WITH PRAYER AND COUNSEL WITH YOU. I THANK YOU FOR YOUR GODLY WISDOM, AND I AM TRULY, TRULY GRATEFUL FOR OUR FRIENDSHIP. TO MY FAMILY, THE NFL, PA, THE LATE JEAN UPSELL, CLARK GAINES, JASON, SCOTTY GRAHAM, D SMITH, AND EVERYONE ELSE AT 63 S. PLACE. YOU HELPED ME, TO SERVE NOT JUST MY TEAM, AND EVERY PLAYER IN THE NFL, IF WE WERE TO READ ABOUT I PROMISE IT WOULD BE A BESTSELLER. I PLAYED AGAINST MANY OPPONENTS TO CHALLENGE ME TO BE MY BEST MANY ARE HERE TONIGHT THERE’S ONE COACH IN PARTICULAR I MUST NICE, COACH BILL BELICHECK. I SEE ALL THE JETS AND PATRIOT, THERE’S A DELINEATION RIGHT THERE. BUT THAT COACH, I NEVER FELT MORE CHALLENGE MENTALLY IN THE GAME WHEN I FACED HER TEAMS. I CAME TO LOVE THE PUZZLE OF FIGURING OUT YOUR DEFENSE AND CHESS MATCH THOSE BECAME I DID NOT WIN ALL OF THEM AND IN FACT MY TEAM LOST MOST MOST OF THEM. AND THAT SUCKED IT WAS AWFUL. I SO HATE THE PATRIOTS. EVERYONE EATS THE WINNERS. BUT THE HOLD IN YOUR DEFENSE, IT CAME WITH A GREAT SENSE OF ACCOMPLISHMENT SO CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU AND ALL OF YOUR SUCCESSES, THANK YOU FOR MAKING ME A BETTER PLAYER. ZACH THOMAS WAS MY NEMESIS. MY FIRST YEAR OF THE JETS BEFORE THE FIRST GAME WE EACH PLAYED AGAINST EACH OTHER, BILL PARCEL TOLD ME IN FRONT OF THE ENTIRE TEAM IF YOU DON’T BLOCK THOMAS WE WON’T WIN THE GAME FOR THE NEXT 16 MATCHES I NEVER FORGOT THAT. ZACH WAS NOT ONE OF THE SMARTEST PLAYERS I EVER FACE YOU LOVE THE GAME AND HAD FUN AND BROUGHT THE BEST OUT OF ME. WHEN PEOPLE ASKED ME WHO’S NOT THE HALL OF FAME? THAT I THINK THAT SHOULD BE HERE IT’S EASY NUMBER 54 FROM THE MIAMI DOLPHINS. TO MY TIGER TEAMMATES, HERE OR NOT, WE HAD SOME VERY TOUGH TIME. 89 TO 93 WERE THE FORGOTTEN YEARS ANALYSES FORGOTTEN HISTORY BUT WE WILL NOT FORGET WHAT WE WENT THROUGH, EMMA WE WENT THERE TOGETHER AND THE CHALLENGES WE FACED, KNOW THAT I WILL BE FOREVER LSU. [CHEERING] GO TIGERS! RAY DONELSON, JIM SWEENEY, EUGENE ROBINSON YOU TAUGHT ME HOW TO BE PROFESSIONALS AS A YOUNG PLAYER. I WILL NEVER FORGET DRAWING PLAYS ON YOUR CHEST ON MONDAY NIGHT MIRACLE YOU THAT THE TRUE STORY, YOU ARE ONE OF THE BEST GENERALS I EVER HAD A I HAD THE PLEASURE TO PLAY WITH. I’M SORRY WARREN YOU ARE GOOD TO. YOU REMAIN MY ALL-TIME FAVORITE QUARTERBACK. THANK YOU. YOUR WORK ETHIC, PASSION FOR THE GAME INTO ONE OF MY ALL- TIME FAVORITE TEAMMATE. I APPRECIATED BEING A TEAMMATE, I KNOW YOUR OF YOUR SUMMER. BEING A PART OF THE YEAR WHICH ARE THE OLDEST PLAYER TO RUN THE BRUSHING TITLE STILL STAND OUT IN MY MEMORIES BUT KNOWING THAT YOU DID THAT WAS ONLY 25 YARDS TO MEET WITH ME. CUT FROM BEHIND KURT. JASON FOR BEING — OF ALL OF MY TEAMMATES WE PLAYED TOGETHER THE LONGEST FOR A DOLLAR EVERY TIME YOU ASKED ME TO SLIDE YOUR WAY I WOULD BE MORE RICH. FOR EIGHT YEARS, WITH THE JETS BE ACCOMPLISHMENT GREAT THINGS, WE GOT SO CLOSE TO THE SUPER BOWL, I SAW HIS FACE EARLIER TODAY THAT WAS A JOHN ELWAY, IT IS WHAT IT IS. THANKS JOHN. GRANT WILLIAMS, RICK LAU, OUR RELATIONSHIPS GO BEYOND THE PIT PLAYING FIELD YOU ARE TWO OF MY BEST FRIENDS AND BROTHERS FOR LIFE AND I LOVE YOU BOTH. THANK YOU GUYS. MICHAEL SCOTT, EXCUSE ME DAVID STEWART, AMAR HALL, CHRIS JOHNSON, AND THE REST OF MY TIGHT AND TIGHT — AND — TO MEET AND CJ YOU ARE MADE MY LAST YEAR ONE TO REMEMBER TO MY TEAMMATES IF YOU’RE HERE, PLEASE SEND UP. ALL MY TEAMMATES IF YOU ARE HERE PLEASE STAND UP. ALL OF THEM. [CHEERING] WHETHER YOU ARE A WALL PASS CAT, TIGER, SEAHAWK, JET OR TIGHTEN. KNOW THAT EACH ONE OF YOU HOLD A SPECIAL PLACE IN MY HEART. WE SWEAT, BLED, CRIED AND REJOICED TOGETHER. TOGETHER WE WERE MISERABLE ON THE DOG DAYS OF SUMMER IN TRAINING CAMP AND WE CELEBRATED CLOSE BUT THE REASON WE COMMISERATED MISERABLE LOSSES. YOU TRUSTED ME TO DO MY JOB AND HELD ME ACCOUNTABLE ON THE FIELD. YOU WERE TEAMMATES, FRIENDS, YOU ARE MY BROTHERS AND I THINK EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU FOR BEING PART OF MY JOURNEY. WE DID THIS. KEVIN DIDN’T DO THIS WE ALL DID THIS THANK YOU. [CHEERING] THE GAME OF FOOTBALL IS THE GREATEST GAME IN THE WORLD. THERE ARE FEW ENVIRONMENTS WHERE A GROUP OF PEOPLE WITH DIFFERENT UPBRINGINGS AND BACKGROUNDS, RACES, RELIGIONS AND REASONS COME TOGETHER AND PUT ASIDE ALL OF THE REASONS FOR THE COMMON GOAL TO PUT YOUR TEAM TOGETHER TO WIN THE GAME. IN THAT PROCESS EACH ONE OF US FIND OUT ABOUT OURSELVES IN ANSWERS TO SOME OF LIFE’S MOST DIFFICULT QUESTIONS. DO HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO DO THE BEST? CAN I LOSE MY EGO FOR THE GOOD OF THE TEAM? CAN A BOUNCE BACK AFTER AN AMAZING DEFEAT CAN I CONTINUE ON ONE OF ELECTION DOWN? CAN I RESPECT THE DIFFERENT BETWEEN MY TEAMMATES AND OTHERS? CAN YOU WORK WITH OTHERS THEY DON’T LIKE JUST BECAUSE IT BENEFITS EVERYONE ELSE AND NOT JUST ME? AM I WILLING, CAN I GIVE MORE MYSELF, AND I WILLING TO SACRIFICE OF SOMEONE ELSE CAN BE SUCCESSFUL? THE GAME OF FOOTBALL TAUGHT ME ACCOUNTABILITY, SACRIFICE, SELFLESSNESS. IT DEVELOPED IN THE GRID, TENACITY AND CONFIDENCE. IT CHALLENGE MY FAITH, GROW MY LOYALTY AND INSTILL MILITANCY. THE JOURNEY THAT STARTED 40 YEARS AGO ON THE EUROPEAN CONTINENT THAT TOOK ME TO THE DEEP SOUTH, NORTHERN CORNERS OF THIS GREAT COUNTRY AND PARTS IN BETWEEN, THE JOURNEY THAT ENCOMPASSED MANY MILES, MANY FRIENDS AND NUMEROUS LESSONS AND A LIFETIME OF MEMORIES, TODAY I JOURNEY FINALLY ENDS. TODAY, I STAND AT THE DOORSTEP OF FOOTBALL IMMORTALITY AND I KNOCK ON THE DOOR AND INTO ALL OF YOU I AM HOME! THANK YOU GUYS VERY MUCH. THANK YOU. >>WHAT A BEAUTIFUL SPEECH. THAT WAS BY KEVIN MAWAE, HIS WIFE PRESENTED HIM. HIS PARENTS, REJOICE.’S TEAMMATES HERE, IN MASS TO HONOR HIM. WHAT A BEAUTIFUL SPEECH. KEVIN MAWAE, GOOD PEOPLE. WHEN WE COME BACK, THIS ONE IS FOR PAT. This is the couple who
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A HANDFUL WERE TRULY, OWNERS. PAT BOWLEN WAS ONE OF THOSE OWNERS. BELOVED BY HIS BRONCO PLAYERS, BELOVED BY EVERYBODY IN THE ORGANIZATION, BELOVED BY HIS CITY OF DENVER AND STATE OF COLORADO, RESPECTED AND RELIED UPON I SO MANY TENTACLES IN THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL TEAM, SERVING ON 15 DIFFERENT COMMITTEES SINCE HE PURCHASED THE BRONCOS IN 1984, AND DID WE MENTION, THE OVER $30 MILLION OF CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTIONS THAT HE IS OVERSEEN? SADLY, WE LOST MISTER PAT BOWLEN ON JUNE 13. WE WILL NEVER LOSE THE MEMORY OF WHAT HE, AND HIS DENVER BRONCOS HAVE ACCOMPLISHED. THE ONLY OWNER TO WIN 300 GAMES IN HIS FIRST 30 SEASONS. THE THIRD-HIGHEST WIN PERCENTAGE OF ALL-AMERICAN PROFESSIONAL SPORTS TEAMS. AS MANY SUPER BOWL APPEARANCES SEVEN, AS LOSING SEASONS. BRONCO FANS WILL SURELY SHOUT FROM THE HIGHEST MOUNTAIN TOP, THAT THEY WON THREE SUPER BOWL. [CHEERING] TODAY WE HONOR PAT AND THANKED HIM TO PRESENT PAT BOWLEN A LONGTIME TRAINER OF THE DENVER RONCO, THE GREEK, STEVE “GREEK” ANTONOPULOS. >>IT CAN BE A GREAT BALLGAME TODAY. >>IN 1984, 40-YEAR-OLD BUSINESSMAN NAME PAT BOWLEN PURCHASED THE DENVER BRONCOS, AN ORGANIZATION HE WOULD BUILD INTO ONE OF THE PREMIER FRANCHISES IN FOOTBALL.’S A MISTER PAT BOWLEN WAS ABOUT FOOTBALL, FOOTBALL FIRST, IS THE SECOND. TO BUILD OUR ORGANIZATION AT THE TIME. >>I DIDN’T UNDERSTAND THE MAGNITUDE, OF WHAT BEING AN NFL OWNER MEANT. AND THEN I REALIZED, WHEN IT CAME TO MY CLASS I KID IN MY CLASS TOLD ME MY DAD WAS HIS HERO, AND HE WANTED TO GROW UP AND BE LIKE HIM ONE DAY. >>IN THE 1980S, JOHN ELWAY LED THE BRONCOS TO THREE SUPER BOWL THAN A FOR YOUR STAND SPAN, ONLY TO COME UP AGONIZINGLY SHORT EACH TIME. >>THE THIRD SUPER BOWL WAS INCREDIBLY DEVASTATING FOR MY DAD. >>THE DENVER BRONCOS HAVE LOST THEIR FOURTH SUPER BOWL. >>BUT IS THE PROBABLY THE MOST PROFOUND LESSON I LEARNED FROM MY DAD THERE MY LIFETIME. AND THAT IS THE LOSSES AND CHALLENGES AND THE FAILURES IN LIFE, MADE HIM INTO THE OWNER THAT HE IS. >>THOSE HEARTBREAKS BUT THE STAGE FOR 32. ONE OF THE MOST DRAMATIC BREAKTHROUGHS IN NFL HISTORY. >>I THINK THE MOST MEMORABLE GAME, FOR ME, WOULD BE THE FIRST SUPER BOWL WIN. I WAS SO SHORT I COULDN’T EVEN SEE THE FIELD OUT KNOCK MY BROTHER OVER AND SAID PUT ME ON YOUR SHOULDER! >>I WILL NEVER FORGET THE PLAY WHEN JOHN LITERALLY LEAPT INTO THE END ZONE AND GOT HELICOPTERS AT AS HE WAS DIVING FOR A TOUCHDOWN. >>IN 38 YEARS, WITHOUT A CHAMPIONSHIP IN FOOTBALL HISTORY, IT’S COME DOWN TO ONE PLAY. >>NO ONE EXPECTED US TO WIN THAT GAME. >>BLITZES ON, IT CAN BE INCOMPLETE! DENVER IS GOING TO WIN IT?! ARE YOU KIDDING ME! THEY HAVE ONE SUPER BOWL XXX TO YOU! >>I REMEMBER GETTING TO THE FIELD, AND MY DAD WAS HOSTING THE LOMBARDI TROPHY. >>THIS ONE IS FOR JOHN I REMEMBER RUNNING AROUND THE FIELD LOOKING FOR HIM, WHEN I FOUND HIM AND HE SAW ME WE BOTH HAD TEARS IN HER EYES, AND HUGGED, IT’S AN EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME. >>HE CAME TO THE ATHLETIC TRAINING ROOM, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT HE SAID, IS THAT GREEK, WE HAVE TO KEEP THIS UP AND KEEP DOING THIS. >>THEY FOLLOW THAT CHAMPIONSHIP DURING A REPEAT TITLE IN ELWAY’S FAREWELL CAMPAIGN. >>THOUSAND CREDIBLE TO SEE HOW HAPPY HE WAS AND HOW HAPPY MY MOM WAS AT SOMETHING I’LL NEVER GET. A DENVER WILL BECOME WORLD CHAMPIONS ONCE AGAIN. >>I DO REMEMBER, THE PARADE IN DENVER. IT WAS AMAZING! >>PAT BOWLEN HAD RESPECT ACROSS THE FRANCHISE, COMMUNITY AND LEAGUE AND HIS CONTRIBUTION TO SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL CHANGE THE LANDSCAPE OF BOTH FOOTBALL, AND TELEVISION. IN 2014, HE WOULD BE DIAGNOSED WITH ALZHEIMER’S. LANGUISHING CONTROL OF DAY-TO- DAY TEAM OPERATIONS. >>IT WILL NEVER BE THE SAME. IS CAN BE VERY HARD TO NOT SEE HIM WALK TO THE FRONT DOORS EVERY DAY. >>HE WAS SO STRONG FOR ME, WHEN HE FIRST GOT ALZHEIMER’S. MY FATHER IN HIS ENTIRE LIFE SHOWED SO MUCH COURAGE, COURAGE TO FIGHT A DISEASE THAT IS NEVER-ENDING. >>HIS ALZHEIMER’S FIGHT INSPIRED HIS TEAM, ON THE WAY TO SUPER BOWL L. >>IN MY EYES WE HAD TO WIN ANOTHER ONE WHILE THAT COULD REMEMBER. I REMEMBER COMING INTO THESE LOCKER ROOM CRYING WITH A LOT OF THE STUFF I GREW UP WITH. >>TO HANDLE THEM BODIE TO HAND THE LOMBARDI TRIBUTE TO MY DAD WAS AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE AS IT WAS THE FIRST THING WE GAVE HIM EXCITEMENT ABOUT IN A WHILE. >>IN IT PAT BOWLEN’S THEY WON 71% OF THEIR GAMES, SEVEN AFC TITLES AND THREE SUPER BOWLS. >>I WAS ASKING HIM ABOUT THE PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN THAT? WHY IS IT SUCH A BIG DEAL? AND HE SAID, BRITNEY THE HALL OF FAME IS ONLY WHERE LEGENDS GO. IT MEANS YOU ARE THE GREATEST OF ALL TIME. AND HE WAS A LEGEND. HE HAS DEFINITELY SET THE BAR FOR NFL OWNERS. >>HE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 75 LEAVING BEHIND, A MUCH ADMIRED CHAMPIONSHIP CULTURE AND HALL OF FAME LEGACY THAT WILL ENDURE FOR GENERATIONS. >>MY DAD ALWAYS WANTED TO BE A WINNER, AND HE DEFINITELY HAS ACCOMPLISHED THAT. >>WE ALL AS A FAMILY, WANT TO KEEP THE MOMENTUM AND MAKE SURE, WE ARE DOING EXACTLY WHAT HE WOULD’VE WANTED. >>DAD, I WANT TO SAY I’M EXTREMELY PROUD OF YOU. IT’S FINALLY YOUR TIME. >>I’M VERY PROUD TO BE PART OF THIS. THIS ONCE FOR YOU DAD. YOU DID IT. >>MISTER B, THIS ONE IS FOR YOU. >>I’M HONORED AND PRIVILEGED TO PRESENT MY FRIENDS, PAT BOWLEN , FOR ENSHRINEMENT INTO PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME. >>LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, PRESENTING PAT BOWLEN FOR ENSHRINEMENT INTO THE PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME, STEVE ANTONOPULOS , AND REPRESENTING THEIR FATHER, THE BOLAND FAMILY.>>THERE ARE NOT MANY DRY EYES IN THE HOUSE. THERE JOHN ELWAY. AS WELL AS THE FAMILY. ONE LAST HUDDLE FOR PAT. THE TRAIN 20 FAMILY. 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I WANT TO SEE THEM MOVE IT ON THESE LAYERS WE HAVE TWO CORNERS, TWO SAFETIES, WE CAN LINE UP RIGHT NOW. AMONG THESE FOUR, 226 INTERCEPTIONS, 247 INCLUDING POSTSEASON, THINK ABOUT THAT AS WE MOVE FORWARD. I WILL ACQUIT PENNSYLVANIA. EVERYONE OF YOU IS YOUR HOME? EVERYONE OF YOU IS HERE? THERE’S MUST BE SOMETHING IN THE HALL OF FAME WATER. TONY DORSETT, WHO IS THE UNCLE OF TY LAW. FIRST ROUND PICK OF THE NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS IN 1995, THE NEXT YEAR THEY WERE PLAYING IN THE SUPER BOWL. THE 2001, 2003 AND 2004 THEY WERE WINNING SUPER BOWLS. IN THE 2001 SUPER BOWL XXXVI CAME AGAINST THE TWO TOUCHDOWN FAVORITE ST. LOUIS RAMS, TY LAW IS PICKED SIX CHANGE THE GAME. IN THE 2003, AFC TITLE GAME, HE INTERCEPTED PEYTON MANNING AND THE COLTS THREE TIMES. ALL TOLD HE PICKED OUT PEYTON NINE TIMES. SO HE SHOULD BE THE ONE PRESENTING TIE TY LAW WHEN HE CAME INTO CANTON OHIO. 53 INTERCEPTIONS IN ALL, PROMPTING, SOME OF US, ON NFL PRIME TIME TO REVIVE AN OLD SONG. WHEN DOING IT HIGHLIGHTS YOU MIGHT REMEMBER. I THOUGHT THE LAW, AND ALLOW ONE. W ON. HE FORCE THE CHANGE IN PASS COVERAGE RULES, HIS PRESENTER, HIS GREAT FRIEND BYRON WASHINGTON. [CHEERING] >>WATCHING TY LAW AT HIS FIRST SUPER BOWL, WAS VERY SURREAL. >>BYRON, WASHINGTON AND I, WERE SITTING NEXT TO EACH OTHER. THE MOMENT WE SAW A NUMBER 24, PICK UP BALL. >>THE MAIN THING I REMEMBER, IS THIS RIGHT HERE. >>CHECK — TY LAW ! >>I WILL NEVER FORGET THE LOOK ON OUR FACES. AT THAT POINT I HAD NO VOICE. >>BEFORE HE BECAME A MAINSTAY OF A SUPER BOWL DYNASTY, TY LAW STARRED FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN. AFTER THREE STANDOUT SEASONS, IN ANN ARBOR, THE VERSATILE CORNER BECAME THE 23rd OVERALL PICK, AND THE 1995 NFL DRAFT. >>DEFENSIVE BACK FROM MICHIGAN, TY LAW. >>THE SAME QUALITIES THAT HELPED HIM START IN THE BIG 10, HELPED HIM IN THE NEXT LEVEL. >>HE IS VERY ELECTRIC, VERY FOCUSED, VERY COMPETITIVE. AND HE PLAYS WITH PASSION. >>HIS THIRD, PASS INTERCEPTION IN THE GAME IS! >>HE WAS NOT COCKY, HE IS MORE COMPETITIVE YET QUICK FEET, HE HAD GREAT SPEED AND HE WAS VERY STRONG. YOU CAN GET PAST HIM. >>TRAN17 FIRST SUPER BOWL ENDED UP IN DEFEAT, BUT BILL BILICHICK ARRIVAL WAS A NEW ERA. >>GREAT HANDS, GREAT INTERCEPTOR. >>SOON, TY LAW AND HIS TEAM WERE BACK IN THE BIG GAME. >>I REMEMBER LIKE YESTERDAY, THAT THIS IS THE GREATEST MOMENT IN THE WORLD CHAMPION.>>THEY WON SUPER BOWL XXXVI! >>THE SECOND SUPER BOWL THEY WON LIKE THEY HAD BEEN THERE BEFORE. >>GIVE ME SOME! GIVE ME SOME! >>TY LAW RECORDED 53 INTERCEPTIONS, EMBODYING WHAT CAME TO BE KNOWN THE PATRIOTS WAY. >>TRAN17 WAS ALWAYS EVEN WHEN WE WERE KIDS, A TEAM PLAYER. THAT’S OF THE PATRIOTS ARE ABOUT. >>TY LAW WILL LOOK BACK AT THE ICE I HELPED STARTED THIS DYNASTY. >>TRAN17 HELP CONTINUE HIS CAREER WITH THE JETS, CHIEFS, AND BRONCOS FINISHING IN GREAT STYLE. >>YOU LET ME KNOW AFTER THAT GAME THAT HE ENJOYED HIS CAREER BUT IT’S TIME TO MOVE ON. >>A FAMILY MAN, FATHER OF FIVE, TY LAW CREATED A LEGACY BEYOND FOOTBALL. >> FAMILY MEANS EVERYTHING TO TY LAW, AND HOW YOU WANT TO BE A FATHER AND HELP THEM REACH THEIR EDUCATIONAL PROCESS. >>IS A VERY GIVING PERSON. IS A HEART. HE HAS DONE THINGS, AROUND THE COMMUNITY, AND HE DOESN’T WANT TO BE RECOGNIZED. >>15 SEASONS, FIVE PRO BOWLS, AND A KEY CONTRIBUTOR TO ONE OF THE BALLS ALL-TIME GREAT DYNASTIES, TY LAW LEFT A ENDURING MARK ON THE GAME. >>IT’S THE PINNACLE OF RECOGNIZING, WHAT A GREAT, AND I WILL ADD THIS ONE, HUMBLE ATHLETE TY LAW WAS AT THE FOOTBALL PLAYER. >> TO SEE MY FRIEND, MY TEAMMATE, MY BROTHER, BEING INDUCTED INTO THE HALL OF FAME, IS SOMETHING THAT MOVIES ARE MADE UP. >>I AM HONORED, TO PRESENT MY LIFELONG FRIEND, TY LAW, FOR ENSHRINEMENT INTO THE PROTY LA SHRINEMENT INTO THE PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME, BYRON WASHINGTON. >>Y’ALL HAVE TO EXCUSE ME. LAST TIME I WAS UP ON THE PODIUM I DIDN’T HAVE NO PAPERS OR ANYTHING. I’VE GOT A COUPLE OF NOTES BUT I’M GOING TO SPEAK FROM THE HEART LIKE I MAN. HEY, BROTHER. THIS MAN KNOWS WHERE ALL THE BONES IS BURIED. EVERYTHING. THIS WENT A HARD DECISION AT ALL, WITH WAS GOING TO PRESENT ME HERE TODAY. HE’S BEEN WITH ME THROUGH THICK AND THING. BEST FRIENDS SINCE WE WERE IN DIAPERS. HE ALWAYS LET ME KNOW THAT AT HIS FIRST BIRTH DID I PARTY, WHICH I WAS THERE, THAT I WASN’T WALKING YET. HE CALLED ME A WUS FOR THAT. HE ALSO, AND THIS IS TRUE, HE SAYS HE’S THE REASON WHY I’M HERE TODAY, BECAUSE I NEVER PICKED UP A FOOTBALL UNTIL HE CAME AND GOT KNOW PLAY. AND THAT IS THE TRUTH. HE INTRODUCED ME TO THE GAME AT A COMPETITIVE LEVEL, SO I THANK YOU, BROTHER. BUT THE REALITY, THE ONLY REASON HE CAME AND GOT ME BECAUSE HE DIDN’T WANT TO GO PLAY WITH THE PEOPLE HE DIDN’T KNOW, AND HIS DADDY CAME AND GOT ME, SO I APPRECIATE HIM AND HIS FATHER. THANK YOU FOR BEING MY BROTHER FOR 45 YEARS. THANK YOU. LOVE YOU. TO MR. CRAIG JONES, WHO YOU ALSO SEEN OUT THERE ON THAT SCREEN TODAY, HE PRESENTED ME WITH THIS BEAUTIFUL GOLD JACKET. HE IS NOT JUST MY FINANCIAL ADVISOR. HE IS MY BROTHER, HE IS MY FAMILY. YOU HAVE DONE SO MUCH FOR ME, CRAIG. IF I WOULD HAVE LISTENED, I WOULD PROBABLY BE EVEN BETTER OFF. BUT YOU’VE BEEN THERE FOR ME, MY FAMILY, MY KIDS, AND YOU CARED ABOUT ME, THE MAN, NOT JUST THE ATHLETE. I LOVE YOU, CRAIG. THANK YOU, BROTHER. [ APPLAUSE ] BOTH CRAIG, WE DID IT. WE ARE IN THE PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME. THANK YOU. I’M SO HONORED HERE TO BE IN THIS CLASS. YOU GUYS HAVE MADE THIS A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE. I’D LIKE TO THANK THE HALL OF FAME, BOARD OF TRUSTEES, DAVID BAKER, YOUR STAFF. EVERYBODY HAS MADE THIS A TREMENDOUS, TREMENDOUS EXPERIENCE. I’D LIKE TO SEND A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO RON BORGOIS, WHO WAS PROBABLY MY BIGGEST ADVOCATE. MY STRONGEST ADVOCATE. MY STRONGEST ALLY IN THIS FILE. HEY, RON, YOU STOOD UP ON THE TABLE FOR ME, MAN. YOU LET PEOPLE KNOW THAT I WAS WORTHY OF BEING A PART OF THIS PRESTIGIOUS FRATERNITY. I COULDN’T HAVE BEEN HERE WITHOUT YOU. SO MANY PEOPLE CAME AND TOLD ME THE JOB THAT YOU DID IN THAT ROOM BY PLEADING YOUR CASE FOR ME WON THEM OVER. SO I WANT TO THANK YOU GUYS FOR, FIRST, LISTENING, AND THANK YOU, RON, FOR PUTTING IT DOWN. THANK YOU, MAN. [ APPLAUSE ] YOU KNOW I ONCE HEARD SOMEONE SAY THAT THE BRAIN IS LIKE A SWITCH. IF YOU BELIEVE YOU ARE SOMETHING, YOU EMBODY IT. YOU EMBODY THAT FEELING, THAT THOUGHT. YOU START TO MOVE DIFFERENTLY, THINK DIFFERENTLY. SUCCESS IN LIFE IS ABOUT HAVING THE PROPER BELIEF SYSTEM. YOU’VE GOT BELIEVE IN WHO YOU ARE. YOU MUST BELIEVE IN YOURSELF. THERE WAS SO MANY OTHER PEOPLE THAT BELIEVED IN ME, TOO, I CAN’T STRESS THE IMPORTANCE OF THAT. YOU’VE GOT TO HAVE PEOPLE THAT ARE CHEERING YOU ON ALONG THE WAY. BUT NONE OF THAT MATTERS IF YOU DON’T BELIEVE IN YOURSELF TO GET TO THIS MOMENT I HAD TO BELIEVE IN MYSELF, AND I HAD TO BELIEVE IN MYSELF A LOT. I GREW UP IN AL QUIP PA, PENNSY. 25 MINUTES RIGHT OUTSIDE OF PITTSBURGH. POPULATION ABOUT 9,000 PEOPLE. WE PRODUCED HALL OF FAMERS. MIKE DITKA, MY UNCLE, TONY DORSETT. AS KIDS GROWING UP IN AL QUIP PA, WE LIVED TO COMPETE EVERY DAY AT SOMETHING, WHETHER IT DICERUNNING POLE TO OOTBALL, POLE, COMPETING AT JUST BEING KNUCKLEHEADS. I KNOW THAT LEVEL OF COMPETITION WAS MAKING ME WHO I QUIP PA WAS PREPARING ME. EVEN WITH ALL THOSE GREAT INFLUENCES, IN HOMETOWN, IT WASN’T ALWAYS FUN AND GAMES. I SIT HERE AND TELL YOU I HAD MY OWN BRUSHES WITH TRYING TO RUN THE STREETS. AND I FOUND OUT QUICKLY IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE, TY LAW WASN’T ABOUT THAT LIFE. I WAS ABOUT SOMETHING ELSE. I WANTED TOBE DIFFERENT. I NEED EVERYBODY IN ALIQUIPPA TO STAND UP WE ARE A COMMUNITY BUILT ON LOVE, STRENGTH, STRUGGLE, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, THAT QUIP TOWN PRIDE. I ALWAYS FAIR, CAN MAKE IT IN QUIP TOWN, YOU CAN MAKE IT ANYWHERE. WE DID IT. WE ARE IN THE PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME! I LOVE Y’ALL! I AM SO GRATEFUL TO MY BEAUTIFUL MOTHER. I WANT EVERYBODY TO KNOW THAT I GET MY COMPETITIVENESS, MY WILL TO WIN FROM MY MOM. I HAD TO EARN EVERY WIN I GOT, AND SHE TALKED TRASH WITH THE BEST OF THEM. MOM, YOU ALWAYS HAD MY BACK. EVEN WHEN I WAS DEAD-ASS WRONG, YOU HAD MY BACK. YOU ARE MY ROCK. WE HAD OUR PERSONAL STRUGGLES. AT TIMES WE BENT, BUT WE NEVER BROKE. WE CAME OUT ON THE OTHER SIDE. LET’S EMBRACE THE FACT THAT WE’VE OVERCOME THOSE THINGS, MOM. APPRECIATE WHAT WE HAVE TODAY, WHERE WE’RE GOING IN THE FUTURE. I KNOW I’M A GROWN MAN, BUT TO YOU, I’LL ALWAYS BE YOUR LITTLE BOY, AND I LOVE THAT. THAT’S OKAY. MOM, WE ARE IN THE PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME. NOBODY CAN TAKE THAT AWAY FROM US. NOBODY CAN TAKE THAT AWAY FROM YOU. I LOVE YOU. I KNOW THERE AIN’T NO CRYING INFOOTBALL. I APOLOGIZE. MY BAD. TO MY FATHER, THANK YOU FOR SHOWING THE STRENGTH AND THE COURAGE TO BEAT THE ODDS, MAN. WHAT YOU WENT THROUGH PERSONALLY IS A HELD OF A LOT HARDER THAN WHAT I’M DOING AND WHAT I’M ACCOMPLISHING HERE TODAY. I SEE YOU AS STRENGTH AND INSPIRATION. YOU SAID IF YOU PUT YOUR MIND TO SOMETHING, ANYTHING CAN BE ACCOMPLISHED. POPS, I AM SO PROUD AND HAPPY OF WHERE WE E TODAY AS FATHER AND SON. I’M A PRODUCT OF YOU. WE’RE IN THE PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME. YOU’RE THERE, TOO. EVEN WITH TH OF PIE FAMILY, I STILL HAD TO BELIEVE IN MYSELF. I KNEW EARLY ON THAT I HAD TO DO THINGS OTHERS WERE NOT WILLING TO DO IN ORDER TO GET WHERE I NEEDED TO GO. I HAD TO WORK MY ASS OFF TO ACHIEVE MY GOALS TO MAKE IT OUT OF SOME TOUGH CIRCUMSTANCES. AND BEFORE I GO ON, BECAUSE LIKE I BROUGHT THIS HERE FOR A REASON, I’VE GOT TO TALK ABOUT PERHAPS TWO OF THE MOST IMPORTANT PEOPLE IN MY LIFE. THEY’VE BEEN GONE FOR AWHILE, BUT THEY’RE HERE TODAY. THEY’RE SITTING IN THOSE TWO EMPTY SEATS RIGHT NEXT TO MY MOM. MY GRAND PARENTS. MS. IDA AND MR. RAY LAW. MY GRANDMOTHER PASSED AA WAY WHEN I WAS 12 YEARS OLD. SHE WAS THE MATRIARCH OF OUR FAMILY. IT WAS A BIG BLOW TO ALL OF US WHEN SHE PASSED, BUT MY GRANDFATHER, WHO I LIKE TO CALL PAP, STEPPED UP IN A MAJOR WAY. MY GRANDFATHER BELIEVED IN ME SO MUCH. HE BELIEVED IN ME MORE THAN I BELIEVED IN MYSELF. THAT’S HOW I GOT HERE. HE TOOK ME TO EVERY SINGLE PRACTICE, FROM THE AGE OF SEVEN, ALL THE WAY THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL, AND UNTIL I WENT TO COLLEGE, THAT’S WHEN I WAS ON MY OWN. HE LOVED ME WITH EVERY FIBER OF HIS BODY, AND I LOVED HIM BACK. I WOULD NOT BE HERE WITHOUT MY GRANDPARENTS. THEY DID EVERYTHING FOR ME. I HOPE YOU GUYS KNOW, BECAUSE Y’ALL MIGHT NOT SEE THEM, BUT I SEE THEM. THEY’RE SITTING RIGHT THERE. I HOPE U GUYS KNOW HOW I FEEL. I LOVE YOU. I LOVE YOU TO THE MOON AND BACK. I FOUND OUT THAT MY GRAND FATHER TOOK A MORTGAGE OUT ON OUHOUSE JUST TO GET ME A CAR FOR TRANSPORTATION. I COULD NEVER REPAY HIM FOR THAT. HE SACRIFICED SO MUCH FOR ME. E GOT ME TO THIS STAGE TODAY. I PRAY THAT WHEN YOU LEAVE THIS AUDITORIUM, AND GO O HEAVEN, I HOPE Y’ALL CELEBRATING ON THE OTHER SIDE. WE DID IT, PAP AND NANA. WE ARE IN THE PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME. AND NEXT STEP OF THAT JOURNEY WAS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN. THIS IS WHERE BELIEVING IN MYSELF WAS REALLY PUT TO THE TEST. NOT EVERYONE THOUGHT I WOULD MAKE IT. THEY THOUGHT I WOULD BE A SMALL FISH IN A BIG POND, BECAUSE THAT’S THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN. I WOULD HEAR, WELL, HE’S GOOD, BUT HE AIN’T THAT GOOD. AND TO BE HONEST WITH YOU, THAT ME OFF. YES, IT DID. I HAD TO FIGHT HARD TO GET ON THE FIELD AND START AS A FRESHMAN. I HAD TO FIGHT EVEN HARDER AS A SOPHOMORE. AND I MADE ALL BIG 10. I FOUGHT HARDER AS A JUNIOR AND HAPPENED TO MAKE ALL AMERICAN, AND EVENTUALLY THE CRITICS AND NAYSAYERS WERE CALLING ME ONE OF THE BEST CORNERBACKS IN THE COUNTRY. I NOT ONLY BELIEVED IN MYSELF, I THANK GOD THAT OTHERS BELIEVED IN ME AS WELL. AN EXAMPLE OF THAT IS MY BOY STEVE KING. HE’S NOT WITH US HERE TODAY. HE PASSED AWAY FEW YEARS AGO AT 40 YEARS OLD. HE’S HERE REPRESENTED BY HIS BEAUTIFUL WIFE AND HIS DAUGHTER. MY ROOMMATE, DIALLO ANDERSON. FROM DAY ONE, YOU WAS LIKE — LET ME RETRACT. NOT DAY ONE, BECAUSE THE FIRST TIME I MET YOU ON THAT RECRUITING TRIP, YOUR PANTS WAS SO SNUG, OH MY GOSH, SO WE COULDN’T BE HOMEBOYS, BECAUSE HE HAD ON HIS MILITARY UNIFORM FROM THE MILITARY SCHOOL WHERE HE WAS AT, BUT YOU INVENTED SPANDEX BACK THEN. THAT WAS TERRIBLE. BUT, HEY, THANK YOU FOR BEING A BROTHER, MAN. THANK YOU FOR BEING SUPPORTIVE OF ME SO LOCK IN MICHIGAN. WE’RE STILL BROTHERS TO THIS DAY. I WANT TO ALSO THANK ALL MY MICHIGAN TEAMMATES. J-I, MAN, THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE, THE FAN, MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS UP THERE IN ANN ARBOR. THE MICHIGAN FANS PACK THE HOUSE EVERY WEEK. THANK YOU FOR BEING A PART OF MY JOURNEY. GO BLUE. I KNOW I’M ABOUT TO HEAR SOME O- HI-O, BECAUSE WE’RE IN OHIO, BUT GO BLUE. I MADE THE UNPOPULAR DECISION OF GOING PRO IN THE NFL. FROM MY PERSPECTIVE, I DIDN’T HAVE A CHOICE. I WANTED, AND I NEEDED TO TAKE CARE OF MY FAMILY. I HAD TO BELIEVE IN MYSELF. I HAD TO TRUST THAT ALL THE YEARS OF SACRIFICE WOULD CARRY ME THROUGH THIS NEXT PHASE OF MY JOURNEY EVEN THOUGH SOME PEOPLE DIDN’T THINK I HAD A CHANCE. AND THEN I GOT THE CALL. I WAS THE FIRST-ROUND PICK, 23rd OVERALL, IN THE 1995 DRAFT. AND IT ‘TJUST ANY TEAM. I WAS DRAFTED BY THE SIX-TIME REIGNING WORLD CHAMPION NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS. HOLD ON. HOLD YOUR APPLAUSE. WE WASN’T REIGNING A THING BACK THEN. BUT YOU KNOW WHAT, THEY TOOK A CHANCE ON ME, AND I WAS GONNA GIVE THEM EVERYTHING I GOT, AND I DID. THERE ARE SO MANY THAT BELIEVED IN ME DURING MY 15-YEAR CAREER. FIRST OF ALL, I WANT TO THANK THE PATRIOT FANS, THE BEST FANS IN THE NFL, HANDS DOWN. YOU SUPPORTED US WHEN WE WEREN’T WINNING, WHEN WE WAS WING JUST A LITTLE BIT, AND YOU STILL KEEP COMING WHEN WE’RE WINNING EVERYTHING. I’D LIKE TO THANK ALL FOR BEG THERE AND CHEERING US ON WEEK IN AND WEEK OUT, SUPPORTING ME I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MY . AGENTS, CARL AND KEVIN WHO BELIEVED IN ME FROM THE START, FOR ADVOCATING FOR ME AND ALWAYS WORKING FOR MY BEST INTEREST. I THANK YOU, GUYS. AND STILL TO THIS DAY I’M PSP FOR LIFE. THANK YOU. I WOULD LIKE TO MY UNCLE, MR. TONY DORSETT. PLEASE STAND. [ APPLAUSE ] I’M A BIG BELIEVER IN NEEDING TO SEE SOMETHING BEFORE YOU CAN BELIEVE IT. I REMEMBER SPENDING SUMMERS FROM 8th GRADE ALL THE WAY ON THROUGH COLLEGE UNTIL MY FRESHMAN YEAR, STAYING AT UNCLE TONY’S HOUSE, JUST STARING AT THAT HEISMAN TROPHY, STARING AT THAT HALL OF FAME BUST. SEEING ALL THAT HE ACCOMPLISHED, I WANTED TO DO THE SAME. HE ACCOMPLISHED THE HIGHEST LEVEL IN HIGH SCHOOL, ALL- AMERICAN, COLLEGE, HEISMAN TROPHY, PRO FOOTBALL, HALL OF FAME. YOU CAN’T GET NO HIGHER THAN THAT. AND THAT’S FROM ALLIQUIPA. MY UNCLE, I USED TO STARE AT IT. I LEFT COLLEGE, I ACHIEVED MY DREAM, HE CALLED ME AND CONGRATULATED ME, BUT I GOT AN OPPORTUNITY TO COME BACK, AND I WOULD STARE AGAIN AT THAT HEISMAN TROPHY. AND HE JUST WALKED PAST ME, AS COOL AS HE IS, HE SAID, I DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU KEEP STARING AT THAT FOR, THAT DOESN’T SELL. AND I JUST MOVED ON OVER, AND SAID, LET ME START STARING AT THIS HALL OF FAME BUST. I SAID, YOU KNOW WHAT, I’VE GOT TO TRY TO DO MY OWN THING. BUT T, YOU TOLD ME YOU HAD TO RAISE TO GET ONE OF THESE. WELL, GUESS WHAT, UNC. I GUESS WE JUST RAISED IT IN THE RIGHT WAY. WE ARE NOW TEAMMATES IN THE PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME. YOU WERE MY INSPIRATION MORE THAN YOU KNOW. I LOVE YOU, MAN. I’D LIKE TO SEND A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO COACH BILL PARCELLS FOR MAKING THAT CALL, FOR PUSHING ME THE WAY YOU DID, FOR REMINDING ME AT TRAINING CAMP THAT IF I DIDN’T TURN IT AROUND QUICKLY, I WAS GOING TO BE THE FIRST FIRST-ROUNDER IN NFL HISTORY TO GET CUT BEFORE TRAINING CAMP ENDS. THAT QUICKLY PUT THINGS IN PERSPECTIVE FOR ME. YOU FIGURED OUT HOW TO PUSH MY BUTT TOFNS, AND I THANK YOU FOR THAT. PETE CARROLL. YOU BELIEVED IN ME SO MUCH THAT YOU LOCKED ME UP ON THE OPPONENT’S BEST RECEIVER WEEK IN AND WEAK OUT. THAT DID SO MUCH FOR MY CONFIDENCE. THERE AREN’T ENOUGH WORDS TO EXPRESS MY GRATEFULNESS. THANK YOU, PETE. COACH BILL BELICHICK. THE GOAT. THANK YOU FOR BELIEVING IN ME. WHERE IS HE? THERE HE GOES. I’M GOING TO LOOK AT YOU ON THE SCREEN, BILL. THANK YOU FOR BELIEVING IN ME. THANK YOU FOR NOT TRYING TO CHANGE WHO I WAS. YOU GAVE ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO TRY MY WAY FIRST, WHICH YOU ALWAYS REMINDED ME FIXER MESSED UP, WE’RE GOING BACK TO DO IT YOUR WAY. BUT THE ONLY THING, HE DIDN’T SAY MESSED UP. I KNOW WE’RE ON TV. HE SAID A COUPLE OTHER WORDS, BUT Y’ALL FILL IN THE BLANKS. THANK YOU FOR SHOWING ME HOW TO BE A TRUE PROFESSIONAL TO PREPARE FOR GAMES. IT’S NO MISTAKE OR COINCIDENCE THAT YOU ARE THE GREATEST COACH THAT THIS GAME HAS EVER SEEN. I YOU, BILL. I APPRECIATE YOU, MAN. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ] >>TO MY PATRIOTS TEAMMATES, STAND UP. STAND UP. THE OLD SCHOOL, NEW SCHOOL, STAND UP. IT’S ABOUT TIME. I’M NOT STANDING HERE ALONE. I’M ON THIS STAGE NOT BECAUSE OF STATISTICAL REASONS. I’M HERE BECAUSE I WAS A PART OF SOMETHING SPECIAL. WE CREATED A CULTURE, BROTHERHOOD, AN UNSELFISHNESS THAT WE DISPLAYED AS WE WON THREE SUPER BOWL TITLES. LET’S KEEP IT REAL. WE STARTED A IT! WHAT YOU SEE TODAY WITH THESE YOUNBOOV THERE I SEE, WILL MAC, TEDY BRUSCHI, VRAIBLE, AND THAT GOAT, TOM BRADY, THEY EVEN GAVE WHAT WE GAVE AT NAME. THEY CALL IT THE PATRIOT WAY. BUT WE KNOW WHERE IT STARTED, FELLOWS. TOGETHER WE ARE IN THE PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FA Y’ALL, MAN. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE COACHES THAT BELIEVED IN ME AND COACHED ME HARD, LIKE MY HIGH SCHOOL COACH FRANK MOROCCO. HE WAS NOT ONLY A COACH BUT A FATHER FIGURE TO A LOT OF US. THANK YOU ERIC MANGINI, NEW YORK JETS, WOODY JOHNSON, THE ENTIRE JETS ORGANIZATION. THE LATE GREAT LAMAR HUNT AND EVERYBODY AT THE KANSAS CITY CHIEFS. THANK YOU TO THE DENVER BRONCOS, JOSH McDANIELS, AND MY CLASSMATE, MR. PAT BOWLEN AND HIS FAMILY, THANK YOU FORGIVING ME THE OPPORTUNITY. YOU GUYS BELIEVED IN ME AND BELIEVE THAT I STILL HAVE SOMETHING LEFT IN THE TANK. EVEN THOUGH IT WAS ABOUT EMPTY, I’M SO THANKFUL FOR SPENDING A FEW YEARS WITH YOU GUYS. I APPRECIATE THAT. I’VE GOT TO SEND A HUGE THANK YOU TO ANOTHER HALL OF FAME COACH. NOT FOOTBALL. BOB KEARSEY. BOBBY, YOU WORKED ME HARD. I TRAINED WITH THIS MAN FROM MY FOURTH YEAR TO MY 15th YEAR IN THE LEAGUE. THANK YOU FOR PUSHING ME PAST MY OWN COMFORT ZONE. I LOVE YOU, BOBBY. YOU DID IT. I’M A HALL OF FAMER BECAUSE OF WHAT YOU DID FOR ME ON THE OFF- SEASON. MR. ROBERT KRAFT. THE SUCCESS OF THE PATRIOTS STARTS AT THE TOP, AND TUR GUY SITTING THERE. WHAT YOU DO FOR THE NEW ENGLAND COMMUNITY AND BEYOND, AND WHAT YOU DID FOR MY CAREER, FOR THE MANY ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN ALL A AREAS OF YOUR LIFE, WE ARE SO GRATEFUL FOR. BUT MORE THAN ANYTHING WHAT STANDS OUT TO ME IS WHAT YOU DID FOR ME PERSONALLY. I REMEMBER ONE TIME THAT I WAS GETTING HONORED IN BOSTON, WITH SOME OTHER GREAT PLAYERS FROM THE NEW ENGLAND AREA. AND MR. KRAFT WAS SCHEDULED TO PRESENT ME WITH THIS AWARDED, BUT MYRA, HIS SWEETHEART, AS HE LIKED TO CALL HER, WAS VERY ILL AND SHE COULDN’T MAKE IT. BUT THE FACT THAT YOU STILL FOUND THE TIME, WHICH I TOTALLY UNDERSTOOD, AND THE ENERGY, TO WALK ON THAT STAGE AND PRESENT ME WITH THAT HONOR MADE THAT DAY EVEN MORE SPECIAL. YOU TOLD ME YOU WOULDN’T MISS IT FOR THE WORLD, AND YOU TOLD ME THAT MYRA WANTED IT THAT WAY. THAT’S THE MR. KRAFT THAT I KNOW AND LOVE. NOT THE MAN, OR THE SIGNATURE ON THE BOTTOM RIGHT-HAND CORNER OF THE CHECK. NOT THAT GUY. THANK YOU FOR BELIEVING IN ME. THANK YOU FOR IMPACTING MY LIFE. TO THE GREATEST OWNER IN ALL SPORTS, I SALUTE YOU, MR. KRAFT. THANK YOU. AND I’D LIKE TO THANK JONATHAN KRAFT FOR ALL THAT YOU DO. EVERYONE TALKS ABOUT EVERYONE, MR. KRAFT, EVERYBODY ELSE BUT YOU, MAN. YOU ARE THE GLUE THAT HOLDS THAT TOGETHER. THANK YOU FOR ALL THAT YOU DO, AND WE KNOW THAT OUR LEGACY IS INTACT BECAUSE OF WHAT YOU DO AND WHAT YOU BRING TO THE TABLE. YOU’RE IN THE TRENCHES, BRO, AND I KNOW THE TEAM IS IN GOOD HANDS. THANK YOU. AND I CAN’T LEAVE THIS STAGE WITHOUT HONORING THE LOVES OF MY LIFE. I’D LIKE TO CALL ON MY STARTING FIVE. MY CHILDREN. TYA, PHOENIX, SYDNEY, AND DALLAS, YOU GUYS ARE MY EVERYTHING. I PRAY THAT I’M ALWAYS HERE TO GUIDE YOU, ADVISE YOU, PARENT, AND PROTECT U. WOR HAS AND ALWA REVOLVE AROUND YOU GUYS. I’VE HAD A LOT OF TITLES ASSOCIATED WITH MY NAME. SON, BROTHER, COUSIN, FRIEND, ALL-AMERICAN, ALL-PRO, SUPER C FAMER. BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT TITLE IS THAT OF FATHER, DADDY. YOUR LIVES, HAPPINESS, GOALS, PURSUIT, AND WELL-BEING E MOST IMPORTANT THINGS IN MY LIFE. ALWAYS REMEMBER TO BELIEVE IN YOURSELF. AND MY ONLY HOPE IS THAT YOU STICK TOGETHERLOVE EACH OTHER, HAVE EACH OTHERS’ BACKS, NO MATTER WHAT. I AM SO PROUD, HUMBLED, AND BLESSED TO BE YOUR FATHER. WE DID IT. WE ARE IN THE PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME. I LOVE YOU, GUYS. [ APPLAUSE ] >>I’D LIKE TO HONOR SOME OF THE AMAZING WOMEN IN MY LIFE THAT HAVE BLESSED ME WITH THE STARTING FIVE I’M TALKING ABOUT. MISHA, THANK YOU FOR ALWAYS BEING THERE AND SUPPORTING ME. YOU GAVE ME THE BEST GIFT ANYONE CAN EVER ASK FOR IN OUR DAUGHTER TYA. I WANT TO SALUTE YOU FOR RAISING OUR DAUGHTER. THANK YOU FOR BEING A WONDERFUL MOTHER AND FRIEND. LOVE YOU, MICH. NICOLE HAYNES. YOU CHALLENGED ME TO BE A BETTER VERSION OF MYSELF. YOUR SUPPORT AND BELIEF IN ME, WORDS DON’T DO IT JUSTICE. YOU’RE THAT VOICE OF REASON IN SO MANY WAYS. I DON’T LIKE TO ADMIT IT, BUT YOU ARE RIGHT MOST OF THE TIME. I THANK YOU SO MUCH. YOU’RE AN AMAZING WOMAN, AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, INCREDIBLE MOTHER TO OUR DAUGHTER SYDNEY. THANK YOU FOR BEING AN IMPORTANT PART OF MY LIFE. LOVE YOU. TO BENVENDA A, A/K/A BENNY, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING THAT CONSTANT IN MY LIFE. YOU HAVE SACRIFICED SO MUCH FOR ME. YOU PUT SOME OF YOUR DREAMS AND YOUR LIFE ON PAUSE SO I COULD LIVE OUT MINE. THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO WAY THAT I WOULD BE STANDING HERE WITHOUT YOU. YOU’RE A SUPER WOMAN. THANK YOU FOR BLESSING ME WITH THREE WONDERFUL KIDS. TY JUNIOR, PHOENIX, AND DALLAS. THANK YOU FOR ACCEPTING ME IN YOUR FAMILY WHICH IS NOW AN EXTENSION OF MINE. I LIKE TO THINK I’M AN UNOFFICIAL CAPE VERDEAN RIGHT NOW. THANK YOU. I LOVE YOU. IN CLOSING, WE’RE ALL HERE TO SACRIFICE OUR LIVES FOR THE SAKE OF OTHERS. SOME SACRIFICES CAN BE AS SMALL AS PAYING FOR SOMEONE ELSE’S COFFEE, OR AS GREAT AS RISK YOUR LIFE FOR YOUR COUNTRY. NO MATTER WHERE YOU FIT ON THAT SPECTRUM, I ENCOURAGE EACH AND EVERY ONE STROW START WITH A SMALL BUT GREAT PRACTICE OF BELIEVING IN YOURSELF. YOU CAN’T WAIT FOR SOMEBODY ELSE TO VALIDATE YOUR PURPOSE. YOU HAVE TO BELIEVE IN YOURSELF. YOU CAN’T WAIT FOR SOMEBODY ELSE TO TELL YOU THAT YOU’RE GREAT. YOU HAVE TO BELIEVE IT YOURSELF. YOU CAN’T WAIT FOR SOCIETY TO TELL YOU YOU’RE BEAUTIFUL OR THAT YOU’RE A GOOD PERSON. YOU HAVE TO BELIEVE THAT FOR YOURSELF. I THANK EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU FOR BELIEVING IN ME AND MY DREAMS. BECAUSE OF YOU, MY LEGACY LIVES ON. THANK YOU FOR THIS INCREDIBLE HONOR. GOD BLESS YOU. [ APPLAUSE ] >>SO TY LAW IS NOW IN THE PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME. HIS SHOUT-OUTS TO TEAMMATES, HIS FAMILY, HIS UNCLE TONY DORSETT AND MORE. WHEN WE COME BACK, IT’S ED REED’S TIME TO TAKE THE STEAK. OH BOY, BUCKLE YOUR SEATBELT FOR THAT ONE. The mobile app makes it easy
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oh so alluring place… in your screensaver. See you soon, hammock. Jeaaaalous. TONIGHT, La Quinta. TOMORROW YOU TRIUMPH. ♪ ♪>>AND IT IS INTERCEPTED BY ED REED! >>TIME FOR THE DEFENSE TO MAKE A PLAY. >>ED REED COMING ONE THE BIG PLAY. >>IF WE WANT TO WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP, IT’S TIME TO GO GET IT RIGHT NOW! >>WELCOME BACK TO CANTON, OHIO. THE SUN HAS ERE’S THREE MORE SPEECHES STILL TO COME. A STRING OF CORNER BOX AND DEFENSIVE BACKS. WE’VE GOT LAW, REED, THEN BAILEY, BEFORE TONY GONZALEZ WRAPS THINGS UP. >>THIS ONE IS CUT FROM THE SAME CLOTH AS RAY LEWIS. WE REMEMBER THAT SPEECH LAST YEAR. BOY, ED IS FIRED UP. WHAT A GREAT FOOTBALL PLAYER HE IS. I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS SPEECH. >>YOU CAN SEE THAT’S RAY LEWIS TWEETING OUT THE SENTIMENTS HE DELIVERED LIVE IN THE HOUR-LONG PRE-ENSHRINEMENT SHOW. SAID HE FELT LIKE HE WAS GOING INTO THE HALL OF FAME FOR A SECOND TIME WITH ED REED WHO HAS GOT SOME SCRIPTED REMARKS, SOME NOT. WE WILL SEE WHAT HAPPENS WITH ED WHEN HE STEPS OUT THERE. CHRIS BERMAN, YOUR MASTER OF CEREMONIES, TAKES THE STAGE AGAIN. >>RARELY HAS THERE BEEN A PLAYER AT ANY POSITION WITH THE INSTINCTS, THE SMARTS, THE AGILITY AND THE ABILITY TO READ PLAYS LIKE THIS MAN. WELL, IT’S IN HIS NAME, ED REED. THE PRIDE OF THE BAYOU. HE WAS THE FIRST-ROUND SELECTION OF THE BALTIMORE RAVENS IN 2002, JOINING A PROUD DEFENSIVE UNIT THAT STAYED THAT WAY THROUGH HIS 11 ASON THERE. WHAT DIDN’T HE DO? SINGLE SEASON INTERCEPTIONS OF NINE TWICE, EIGHT, AND SEVEN TWICE, 64 PICKS IN ALL. PLAYERS HAVE EVER HAD MORE. NINE INTERCEPTIONS IN THE POST SEASON, AND THAT WOULD TIE FOR THE BEST EVER, INCLUDING SUPER WHEN BALTIMORE WON IT ALL IN ED’S HOMETOWN IN HIS FINAL GAME AS A RAVEN. HE HATHE MOST INTERCEPTION RETURN YARDS IN THE HISTORY OF THE NFL. ALMOST 1600. AND HE SET THE RECORD FOR THE LONGEST RETURN IN HISTORY. 106 YARDS IN 2004. OH, I’M SORRY, THAT RECORD WAS BROKEN. BY ED REED IN 2008 WHEN HE HAD 107. HE BLOCKED FOUR POINTS, RETURNED THREE OF THEM FOR TOUCHDOWNS. HE’S THE ONLY PLAYER IN NFL HISTORY TO SCORE RETURNS ON AN INTERCEPTION, BLOCKED PUNT, A FUMBLE RECOVERY, AND A PUNT RETURN. NO WONDER WHEN PLAYING THE PATRIOTS, WHICH THE RAVENS CERTAINLY DID OFTEN, COACH BELICHICK AND A TOM BRADY SAID, WE HAVE TO KNOW WHERE NUMBER 20 IS ON EVERY PLAY. YOU GET THE PICTURE. BUT YOU KNOW WHO GOT THE PICTURE BEFORE ALL OF US? HIS PRESENTER, AND HIS DAD, EDWARD REED SENIOR. >>EVERY TIME ED HIT THE FIELD, HE WAS GOING TO DO SOMETHING. >>WE’VE GOT TO TAKE IT! >>HE ALWAYS DID SOMETHING SPECIAL ON THE FIELD. >>ANY TIME THE BALL WENT IN THE EIGHT, HE WAS GOING TO BE AROUND THE BALL. >>FIRES, NEAR SIDELINE, DEFLECTED, AND INTERCEPTIONED! >>ANY TIME A PLAY NEEDED TO BE MADE HE WAS ONE OF THOSE PLAYERS THAT COULD DO THAT. JUST CHANGING THE GAME. >>GET OFF THE FIELD! >>ED REED WOULD REDEFINE THE SAFETY POSITION IN THE NFL. BUT LONG BEFORE HE WAS A HALL OF FAME PLAYMAKER HE WAS A KID WITH IMMENSE TALENT AND A KNACK FOR RISING TO THE MOMENT. >>THE MOMENT WHEN I KNEW HE WAS SPECIAL, ED’S HIGH SCHOOL TEAM, THEY WERE DOWN BY A COUPLE OF POINTS, AND HE WAS BACK THERE TO RECEIVE THE PUNT. YOU CAN HEAR PEOPLE SAYING DON’T KICK IT TO HIM. HE ENDED UP RETURNING IT FOR A TOUCHDOWN. AT THAT MOMENT I KNEW HE WAS SPECIAL. >>REID WAS A KEY MEMBER OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI’S NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM AND THE RAVENS MADE HIM THEIR FIRST- ROUND PICK THE FOLLOWING YEAR. REED IMMEDIATELY TRANSFORMED THE BALTIMORE SECONDARY. AND IN 2004 HIS CAREER HIGH NINE INTERCEPTIONS EARNED HIM NFL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR HONORS. >>I THINK WITH HIS WORK ETHIC AND FILM STUDY, AND THAT ENABLED HIM TO REVOLUTIONIZE THE POSITION. >>TO ME HE IT WAS BEST SAFETY IN THE LEAGUE. HE COULD BLOCK PUNTS, INTERCEPT, THEN RETURN IT FOR A TOUCHDOWN. I THINK A LOT OF GUYS THAT COME NOW WANT TO IMPLEMENT THEIR GAME LINE HIS. >>IS ED ALWAYS RIGHT THERE. HE KNOWS WHERE THE BALL IS GOING. AND WHEN HE GETS THE BALL, HE’S LOOKING FOR THE GOAL. >>HE HELPED LEAD THE RAVENS TO SUPER BOWL XLVII, PLAYED IN HIS HOMETOWN OF NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA. >>SUPER BOWL XLVII WAS SPECIAL TO US, TO THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS, TO MOST OF THEM THAT SUPPORTED ED. WE KNEW THERE WAS NO WAY WE WERE GOING TO LOSE THAT SUPER BOWL. UNTIL HE CAUGHT THAT INTERCEPTION. THAT WAS BIG GAME SERAL RIGHT THERE. >>INTERCEPTED, ED REED! >>THAT WAS THE TURNING POINT, HIS WHOLE HISTORY, RIGHT THERE THAT SUPER BOWL GAME. >>THAT’S WHY YOU ARE WHO YOU ARE, BABY! PLAYMAKERS! >>ED REED WHO GREW UP 17 MILES AWAY FROM THE SUPERDOME, IT’S A HOME COMING FOR ED, AND WHAT A WAY TO DO IT. >>REED PLAYED 12 SEASON, 11 IN BALTIMORE, FINISHED WITH NINE PRO BOWL SELECTIONS, 64 INTERCEPTIONS, AND AN NFL RECORD 1,590 INTERCEPTION RETURN YARDS. HE WAS ONE OF HIS GENERATION’S DEFINING PLAYERS ON AND OFF THE FIELD. >>IT’S A BLESSING TO BE PLAYING IN THE NFL. WITHOUT THIS, WE WOULDN’T — KIDS WOULDN’T HAVE MUCH TO DREAM ABOUT. >>ED HAS BECAME A LEADER IN OUR FAMILY, LEADER IN THE COMMUNITY, LEADER AMONGST HIS PEERS. HE’S WELL RESPECTED IN THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE NFL. >>ED, I’M SO PROUD OF WHAT YOU DID. I’M GLAD WE GOT THAT SUPER BOWL RING, AND WE MADE IT TO THE HALL OF FAME. MAKING IT TO THE HALL OF FAME. ED REED FOR ENSHRINEMENT INTO THE PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME. >>LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, PRESENTING ED REED FOR ENSHRINEMENT INTO THE PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME, EDWARD >>AS HOT AS IT WAS, I THOUGHT I SWEAT OUT ALL MY TEARS. SUN WAS RIGHT HERE COOKING ME. ALL RIGHT, WE AIN’T GOT MUCH TIME. PRAYER. LORD, PLEASE CLEAR MY HEAD OF ALL DISTRACTIONS AND THE BURDENS I MAY POSSESS, PLEASE LIFT ME BLOOD PRESSURE THE MOMENT, FOR THROUGH YOUR EYES I MAY SEE AND HAVE A CLEAR UNDERSTANDING AS THE GAME UNFOLDS BEFORE ME. WITH GREAT COVERAGE I WILL MEET THIS CHALLENGE WOULD YOU SAY HAVE ME TO, BUT KEEP ME HUMBLE AND REMIND ME THAT MY STRENGTH COMES FROM KNOWING YOU, THAT WHEN ALL EYES ARE UPON ME AT THE END OF THIS BIG GAME, I WILL TURN MY EYES TO YOU, OH LORD, AND THE GLORY OF YOUR NAME. AMEN. [ APPLAUSE ] I USED TO READ THAT EVERY DAY BEFORE A GAME, EVERY SUNDAY, EVEN IN COLLEGE I READ THAT, BECAUSE EVEN NOW THE GOOD LORD, ALMIGHTY GOD, CREATOR OF ALL THINGS, OF ALL OF US, HE’S THE REASON WHY I’M HERE. THIS LITTLE LIGHT OF MINE, I HAD TO LET IT SHINE. I’D LIKE TO THANK ALL THOSE THAT FOUGHT FOR THIS SPORT AND MARCHED FOR THIS GREAT COUNTRY. THAT’S THE REASON I’M HERE. WITHOUT THEM, THIS KID FROM NEW ORLEANS WON’T MAKE IT. MY CLASS MEMBERS, THANK YOU, GUYS. JUST TO BE A PART OF THIS WITH YOU GUYS, MAN, IS AWESOME. I SAID KEVIN SHOULD HAVE BEEN THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE WHOLE CLASS, BECAUSE HE SPEAKS SO WELL, MAN. I THINK YOU SET ALL. I REALLY DON’T THINK NONE OF US NEED TO SAY ANYTHING. WE CAN GO TO PARTIES RIGHT NOW. IT’S FITTING TO BE IN HERE WITH MR. JOHNNY ROBERTSON AND TY AND CHAMP, BECAUSE MY DB’S KNOW, IT WAS ALWAYS ABUSE US FIRST. SO I’M HONORED, MR. ROBERTSON, AND LOUISIANA BOYS, YES, SIR. THANKS TO PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME, ALL THE VOLUNTEERS. 5,000 VOLUNTEERS. YOU ARE DOING A GREAT JOB, AWESOME TIME. MR. BLAIR BUSWELL, I MEAN, I LOOK JUST LIKE THE GUY. NO, I HAD BRAIDS ALL WEEK. I HAD TO TAKE IT OUT. IT’S FOOTBALL TIME, Y’ALL. TO YOU, THE FANS, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT. YOU THE GUYS THAT MAKE IT FUN FOR US. I MEAN, ALL OF US, EVEN THE PLAYERS OUT THERE, YOU’RE THE GUYS THAT MAKE IT FUN FOR US. YOU PAY THE BILLS. SO THANK YOU. NFL CHANGED MY LIFE AND PUT ME IN A PLACE I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD BE. THANKS TO HOUSTON TEXANS FOR LETTING ME BEOR A COUPLE OF MONTHS. APPRECIATE THAT. THANKS TO THE JETS, WH FINISHED OFF AT, BUT THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE BALTIMORE!

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