The 7 most memorable Pro Football Hall of Fame speeches in the last 20 years

The 7 most memorable Pro Football Hall of Fame speeches in the last 20 years
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The 7 most memorable Pro Football Hall of Fame speeches in the last 20 years This weekend, eight new members will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Every year at the enshrinement ceremony, the new inductees in attendance are slated to speak. And every year, most speeches begin the same way — they thank God, their family, the team owners, and fans. But after that, each induction speech is different from the next.  From goofy to heart warming to tear jerking, there are a number of great Hall of Fame induction speeches and moments. I picked the most memorable ones from the last 20 years, starting with my absolute favorite speech. And the 2019 Hall of Fame class isnt lacking in personality — including players like and — so this list could have another addition come Saturday night. The only real answer to the question of What is the best Hall of Fame induction moment? is the entirety of . His enshrinement speech felt like it lasted 12 years but only went on for 33 minutes, somehow, with his personality falling somewhere in between an inspirational speaker and a Southern Baptist preacher on Easter Sunday. For all the theatrics, Lewis made some serious points throughout his speech. He went out of his way to thank his coaches and teammates, with both the and the Miami Hurricanes. He praised his mother for being there and raising him alone, while saying that he continually tries to be the father he never had. He also said he still kisses his kids on the mouth, to which both his sons aggressively shook their heads. , Dont hate. One of the most emotional Hall of Fame speeches in recent memory is Brett Favres from 2016. This is tougher than any third and 15, I can assure you, . Early in the speech, the longtime quarterback recounted an adorable story about how he and his future wife, Deanna, started dating when he was 14. : My mother in law who for 33, 34 years has been by far my biggest fan. I have never thrown an interception that has been my fault, according to my mother in law, Ann. No one tell Ann that Favre actually threw 336 interceptions, . . He delivered a powerful message about unity and noted, My story is Americas story. But the former running back also brought the laughs. He said that told his mom at 6 years old that he would go to the NFL. At 7 years old, he asked for a weight set for Christmas because he needed to get bigger if he was going to make it to the NFL.  Thats the most football guy thing Ive ever heard. This man was meant for Canton. Joe Montana originally had another speech planned. He said that before the Hall of Fame weekend in 2000, he felt like he was already in the coffin with dirt thrown on him, at just 44 years old. I saw the Hall of Fame as an ending point, . Then, he spent time with his fellow inductees and came to a realization that his enshrinement didnt mean death. After going his entire life hopping from team to team — from Pop Warner, to high school, to Notre Dame, to the , and to the — he was part of yet another new one. Ive now seen the light that this is not an ending point. This is a beginning point. This is the beginning of the rest of my life, post career with a new team. Take a look at these guys [pointing to other Hall of Famers behind him] — what a team it is. Sometimes, its all about the proper perspective. Hall of Famers are just like us. 49ers legend Jerry Rice wore one black and one blue sock to his enshrinement ceremony in 2010 and jokingly asked the crowd to lend him a black sock. . Rice first joined the football team his sophomore of high school after sprinting away from his principal to avoid getting in trouble. In turn, the principal told the football coach about Rices speed and he was offered a position on the team — he had been running ever since. There are no more routes to run, no more touchdowns to score, no more records to set. That young boy from Mississippi has finally stopped running. Let me stand here and catch my breath. Let me inhale it all in one more time. Theres a reason hes considered the GOAT. Coach Wade Phillips once called John Elway the Lou Gehrig of quarterbacks — which is both quite a large name to live up to and an amazing compliment. Elway said it was his proudest moment as quarterback because, I didnt always have a great game, nor was I always healthy, but my teammates knew that Id always show up. During his enshrinement speech, Elway spent a few minutes talking about all the things his dad, who was also his coach when he was younger, taught him. The most important was: When you go out with your offensive linemen, you pick up the tab. Elways father passed away a few years before his sons induction, but his lessons will live on. . Carter was selected by the in the supplement draft, but battled drug and alcohol abuse until he turned things around with the , where he played for 12 seasons. He also had to wait until he was elected to the Hall of Fame, finally getting in during his sixth year of eligibility. When he got there, he didnt waste any time, sharing his passion and appreciation right off the bat. : I love football. I love this game. It gave me an identity. It gave me a sense of purpose. For an African American man, its a great opportunity in America to be able to play football. He shouldve been inducted earlier, but at least he made his speech worth the wait. Related slideshow: Best photos from NFL training camps Provided by imagn   See Full Schedule

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