Pro Football Hall of Fame Inductees and Snubs: Curtis Martin, Doleman, Roaf In; Cris Carter, Bettis, Brown, Parcells Out

The Pro Football Hall of Fame committee last night announced the six players headed to Canton this summer.

Pittsburgh native Curtis Martin, the NFL’s fourth all-time leading rusher, got the nod in his second year of eligibility.

Joining him are Seahawks defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy, Steelers center Dermontti Dawson, offensive tackle Willie Roaf (Saints and Chiefs), and defensive end and linebacker Chris Doleman (Vikings, Falcons, and 49ers). The senior committee elected Steelers defensive back Jack Butler.

Learn more about each of these players’ many accomplishments below. But first, a few words and a poll about some notable snubs.

Cris Carter Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees and snubs

Cris Carter, at one of his 8 Pro Bowls. (Wikipedia)

Notable Hall of Fame Snubs

Vikings great Cris Carter, who ended his career second all-time in receptions and receiving touchdowns, will have to wait, again. This is the fifth year that Carter has been a finalist but has not been elected.

Others notable omissions include:

  • Receiver Tim Brown, who is fourth all-time in receiving yards;
  • Buffalo Bills receiver Andre Reed, eligible since 2006, who will have to wait to join teammates Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas, and Bruce Smith in Canton;
  • Running back Jerome Bettis, who is sixth all-time in rushing yards;
  • Defensive end Charles Haley, who was a key part of five Super Bowl champions and an NFL Defensive Player of the Year;
  • Coach (and Wichita State alum) Bill Parcells, who won two Super Bowls with the New York Giants, went to a third with the New England Patriots, and took his teams to the Playoffs more often than not.

What do you think about the snubs? Chime in below:

Who was the most egregious Pro Football Hall of Fame omission?

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2012 Hall of Fame Inductees

Jack Butler

  • cornerback, Pittsburgh Steelers (1951-59)
  • 4 Pro Bowls
  • 52 career interceptions for 827 yards and 4 touchdowns
  • elected by the senior committee

Jack Butler has waited more than 50 years. He won't have to wait any longer.

Dermontti Dawson

  • center, Pittsburgh Steelers (1988-2000)
  • 7 Pro Bowls, 6 AP All-Pro selections
  • eligible since 2006

Chris Doleman

  • defensive end and linebacker, Vikings (1985-93, 99), Falcons (1994-95), 49ers (1996-98)
  • 8 Pro Bowls, 3 First-Team and 2 Second-Team All-Pro selections
  • 150 1/3 career sacks
  • eligible since 2004

Cortez Kennedy

  • defensive tackle, Seahawks (1990-2000)
  • 8 Pro Bowls, 2 First-Team and 1 Second-Team All-Pro selections
  • 58 career sacks from the defensive tackle position
  • eligible since 2006

Curtis Martin

  • running back, Patriots (1995-97), Jets (1998-2005)
  • 5 Pro Bowls, 5 AP All-Pro selections
  • 14,101 career rushing yards (4th all-time)
  • 17,430 yards from scrimmage (7th all-time)
  • 90 rushing touchdowns (12th all-time)
  • eligible since 2011

Willie Roaf

  • tackle, Saints (1993-01), Chiefs (2002-05)
  • 11 Pro Bowls, 6 First-Team and 3 Second-Team All-Pro selections
  • eligible since 2011



About Josh Tinley

Josh Tinley writes the Away From The Action column at Midwest Sports Fans, covering all aspects of sport aside from what actually happens on the field, court, or track. Josh grew up in Indianapolis and graduated from the University of Evansville and Vanderbilt Divinity School. He is the author of Kneeling in the End Zone: Spiritual Lessons From the World of Sports and the managing editor of LinC, a weekly curriculum for teens that explores the intersection of faith and culture. Josh lives outside Nashville with his wife, Ashlee, and children, Meyer (7), Resha Kate (5), and Malachi (3). He will not allow himself to die before the Evansville Purple Aces make another trip to the NCAA Tournament. Follow him on Twitter @joshtinley or send him an e-mail.


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