Six Bound For Canton

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) - Here are capsule looks at the six players that
make up the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2008:

Fred Dean
Defensive End
6-3, 230
1975-1981 San Diego Chargers, 1981-1985 San Francisco 49ers. 11
seasons, 141 games.
Selected by San Diego in the second round (33rd player overall)
in 1975 NFL draft. ... Played linebacker in college, moved to
defensive line with the Chargers. ... Quickness, speed, strength
made him a feared pass rusher. ... Recorded seven sacks, 93 tackles
and had four fumble recoveries in his rookie year. ... Career sacks
total near 100, but unofficial because sacks were not an official
NFL statistic until 1982. ... Unofficially had 15½ sacks in 1978,
nine in 1979, 10½ in 1980. ... Contributed 12 sacks in 11 games
with the 49ers in 1981. ... Had career best 17½ sacks in 1983,
including a then-NFL record six in one game, Nov. 13 vs. New
Orleans. ... Played on five division winners and two Super Bowl
championship teams. ... Voted All-Pro in 1980 and 1981, selected to
play in four Pro Bowls.
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Darrell Green
Cornerback
5-8, 176
1983-2002 Washington Redskins. 20 seasons, 295 games.
Selected in first round (28th player overall) in 1983 draft. ...
Holds NFL record with at least one interception in 19 consecutive
seasons. ... Career interception totals: 54 interceptions for 621
yards and 6 TDs. ... Tied for first on NFL all-time list for most
consecutive seasons playing with one team (20). ... Had three INTs
vs. Detroit (11/15/87). ... Had career-best five INTs in three
different seasons: 1984, 1986, 1991. ... Returned six interceptions
for TDs. ... Also returned 51 punts for 611 yards. ... Tied for
second all-time for most interceptions returned for touchdowns in
playoffs with two. ... A member of the 1990s All-Decade Team. ...
Selected to play in seven Pro Bowls. ... Named All-Pro 1986, 1987,
1990, 1991.
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Art Monk
Wide Receiver
6-3, 210
1980-93 Washington Redskins, 1994 New York Jets, 1995
Philadelphia Eagles. 16 seasons, 224 games.
Redskins' first-round pick (18th player overall) in 1980 draft.
... Prototype for today's bigger, stronger receivers. Caught 58
passes as a rookie. ... Had 50 or more receptions in a season nine
times. Gained 1,000 or more yards receiving in a season five times.
... Set then-NFL records for catches in a season (106), most
consecutive games with at least one reception (164), and career
receptions (820). Finished career with 940 catches. ... Had finest
season in 1984, catching eight or more passes in six games, five
games of 100-plus yards receiving, and in one game caught 10 passes
for 200 yards. ... Chosen as Redskins MVP in 1984. ... First
Redskins player to produce three consecutive 1,000-yard receiving
seasons. ... A three-time Pro Bowl selection, was All-Pro choice in
1984 and 1985.
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Emmitt Thomas
Cornerback
6-2, 192
1966-1978 Kansas City Chiefs. 13 seasons, 181 games.
Joined the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent. ... One of finest
cornerbacks of his era. ... Ranks ninth all-time in interceptions
with 58, which is fourth all-time best by a pure cornerback and is
Chiefs all-time record. ... Led NFL with team-record 12
interceptions in 1974 - two shy of NFL all-time record. ... Two of
his 1974 interceptions went for touchdowns. ... Led AFL with nine
picks in 1969 and added three more during playoffs including
interception in Chiefs Super Bowl IV win over the Vikings. ...
Returned five interceptions for TDs during career. ... Led the
Chiefs in interceptions in 1969, 1971, 1973, 1974, and 1975. ...
His 937 return yards on 58 INTs is team record. ... Selected to
play in five Pro Bowls. ... Was first- or second-team All-AFL/AFC
1969, 1970, 1971, 1974, 1975 and first- or second-team All-NFL
1971, 1974, 1975.
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Andre Tippett
Linebacker
6-3, 240
1982-1993 New England Patriots. 10 seasons, 151 games.
Selected in the second round (41st overall) of 1982 draft. ...
Used primarily on special teams in strike-shortened rookie season.
... Earned starter's role in following season. ... In 1984
established team record with 18½ sacks and earned first of five
consecutive (1985-1989) Pro Bowl selections. ... Was a factor in
team's success that led to first Super Bowl appearance in 1986. ...
That season (1985) led AFC with 16½ sacks (second in NFL), earning
AFC Defensive Player of the Year honors. ... Began 1986 season with
9½ sacks before injury sidelined him for five games following
surgery. Returned for final two games of season and earned Pro Bowl
spot. ... In 1987 had AFC-leading 12½ sacks. ... Missed four games
in 1988 and entire 1989 season due to injuries. ... Remained a
dominant player through final four seasons. ... At time of
retirement, his 100 career sacks, 18½ sacks in a season, and 17
opponent fumbles recovered were team bests. ... Chosen for NFL's
all-decade team of the 1980s.
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Gary Zimmerman
Tackle
6-6, 294
1986-1992 Minnesota Vikings, 1993-1997 Denver Broncos. 12
seasons, 184 games.
Selected in first round (third overall) of 1984 supplemental
draft. ... Originally chosen by Giants, signing rights traded to
Vikings for two second-round picks in 1986 draft. ... Spent two
seasons with the L.A. Express of USFL before reporting to Vikings.
... After joining Vikings, began streak of 169 consecutive starts
that lasted until 1996, when surgery sidelined him. ... Anchored
offensive line that helped Vikings lead NFC in rushing, 1991. ...
One of just handful of players chosen for two NFL all-decade teams,
1980s and 1990s. ... Earned first- or second-team All-Pro honors
eight times. ... Selected to play in seven Pro Bowls.
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Source: Pro Football Hall of Fame.


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