MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — The NFL’s 100th season has a Corridor of Fame class match for the celebration.
Two of the most effective safeties to play within the league, a record-setting large receiver, a fiercely aggressive offensive lineman and a do-it-all working again had been chosen Saturday to be enshrined into the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame.
Former Steelers security Troy Polamalu and former Broncos security Steve Atwater, former Rams large receiver Isaac Bruce, former Seahawks/Vikings guard Steve Hutchinson and former Colts working again Edgerrin James are the Corridor’s Class of 2020.
The 5 modern-era enshrinees had been chosen by the Corridor’s board of selectors and had been formally introduced throughout Saturday’s NFL Honors program. They may also be acknowledged throughout Tremendous Bowl LIV on Sunday at Onerous Rock Stadium.
The most recent Corridor of Famers can be formally enshrined Aug. eight in Canton, Ohio.
Polamalu, who was an eight-time Professional Bowl choice and the NFL Defensive Participant of the Yr in 2010, was in his first yr of eligibility for the Corridor of Fame. Gamers should be retired for a minimum of 5 years earlier than they’re eligible.
With former coach Invoice Cowher and security Donnie Shell already named as a part of the Corridor’s Centennial Class final month, the Steelers can be nicely represented at all the celebrations later this yr.
Edgerrin James provides his ideas on being a part of the 2020 Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame class.
Polamalu’s choice additionally means it is the 13th consecutive yr a participant has been chosen in his first yr of eligibility, and he turns into the ninth participant previously 4 Corridor lessons to be have been chosen in his first yr of eligibility.
“Actually, it is simply surreal,” Polamalu advised the Steelers’ web site. “I actually really feel surreal. I am very grateful for all my teammates. This actually is a tribute to them. And I really feel honored and unworthy of this, to be trustworthy.”
Congratulations @tpolamalu. You had been a real recreation changer each time you took the sector. It was a pleasure and a pleasure to educate you and no one is extra deserving of being a first-ballot Professional Soccer Corridor of Famer than you. So comfortable for you and your loved ones.
— Mike Tomlin (@CoachTomlin) February 1, 2020
Each the Class of 2019 (Champ Bailey, Tony Gonzalez and Ed Reed) and the Class of 2018 (Ray Lewis, Randy Moss and Brian Urlacher) had three gamers chosen of their first yr of eligibility.
“Troy was the type of participant who was in a position to influence the end result of video games from his security place,” Steelers president Artwork Rooney II stated in a press release. “And he did it with uncanny instincts that made it virtually unimaginable for opposing offenses to foretell the place he can be. … Troy was actually a playmaker each time he stepped on the sector, and we could not be happier for him.”
Atwater, a punishing tackler nicknamed the “Smiling Murderer,” was a first-team All-Decade choice within the 1990s and began three Tremendous Bowls in his profession, together with the Broncos’ back-to-back titles to shut out the 1997 and 1998 seasons. The eight-time Professional Bowl choice had a minimum of 100 tackles in six seasons.
“He was every little thing you can ever need as a participant, as a person, as a pacesetter, as a man,” former Broncos coach Mike Shanahan stated. “He may cowl, deal with, put together, not make any errors, every little thing.”
“Definitely worth the wait.”
The second @SteveAtwater27 acquired “The Knock” from the @ProFootballHOF: pic.twitter.com/O9pSIDkXeR
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) February 1, 2020
Shanahan has stated Atwater’s efficiency within the Tremendous Bowl XXXII win over the Inexperienced Bay Packers was “among the finest video games I’ve ever seen a man play.” Within the Broncos’ first Tremendous Bowl victory, Atwater had six tackles, a sack, a compelled fumble and two passes defensed.
“I am not simply representing myself,” Atwater advised reporters in Miami. “I am representing all my guys I performed with — Dennis Smith, Tyrone Braxton, Mike Harden, Alfred Williams, Ray Crockett, my boys. It is a fantastic day for all of us, and I am actually honored and appreciative it is taking place.'”
Atwater’s Monday Night time Soccer hit on Chiefs working again Christian Okoye in 1990 additionally nonetheless piles up views on YouTube.
“That story could have to return up slightly extra now,” Atwater stated Saturday. “It was once more, I feel, impressed by Dennis Smith. He was my man, my robust security. In conferences we might simply take a look at movie and speak about how we had been going to assault him. Luckily, I had the chance and it turned out nicely. I have been in different video games with some guys who in all probability weren’t as huge Christian Okoye was, however I would go up and hit them they usually acquired me — they get the most effective of me. Positively the timing was proper and I used to be lucky I got here out on the great facet of that.”
Bruce was second all time in yards receiving — behind solely Jerry Rice — when he retired from the NFL in 2009, closing out a record-setting profession that started with a 34-yard landing on his first NFL reception.
He was a key member of the St. Louis Rams’ “Biggest Present on Turf” offense, compiling eight 1,000-yard receiving seasons. Bruce was the primary participant in NFL historical past with a minimum of 170 yards receiving in three consecutive video games.
God is sweet and gracious to me! Tonight we rejoice in HIS faithfulness. St. Louis we headed to Canton!
— Isaac Bruce (@IsaacBruce80) February 1, 2020
The wait is lastly over.
Congratulations @IsaacBruce80 on being elected to the @ProFootballHOF!
— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) February 1, 2020
Hutchinson, a powerfully athletic guard who was named to seven Professional Bowls in addition to the All-Decade workforce of the 2000s, is certainly one of simply 12 guards in league historical past to have been named first-team All-Professional a minimum of 5 instances.
He helped energy two backs from two completely different groups to the league’s dashing title — Shaun Alexander in 2005 with the Seahawks and Adrian Peterson with the Vikings in 2008.
Hutchinson additionally was a technically sound participant, as he as soon as had a 44-game stretch throughout which he was not flagged for a penalty that was accepted.
He additionally modified the best way groups had been in a position to signal free brokers. The “poison capsule” provision the Vikings put in a contract to signal him away from the Seahawks was by no means used once more, because the league wouldn’t enable it after Hutchinson’s deal.
His response says all of it…
🎥: @livinwithlandyn pic.twitter.com/73hBHMMjVS
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) February 1, 2020
Congratulations to @HutchSevenSix! The second member of the best offensive line in NFL historical past to be enshrined within the @ProFootballHOF. pic.twitter.com/J7C2HXUuVE
— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) February 1, 2020
James, who performed collegiately on the College of Miami, retired in 2009 with 12,246 dashing yards to go together with three,364 yards receiving. He was the NFL’s offensive rookie of the yr in 1999 and gained the league’s dashing title his first two years — with 1,553 yards in 1999 and 1,709 in 2000.
Peyton Manning, who was James’ teammate with the Colts for seven seasons, has praised James as a “full again, an entire participant.”
Along with being an elite rusher, James had 433 profession receptions and had nice capability as a blocker.
“Edgerrin James is without doubt one of the best gamers this league has ever seen and completely deserves this enshrinement in Canton,” Colts proprietor Jim Irsay stated in a press release. “Edge was the textbook definition of an every-down working again who may do all of it, and we knew he was particular from day one. … I do know he helped put that shine again on the Horseshoe, and all of Colts Nation is extraordinarily proud as we speak.”
The 5 modern-era gamers within the Class of 2020 can be joined for enshrinement into the Corridor of Fame in August by a few of the 15 members of the Centennial Class, who had been revealed in January and embody former coaches Cowher and Jimmy Johnson and former commissioner Paul Tagliabue.
These members of the Centennial Class who aren’t inducted in August can be enshrined on the league’s 100th yr celebration in September in Canton.