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Strahan, Humphrey, Williams to HOF
HBCU football stars earn highest pro honor
 
Published Saturday, February 1, 2014 7:29 pm
by Herbert L White

Three black college stars are heading to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Defensive ends Claude Humphrey (Tennessee State) and Michael Strahan (Texas Southern) join cornerback/safety Aeneas Williams (Southern) in the Class of 2014, which brings the number of enshrines to 287. Joining them in this year’s class are linebacker Derrick Brooks, punter Ray Guy, receiver Andre Reed and offensive tackle Walter Jones.

The newest inductees were selected from a list of 17 finalists who had been determined earlier by the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Selection Committee.

Humphrey, who was named first-team All-Pro five times and earned six Pro Bowl berths during his career with the Atlanta (1968-1978) and Philadelphia (1979-1981). Although not an official statistic at the time, he is credited with 122 career sacks. He was one of two candidates nominated by the Seniors Committee, along with Guy, to earn at least 80 percent of the vote for induction.

Strahan, who made a successful transition to television after retiring from a 15-year career with the New York Giants, recorded double-digit sack totals six times in a nine-season span, including a NFL single-season record 22.5 in 2001. A five-time All-Pro pick, he tallied 141.5 career sacks.

Williams, a four-time All-Pro and eight-time Pro Bowl pick over 14 seasons with the Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals and St. Louis Rams, intercepted 55 passes for 807 yards and nine touchdowns.

The newest inductees will be formally enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Aug. 2 at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio and will be televised by NFL Network.

HBCU inductees in the Class of 2014:

CLAUDE HUMPHREY

Defensive end … 6-4, 252 … Tennessee State … 1968-1978 (1975 inj. res.) Atlanta Falcons, 1979-1981 Philadelphia Eagles … 14 seasons, 171 games … Falcons’ first-round pick (3rd player overall) in 1968 draft … Recorded 11.5 sacks as rookie … Named National Football League Defensive Rookie of the Year, 1968 … Although not official NFL stat until after he retired, Humphrey is credited with 122 career quarterback sacks … Highly effective pass rusher, led team in sacks nine of 13 seasons … Earned first-team All-Pro in 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1977 … Second-team All-NFL/All-Pro 1969, 1970, 1971, 1974, 1976, 1977 … Selected to play in six Pro Bowls … Extremely durable, missed just two games prior to season-ending knee injury in 1975 … Rebounded with career-best 15 sacks in 1976 and was named team Most Valuable Player … Traded to Eagles in 1979 for two fourth-round picks following a brief “retirement” … In first year with Eagles, finished second in sacks and his 31 quarterback “hurries” were a team best … In 1980, team high 14.5 sacks helped Eagles advance as NFC champions to Super Bowl XV … Career stats include two interceptions, a fumble recovery for TD, and two safeties … Born June 29, 1944 in Memphis.

 

MICHAEL STRAHAN

Defensive end … 6-5, 255 … Texas Southern … 1993-2007 New York Giants … 15 seasons, 216 games … Selected in 2nd round (40th player overall) in 1993 draft … Dominant pass rusher and also excellent at defending the run … Recorded 141.5 career sacks … Had 38 multi-sack games during career … Registered double-digit sack totals six times during nine-season span, 1997-2005 … Suffered torn pectoral muscle in 2004 but rebounded following season by starting all 16 games and amassing 11.5 sacks … Named first-team All-Pro five times (1997, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2005) … All-NFC five seasons … Voted to seven Pro Bowls … Set NFL single-season sack record with 22.5 sacks, 2001 … Also won NFL sack title in 2003 with 18.5 sacks … Named unanimous NFL Defensive Player of the Year, 2001 … Started at left defensive end in two NFC championship game wins, two Super Bowls … Recorded two tackles, one assisted tackle, one sack and one pass defensed in Giants’ 17-14 win over Patriots in Super Bowl XLII, his last NFL game … Selected to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 2000s … Born November 21, 1971 in Houston. 

 

AENEAS WILLIAMS

Cornerback/safety … 5-11, 194 … Southern … 1991-2000 Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals, 2001-04 St. Louis Rams … 14 seasons, 211 games … Selected in the 3rd round (59th player overall) of 1991 NFL Draft … Starred at cornerback for first 12 years of career before moving to safety … Earned Pro Bowl nods at both positions, seven times at cornerback and once as safety … Had first career pick and four deflected passes in NFL debut … Finished year tied for most interceptions in NFC with six, also recorded 17 passes defensed, 48 tackles … Named NFC Defensive Rookie of the Year by NFL Players Association … Earned Pro Bowl nod and All-NFC acclaim for first time in 1994 when he added another conference interception title with career-high nine interceptions … Named first-team All-NFC 1995, 1996, 1997, and 2001 … Selected to NFL’s All-Decade Team 1990s … Recorded interception in every season but last and had five or more picks in a season six times … Led Cardinals in interceptions seven times and Rams leading interceptor in 2003 … In all, registered 55 interceptions for 807 yards … His nine pick-sixes tied him for second all-time at time of retirement … Shared NFL record for longest fumble return in upset victory over Redskins Nov. 5, 2000, 104 yards for a TD … Recorded interception in record four straight postseason games during span from 1998 to 2001 … Born January 29, 1968 in New Orleans. 

 

 

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Charles Haley being left out AGAIN makes the selection committee lose ALL credibility !
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