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Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee capsules

Russ Grimm

Position: Guard

Ht/Wt: 6-3, 273

College: Pitt

Years/Team: 1981-91, Redskins

Pro career: 11 seasons, 140 games. … Selected in third round (69th overall) in 1981 draft. … Immediate starter on line that earned nickname "the Hogs." … Teaming with tackle Joe Jacoby, formed perhaps most punishing side of an offensive line at the time. … With Grimm's speed and strength, Redskins rode dominating running attack to victory over Dolphins in Super Bowl XVII, in which John Riggins rushed for then-record 166 yards. … During playoff run that year, team averaged 152 yards rushing. … After 1983 season, Grimm was selected to first of four straight Pro Bowls. … Also marked start of four consecutive years (1983-86) of All-Pro recognition. … Also named All-NFC in each of those seasons … Appeared in five NFC Championship Games and four Super Bowls, including wins in Super Bowls XVII, XXII, XXVI. … Born May 2, 1959, in Scottdale, Pa.

Rickey Jackson

Position: Linebacker

Ht/Wt: 6-2, 243

College: Pitt

Years/Teams: 1981-93 Saints, 1994-95 49ers

Pro career: 15 seasons, 227 games … Selected by Saints in second round (51st overall) in 1981 draft. … Key player in New Orleans transitioning from perennial loser into contender in late '80s. … Made immediate impact as rookie, leading team with franchise rookie record eight sacks and as leading tackler. … In '83 established himself as elite pass rusher, recording 12 sacks … That year marked first of six double-digit sack totals. … Also earned Jackson first of six trips to Pro Bowl … Named first-team All-Pro 1986, '87, '92, '93. … Saints won first division title in '91, and Jackson recorded 11.5 sacks, 59 tackles, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, and three passes defensed. … Retired after '95 season with 128 career sacks; does not include rookie total because sack did not become official statistic until 1982. … Born March 20, 1958, in Pahokee.

Dick LeBeau

Position: Cornerback

Ht/Wt: 6-1, 185

College: Ohio State

Years/Team: 1959-72 Lions

Pro career: 14 seasons, 185 games … Selected by Browns in fifth round (58th overall) in 1959 draft. … Cut during rookie training camp. … Signed with Lions; earned place in starting lineup final six games of rookie year. … Started 171 straight games, an NFL record for his position. … In 1960 had four interceptions, starting string of 12 straight seasons with three or more. … In 1963 had five interceptions, which he returned for career-high 158 yards, including 70 yards for TD vs. Rams. … Next year had five interceptions and was voted to first of three straight Pro Bowls. … Also earned All-NFL second-team accolades, repeating in 1965, '66, '70. … Finest season was 1970; had NFC-leading nine interceptions for 96 yards. … In all, had 62 picks for 762 yards. … Ranks third all time among pure cornerbacks … Born Sept. 9, 1937, in London, Ohio.

Floyd Little

Position: Running back

Ht/Wt: 5-10, 196

College: Syracuse

Years/Team: 1967-75 Broncos

Pro career: Nine seasons, 117 games. … Selected by Denver in first round (sixth overall) of 1967 AFL-NFL draft. . . . As rookie led AFL in punt returns with 16.9-yard average on 16 returns. … Also returned career-high 35 kickoffs for 942 yards. … In third year averaged league-high and career best 5.0 yards per carry rushing. … Led AFC in rushing in 1970. … In 1971 became Broncos' first 1,000-yard rusher and won NFL rushing title that year with 1,133 yards on 284 carries. … Named to two AFL All-Star Games, three AFC-NFC Pro Bowls … Named All-AFL/NFL twice, All-AFC first or second team four straight years. … Amassed more than 12,000 all-purpose yards and 54 TDs. … Gained 6,323 yards on 1,641 career carries, scored 43 TDs … Retired as No. 7 career rusher. … Added 215 receptions for 2,418 yards, 9 TDs. … Born July 4, 1942, in New Haven, Conn.

John Randle

Position: Defensive tackle

Ht/Wt: 6-1, 278

Colleges: Trinity Valley CC (Texas); Texas A&I

Years/Teams: 1990-2000 Vikings, 2001-03 Seahawks

Pro career: 14 seasons, 219 games. … Signed by Vikings as undrafted free agent. … Played in all 16 games as a rookie. … Had 137.5 career sacks. … Had eight straight seasons (1992-99) with 10-plus sacks and a ninth in 2001. … In 1997 had career-best and league-leading 15.5 sacks and career-high 71 tackles (39 solo). … Signed as free agent with Seahawks in '01 and turned in one of most productive seasons in team history: 11 sacks, four forced fumbles, fumble recovery in end zone for TD. … Named first-team All-Pro/All-NFC 1993-98 and All-AFC with Seahawks in 2001. … Selected to seven Pro Bowls (1994-99, 2002). … Led Minnesota defensive line with double-digit sack totals in three of four NFC Central title-winning years. … Born Dec. 12, 1967, in Hearne, Texas.

Jerry Rice

Position: Wide receiver

Ht/Wt: 6-2, 200

College: Mississippi Valley State

Years/Teams: 1985-2000 49ers, 2001-04 Raiders, 2004 Seahawks

Pro career: 20 seasons, 303 games … Selected by 49ers in first round (16th overall) of 1985 draft. … In 1986 caught 86 passes and led league in receiving yards (1,570) and TDs (15). First of 11 straight 1,000-yard seasons. … Also had double-digit TD receptions in nine of next 10 seasons. … In 1987 set NFL season record for TD receptions (22). … Led NFL in receiving yards six times, including NFL record 1,848 yards in 1995, and in TD receptions six times. … Owns virtually every significant receiving mark, including receptions (1,549), yards (22,895), 1,000-yard seasons (14) and TDs (208). … Won three Super Bowls with 49ers; named MVP in Super Bowl XXIII. … Named first-team All-Pro 11 consecutive seasons and voted to 13 Pro Bowls. … Born Oct. 13, 1962, in Starkville, Miss.

Emmitt Smith

Position: Running back

Ht/Wt: 5-9, 207

College: Florida

Years/Teams: 1990-2002 Cowboys, 2003-04 Cardinals

Pro career: 15 seasons, 226 games. … Selected by Dallas in first round (17th overall) of 1990 draft. … Rushed for 937 yards, 11 TDs to earn Offensive Rookie of the Year honors. … Second season rushed for league-leading 1,563 yards. … Won rushing titles in 1991, '92, '93, '95. … Led NFL in rushing TDs three times. … In '95 had career highs for rushing yards (1,773), rushing TDs (25), receptions (62). … With Dallas won Super Bowls XXVII, XXVIII, XXX. … In 1993 named NFL's MVP and MVP in Super Bowl XXVIII. … First-team All-Pro 1992-95. … Had record 11 straight seasons with 1,000 yards rushing. … On Oct. 27, 2002, vs. Seahawks, supplanted Walter Payton as NFL's all-time rushing leader. … Career totals of 18,355 yards and 164 TDs rushing, 515 receptions for 3,224 yards, 11 TDs. … Born May 15, 1969, in Pensacola.

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Induction ceremony

When/where: 7 p.m. Saturday, Canton, Ohio

TV: 7 p.m., ESPN

Who: The inductees and their presenters: Russ Grimm/Joe Bugel, ex-Redskins assistant; Rickey Jackson/Tom Benson, Saints owner; Dick LeBeau/Bob LeBeau, brother; Floyd Little/Marc Little, son; John Randle/John Teerlinck, ex-Vikings defensive line coach; Jerry Rice/Ed DeBartolo Jr., ex-49ers owner; Emmitt Smith/Jerry Jones, Cowboys owner

Coming up

Sunday: Hall of Fame Game, Bengals vs. Cowboys, 8 p.m. TV/radio: Ch. 8, 1010-AM.

Aug. 12-16: Preseason begins.

Aug. 31: Roster cutdown to maximum of 75 players.

Sept. 4: Roster cutdown to maximum of 53 players.

Sept. 9: Regular-season opener, Vikings at Saints, 8:30 p.m.

Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee capsules 08/05/10 [Last modified: Thursday, August 5, 2010 10:08pm]
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