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2022 Pro Football Hall of Fame: Best Moments

The Pro Football Hall of Fame welcomed eight new members on Saturday.

Being inducted into the Hall of Fame is the highest honor given to a player at the end of a career, and former Green Bay Packers defensive back Leroy Butler has been named an All-Pro for helping the Packers win Super Bowl XXXI four times. explained. why.

“Playing for the Green Bay Packers opens a lot of doors,” Butler said. “Winning the Super Bowl opens all doors, but being inducted into the Hall of Fame opens football heaven.”

Melanie Mills, widow of Sam Mills, gives a Hall of Fame speech in honor of former Carolina Panthers linebacker Sam Mills as he was named a five-time Pro Bowler from undrafted free agency. , shared a motto her husband used as motivation.

He used the same motto in his battle with cancer before his death in 2005.

“Thank you for this honor,” Melanie Mills said. “Thanks for believing in Sam and keeping his story alive. Keep everyone’s heart racing. That’s what Sam wanted.”

In his speech, Richard Seymour, who helped the New England Patriots win their first three Super Bowls, thanked his mother and recalled his earliest memories as a football player.

“From 31 years ago to this month, you took me to my first football tryout and I didn’t even get out of the car,” Seymour said. You would have no reason to believe me even if I told you I would wear a

Art McNally made history Saturday, becoming the first game official to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Considered the “father of the modern umpire,” McNally worked as a game official from 1960 to 1967, then the NFL’s official supervisor from 1968 to 1987, and umpire from 1988 to 1990. served as a director. In July he turned 97. McNally gave a pre-recorded speech.

“This is the coolest thing I’ve ever done for an officer,” McNally said. I’ll call you the right way it should be.”

Tony Boselli also made history Saturday, the five-time Pro Bowl offensive tackle becoming the first Jacksonville Jaguars player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Boselli shared how his high school coach killed his dream of becoming a quarterback.

“I was destined to be an offensive lineman, but not before a brief stint as a tight end on the sophomore team and a water boy on the varsity team. I was a very good water boy.” …not the most attractive path, but all the credit to your coach.It was the right path.”

Former defensive tackle Bryant Young helped the San Francisco 49ers win Super Bowl XXIX in 1994. His 89.5 sacks he has recorded in his 14-year career are also the most in 49ers history.

Young said it was fitting to be part of the 2022 class because 22 was his late son Colby’s favorite number. expressed.

“We made Colby a promise to keep his spirit alive and keep his name spoken,” Young said. “God called Colby home on October 11, 2016.

“Colby, you live on in our hearts and we always speak your name.

Cliff Branch was the only wide receiver inducted into the Hall of Fame on Saturday. He helped the Raiders win his three Super Bowls in his late 1970s and early 80s, and led the league in 1974 receptions. He was also a three-time All-Pro.

Branch passed away in 2019 at the age of 71. His sister, Elaine Anderson, said her brother is still enjoying the day.

“Today I would say this place has a sweet spirit,” said Anderson. and number 21 sits front and center with Al Davis and John Madden.”

Former head coach Dick Vermeil wrapped up Saturday’s ceremony.

Vermeil, who also coached the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs, was the only Rams head coach to win a Super Bowl and spearheaded the 1999 “Best Show on the Grass.” -The winning Rams team.

“Kurt Warner, his story is true,” said Vermeil. “Where would I be without Kurt Warner? I wouldn’t be standing here. Thank you for all your contributions.”

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