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Martin, 4 linemen make Hall of Fame
“I am very excited right now.”
Roaf spent enough time in his 13 seasons with New Orleans and Kansas City blocking the likes of Doleman and Kennedy. He played one season at right tackle, then the rest of his career on the left side, making 11 Pro Bowls. He made the All-Decade team for the 1990s.
“He possessed exceptional physical talent and a great work ethic,” said Jim Mora, who coached in New Orleans for 11 seasons. “He was blessed with high quality character and a team-oriented attitude. He was a team leader, always positive, upbeat, and a fun guy to coach and have on the team. Without question Willie was one of my best and favorite players ever.”
Dawson made seven Pro Bowls as the Steelers’ center, that rare snapper who also could block defensive players one on one. He replaced a Hall of Famer, Mike Webster, and started for Pittsburgh for most of his 13 pro seasons.
“You never know what your career is going to turn out to be,” Dawson said. “I knew I had big shoes to fill `cause it was my first year playing center. I never would have thought I would be in this position after my career.”
“It is a great honor and because of being selected today, my phone has blown up.”
Butler also played for the Steelers as a cornerback from 1951-59, picking off 52 passes, at the time second most in NFL history. But he was best known for his tackling skills.
“They told me I was good. I didn’t know I was good,” Butler said. “I never, ever, ever thought I would be here.”
Guard Will Shields didn’t get in _ the only first-year eligible player to make the 15-man finals. Shields started all but one of the 224 games in his 14 seasons in Kansas City.
Bettis also fell short. He was the 1993 Offensive Rookie of the Year with the Rams who retired in 2006 after winning his only Super Bowl with the Steelers. He is the NFL’s No. 5 career rusher.
Carter is the No. 4 career receiver with 1,101 in 16 seasons with three teams.
Others not voted in were receivers Tim Brown and Andre Reed, defensive end/linebackers Kevin Greene and Charles Haley, defensive back Aeneas Williams, and former 49ers owner Ed DeBartolo Jr.
The other senior finalist, guard Dick Stanfel, was not chosen, either.
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