Hall of Fame

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The 2017 Pro Football Hall of Fame members were inducted over the weekend. The class consisted kicker Morten Andersen; running back Terrell Davis; safety Kenny Easley; owner, president and general manager Jerry Jones; defensive end Jason Taylor; running back LaDainian Tomlinson; and quarterback Kurt Warner. I wasn’t home to witness the induction speeches but I have seen parts of everyone’s speech on the internet. Morten Andersen played 25 seasons in the NFL after being drafted by the New Orleans Saints in 1982. Terrell Davis was picked in the sixth round of the 1995 NFL draft by the Denver Broncos. He led the team to two Super Bowl wins and rushed for 7,607 yards and 60 touchdowns in 78 games. in the 1981 NFL Draft Kenny Easley was drafted 4th overall by the Seattle Seahawks. He was the Defensive Rookie of the Year. For his career he had 32 interceptions for 538 yards and 3 touchdowns. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones bought the team in 1989, hired Jimmy Johnson as head coach after firing legend Tom Landry. The Cowboys went 1-15 the first year. But, rebounded to win two Super Bowls under Johnson and one more under Berry Switzer. Jones has been a force in the NFL in marketing, television contracts, league sponsorships and more. He has a franchise worth 4.2 billion dollars. Jones was also the mind thrust behind AT & T Stadium. Jason Taylor was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the third round of the 1997 draft. He played 15 seasons for the Dolphins, Washington Redskins and New York Jets. He recorded 139.5 sacks; 8 interceptions for 110 yards and 3 TDs; league record-tying 29 opponents’ fumbles recovered; NFL record 6 TDs on fumble recoveries; and 3 safeties in 233 games. He also went to the Pro Bowl 6 times. LaDainian Tomlinson playing in 170 games in 11 seasons with the San Diego Chargers and New York Jets. He rushed for 13,684 career yards on 3,174 carries and scored 145 rushing touchdowns. He also had 624 catches for 4,772 yards and 17 TD receptions. Kurt Warner went from bagging groceries to a hall of fame career with two NFL MVPs in 1999 and 2001. He was Super Bowl XXXIV MVP when the St. Louis Rams beat The Tennessee Titans 23-16. He had over 32,000 career passing yards and 208 touchdown passes against 128 interceptions. Of course these are not all the accomplishments by the class of 2017 just highlights of their Hall of Fame careers. Then I see in the news today Kylie Jenner is getting a show called Life of Kylie. Are you kidding me famous for being famous. Is there a Hall of Fame for that?

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