LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 12: Keiland Williams #35 of the Washington Redskins is gang tackled by Ronde Barber #20, Geno Hayes #54 and Dekoda Watson #56 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at FedExField on December 12, 2010 in Landover, Maryland. The Buccaneers defeated the Redskins 17-16. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)

On Saturday Aug. 5, the Pro Football Hall of Fame will welcome its 9 newest members in the Class of 2023 induction. This year’s class includes five Modern-Era inductees, three Seniors Committee selections and one Coach/Contributor selection.

After zero first-ballot inductees in 2022, there were two players selected in their first year of eligibility for this year’s class.

Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2023

Year of Eligibility
CB Darrelle Revis 1st
OT Joe Thomas 1st
OLB DeMarcus Ware 2nd
*Seniors Committee Selection
**Coach/Contributors Selection
CB Rondé Barber 6th
LB Zach Thomas 10th
DL Joe Klecko* 30th
CB Ken Riley* 35th
Coach Don Coryell** 36th
LB Chuck Howley* 45th
*Seniors Committee Selection
**Coach/Contributors Selection

NFL Football is Here!

Tonight at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio, the New York Jets will take on the Cleveland Browns at 8pm on NBC.  Pat yourselves on the  back kids, YOU made it!  There will now be be some sort of NFL or CFB game every week starting tonight until February!  What’s better than that?

I know that exhibition football can be a bit boring at times because lets face it, starters rarely play and if they do, it’s probably only for one series.  However, I don’t care.  Zach Wilson vs. Kellen Mond are your starting quarterbacks tonight.  I’m sure we would all prefer to see Aaron Rogers vs. Deshaun Watson but that’s not going to happen.

We will have more on this game and preview a couple of divisions today and the rest of the week on Shemon and Sheppard. Below you will find some fun facts for all of Saturday’s inductees.

 

  • RONDE BARBER

    RONDE BARBER

    Ronde Barber #20 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers runs with the ball during the game against the New York Jets at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The Jets defeated the Buccaneers 21-17.Mandatory Credit: Craig Jones /Allsport

    Cornerback/safety
    College: Virginia
    1997-2012 Buccaneers

    Born April 7, 1975 in Montgomery County, Virginia
    – 6th year of eligibility, 3rd year as finalist
    – Drafted in 3rd round (66th overall) by Buccaneers in 1997 NFL Draft
    – Won Super Bowl XXXVII with Buccaneers
    – Can become 4th member of 2002 Buccaneers Super Bowl-winning defense in Hall of Fame joining Warren Sapp, Derrick Brooks and John Lynch

     

  • DON CORYELL

    DON CORYELL

    Head coach Don Coryell of the San Diego Chargers walks on the field before a 1986 NFL game against the Los Angeles Raiders at the LA Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. The Raiders defeated the Chargers 17-13. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

    14 seasons as NFL head coach (1973-77 St. Louis Cardinals, 1978-86 Chargers)
    – Career record (including playoffs): 114-89-1
    – 1974 AP Coach of the Year (led Cardinals to 10-4 record and their first playoff appearance since 1948)
    – With future Hall of Famers in QB Dan Fouts, TE Kellen Winslow and WR Charlie Joiner, Coryell
    became known for his innovations to football’s passing offense, commonly known as “Air Coryell”
    – In his 9 seasons with the Chargers (1978-1986), the team led the NFL in passing yards 7 times, total offense (yards per game) 5 times and scoring (PPG) 3 times
    – Reached AFC Championship Game in 1980 and 1981

  • CHUCK HOWLEY

    CHUCK HOWLEY

    Former Dallas Cowboys linebacker and MVP of Super Bowl V Chuck Howley is seen on the field as he is introduced prior to Super Bowl XL between the Seattle Seahawks and the Pittsburgh Steelers at Ford Field on February 5, 2006 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

    Outside Linebacker
    College: West Virginia
    1958-59 Bears, 1961-73 Cowboys

    Born June 28, 1936 in Wheeling, West Virginia
    – Drafted 7th overall by Cowboys in 1958 NFL Draft
    – 5-time 1st Team All-Pro
    – 6-time Pro Bowl selection
    – Recognized as an original member of the Cowboys “Doomsday Defense”
    – Won Super Bowl VI with Cowboys (defeated Dolphins 24-3); had an interception and a fumble recovery in that game
    – Only player to be Super Bowl MVP for team that lost the game (Cowboys lost to Baltimore Colts, 16-13 in Super Bowl V); Howley had 2 interceptions in that game
    – Inducted to Cowboys Ring of Honor in 1977

  • JOE KLECKO

    JOE KLECKO

    Former player Joe Klecko (L) of the New York Jets gets his jersey retired during halftime against the New England Patriots on December 26, 2004 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Patriots defeated the Jets 23-7. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

    Defensive Lineman
    College: Temple
    1977-87 Jets, 1988 Colts

    Born October 15, 1953 in Chester, Pennsylvania
    – Drafted in 6th round (144th overall) by Jets in 1977 NFL Draft
    – 2-time 1st Team All-Pro selection
    – 4-time Pro Bowl selection
    – Unofficially led NFL with 20.5 sacks in 1981 (that season, he was runner-up to Lawrence Taylor for Defensive Player of the Year); individual sacks did not become official until 1982
    – Played every position along the defensive line (defensive end, defensive tackle and nose guard) and was selected to at least one Pro Bowl at each spot
    – Member of the Jets defensive line that was known as the “New York Sack Exchange”

  • DARRELLE REVIS

    DARRELLE REVIS

    Darrelle Revis of the New York Jets poses for a portrait on January 10, 2007 at the Jets training complex in Hempstead, New York. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

    Cornerback
    College: Pittsburgh
    2007-12 Jets, 2013 Buccaneers, 2014 Patriots, 2015-16 Jets, 2017 Chiefs

    – Born July 14, 1985 in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania
    – 1st year of eligibility
    – Drafted 14th overall by Jets in 2007 NFL Draft
    – 4 1st Team All-Pro selections at cornerback, tied with Rod Woodson for 2nd-most at cornerback since 1970 Merger (Deion Sanders, 5)
    – 7-time Pro Bowl selection
    – Runner-up for 2009 Defensive Player of the Year (led NFL with 31 passes defended)
    – Named to NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 2010s
    – His coverage skills launched the “Revis Island” nickname
    – Won Super Bowl 49 with Patriots (his only season with the Patriots)
    – Had 100-yard interception return for TD on Monday Night Football (Oct. 17, 2011 vs Dolphins)

  • KEN RILEY

    Defensive Back
    College: Florida A&M
    1969-83 Bengals

    – Born August 6, 1947 in Bartow, Florida (died on June 7, 2020)
    – Drafted in 6th round (135th overall) by Bengals in 1969 NFL Draft
    – 65 career interceptions, tied for 5th-most in NFL history; that’s also the 2nd-most interceptions by a player who played exclusively at cornerback, trailing only Dick “Night Train” Lane (68)
    – In his 15th and final season in 1983, at the age of 36, he earned a 1st Team All-Pro selection after recording 8 interceptions (returned 2 of them for touchdowns); those 8 interceptions are tied with Rod Woodson (2002) for the most by any player in his 15th season or later

  • JOE THOMAS

    JOE THOMAS

    Joe Thomas of the Cleveland Browns poses for his 2008 NFL headshot at photo day in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Getty Images)

    Offensive Tackle
    College: Wisconsin
    2007-17 Browns

    – Born Dec. 4, 1984 in Brookfield, Wisconsin
    – 1st year of eligibility
    – Drafted 3rd overall by Browns in 2007 NFL Draft
    – 1st offensive lineman in NFL history to be selected to Pro Bowl in each of his first 10 seasons
    – 6-time 1st Team All-Pro
    – Played 10,363 consecutive snaps, an unofficial NFL record (snap data isn’t available all-time)
    – Runner-up for 2007 AP Offensive Rookie of the Year (Adrian Peterson)
    – Named to NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 2010s
    – Selected as the Browns’ Walter Payton Man of the Year three times

  • ZACH THOMAS

    ZACH THOMAS

    Linebacker Zach Thomas of the Miami Dolphins looks on during a game against the Seatte Seahawks at Pro Player Stadium in Miami, Florida. The Seahawks won the game, 22-15. Mandatory Credit: Andy Lyons /Allsport

    Linebacker
    College: Texas Tech
    1996-2007 Dolphins, 2008 Cowboys

    – Born: Sept. 1, 1973 in Pampa, Texas
    – Drafted: 5th Round (154th overall), 1996
    – 10th year of eligibility, 4th as a finalist
    – 7-time Pro Bowler (1999-2003, 2005-06)
    – 5-time 1st Team All-Pro (1998-99, 2002-03, 2006)
    – Led NFL in tackles during his career (1996-2008)

  • DeMARCUS WARE

    DeMARCUS WARE

    DeMarcus Ware #94, Zach Thomas #55 and Stephen Bowen #72 of the Dallas Cowboys defend against the Denver Broncos during preseason NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on August 16, 2008 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Cowboys 23-13. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

    Linebacker
    College: Troy
    Cowboys 2005-13, Broncos 2014-16

    – Born: July 31, 1982 in Auburn, Alabama
    – 2nd year of eligibility, 2nd year as finalist
    – Drafted 11th overall by Cowboys in 2005 NFL Draft
    – 138.5 sacks are the 9th most since individual sacks became official in 1982; Cowboys all-time sacks leader (117.0)
    – 7 straight seasons with 10.0 or more sacks, tied for 3rd-longest streak since 1982 (only Reggie White and John Randle have longer streaks)
    – 1 of 8 players to finish as the NFL leader in sacks in multiple seasons since 1982 (led NFL in 2008 and 2010)
    – 9 Pro Bowl selections from 2005 to 2016 were the most by any defensive player over that span
    – Earned 1st-team All-Pro honors 4 times (2007-09, 2011)
    – Won Super Bowl 50 as a member of the 2015 Broncos
    – Named to NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 2000s

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