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2014 NFL Hall of Fame Class Enshrined

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NFL-hall--fameSaturday, in Canton, Ohio, 7 men were inducted into the National Football League Hall of Fame.

This class included offensive tackle Walter Jones, defensive back Aeneas Williams, wide receiver Andre Reed, Ray Guy became the first full time punter enshrined, linebacker Derrick Brooks, and defensive ends Claude Humphrey and Michael Strahan.

Strahan, one of the greatest pass rushers the game has seen closed the ceremony close to midnight Saturday night, a full 2 hours after the event was supposed to end.

Strahan joked during his enshrinement speech that if the event went any later, he and his fellow newly enshrined members would be considered the class of 2015.

Derrick Brooks, in his 1st year of eligibility opened the ceremony, followed by Humphrey, who retired following the 1981 season.

Humphrey joked that, ” they tell me I only had 10 minutes up here, but let me start off by telling you that I’ve waited 30 years to get to this podium, so don’t rush me guys.”

Ray Guy waited 23 seasons to be inducted and said during his speech that, “It’s been long, long overdue, but now the Hall of Fame has a complete team,” said Guy, with about 20 former punters in the crowd to help him celebrate. “To know my legacy will be forever part of pro football history and that my bust will be alongside the greatest athletes of all time, it leaves this old punter speechless.”

The ceremony was well received by fans, and an important moment for these players who will now be forever enshrined in football immortality as some of the greatest players to ever play the game.

With the induction ceremony done, today just leaves the Hall of Fame game, the first preseason game of the year, and a signal to NFL fans everywhere, that football is back.

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