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Hall of Fame 2011

The 2010 NFL Hall of Fame draft class consists of 10 elite NFL players, including Emmitt Smith and Jerry Rice. Of the ten selected, players like Cris Carter did not make the cut to be enshrined in Canton, Ohio. Carter, arguably one of the top receivers of his time, is ranked the second on the all-time receptions and receiving yards, only behind the great Jerry Rice. The next batch of potential Hall of Famers include Marshall Faulk, Jerome Bettis, and our very own Curtis Martin. Being that even Cris Carter couldn't get in this year, one must assume he's bound in 2011, which of these three elite running backs will make it to the National Football Hall of Fame in 2011?

Faulk & Bettis were both Super Bowl winners, both having very vital roles in their Super Bowl victories, and are ranked 5th and 10th in rushing yards respectively. Faulk also ranks 7th in career TDs with 136. Both have very good resumes for Canton, statistically, and their Super Bowl rings only boost their chances.

But what about Gang Green's nominee? Here's Martin's Resume for Canton:
  • 3,518 career rushing attempts (3rd all-time)
  • 14,101 career rushing yards (4th all-time)
  • 17,430 career yards from scrimmage (7th all-time)
  • 90 career rushing touchdowns (12th all-time)
  • 102 career passing/rushing/receiving touchdowns
  • Oldest player to win a rushing title (age 31) in 2004
  • 5 Pro-Bowls
  • 1995 Offensive Rookie of the Year
  • 2x First-Team All-Pro
  • 1x Second-Team All-Pro
  • Avg. Yards per Carry: 4.0
So with all said and done, is Curtis Canton bound for 2011? Will he go in as a New York Jet, joining Weeb Ewbank, Joe Namath, & Don Maynard as the only New York Jets in the Hall of Fame (Not including the 3 years that John Riggins spent in NY)? As for me: I've already bought my ticket for the 2011 Hall of Fame induction, and I will be wearing my Green & White #28 jersey with honor, respect, and pride.


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