John Randle & Jerry Rice to Enter Pro Football Hall of Fame

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ProFootballHoF_logo165Congratulations to John Randle and Jerry Rice, who today were elected as part of a seven-man class into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The class was elected by the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Selection Committee who met the day before Super Bowl XLIV in South Florida. The newest members of the Hall were selected from a list of 17 finalists who had been determined earlier by the committee.

Joining the former Seahawks in the 2010 class are guard Russ Grimm, linebacker Rickey Jackson, cornerback Dick LeBeau, running back Floyd Little, and running back Emmitt Smith.

Former Seahawks defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy was also on the final ten list, but will have to look ahead to 2011 for his next chance at being selected.

“I’m not disappointed, not at all,” said Kennedy. “Getting to the final ten, that’s good. You look at all the names in there and you can just flip a coin.”

Kennedy had made the final 15 for the first time in 2009.

Randle, a seven-time Pro Bowler and six-time All-Pro pick, amassed 137.5 sacks during his career with the Minnesota Vikings (1990-2000) and Seattle Seahawks (2001-2003). A member of the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1990s, he played in 219 career games.

“It’s an unbelievable feeling because of where I come from and what it took just to make it in the NFL,” said Randle. “Words can’t describe what it means. I’m in the Hall of Fame!”

Rice played an amazing 20 seasons in the NFL: San Francisco 49ers from 1985-2000; Oakland Raiders from 2001-2004; and he finished his NFL career in Seattle in 2004 after a mid-season trade. He owns virtually every major receiving record, and caught 1,549 passes for 22,895 yards and scored a total of 208 touchdowns-his final three touchdowns wearing a Seahawks uniform.

The 2010 class will increase to 260 the number of all-time greats permanently honored in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The Enshrinement of the Class of 2010 will take place at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, on Saturday, August 7, 2010 at 4:00 p.m. PT. The Enshrinement Ceremony will be televised live by both ESPN and the NFL Network.

Randle240_0206JOHN RANDLE
Defensive Tackle… 6-1, 278… Trinity Valley Community College (TX); Texas A&I… 1990-2000 Minnesota Vikings, 2001-03 Seattle Seahawks… 14 playing seasons, 219 games… Little All-America pick as a senior at Texas A&I… Signed by Vikings as an undrafted free agent… Played in all 16 games as a rookie… Recorded 137.5 sacks during career… Had eight consecutive seasons (1992-99) with 10-plus sacks and a ninth in 2001… In 1997 had career best and league leading 15.5 sacks, and career high 71 tackles (39 solo)… Signed a free agent contract with Seahawks in 2001 and turned in one of most productive seasons in team history with 11 sacks, four forced fumbles and a fumble recovery in the end zone for a TD… Named first-team All-Pro/All-NFC six consecutive years (1993-98) and once All-AFC with Seahawks (2001)… Selected to play in seven Pro Bowls (1994-99, 2002)… Led Minnesota defensive line recording double digit sack totals in three of four years that Vikings won NFC Central Division titles and eight sacks in fourth… Born December 12, 1967 in Hearne, Texas.

Rice240_0206JERRY RICE
Wide Receiver… 6-2, 200… Mississippi Valley State… 1985-2000 San Francisco 49ers, 2001-04 Oakland Raiders, 2004 Seattle Seahawks… 20 playing seasons, 303 games… Selected by 49ers in first round (16th player overall) of 1985 draft… Averaged 18.9 yards per catch on 49 receptions for 927 yards and 3 TDs as rookie… In 1986 caught 86 passes for a league-leading 1,570 yards and led the NFL in touchdown catches with 15… Marked first of 11 straight 1,000-yard seasons… Also recorded double-digit receiving touchdowns in nine of next 10 seasons… In 1987 set the NFL record for touchdown receptions in season with 22… Four seasons with 100-plus catches… Led NFL in receiving yards six times including NFL record 1,848 yards in 1995… Led NFL in touchdown receptions six times… Owns virtually every significant receiving mark including receptions (1,549); receiving yards (22,895); most 1,000-yard receiving seasons (14); total touchdowns (208); combined net yards (23,546)… Holds multiple playoff and Super Bowl records… Played in eight conference championships and four Super Bowls… Earned three Super Bowl rings with 49ers and was named MVP in Super Bowl XXIII… Named first-team All-Pro 11 consecutive seasons and voted to 13 Pro Bowls… A member of NFL’s All-Decade Teams of 1980s and 1990s and NFL’s 75th Anniversary Team… Born October 13, 1962 in Starksville, Mississippi.