The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced the election of eight new members in February, and their inductions will take place August 6 at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio.
The ceremony will be televised by ESPN and NFL Network.
The roster includes six players: offensive tackle Tony Boselli, wide receiver Cliff Branch, safety LeRoy Butler, linebacker Sam Mills and defensive linemen Richard Seymour and Bryant Young. They will be joined by coach Dick Vermeil and the first official to enter the hall, Art McNally.
Mills was in the 20th and final year of eligibility as a Modern Era nominee. Butler and Boselli were in their 16th year of eligibility and Young in his 10th. For the first time since 2012, no eligible freshman was selected for enshrinement.
ESPN profiles every member of this year’s class.
Tony Boselli’s father didn’t live long enough to see his son inducted into the Hall of Fame, but he recorded a congratulatory message for him before his death. Tony said he will sit and watch his father’s role in the video just before the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Saturday at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio. Read more.
The best day for NFL officials, McNally said in 2012, is when they go completely unnoticed. Their job, he said, is to behave in a way that “hopefully no one will even know you’re around.” McNally may not be as well known as other NFL trailblazers, but his legacy includes instant replay and other advancements. Read more.
When Vermeil surprised the NFL by retiring in 1982 at just 46 years old, he seemed to be “eroding”. When he returned to coaching 14 years later, the game had changed, but so had he. Read more.
Mills’ path to the NFL was anything but routine, but the 5-foot-9 linebacker nicknamed “Field Mouse” made his way on and off the field. Read more.
Butler is known for being the originator of the Lambeau Leap, but his story goes far beyond the famous celebration. His Hall of Fame resume stands on its own without any celebration after the touchdown. Read more.
“We had to find out if he was a track man playing football or if he was a football player.” Branch was known for his blistering speed, but his ability to become an all-around receiver is what made him a dominant force in the 1970s and 1980s. Read more.
Former 49ers teammate Charles Haley surprises Bryant Young with news of his Hall of Fame election.
Hall of Fame voters said the testimonies of so many naysayers helped push Young into the Hall after nine years of quiet waiting. “It was humbling to hear the things they said,” Young said. Read more.
His leadership and ability to dominate at any position on the defensive line helped power New England’s top three title teams. “We could put Richard anywhere and be successful with it. When you have that kind of talent and dominance from that position, that’s how you win championships.” Read more.