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2012 HOF Class has no rings


The six men officially entering the Hall of Fame on Saturday have one thing in common, apart from the fact that they played football at a sufficiently high level to, you know, make it to the Hall of Fame.

Jack Butler, Dermontti Dawson, Chris Doleman, Cortez Kennedy, Curtis Martin, and Willie Roaf have no Super Bowl rings among them.

It’s the first time in 30 years that the new class of immortals lacks the one (other) thing that can’t be taken away.

In 1982, the four-man group of Doug Atkins, George Musso, Sam Huff, and Merlin Olsen entered Canton without a Super Bowl win among them.  Every year since then, at least one member had at least one ring.

Of this year’s group, only Dawson and Martin played in a Super Bowl; Dawson’s Steelers in Super Bowl XXX (who lost to the Cowboys) and Martin’s Patriots in Super Bowl XXXI (who lost to the Packers).

The six-member class will get their mustard-colored jackets on Saturday night.

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22 Responses to “2012 HOF Class has no rings”
  1. hulkhogansays says: Aug 3, 2012 5:39 PM

    Can’t understand how Curtis Martin is actually in. He was a good, not legendary, back.

  2. cincinnasti says: Aug 3, 2012 5:47 PM

    So WHY is Ken Anderson still not inducted?

  3. reaser2 says: Aug 3, 2012 5:48 PM

    Atkins, Musso and Huff won NFL Championships, I’m sure they’re fine without a Super Bowl ring since they won the Championship in their era…

  4. seattlerogueburner says: Aug 3, 2012 6:19 PM

    Don’t try and put a damper on this.

    These guys should be proud of what they have accomplished. It’s one thing to get to the NFL. It’s another to become immortal.

    Go ‘Tez.

  5. joemontanawasthegreatest says: Aug 3, 2012 6:28 PM

    LT, Curtis Martin, Barry Sanders, Earl Campbell, OJ Simpson….its not that unusual for a HOF back not to have a ring.

  6. jbaxt says: Aug 3, 2012 6:30 PM

    Phew, says Tomlison… Though I think if the Broncos thought he was actually HOF material he wouldn’t have needed to make up the story about the Donkeys wanting him.

  7. greengob1in says: Aug 3, 2012 6:34 PM

    Donovan Mcnabb’s face just lit up

  8. nineroutsider says: Aug 3, 2012 6:51 PM

    I think Doleman got one with the 9ers in ’94.

  9. FinFan68 says: Aug 3, 2012 6:52 PM

    Rings are the product of great teams, not necessarily great players. Induction into the HoF is about individual achievement even though being on a great team or in an effective system can add to individual stats/accolades. These guys are deserving and there are a ton of guys that have been “snubbed” (for lack of a better word) due to things that should not factor into the decision for induction but usually do.

  10. cowboysfaninpatriotsland says: Aug 3, 2012 6:59 PM

    Had they selected Charles Haley, he could have given two of his FIVE away and then half the class could have worn a ring.

  11. tate53 says: Aug 3, 2012 7:53 PM

    how the heck is Curtis Martin enshrined, yet TD (Terrell Davis) who has 2 sb rings, sb MVP, nfl offensive MVP, 2 rushing titles, 2k season, oh an was drafted 3 rounds after Martin? not to take anything away from Curtis, but TD deserves to be in the hall just as much, if not more than he. just sayin

  12. titans615 says: Aug 3, 2012 7:54 PM

    The Hall of Pretty Good

  13. granadafan says: Aug 3, 2012 8:13 PM

    Football is a team sport and especially so with a defense and offense. Not having a ring should not be an indicator of greatness in the ultimate team sport.

  14. robgilman says: Aug 3, 2012 9:25 PM

    Another year, another snub. Here’s my list of legends, most of whom should have been inducted long ago: Ray Guy, Cliff Branch, Jim Plunkett, Tom Flores, Lester Hayes, Ken Stabler, Jack Tatum, Tim Brown…

    Curtis Martin? give me a break

  15. proudliberal85392 says: Aug 3, 2012 9:37 PM

    No rings, but they get those spiffy jackets.

  16. waldoampere says: Aug 4, 2012 10:27 AM

    I don’t understand the Curtis Martin complaints. He’s the 4th leading rusher of all time, the oldest RB ever to win the rushing title, and the only RB to gain 1000 yards in each of his first 10 seasons. Just because he didn’t have blinding speed doesn’t mean he wasn’t one of the premier RBs for a dozen years.

  17. tomthebombtracy says: Aug 4, 2012 10:45 AM

    Great year for little St. Bonaventure.

    Both men and women go to the NCAA and Jack Butler goes to Canton.

    I was there recently on a project and I heard a story about Butler. Never played high school football but Fr. Silas Rooney (brother of Steelers founder Art Rooney) was A.D. at the time and with only 2,500 or so students they were having a hard time filling their sports rosters.

    Fr. Silas noticed incoming student Butler walking through campus and could see his athleticism just the way he walked.

    He encouraged Jack to go out for the team. Jack reported for practice and was turned away by the coach.

    A few days later Fr. Silas again saw Butler and asked him how’d it go. Butler said the coach told him to take a hike.

    You go back tomorrow, Fr. Silas said. He did. A little talk with the coach changed things.

    Fr. Silas was no one to mess with.

  18. patriotsdefense says: Aug 4, 2012 11:30 AM

    Why is my comment not showing? 3 of them now.

    Curtis Martin was a class act.

  19. brewdogg says: Aug 4, 2012 11:41 AM

    So why is every post I make, regardless of tone or content, being removed? I can’t mock anyone, I can’t make a joke, I can’t present facts to refute someone’s opinion, everything gets removed. How about a little explanation? Considering the people you leave on, I am more than a little insulted.

  20. 86chawk says: Aug 4, 2012 12:42 PM

    Football is a team sport……teams win Superbowls and rings. As far as i know the Pro Football Hall of Fame is for individual achievments not team achievments. Who gives a flying fluck weather or not they have a ring?

  21. nyjalleffingday says: Aug 4, 2012 1:05 PM

    Are these people who are complaining about Curtis Martins induction doing so with a straight face?

    He’s got the fourth most rushing yards of ALL TIME, behind only Emmit Smith, Walter Peyton and Barry Sanders, he made the Pro Bowl 5 times, he was All Pro 5 times, he rushed for over 1,000 yards in each of his first ten seasons, something only Barry Sanders had done, and he has more than 100 touchdowns, something only 16 players had done before him, he’s 7th all time in yards from scrimmage and he’s also the oldest player to win a rushing title. He was a class act, and he played incredible football.

    What more do you want out of a player?

  22. defscottyb says: Aug 5, 2012 11:53 AM

    Curtis Martin deserves to be in the HOF. He had over 14,000 yards and 90 td’s. Riggins is in with a little over 11,000 yards and 104 td’s and I’m a Redskins fan. Respect to Curtis.

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