Saturday, Aug. 3, the Class of 2002 will make perhaps the most emotional
and stirring speeches of their lives.
only will George Allen (represented by his son Senator George Allen),
Dave Casper, Dan Hampton, Jim Kelly, and John Stallworth be forever
immortalized as one of pro football's greatest, but the words of
acceptance will also be remembered.
the years, speeches have ranged from 30 seconds to 20 minutes in
length. Here's some of the more memorable snippets from past Hall
of Fame enshrinement speeches.
father told me a long time ago, if you are ever asked to speak at
such an auspicious occasion with so many great speakers, make sure
you stand up good and tall so they all can see you and talk good and
loud so they all can hear you, make a short speech so they all will
listen to you, and then sit down so they all will like you."
Bud Grant's closing remarks - 1994
were told that we have seven minutes when we come up here. And the
reason we know is because they have a red light, a white light. The
white one goes on when you have a minute left, the red one when you're
supposed to finish. I just want you to know I unscrewed them."
Dan Dierdorf - 1996
(Nagurski), I am proud to sit in the Hall of Fame with you. Today
I feel like the boy who has climbed the highest tree in the woods
and conquered the forest. What else is there?"
Clarke Hinkle's entire Enshrinement
speech - 1964
my opinion, baseball is America's pastime, but football is truly America's
Howie Long - 2000
I could start my life all over again, I would be a professional football
player. And you damn well better believe I'd be a Pittsburgh Steeler."
Jack Lambert - 1990
know, a middle linebacker doesn't get too much credit. Well let me
tell you, just being a part of the Green Bay Packers for 14 years
was enough credit for Ray Nitschke."
Nitschke - 1978
had many honors in my day, but I have to admit, this has to be the
tops of them."
Otto Graham - 1965