|Darrell Green celebrates with family and friends after learning of his election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2008 – Fred Dean, Darrell Green, Art Monk, Emmitt Thomas, Andre Tippett and Gary Zimmerman – will be formally enshrined into the Hall on Saturday, Aug. 2.
This year’s class of enshrinees is a unique mix of football greats and now brings the total number of those enshrined in Canton to 247.
Here’s a perspective on the class with some footnotes and quotes.
"As it's getting closer, we're all getting nervous. It will be just like my last performance." –Andre Tippett
"I've been accused of being quiet and of not being a man of many words, that's just who I am. I speak when I feel there is a need to. And I'm so speechless right now. I'm not sure what to say right now." – Art Monk during teleconference minutes after his election to the Hall of Fame in February
The Class of 2008 consists of four defensive players (Dean, Green, Thomas and Tippett) which are more than any other class in the Hall’s 45-year history.
Green and Monk were teammates with the Redskins for 11 seasons (1983-1993). Here are some other notable teammates inducted into the Hall of Fame in the same year:
Jackie Slater/Jack Youngblood
, Rams, Class of 2001
Joe Montana/Ronnie Lott
, 49ers, Class of 2000
Tony Dorsett/Randy White
, Cowboys, Class of 1994
Franco Harris/Jack Lambert
, Steelers, Class of 1990
Mel Blount/Terry Bradshaw
, Steelers, Class of 1989
Larry Csonka/Jim Langer
, Dolphins, Class of 1987
Sonny Jurgensen/Bobby Mitchell
, Redskins, Class of 1983
Forrest Gregg/Bart Starr
, Packers, Class of 1977
Raymond Berry/Jim Parker
, Colts, Class of 1973
Notes and Quotes for Class of 2008:
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Fred Dean | Darrell Green | Art Monk | Emmitt Thomas | Andre Tippett | Gary Zimmerman