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Canton's Class of 2005

Source: Pro Football Hall of Fame

Sunday, February 6, 2005; Page E13

Benny Friedman

Quarterback

5 feet 10, 183 pounds



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NFL career: 1927 Cleveland Bulldogs, 1928 Detroit Wolverines, 1929-1931 New York Giants, 1932-1934 Brooklyn Dodgers.

Notes: Senior nominee. . . . NFL's first great passer. . . . Passed for a league-record 11 touchdowns as a rookie in 1927. . . . Set another record with 20 TDs in 1929. . . . Led league in touchdown passes for four consecutive years (1927-1930). . . . His 66 career touchdown passes was an NFL record for years. . . . Although official statistics were not kept, he is believed to have completed more than half his passes at a time when 35 percent was considered a very good performance. . . . In 1928, he led the league in rushing touchdowns and touchdown passes; no other player has accomplished that. . . . During his first four pro seasons, Friedman earned first-team all-NFL honors.

Dan Marino

Quarterback

6 foot 4, 218 pounds

NFL career: 1983-1999 Miami Dolphins.

Notes: Miami's first-round pick (27th overall) of the 1983 draft. . . . Five other quarterbacks, including Hall of Famers Jim Kelly and John Elway, were taken before Marino. . . . Most prolific passer in NFL history with 4,967 completions, 8,358 attempts for 61,343 yards and 420 TDs. . . . Was rookie of the year in 1983. . . . In 1984, became first player to pass for 5,000 yards in a season (5,084) and a then-record 48 TDs. He set six league records and was league MVP. . . . In the 1984 AFC championship, Marino passed for 421 yards and threw four touchdowns in the Dolphins' 45-28 shootout win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, earning his first and only trip to the Super Bowl. . . . By the end of the 1995 season he had supplanted Hall of Fame quarterback Fran Tarkenton as the career passing leader in attempts, completions, yards and touchdowns.

Fritz Pollard

Running Back/Coach

5 foot 9, 165 pounds

Pro career: 1919-1921, 1925-1926 Akron Pros, 1922 Milwaukee Badgers, 1923, 1925 Hammond Pros, 1923-1924 Gilberton Cadamounts (independent pro team), 1925 Providence Steam Roller.

Notes: A two-time all-American halfback from Brown, Pollard turned pro in 1919 after service during World War I. In 1920, Pollard led the Pros to an undefeated (8-0-3) season and won the American Professional Football Association's first title. Pollard immediately earned a place in pro football history as one of only two blacks in the new league. In 1921, he became the first black head coach in NFL history when the Pros named him co-coach of the team. . . . He played for and sometimes coached four different NFL teams. . . . In 1928, Pollard organized and coached the Chicago Black Hawks, an all black professional team.

Steve Young

Quarterback

6 foot 2, 205 pounds

NFL career: 1985-1986 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1987-1999 San Francisco 49ers.

Notes: Bucs' first-round pick of 1984 supplemental draft after spending two seasons in the United States Football League. . . . Traded to 49ers in 1987 where he served as the backup to Hall of Famer Joe Montana. . . . Young stepped into the starting role in 1991 after Montana suffered an injury. He passed for 2,517 yards and 17 touchdowns to post a league high 101.8 passer rating and the first of four straight passing titles. . . . He and Sammy Baugh are only QBs to win six NFL passing titles. . . . Set then-record 112.8 passer rating in 1994. . . . Threw for six TDs, was MVP in San Francisco's 49-26 win over the San Diego Chargers in the 1995 Super Bowl. . . . Career statistics include 33,124 yards and 232 TDs passing, also rushed for 4,239 yards and 43 TDs. . . . A left-hander, he threw for 3,000 or more yards six times and had 20 or more touchdown passes in a season five times, and posted a passer rating of 100 or higher six times.


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