Hall of Fame Class of 2009
1965-74 Dallas Cowboys, 1975 San Francisco 49ers
Seventh-round pick in 1964 draft holds the Dallas record for career touchdown catches (71). Won two gold medals, including the 100 meters, at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and became known as the World's Fastest Human. Unmatched speed forced defensive coordinators to implement new coverages such as the bump-and-run and zone. Died Sept. 18, 2002, at 59.
1988-99 Minnesota Vikings, 2000-01 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
First-round pick (19th overall) started 202 consecutive games, including 13 straight playoff games for Minnesota. Selected to a record 12 consecutive Pro Bowls and blocked for six 1,000-yard rushers and five 3,000-yard passers. Named all-pro nine straight times.
1989-99 Kansas City Chiefs
Selected as the fourth player overall in the 1989 draft and won defensive rookie of the year. Had an NFL-record seven sacks in one game in 1990. His 116 1/2 sacks were the most in the 1990s. Finished with 126 1/2 career sacks. Died Feb. 8, 2000, at 33.
Ralph Wilson Jr.
An original founder of the American Football League and former president of the AFL. Bills won two AFL titles and went to four straight Super Bowls under his ownership. Buffalo won 103 regular season games in the 1990s during his tenure. Helped orchestrate AFL-NFL merger.
1987-96 Pittsburgh Steelers, 1997 San Francisco 49ers, 1998-2001 Baltimore Raves, 2002-03 Oakland Raiders
First-round pick (10th overall) in 1987 draft was voted to the NFL's 75th anniversary team and the all-decade team of the 1990s. NFL defensive player of the year in 1993. First all-time in interception return yards (1,483). Selected to 11 Pro Bowls and voted first-team all-pro six times.