CANTON, OHIO, FEB. 2 -- Mike Ditka said it really wasn't fair to have had as much fun as he did playing football and still be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The Chicago Bears coach was elected today along with Fred Biletnikoff, Jack Ham and Alan Page.

Their induction here July 30 will bring the number enshrined to 144.

"Mind-boggling," said Ditka, who played 12 NFL years as a tight end.

"A big, big thrill for me," said Biletnikoff, a flanker with the Oakland Raiders famed for his timing and exacting pass routes.

"I'm ecstatic," said Ham, a star of the Pittsburgh Steelers' "Steel Curtain" defense during four Super Bowl victories in the 1970s.

Page, a cornerstone at tackle on the Minnesota Vikings' "Purple People Eaters" defense, said, "{My} whole career was a highlight."

Ditka is the first pure tight end ever elected to the Hall. Biletnikoff is the fifth Raider to win the honor. Ham is the second player from the Steelers' dominant years to be honored, following "Mean Joe" Greene. Page is the second Viking, joining Fran Tarkenton.

Ditka, 48, out of the University of Pittsburgh, was NFL rookie of the year in 1961 after catching 56 passes for 1,076 yards and 12 touchdowns. Three years later, he had 75 catches, a record for tight ends that stood 16 years.

Biletnikoff, 45 this month and an assistant coach with Calgary in the Canadian Football League, spent 14 years at flanker with the Raiders and caught 589 passes for 8,974 yards and 76 touchdowns. His 70 catches for 1,167 yards and 10 touchdowns in 19 postseason games stood as records at his retirement. He played in three AFL and five AFC championship games, and in Super Bowls II and XI.

Ham, 39, an outside linebacker from Penn State finished a 12-year career with 25 1/2 sacks, 21 fumble recoveries and 32 interceptions.

"It's a great feeling to be selected into the Hall of Fame with players who are the all-time greats and especially to follow the all-time great, who I think is Joe Greene," said Ham, a salesman for a coal company and a radio analyst on NFL games.

Page, 42, is a native of Canton, home of the Hall of Fame. In 1971, he became the first defensive player named NFL most valuable player. He was the NFC defensive player of the year four times.

Page, now a staff lawyer for the Minnesota attorney general's office, said of his selection, "I don't know if it's about time, but it's certainly a nice time."

He played 238 games for the Vikings and Bears, with 16 playoff games and four Super Bowls. Unofficial statistics show Page blocked 28 kicks and had 164 sacks during his 15 seasons. In 1976, he had a career-high 21 1/2 sacks. He never missed a game.

New members of the Hall of Fame are elected annually by a 29-member board made up of media representatives from every league city and the president of the Pro Football Writers of America. An affirmative vote of approximately 80 percent is needed for election.

Falling short in a list of seven finalists were Bob Griese, Art Shell and Lou Rymkus.