The 2015 Hall of Fame class was announced Saturday.
Junior Seau is a first-ballot Hall of Famer, and deserving so.
He played a total of 20 years in the NFL, made 12 Pro Bowls, and was an eight-time All-Pro. Seau appeared 268 games and recorded 1,522 tackles, 56.5 sacks and 18 interceptions.
Unfortunately, Seau committed suicide after he shot himself in chest back in 2012 at the age of 43.
Will Shields was a third-round pick of the Kansas City Chiefs back in 1993.
Amazingly enough, Shields never missed a game in his 14 seasons with the Chiefs and was a 12-time Pro Bowl selection.
This has been a long time coming for Raiders WR Tim Brown, who has been eligible for election since 2010.
The Raiders used the No. 6 overall pick of 1988 NFL Draft on Brown. He would go on to make nine Pro Bowls and finish his career with 1,094 receptions for 14,934 yards receiving and 100 career receiving touchdowns.
Charles Haley will enter the Hall of Fame as a member of the 2015 class.
He was taken in the fourth-round of the 1986 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers.
Haley finished his NFL career with an impressive five Super Bowl rings — two with the Niners, three with the Cowboys — which happens to be a record.
He also made five Pro Bowls and was a two-time All-Pro section. Haley finished his career with 100.5 sacks over the course of 169 games.
Jerome Bettis made the announcement via Twitter that he was among the inductees in this year’s Hall of Fame class.
So happy to be amongst the games greatest players!! My Family and I are truly honored and blessed!
— Jerome Bettis (@JeromeBettis36) February 1, 2015
Bettis was taken with the No. 10 overall pick back in 1993 by the St. Louis Rams. However, he was later traded to the Steelers a few years later.
He’s currently the NFL’s sixth-leading rusher of all-time with 13,662 yards and was a six-time Pro Bowl selection. Bettis also helped the Steelers win a Super Bowl title before retiring in 2006.
Bettis finally makes the cut in his fifth year of being eligibility.
Ron Wolf is the first “contributor” to make the Hall of Fame.
Wolf spent 23 years of his career with the Oakland and helped them win nine division titles and played in eight Championship Games and three Super Bowls.
He later took the job as the GM of the expansion Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Wolf’s first stint as GM didn’t go so well as he oversaw a team that went 0-16.
However, Wolf’s greatest achievement may have been the resurrection of the Green Bay Packers.
During his time as GM of the Packers, Wolf helped them go 101-57 (includes playoffs) and appear in two Super Bowls, which includes a title in 1996.
Former Colts and Bills GM Bill Polian is also in the 2015 Hall of Fame class.
Polian has spent 32 years in the NFL working for the Colts, Bills, Chiefs, and Panthers.
He helped the Bills make it to three straight Super Bowls before leaving after the 1992 season. Polian later became president/GM of Colts in 1998 and helped them win eight division titles and Super Bowl XLI.
Polian is a six-time NFL Executive of the Year.
Mick Tingelhoff is this year’s senior candidate.
He played center for the Minnesota Vikings, which included a consecutive games streak of 240. Tingelhoff also helped the Vikings appear in four Super Bowls during the 1970’s and made six Pro Bowls to go along with five first-team All-Pro teams.