(CANTON, Ohio) — Receiver Andre Reed, defensive ends Michael Strahan and Claude Humphrey, defensive back Aeneas Williams, linebacker Derrick Brooks, offensive tackle Walter Jones and punter Ray Guy were all inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday night.
Reed, who played in four Super Bowls with the Bills in the 90’s, reflected on playing with quarterback Jim Kelly.
“I wanted the ball every single time,” Reed said while talking to Kelly who was in the audience. “I wanted you to be proud of me and know that you could count on me at any time. You know our old saying bro…12 plus 83 always equals six.”
Strahan, who is fifth in the NFL in career sacks, explained how his dad helped him transform from a huskie child into a football player.
“He didn’t know about about the weight lifting part,” Strahan said of his father who would go to the gym with him. “But Muscle and Fitness or whatever it was that he took these programs out of I can’t read one to this day because of that. I remember being in the gym and I didn’t want to be there, and my dad looked at me and said, ‘son, one day it will pay off.’ And dad I’ve got to say it payed off.”
Ray Guy became the first punter ever inducted into the Hall.
“It’s been a long, long overdue but now the Hall of Fame has a complete team,” Guy said.
Aeneas Williams played 14 seasons split between the Cardinals and the Rams.
“If you would have told me, ‘Aeneas, you have to the potential to be one of the best cornerbacks,’ I would have thought you were crazy and hit you with my right hand,” Williams said. “I’ll just take a moment to soak this all in.”
Derrick Brooks is a former Defensive Player of the Year who won the Super Bowl in 2002 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Walter Jones played his entire 12-year career for the Seahawks and made nine Pro Bowls.
Claude Humphrey was a six-time Pro Bowl selection.
“Now they tell me I only had 10 minutes up here, but let me start off by telling you that I’ve waited 30 years to get to this podium, so don’t rush me guys,” Humphrey said.
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