Daily Archives: August 3rd, 2011

NFL Hall of Fame welcomes new class

Les Richter and Bruce Long (author), 1959.
Les Richter… Image via Wikipedia

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On Saturday August 6, six players will be inducted into pro football’s Hall of Fame. The six: Richard Dent, Marshall Faulk, Chris Hanburger, Les Richter, Deion Sanders and Shannon Sharpe.

With his induction, Richter joins a unique group: Richter played in 112 NFL games, fourth fewest of those players in the Hall of Fame. Gale Sayers tops the list with only 68 NFL games played in his Hall of Fame career.

Following are the NFL Hall of Famers who played in the fewest number of games in their career.

NFL games     Player, position, last season

68                              Gale Sayers, RB, 1971

104                            Paul Hornung, RB, 1966

109                            Kellen Winslow, TE, 1987

112                            Les Richter, LB, 1962

114                            Dwight Stephenson, C, 1987

115                            Lynn Swann, WR, 1982

115                            Earl Campbell, RB, 1985

117                            Floyd Little, RB, 1975

118                            Jim Brown, FB, 1965

119                            Bob St. Clair, T, 1963

119                           Mike McCormick, T, 1962

119                           Dick Butkus, LB, 1973

119                           Billy Shaw, G, 1969

Here’s a look at the positions played by the 239 players enshrined in the Football Hall of Fame:

Offensive Line: 51

Running Backs: 50

Defensive Line: 29

Wide Receivers: 28

Quarterbacks: 26

Defensive Backs: 24

Linebackers: 22

Tight Ends: 8

Kickers: 1

Note: Here’s a quick trivia question. Can you name the four Hall of Fame quarterbacks who never made the All-Pro first team in their career? Answer: Roger Staubach, Troy Aikman, Warren Moon and John Elway.