Fri, Aug 01, 2014
CANTON, OH -- Four of the seven members of the 2014 class inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame passed through Mobile, AL, and the Reese's Senior Bowl. Derrick Brooks, Claude Humphrey, Michael Strahan and Aeneas Williams were inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, OH, on August 2.
The foursome pushed the number of former Senior Bowl standouts in the Pro Football Hall of Fame to 42. Here's a look at the Senior Bowlers in the 2014 Hall of Fame Class:
A four-year letterman and three-time All-American at Florida State, the Pensacola, FL, native was the 28th overall pick in the 1995 NFL Draft to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He never missed a game in his 14-season career, of which he was a Pro Bowl selection 11 times. He was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2002 when he led the Bucs with 173 tackles and grabbed a career-high five interceptions.
He was a key part of the Tampa defense when it won Super Bowl XXXVII. He registered three tackles, one pass defensed and one key interception that he returned 44 yards for a touchdown in the vicotry over the Oakland Raiders.
Brooks joined the Senior Bowl Hall of Fame in 2004.
Humphrey, who represented Tennessee State in the 1968 Senior Bowl, was the Atlanta Falcon's first round selection (3rd overall) and immediately made an impact, recording 11.5 sacks as a rookie to garner NFL AP Defensive Rookie of the Year honors. During he decade with the Falcons he recorded a franchise-record 94.5 sacks.
After briefly retiring in 1978, he returned to play three more seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, recording 27.5 sacks over that span.
Coming to the Senior Bowl from tiny Texas Southern, Strahan was a second-round pick of the New York Giants in 1993. He would go on to lead the NFL in sacks twice (2001, 2003), retiring with 141.5 total sacks, good for fifth on the all-time list. His 22.5 sacks in 2001 set a new NFL record for sacks in one season.
He was a seven-time Pro Bowl selection and was a Super Bowl champ (XLII). He is a member of the 2006 Senior Bowl Hall of Fame class.
A recent inductee into the Senior Bowl Hall of Fame (2013), Williams played in the 1991 Senior Bowl and was a third-round pick of the Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals a few months later. It was a good pick. Over the next 12 seasons, Williams was considered one of the top defensive backs in the league, garnering eight Pro Bowl appearances and earning a spot on the NFL’s All-Decade team in the 1990s.
Williams played 10 years with the Arizona Cardinals before finishing his career with the Rams in St. Louis, where he retired in 2005 as one of the most dominating defensive backs to ever play the game. Over his career he accumulated a staggering 12 defensive touchdowns (nine off interceptions, three fumbles recovered for touchdowns).
He had 55 career interceptions, recovered 23 fumbles and gained 1,075 total defensive return yards (807 from interceptions and 268 from fumbles – which is still an NFL record).