NFL HALL OF FAME

2023-02-10 · 4 min read · NFL/Football
Ronde Barber and Darrelle Revis

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Defense rules the 2023 list of inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Nine newcomers will have their names enshrined in Canton later this year as the NFL unveiled the individuals headed to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The 2023 class is mainly a defensive one with some outstanding corners, a tackling beast and a scary good pass rusher among others.
Here is a look at those lucky nine individuals and why they made it into the Hall of Fame.
Ronde Barber
The twin brother of Tiki is the only player in NFL history with over 40 interceptions and 25 sacks in his career.
A Tampa Bay Buccaneers legend, he was a part of their first Super Bowl in the 2002 season and is the all-time franchise leader in picks (47) and defensive touchdowns (12), spending his entire career in Tampa.
Darrelle Revis
The most preeminent cornerback of his generation is a first-ballot Hall of Famer, being named a four-time First-Team All-Pro, playing a starring role on one of the most formidable defensive units in the league in the 2010s under Rex Ryan.
Revis had 95 passes defensed in his first five NFL campaigns, won a Super Bowl with the Patriots in 2014 and ended his career with 29 picks and 139 defended passes while being named to the All-Decade Team in the 2010s.
Joe Thomas
The Browns ironman logged over 10,000 consecutive offensive snaps for them and started 167 games straight in Cleveland at left tackle.
He played with 22 different QBs over his career, including 20 starters, while he is one of only five players in NFL history to be named to the Pro Bowl in each of his first 10 seasons.
Zach Thomas
In his 10th year of eligibility, the former Miami Dolphins linebacker finally got the call to go to Canton.
Out of the gate, he was one of the toughest at his position, finishing second in Defensive Rookie of the Year voting to Simeon Rice.
This 5-foot-11 stalwart had 1,181 tackles in the 2000s, third most behind Ray Lewis and London Fletcher, while he finished his pro career with 1,734 tackles, the fifth most all-time, plus 20.5 sacks, 17 interceptions, six of which were returned for touchdowns.
DeMarcus Ware
Ware was one of the fiercest pass rushers of his era, with the former Broncos and Cowboys standout posting the ninth-most quarterback sacks in league history (138.5), including 117 for America’s Team, the most ever for that storied franchise.
He was critical to the Broncos’ Super Bowl triumph in the 2015 season with two sacks on Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton in the big game, while he was named to the Pro Bowl nine times as a player.
Don Coryell
The late Coryell was the architect of one of the most famous offenses the league has ever seen, as the “Air Coryell” attack with the San Diego Chargers enabled them to reach back-to-back AFC Championship games with a vertical passing attack.
As head coach of the Arizona Cardinals and Chargers, he had a record of 111-83-1 with six playoff appearances.
Chuck Howley
At last, this iconic former Cowboys linebacker will be fitted for a gold jacket as one of the original Dallas superstars is the only player in Super Bowl history to be named the MVP of the big game in a losing effort.
He was part of the Cowboys’ triumph in Super Bowl VI and was also a five-time First-Team All-Pro, and a six-time Pro Bowler.
Joe Klecko
As a member of the New York Sack Exchange, Klecko terrorized opposing QBs going from a sixth-round pick in 1977 to the sack leader in 1981 (20.5).
He was a four-time Pro Bowl player, adept at defensive end or tackle, with an unofficial total of 78 sacks in 155 games.
Ken Riley
As one of the outstanding original Cincinnati Bengals, Riley had at least one interception in every season of his career, playing all of his 15 years as a pro in Cincy.
With 65 picks, he is tied for the fifth-most all-time in league history and was posthumously inducted into the Bengals Ring of Honor.
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