The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced on Saturday evening that there will be five new members of inducted into the hallowed halls of Canton this August. Four linemen, one running back and one defensive back made it in:
Congratulations Jack Butler, Dermontti Dawson, Chris Doleman, Cortez Kennedy, Curtis Martin, and Willie Roaf! #PFHOF12— Pro Football HOF (@ProFootballHOF) February 4, 2012
Jack Butler was a cornerback for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1950s and made 52 career interceptions. He was the Senior Committee's selection. Dermontti Dawson was a center for the Pittsburgh Steelers during the 1990s. Chris Doleman was defensive end who played mostly with the Vikings and accumulated 150.5 sacks in his career.
Cortez Kennedy played against the Denver Broncos during the 1990s as a defensive tackle for the Seattle Seahawks. He had 58 career sacks. Curtis Martin was a running back for the Patriots and the Jets, finishing with 14,101 rushing yards for fourth all-time. Willie Roaf played offensive tackle for the New Orleans Saints and closed out his career with the Kansas City Chiefs.
For Terrell Davis, Steve Atwater and Karl Mecklenburg must wait for another year of voting to get in. They made it to the semifinals but were cut during finals voting.