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Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of '03

August 03, 2003

Marcus Allen


NFL career: 1982-92, Los Angeles Raiders; 1993-97, Kansas City Chiefs. 16 seasons, 222 games.

Notes: Raiders' first-round draft pick (10th player overall) 1982 draft. All-America and 1981 Heisman Trophy winner, NFL rookie of the year in strike-shortened 1982 season. ... Excelled as runner, receiver, blocker. ... Rushed for 191 yards and 2 TDs in 1984 Super Bowl, named game's MVP. ... Gained 1,000-plus yards in a season three consecutive years. ... Rushed for career-best 1,759 yards in 1985.


Elvin Bethea


NFL career: 1968-83 Houston Oilers. 16 seasons, 210 games.

Notes: Oilers' third-round draft pick (77th player overall) 1968 draft. ... Durable, didn't miss a game until breaking arm Nov. 13, 1977. ... When he retired, held three team records relating to career service: most seasons (16), most regular-season games played (210), most consecutive regular-season games played (135). ... Played in eight Oiler playoff games. ... Although not an official NFL statistic until 1982, unofficial 105-career sack total still ranks as team best, as are the 16 sacks in 1973. Led team in sacks six times. ... Recorded 4 sacks and fumble recovery in best single game performance vs. San Diego in 1976. ... Even though 1974 was first year such statistics were compiled by Oilers, his 691-career tackles still among best in franchise history. ... Selected to play in eight Pro Bowls, 1970, 1972-1976, 1979-80. ... All-AFC 1971-72, 1974, 1978. ... All-Pro (second team) 1973, 1975, 1978-79.


Hank Stram


NFL career: 1960-74 Dallas Texans/Kansas City Chiefs; 1976-77 New Orleans Saints. 17 seasons, 238 games.

Notes: Regular season record: 131-97-10. Postseason record: 5-3, Overall record: 136-100-10. ... Hired as first head coach of Dallas Texans (Texans moved to Kansas City, renamed Chiefs, 1963) of new American Football League, 1960. ... Won 1962, 1966, 1969 AFL championships. ... Led Chiefs to two Super Bowl appearances, losing to Green Bay in 1967 Super Bowl, beating Minnesota in 1970 Super Bowl. ... Only coach in AFL history to take a team to two Super Bowls. ... Recorded most wins by a team during 10-year history of AFL. ... Led 1971 Chiefs to AFC Western Division championship. ... Developed "moving pocket," using talents of quarterback Len Dawson, devised "two tight end offense" and "stack defense." ... Excellent evaluator of talent, five Stram-coached Chiefs players are members of Hall of Fame. ... Named AFL coach of the year in 1968.


Joe DeLamielleure

GUARD 6-3, 254

NFL career: 1973-79, 1985 Buffalo Bills. 1980-84 Cleveland Browns, 13 seasons, 185 games.

Notes: All-America and three-time All-Big Ten performer at Michigan State. Bills' first-round pick (26th player overall) in 1973 draft. Won all-rookie honors. ... Durable, played in 185 consecutive games. Starter from the first game as rookie and started every game for eight seasons in Buffalo before being traded to Cleveland in 1980. ... Most honored member of the Bills' famed "Electric Company" offensive line. Effective pass blocker who rarely allowed opponent to disrupt team's pass plays. ... Best known as lead blocker for O.J. Simpson, NFL's first 2,000-yard rusher, 1973. ... Selected All-Pro and All-AFC 1975-80. Named to six Pro Bowls, 1976-81. NFL Players Assn. named him offensive lineman of the year, 1975. Named to NFL's 1970s All-Decade Team.


James Lofton


NFL career: 1978-86 Green Bay Packers; 1987-88 Los Angeles Raiders; 1989-92 Buffalo Bills; 1993 Los Angeles Rams; 1993 Philadelphia Eagles. 16 seasons, 233 games.

Notes: An Academic All-America at Stanford. Selected by Green Bay in first round (sixth player overall) of 1978 draft. ... Nine times he recorded more than 50 receptions in a season. ... Was the first NFL player to score a touchdown in three different decades. ... In 16 seasons, he caught 764 passes for 14,004 yards -- an NFL record at the time of his retirement -- and 75 touchdowns. ... Lofton's 43 games with 100-plus receiving yardage was third best at time of retirement. ... Led Packers in receptions each year except one (1979). Six times gained more than 1,000 yards receiving in a season.

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