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Pro Football Hall Of Fame Class Of 2003

January 26, 2003

Marcus Allen

Position: Running back.

Height, Weight: 6-2, 210.

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

Notes: Raiders' first-round pick (10th player overall) in 1982 draft. All-American and 1981 Heisman Trophy winner at USC, NFL rookie of year in strike-shortened 1982 season.... Rushed for 191 yards and two touchdowns in 1984 Super Bowl, selected game's MVP.... Rushed for 1,759 yards, the most in his NFL career, in 1985.... First player in NFL to rush for 10,000-plus yards and catch passes for 5,000.... Considered one of the game's best goal-line and short-yardage runners.... Gained 12,243 yards rushing, 5,411 yards receiving, and scored 145 touchdowns during career.... At time of retirement held single-season record for yards rushing and receiving combined (2,314), second in consecutive 100-yard games, and was third in combined yardage for career.... All-AFC 1982, 1984, 1985 and 1993.... Selected to play in six Pro Bowls: 1983, 1985-88, 1994.

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Elvin Bethea

Position: Defensive end.

Height, Weight: 6-2, 260.

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

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

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Joe DeLamielleure

Position: Offensive guard.

Height, Weight: 6-3, 254.

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

Notes: All-American and three-time All-Big Ten performer at Michigan State. Bills' first-round pick (26th player overall) in 1973 draft. Won all-rookie honors.... 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 2000-yard rusher, 1973.... Selected All-Pro and All-AFC 1975-80. Selected to six Pro Bowls, 1976-81. NFL Players' Assn. chose him offensive lineman of the year, 1975. Named to the NFL's all-decade team for the 1970s.

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James Lofton

Position: Wide receiver.

Height, Weight: 6-3, 192.

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-American at Stanford as well as track star. 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 decades.... In 16 seasons, he caught 764 passes for 14,004 yards -- an NFL record when he retired -- and 75 touchdowns.... Lofton's 43 games with 100-plus yards receiving was third best at time of retirement.... Six times he gained more than 1,000 yards receiving in a season.... At 35, became the oldest player to have more than 1,000 yards receiving in a season.... All-Pro four times, All-NFC three times and was selected to play in eight Pro Bowls.

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Hank Stram

NFL coaching 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, beating Minnesota in 1970.... 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 Chief players are in Hall of Fame.... Named AFL coach of the year in 1968.

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