CANTON, OH – Team owner John York described the night well. ”When you put Steve Young, Joe Montana and Jerry Rice together on stage…that’s what makes it great to be a Forty-Niner,” he said.
The current members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame welcomed seven new members to their elite fraternity on Saturday night at Fawcett Stadium. The 2010 Class adds several elite names of its own. Russ Grimm, Rickey Jackson, Dick LeBeau, Floyd Little, John Randle and the NFL’s all-time leading rusher Emmitt Smith, were joined by the league’s all-time leading receiver, Jerry Rice.
Rice, always concerned with fashion, told the media earlier in the week that he made sure he had his gold jacket tapered. With the same approach he took to his sharp looking uniform during his 20-year career, Rice had to look the part as he went into the Hall of Fame.
“I made a mistake tonight, I have a blue and a black sock on tonight,” Rice told the crowd as he took the podium. “Just joking guys!”
Below are some photos from the induction ceremony:
Jerry Rice: “The fear of failure is the engine that’s driven me my entire life.”
Joe Montana waves to the crowd after being introduced
Jed York takes his seat prior to the ceremony
Eddie DeBartolo: “When he felt perfect on the field, he WAS perfect on the field”
Rickey Jackson played two season with the 49ers
Russ Grimm: “There’s no better feeling than moving a man from point A to point B against his will.”
Former Detroit Lions defensive back/current Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau
Vikings/Seahawks defensive lineman John Randle
For more on the festivities at the Hall of Fame, check out our Jerry Rice Central page.
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