The Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame Class of 2024 was introduced on the NFL Honors in Las Vegas on Thursday night time, and as at all times, it is a star-studded group.
Let’s check out who shall be getting their gold jacket, and extra importantly, a gold bust that may stay in Canton, Ohio without end.
DE Dwight Freeney
The Indianapolis Colts legend, who was chosen eleventh total within the 2002 NFL Draft out of Syracuse, was a seven-time Professional Bowler and first-team All-Professional thrice over his 16 NFL seasons.
Whereas he did play for the San Diego Chargers, Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks, Freeney’s 11 years in a Colts uniform made him a staple within the Midwest. He collected 107.5 of his 125.5 sacks in Indy, whereas being a pivotal piece of the Colts’ Tremendous Bowl XLI championship crew.
Freeney completed his profession with 148 quarterback hits and 128 tackles for loss, whereas forcing 47 fumbles, which ties him for third on the NFL’s all-time checklist.
WR Andre Johnson
A feared huge receiver with the Houston Texans, Johnson surpassed 1,000 yards seven instances in his 14 NFL seasons, whereas main the NFL in receptions twice (2006, 2008). He is just one of three NFL huge receivers to guide the NFL in receiving yards in consecutive seasons throughout the Tremendous Bowl period, with now-fellow Corridor of Famers Calvin Johnson and Jerry Rice doing in order effectively.
Johnson additionally performed for the Colts and Tennessee Titans in his 193 video games. He totaled 14,185 yards on 1,062 profession receptions with 70 landing catches.
PR/KR/WR Devin Hester
Merely put, Hester is likely to be the most effective returner within the historical past of soccer. His greatest participant is arguably the opening kickoff from Tremendous Bowl XLI, which he took to the home, albeit in a shedding effort. He holds the NFL data with 20 touchdowns on particular groups in a profession, 14 of which got here on punts (additionally a report).
He returned 4 punts and two kicks for touchdowns in 2007, probably the most ever in a season. Eleven of his particular groups touchdowns got here in his first two NFL seasons, in 2006 and 2007. In 2013 and 2014, he led the NFL in yardage on kick returns with 1,436 and 1,128 yards, respectively.
LB Randy Gradishar
Gradishar made the Professional Bowl in seven of his 10 seasons within the Broncos’ Orange Crush protection. The 1978 Defensive Participant of the Yr, Gradishar was a two-time First-team All-Professional, and his 2,049 (unofficial) tackles are the second-most in NFL historical past.
LB Patrick Willis
He might have walked away from the sport early within the eyes of NFL followers, however Willis’ affect with the San Francisco 49ers as their chief at center linebacker was Corridor of Fame worthy.
All of Willis’ eight seasons got here within the Bay Space, the place he instantly made his affect with 174 tackles to guide the NFL in 2007. He additionally received AP Defensive Rookie of the Yr that season.
Willis went on to gather 950 mixed tackles, 20.5 sacks, eight interceptions and 16 pressured fumbles over his profession.
DE Steve McMichael
“Mongo” as he’s extensively identified, McMichael was twice a first-team All-Professional and received Tremendous Bowl XX with the Chicago Bears.
McMichael’s spouse, Misty, was in Vegas in honor of her husband, who’s batting ALS.
DE Julius Peppers
Peppers made 9 Professional Bowls whereas spending 10 of his 17 Corridor of Fame seasons with the Carolina Panthers. Peppers instantly made his mark on the league, profitable the Defensive Rookie of the Yr in 2002 after being the second pick of UNC (the place he additionally performed basketball).
Peppers racked up 159.5 sacks, deflected 82 passes, and compelled 52 fumbles.
After spending seven years with the Chicago Bears, and three with the Inexperienced Bay Packers, Peppers went again to Carolina for 2 extra seasons. Peppers missed simply six video games in his profession.