Back in September I wrote that it has been long over due that Notre Dame legends Tim Brown and Jerome Bettis be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. On Saturday night, both Irish greats had their long wait for election to the HOF end when the pair was officially named as members of the 2015 Hall of Fame Class.
Brown and Bettis join a 2015 class that as includes the late Junior Seau, Charles Haley, Will Shields, and Mike Tinglehoff and executives Ron Wolf and Bill Polian (father of former Notre Dame assistant coach Brian Polian). Brown and Bettis had been finalists before but were edged out in previous years. That was not the case this year.
For Brown, the life-long Raider saw fellow wide receivers such as Andre Reed, Michael Irvin, and Cris Carter gain admittance to the Hall in recent years while Bettis watched former running backs Marshall Faulk and Curtis Martin have their names called before his. Fortunately for both, however, their waits over and both will be enshrined into the Hall of Fame this summer.
With Brown and Bettis slatted for enshrinement, Notre Dame is now tied with bitter rival Southern Cal for the most former players with 12. Notre Dame’s 10 other players include: Nick Buoniconti , Dave Casper , George Connor* , Paul Hornung , Earl (Curly) Lambeau , John (Blood) McNally* , Wayne Millner , Joe Montana , Alan Page , George Trafton.
Bettis took to Twitter after being included in the 2015 class.
So happy to be amongst the games greatest players!! My Family and I are truly honored and blessed!
— Jerome Bettis (@JeromeBettis36) February 1, 2015
It didn’t take Tim Brown long to post a message to his Twitter as well.
Hey everybody, just wanted to say thanks for all the well wishes! This is an incredible moment. Thanks for all the support over the years!
— Tim Brown (@81TimBrown) February 1, 2015
Both Brown and Bettis are no-brainer hall of famers after the impressive NFL careers they both posted – Brown with the Raiders and Bettis with the Rams and Steelers and as I said in September, their election was no overdue.
Here are just a few stats from each that clearly show their Hall of Fame worthiness.
Jerome Bettis Career Accomplishments:
- 6th All-Time in career rushing yards
- 10th All-Time in career rushing touchdowns
- 20th All-Time in career yards from scrimmage
- 6x NFL Pro-Bowler
- 2x NFL 1st Team All-Pro
- 1993 NFL Rookie of the Year
- Just 41 career fumbles (182nd all-time) despite having the 4th most touches in NFL history
Tim Brown Career Accomplishments:
- 5th All-Time in career receptions
- 6th All-Time in career receiving yards
- 7th All-Time in career receiving touchdowns
- 19th All-Time in career yards from scrimmage
- 1990’s All-Decade Team
- 9x NFL Pro-Bowler
Details for the induction ceremonies are not finalized yet but they will take place in August at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio during the Hall of Fame weekend that kicks off the NFL Pre-Season each year.