Slater joins Youngblood in Class of 2001

It took thirty extra, excruciatingly long seconds, but Jackie Slater is on his way to Canton.

Updated: January 27, 2001, 7:54 PM ET
By Wayne Drehs | ESPN.com

TAMPA, Fla. -- For about 30 tense seconds Saturday, Jackie Slater was not a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2001.

But after a few moments of mild unrest in a jam-packed interview room and a shuffling of paperwork by Hall of Fame Executive Director John Bankert, that all changed.

"Oh -- and Jackie Slater," he said, after tabbing six other names for the group for 2001. "This is your Class of 2001 for the Pro Football Hall of Fame."

Slater, a first-time ...

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