Wednesday, July 25, 2001
Brown, Lombardi, five others inducted into Hall
By Larry Schwartz
Special to ESPN.com
July 31, 1971
The men generally considered the best running back and the greatest coach in NFL history are among the seven inductees into the Pro Football of Fame.
Former Cleveland Browns running back Jim Brown, who led the NFL in rushing in eight of his nine seasons, is striking in a white knit jump suit. He is more humble than many had reason to expect of a critic of pro football's leaders. After citing the people who helped him the most, including his mother and friends, he says, "The arrogant, bad Jim Brown can give true love when he is with the people he knows and respects."
The late Vince Lombardi won five NFL championships and the first two Super Bowls in his nine seasons as Green Bay Packers coach. "Vince Lombardi did not invent pro football and he did not found the National Football League," says New York Giants president Wellington Mara, Lombardi's presenter. "But he embellished both to a degree that has never been surpassed nor equaled."
Also inducted are Y.A. Tittle and Norm Van Brocklin, Bruiser Kinard, Bill Hewitt and Andy Robustelli.