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Thumbnail sketches of Hall of Fame members

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Thumbnail sketches of those elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame:

George Allen
Coach ... 1966-1970 Los Angeles Rams, 1971-1977 Washington Redskins... 12 seasons, 168 games ... Regular season record: 116-47-5 ... Post season record: 2-7-0 ... Overall record 118-54-5 ... Ranked 10th in NFL history at the time of his retirement ... Never had a losing season in 12 years as NFL head coach ... Compiled a 49-17-4 regular-season record in five seasons with Rams ... 67-30-1 regular-season mark in seven seasons with the Redskins ... Guided Rams to playoffs twice before losing conference playoff games in 1967, 1969 ... Led Redskins to five playoff appearances ... 1972 Redskins compiled 11-3-0 record... Defeated Dallas for 1972 NFC Championship, but lost Super Bowl to undefeated Dolphins ... Coach of the Year honors in 1967, 1971 ... Coached in the USFL (1983-84) for two seasons and posted a 22-14 record.

Dave Casper
Tight End ... 1974-1980 Oakland Raiders, 1980-1983 Houston Oilers, 1983 Minnesota Vikings, 1984 Los Angeles Raiders ... 11 seasons, 147 games ... Used primarily on special teams first two seasons ... Nicknamed "The Ghost," earned starting tight end spot in 1976 and finished season with impressive 53 catches for 691 yards and 10 TDs ... Outstanding play contributed to Raiders success and 32-14 victory over Vikings in the 1977 Super Bowl ... Outstanding blocker as well as receiver ... Traded to Oilers midway through 1980 season for a first and two second-round draft picks ... Named All-Pro and All-AFC four consecutive years (1976-1979) ... Selected to play in five Pro Bowls, 1977 through 1981.

Dan Hampton
Defensive Tackle/Defensive End ... 1979-1990 Chicago Bears ... 12 seasons, 157 games ... Selected by Bears in first round (4th overall) in 1979 NFL Draft ... Nicknamed "Danimal" for ferocious style of play ... Impact player as a rookie with 70 tackles, 48 solo, two fumble recoveries, two sacks, and one forced fumble ... 1980 led team with 11.5 sacks, his 73 tackles were most by Bears lineman ... In strike-shortened 1982 season, led team with nine sacks and was second in tackles with 71 ... Equaled career high 11{ sacks in 1984 ... Was a major contributor on 1985 Bears defense that allowed just 198 points and shut out both playoff opponents leading up to 46-10 victory over Patriots in 1986 Super Bowl ... A versatile player, played both DT and DE positions ... Despite numerous injuries and surgeries, was first- or second-team All-Pro choice six times.

Jim Kelly
Quarterback ... 1986-1996 Buffalo Bills ... Selected by Bills in first round (14th overall) 1983 draft ... Originally signed with the Houston Gamblers of the USFL ... Joined Bills just prior to start of 1986 season ... Became the fourth fastest quarterback in the history of the NFL to reach 30,000 yards passing ... Passed for more than 3,000 yards in season eight times ... Highly competitive, durable ... Mastered the "no-huddle" offense that became a Bills' trademark ... Led Bills to unprecedented four straight Super Bowl appearances ... At time of his retirement his 35,467 career passing yards ranked 10th; 2,874 completions ranked eighth; 237 TDs ranked 13th ... Led NFL in passing, 1990, posting a 101.2 passer rating, only the fifth QB to maintain a rating over 100 since system was introduced in 1973 ... Led AFC in passing again in 1991 ... Holds every major Bills' passing record ... Named to four Pro Bowls (1988, 1991-1993) ... All-Pro 1991, All-Pro second team 1990, 1992 ... In two years (1984-85) with USFL he completed 713 of 1,154 passes (63.3 pct) for 9,842 yards and 83 TDs. Was the USFL's MVP in 1984.

John Stallworth
Wide Receiver ... 1974-1987 Pittsburgh Steelers ... 14 seasons, 165 games ... Career statistics: 537 receptions for 8,723 yards, 63 TDs ... 64th touchdown scored on 47-yard lateral ... Played in six AFC championship games, four Super Bowls ... Scored winning TD on 73-yard reception in the 1980 Super Bowl ... Holds Super Bowl records for career average per catch (24.4 yards), single game average (40.33) in the 1980 Super Bowl ... Had 12 TD receptions, 17 straight games with reception in post-season play ... All-Pro, 1979... All-AFC, 1979, 1984 ... Played in four Pro Bowl games ... Two-time Steeler MVP ... Had 67-game pass-receiving streak, 1977-1982 ... At time of retirement, held Steelers' team records for career, single-season receptions, career reception yardage ... Second to Franco Harrris in total TDs scored ... Led AFC in receiving yardage, 1984 ... NFL Comeback Player of the Year, 1984.