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Saturday, January 25, 2003
Pro Football Hall of Fame bios

Associated Press

Here are bios for the five members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2003:

Player Notes
Marcus Allen
Pos: Running back
Ht./Wt.: 6-2, 210
College: Southern California.
NFL: 1982-92, Los Angeles Raiders; 1993-97, Kansas City Chiefs. 16 seasons, 222 games.
Born: March 26, 1960, at San Diego.
Raiders' first-round pick (10th player overall), 1982 draft. All-American and 1981 Heisman Trophy winner, NFL rookie of the year in strike-shortened 1982 season. ... Excelled as runner, receiver, blocker. ... Rushed for 191 yards and 2 TDs in 1984 Super Bowl, named game's MVP. ... Gained 1,000-plus yards in a season three consecutive years. ... Rushed for career-best 1,759 yards in 1985. ... First player in NFL history to rush for 10,000-plus yards and catch passes for 5,000 more. ... Gained 12,243 yards rushing, 5,411 yards receiving, and scored 145 touchdowns during career.
Elvin Bethea
Pos: Defensive end
Ht./Wt.: 6-2, 260
College: North Carolina A&T.
NFL: 1968-83 Houston Oilers. 16 seasons, 210 games.
Born: March 1, 1946, at Trenton, N.J.
Oilers' third-round draft pick (77th player overall) 1968 draft. ... Durable, didn't miss a game until breaking arm Nov. 13, 1977. ... When he retired, held career team records for seasons (16), regular-season games 210), consecutive regular-season games (135). ... Appeared in eight Oilers playoff games. ... Although not an official NFL statistic until 1982, unofficial 105-career sack total ranks as team best, as are the 16 sacks in 1973. Led team in sacks six times. ... Recorded 4 sacks and fumble recovery in best single-game performance vs. San Diego in 1976.
Joe DeLamielleure
Pos: Guard
Ht./Wt.: 6-3, 254
College: Michigan State.
NFL: 1973-79, 1985 Buffalo Bills. 1980-84 Cleveland Browns, 13 seasons, 185 games.
Born: March 16, 1951, at Detroit.
All-American and three-time All-Big Ten at Michigan State. Bills' first-round pick (26th player overall), 1973 draft. Won All-Rookie honors. ... Played in 185 consecutive games. Starter from the first game as rookie and started every game for eight seasons in Buffalo before being traded to Cleveland in 1980. ... Most honored member of the Bills' famed "Electric Company'' offensive line. ... Lead blocker for O.J. Simpson, NFL's first 2000-yard rusher, in 1973. ... Selected All-Pro and All-AFC 1975-80. ... Named to NFL's 1970s All-Decade Team.
James Lofton
Pos: Wide receiver
Ht./Wt.: 6-3, 192
College: Stanford.
NFL: 1978-86 Green Bay Packers; 1987-88 Los Angeles Raiders; 1989-92 Buffalo Bills; 1993 Los Angeles Rams; 1993 Philadelphia Eagles. 16 seasons, 233 games.
Born: July 5, 1956, at Fort Ord, Calif.
An academic All-American at Stanford and track star. Selected by Green Bay in 1st round (6th player overall), 1978 draft. ... Nine times recorded more than 50 receptions in a season. ... The first NFL player to score a touchdown in three decades. ... In 16 seasons, he caught 764 passes for 14,004 yards -- an NFL record at the time of his retirement -- and 75 touchdowns. ... Lofton's 43 games with 100-plus receiving yardage was third best at time of retirement. ... Led Packers in receptions each year except one (1979). Six times he gained more than 1,000 yards receiving in a season. ... At 35 became the oldest NFL player to have more than 1,000 receiving yards in a season. Named All-Pro four times, All-NFC three times.
Hank Stram
Pos: Coach
Ht./Wt.: N.A.
College: Purdue.
NFL: 1960-74 Dallas Texans/Kansas City Chiefs; 1976-77 New Orleans Saints. 17 seasons, 238 games.
Born: Jan. 3, 1924, at Chicago.
Regular-season record: 131-97-10. Postseason record: 5-3, overall record: 136-100-10. ... Assistant coach at University of Miami when hired as first head coach of Dallas Texans (Texans moved to Kansas City, renamed Chiefs in 1963) of new AFL in 1960. ... Won 1962, 1966, 1969 AFL championships. ... Led Chiefs to two Super Bowl appearances, losing to Green Bay in 1967 Super Bowl, beating Minnesota in 1970 Super Bowl. ... Only coach in AFL history to take team to two Super Bowls. ... Recorded most wins by a team during 10-year history of AFL. ... Led 1971 Chiefs to AFC West championship.