HOF class lets us look back in time

Originally Published: December 6, 2011
By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- The 15 men and one woman on the dais at the media conference for the College Football Hall of Fame on Tuesday represented a living, breathing exhibit of nothing more elementary than the passage of time as distilled through the game.

Clendon Thomas, who played for Oklahoma in the 1950s, described the difficulty of tackling the great Jim Brown.

"You had to get down on his shoes," said Thomas, who played against Brown in the NFL. "That was the only way to get him down. ...

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