Irvin, Thomas deserve Hall recognition

While Michael Irvin and Thurman Thomas both deserved Hall recognition, Eric Allen is surprised that Art Monk and Paul Tagliabue didn't get in.

Updated: February 4, 2007, 1:46 PM ET
By Eric Allen | ESPN.com

What a great honor to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. I'm particularly happy for Michael Irvin. This is the first Hall of Fame class that I was eligible for and it's great to see my contemporaries, guys who I sweated and bled to try to stop on the field of play, get the greatest honor a professional football player can receive.

Lost in all the talk concerning Irvin's candidacy over the past two years was the fact that he was not only a great player, but also a great teammate. He was the ...

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