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The five inductees to the 2011 ESPN Dallas Hall of Fame (with percent of votes):
1. Nolan Ryan (61.0)
2. Emmitt Smith (60.9)
3. Tom Landry (59.8)
4. Troy Aikman (47.6)
5. Roger Staubach (41.9)

The other nominees:
6. Lance Armstrong (33.2)
7. Michael Johnson (22.9)
8. Ben Hogan (21.1)
9. Tony Dorsett (18.7)
10. Byron Nelson (16.9)
11. Jerry Jones (14.5)
12. Doak Walker (12.0)
t-13. Bob Lilly (12.6)
t-13. Jimmy Johnson (12.6)
15. Ernie Banks (10.6)
16. Lamar Hunt (7.1)
17. Davey O'Brien (4.8)
18. Lee Trevino (4.6)
19. Joe Nieuwendyk (4.1)
20. Rolando Blackman (3.2)

You've been given the facts and the opinions of our panelists. And now, you have selected ESPN Dallas' inaugural Hall of Fame class. We took it upon ourselves to narrow the field to 20 deserving nominees. You have chosen five from the list of great ones, icons and legends.

Visit the discussion page to talk about who you think was snubbed and who the favorites are to join the Class of 2012.

Note: The panel considered only players and coaches who are retired or inactive. Other contributors with considerable service time were also eligible.

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Pat Summerall defends his picks Video
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Cowboys: Changing of the guard? Video
Staubach or Aikman: Who's your QB? Video
Star crossed: No room for every Cowboy Video
Best on the links: Nelson or Hogan? Video
Others who deserve consideration Video
Did cloud of suspicion affect the ballot? Video
Still going strong: Active figures on horizon Video
All about diversity: Women who deserve nod Video
Face of the class: Is there any doubt? Video

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    • Cowboys QB (1989-2000)

      The Super Bowl XXVII MVP is the Cowboys' all-time leader in passing yards (32,942) and touchdown passes (165). The winningest quarterback of the '90s won three titles under center in Dallas, was named to six straight Pro Bowls and is a 2006 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee.

    • Cyclist (active as a professional from 1992-2005 and 2009-11)

      The seven-time Tour de France champion was born in Dallas in 1971. His Tour wins came in consecutive fashion (1999-2005) and after he was diagnosed with cancer in 1996. The four-time AP Male Athlete of the Year founded the Lance Armstrong Foundation to raise cancer awareness.

    • Dallas Booker T. Washington graduate (1950); Chicago Cubs SS, 1B (1953-71)

      Before starring for the Cubs, Banks was a multi-sport standout at Booker T. Washington High School in his native Dallas. "Mr. Cub" won the NL MVP Award following the 1958 and 1959 seasons and was a 14-time All-Star. He was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977.

    • Mavericks G (1981-92)

      The Mavericks' second all-time leading scorer (16,643) is a four-time NBA All-Star. He is also among the top five in team history in career assists (2,748) and games played (865). In Dallas, the guard had three seasons averaging 20 or more points. His is one of two numbers retired by the Mavs.

    • Cowboys RB (1977-87)

      The Cowboys' second all-time rusher (12,036) also broke through for an NFL-record 99-yard TD run. He won the Heisman and a national title with Pitt in 1976, and followed that with Rookie of the Year honors and a Super Bowl ring the next year. Dorsett topped 1,000 yards eight times in Dallas.

    • Golfer (turned professional in 1930; retired in 1971)

      Hogan made his home in Fort Worth, where he is immortalized at Colonial Country Club. He has nine major wins and capped a comeback from a near-fatal car accident in 1949 by winning the U.S. Open 16 months later. The "Hogan Slam" in 1953 remains one of golf's most memorable feats.

    • Dallas Texans/Kansas City Chiefs owner (1959-2006)

      Hunt's Texans captured the area's first big-league title, the 1962 AFL Championship. The soccer enthusiast co-founded the NASL and owned the Tornado and FC Dallas. Hunt, a Dallas resident and SMU alumnus, was the first AFL figure inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame (1972).

    • Cowboys head coach (1960-88)

      The only head coach the Cowboys knew for 29 seasons is third all-time in the NFL with 270 wins. Under his command, the Cowboys won two Super Bowls, achieved 20 straight winning seasons and won 14 division titles. The Texan was a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 1990.

    • TCU (1958-60, consensus All-America); Cowboys DT (1961-74)

      "Mr. Cowboy," the franchise's first draft pick, did not miss a game in 14 seasons and made 11 Pro Bowls. He has been elected into both the Pro Football Hall of Fame (1980) and the College Football Hall of Fame (1981). He returned three of his 18 career NFL fumble recoveries for touchdowns.

    • Golfer (turned professional in 1932; retired in 1946)

      Nelson, the AP Male Athlete of the Year in 1944 and 1945, won five majors. His 1945 PGA Tour season was unique in that he won 11 straight tournaments and 18 overall, both records. Dallas' PGA Tour stop bears his name. Nelson, who was born near Waxahachie, made 113 straight cuts.

    • Stars C (1995-2002), GM (2009-present)

      The current Stars general manager is one of the most recent inductees into the Hockey Hall of Fame. He won the Conn Smythe Trophy in 1999 (11 goals, 23 points in the playoffs) as the Stars won the Stanley Cup. He had 203 goals in Dallas, where he scored at least 25 goals four times.

    • Cowboys head coach (1989-93)

      How do you follow Tom Landry? How about back-to-back Super Bowl wins and a 7-1 postseason record, which is what Johnson accomplished in five seasons with the Cowboys. He was 36-12 in his last three seasons in Dallas before his infamous split with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

    • Sprinter (retired in 2001)

      The Dallas Skyline product, considered the greatest long sprinter of all time, is the owner of four Olympic gold medals won over three Games. Johnson is also an eight-time world champion who held records in the 200 and 400 meters. He is a 2004 U.S. Track and Field Hall of Fame inductee.

    • Cowboys owner/GM (1989-present)

      The hands-on Jones became the first owner in NFL history to guide a team to three league titles in his first seven years. Under his tenure, the Cowboys have made 12 playoff appearances. But perhaps his lasting legacy will be Cowboys Stadium, the $1.2 billion home of "America's Team."

    • TCU QB (1935-38)

      Sammy Baugh's backup would carve quite a nice college career of his own. He led TCU to an 11-0 mark and the national title in 1938, picking up a Heisman along the way. For good measure, he also recorded 16 interceptions at TCU. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1955.

    • Rangers pitcher (1989-93), president (2008-present)

      Ryan spent just five of his 27 seasons in Arlington, but they left an impact. The career strikeout leader (5,714) led the AL in that category twice and threw two of his seven no-hitters with Texas. The Rangers also won their first pennant under the 1999 Baseball Hall of Famer's tenure as president.

    • Cowboys RB (1990-2002)

      On the ground, Smith is the NFL's all-time leader in yards (18,355) and touchdowns (164). He was named Super Bowl XXVII MVP and was the consensus NFL MVP in 1993. The 2010 Pro Football Hall of Famer reached 1,000 yards 11 straight seasons and was the NFL's top rusher four times.

    • Cowboys QB (1969-79)

      Staubach was under center for the Cowboys' first two Super Bowl wins, and was the VI MVP. He was the NFL's leading passer four times and its top-rated QB four times as well. Staubach made six Pro Bowls, is second in Cowboys history in passing yards (22,700) and had an 85-29 record.

    • Golfer (turned professional in 1960, currently on Champions Tour)

      The Dallas native has yet to announce his retirment but has been a part of the World Golf Hall of Fame since 1981. He's achieved six major victories and 29 wins each on the PGA and Champions Tours. Trevino was the 1971 PGA Player of the Year after winning the U.S. and British Opens.

    • SMU HB (1945, 1947-49)

      The 1948 Heisman winner rushed for 1,928 yards in four seasons at SMU, where he also played baseball and basketball. The Highland Park product was a two-time Cotton Bowl MVP and is a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame (1959) and Pro Football Hall of Fame (1986).