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ESPN Dallas Hall of Fame

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.

Class of 2011

About the ESPN Dallas Hall of Fame

Meet the panelists

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Chuck Cooperstein defends his picks Video
Richard Durrett defends his picks Video
Tim MacMahon defends his picks Video
Pat Summerall defends his picks Video
Jean-Jacques Taylor defends his picks Video


Assessing the 20 DFW nominations Video
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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Galloway & Company debate HoF candidates Listen
Coop and Nate weigh in on the Dallas Hall of Fame Listen
Ben and Skin iron out their HoF ballots Listen
Ben, Skin and Nate analyze HoF candidates Listen
Football Show challenges MacMahon's picks Listen


Narrowing the field of candidates
MacMahon: Cowboys deserve first-class treatment
Taylor: Don't forget natives who thrived elsewhere
Pat Summerall knows his HOF selections well
Nolan Ryan poised to enter as a class favorite
Watkins: 1st Dallas HOF class lacks perspective
Hot Button: Nowitzki or Modano as active rep?
MacMahon: Staubach or Aikman? Style matters
Taylor: Landry must be kept top of mind »

Meet The Panel

Before you could vote for the inaugural ESPN Dallas Hall of Fame class, somebody had to come up with a list of finalists.

That meant pondering, rubbing of temples, pounding of fists and debating all the sports legends in the history of Dallas-Fort Worth and then trimming the list to ... 20. Twenty. Not an easy task.

Rising to the challenge were five brave veterans of the local sports scene:

Hall of Fame candidates
Who's worthy? Who isn't? ESPN Dallas' Richard Durrett Mason moderates a series debates:  Watch Live

    • Byron Nelson
    • Doak Walker
    • Nolan Ryan
    • Roger Staubach
    • Tom Landry

    Chuck Cooperstein

    Chuck Cooperstein has been a regular on the Dallas/Fort Worth sports scene since 1984, calling play-by-play for the Mavericks since 2005. He also hosts "The Coop & Nate Show" on 103.3 FM ESPN alongside former Cowboy Nate Newton.  More »
    • Byron Nelson
    • Tom Landry
    • Nolan Ryan
    • Troy Aikman
    • Emmitt Smith

    Richard Durrett

    Richard Durrett joined in September 2009. He covers the Texas Rangers, colleges and the Dallas Stars. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.  More »
    • Bob Lilly
    • Emmitt Smith
    • Roger Staubach
    • Tom Landry
    • Troy Aikman

    Tim MacMahon

    Tim MacMahon joined in September 2009. Tim has covered the local sports scene from high schools to colleges to pros for eight years at The Dallas Morning News and ESPN Dallas. MacMahon is a graduate of UNT.  More »
    • Tom Landry
    • Bob Lilly
    • Ernie Banks
    • Nolan Ryan
    • Roger Staubach

    Pat Summerall

    The resident of Southlake, Texas, spent 10 years in the NFL, playing for the Detroit Lions, Chicago Cardinals and New York Giants. Summerall ventured into broadcasting after he retired in 1962, covering the NFL, NBA, golf and tennis.  More »
    • Byron Nelson
    • Ernie Banks
    • Michael Johnson
    • Nolan Ryan
    • Tom Landry

    Jean-Jacques Taylor

    Sports columnist Jean-Jacques Taylor joined in August 2011. A native of Dallas, Taylor spent the last 20 years writing for The Dallas Morning News, where he covered high schools sports, the Rangers and the Cowboys.  More »