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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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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


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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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Taylor: Don't forget natives who thrived elsewhere
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Pat Summerall knows his picks well

Broadcasting legend's relationships with Tom Landry, Ernie Banks started in 1950s

By Master Tesfatsion

Pat Summerall
The panel discusses the credentials of women deserving consideration. Watch Video

In his storied career as an NFL player and broadcaster, Pat Summerall crossed paths with many of the sports legends on the list of nominees for the inaugural class of the ESPN Dallas Hall of Fame.

Tom Landry
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Tom Landry and his trademark fedora were fixtures on the Cowboys' sideline for the franchise's first 29 seasons.

When it came to submitting his top five picks as a member of the nominating panel, Summerall included two men he has known and admired on a personal level since the 1950s.

Summerall spent his 10 years in the NFL primarily as a place-kicker, but he occasionally played defensive end. In two of Summerall's seasons with the New York Giants, he played under defensive coordinator Tom Landry.

"He was a guy who never changed his values, his sense of right, no matter who he was with or the company he was in," Summerall said. "He was a guy who never compromised his values."

Summerall, from his perspective as a broadcaster, said the Pro Football Hall of Fame coach brought the same philosophy to an expansion team in Dallas. Landry's overall record in 29 seasons as the Cowboys' head coach was 270-178-6, with five NFC championships and two Super Bowl victories along the way. Landry is a member of the Cowboys Ring of Honor, and a statue stands outside Cowboys Stadium in honor of his achievements.


The ESPN Dallas panel discusses whether Tom Landry is a lock for the first class. Watch Watch Video

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"He brought insurmountable class to the organization just by being there and his demeanor and how he taught things," Summerall said. "His defense, the 4-3 flex defense, would work and stop anybody at anytime. ... He was just a remarkable man with his knowledge of the defense, and if you did what he said, you usually won."

Summerall said he thinks Landry is a sure lock in this year's ESPN Dallas Hall of Fame class. All five panelists picked Landry in their top five, but Summerall was one of only two panelists to vote for Baseball Hall of Famer Ernie Banks.

Banks was born in Dallas and graduated from Booker T. Washington High School, but he played his entire 19-year career with the Chicago Cubs. Banks' résumé might take a hit locally because he's best known as Mr. Cub, but Summerall views him as a Dallas guy for his deep North Texas roots.

The two met in Chicago when Summerall was a four-year member of the Chicago Cardinals, starting in 1953. At the time, Banks was in his early years with the Cubs, for whom he is one of seven players to have his number retired. No. 14 was selected to 14 All-Star games and won back-to-back MVP awards in 1958 and 1959. Banks is the Cubs' all-time leader in games played, at-bats, home runs, total bases and extra-base hits and ranks second in hits and RBIs.

"He was just an outstanding performer on the field," Summerall said. "His home run records and performance records speak for themselves, but as an individual, he was unaffected by any of that, by any of his success, and he was just a nice, nice man."

Coming Friday: Nolan Ryan stands tall in Cowboys Country; Panelist Chuck Cooperstein and other 103.3 personalities weigh in on the ballot.