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Biographies of the Hall of Fame inductees

Bob Hayes

Wide receiver

5-11, 185

NFL career: 1965-74 Dallas Cowboys, 1975 San Francisco 49ers.

Senior candidate. ... Won a pair of gold medals in the 1964 Olympic Games earning him the title "World's Fastest Human." ... Played 11 seasons, 132 games. ... "Bullet Bob" terrorized defensive backs and demanded deep double coverage rarely seen in the NFL then. ... Often said that bump and run defense was developed to slow him down. ... Hayes accumulated 7,414 yards and 71 touchdowns in his career.

Randall McDaniel


6-3, 276

1988-99 Minnesota Vikings, 2000-01 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 14 seasons, 222 games.

Started in 13 consecutive playoff games with the Vikings. ... Started in 202 consecutive games before retiring. ... Possessed uncanny ability to either finesse block or overpower opponents. ... Led Vikings offensive line that held opponents to a sack every 22.7 attempts (1994), and every 21.3 attempts in 1998. ... Named All-Pro nine consecutive times (1990-98). ... Selected to play in a record 12 consecutive Pro Bowls (1990-2001).

Bruce Smith

Defensive end

6-4, 280

1985-99 Buffalo Bills, 2000-03 Washington Redskins. 19 seasons, 279 games.

Considered one of the most dominant defensive players in NFL history. ... Known as fierce pass rusher who possessed tremendous strength. ... His 200 career sacks is NFL all-time record. ... Recorded 10 or more sacks in an NFL record 13 seasons. ... Most consider 1990 as his finest single season during which he recorded 19 sacks, including four against Colts QB Jeff George in the first 20 minutes of a Week 14 game and sacked Giants QB Jeff Hostetler for a safety in the 1991 Super Bowl. ... Named to the NFL's All-Decade Teams of the 1980s and 1990s . .. Named first- or second-team All-Pro 11 times and selected to play in 11 Pro Bowls (1988-91, 1993-99).

Derrick Thomas


6-3, 243

1989-99 Kansas City Chiefs. 11 seasons, 169 games.

In 1990, led NFL with team-record 20 sacks, including NFL-record seven in one game. ... Chosen for nine Pro Bowls. ... In the 11 years he anchored the defense, Chiefs finished first or second in the AFC West 10 times, made seven playoff appearances, and won three division titles. ... All-Pro three times. ... Selected to nine straight Pro Bowls. ... Member of the NFL's All-Decade Team of the 1990s.

Ralph Wilson Jr.


1960-present Buffalo Bills.

One of the original founders of American Football League, Wilson formed Buffalo Bills in 1959. ... During tenure as team owner, Bills won AFL Championships in 1964 and 1965, AFC titles in 1990, 1991, 1992 and 1993 on way to unprecedented four consecutive appearances in Super Bowls. ... Began talks with Carroll Rosenbloom, then owner of NFL's Colts, in January 1965 that eventually resulted in AFL-NFL merger. ... Considered "voice of reason" Wilson served as president of AFL.

Rod Woodson


6-0, 200

1987-96 Pittsburgh Steelers, 1997 San Francisco 49ers, 1998-2001 Baltimore Ravens, 2002-03 Oakland Raiders. 17 seasons, 238 games with 229 starts.

From 1991-94 recorded 12 sacks and 19 interceptions, returning three for TDs. ... Member of NFL's 75th Anniversary Team and NFL's All-Decade Team of the 1990s. ... NFL Defensive Player of the Year, 1993. ... Intercepted 71 passes in career; third on NFL all-time list. ... NFL's all-time leader in interception return yardage (1,483). ... Holds NFL record for most interceptions returned for TDs (12). ... Six-time first-team All-Pro choice (1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 2001).

SOURCE: Pro Football Hall of Fame