Quarterback Peyton Manning, wide receiver Calvin Johnson and wide receiver Drew Pearson were inducted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame during the 2021 consecration ceremonies Sunday in Canton, Ohio.
Manning was introduced by his father, Archie, who also enjoyed a long career as a star quarterback in the National Football League.
Two-time Super Bowl winner Peyton Manning thanked his father and described him as “my favorite quarterback, my hero, my role model.”
Joining Manning, Pearson and Johnson in this year’s class were defensive back Charles Woodson, safety John Lynch, guard Alan Faneca, coach Tom Flores and scout Bill Nunn.
When he retired five years ago, Manning had a series of league passing records. His brilliant career spanned 17 seasons and included five Most Valuable Player awards.
Manning spent most of his career with the Indianapolis Colts, but he also played for the Denver Broncos.
“I don’t know about you, but I’m not done with this game,” Manning said at the Tom Benson Hall of Fame.
“I never will be. I am committed to ensuring their future and I hope they will join me in that commitment. “
Pearson is considered one of the greatest players of the 1970s, best remembered for catching the game-winning touchdown pass “Hail Mary” from quarterback Roger Staubach in a thrilling 1975 playoff contest against the Minnesota Vikings.
He played for the Cowboys from 1973 to 1983, and made the All-Pro team three times. He finished with 56 touchdowns, 557 receptions and nearly 9,000 yards.
“It’s not about how long it takes to get here,” Pearson said, “but how to wait. My waiting was supported by my faith. “
Johnson finished his nine-year career with 731 receptions for 11,619 yards and 83 touchdowns, while Flores was the first man to win Super Bowls as a player, assistant coach and head coach.
“You don’t get there alone,” Flores said. “It doesn’t happen in a vacuum. A lot of people helped me. “
Five members of the Class of 2020 were inducted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. They were forced to wait a year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Class of 2020 included safety Steve Atwater, wide receiver Isaac Bruce, offensive guard Steve Hutchinson, running back Edgerrin James, safety Troy Polamalu and two head coaches: Bill Cowher and Jimmy Johnson.
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