The Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2011 is in. Here's the full list: Richard Dent, Marshall Faulk, Ed Sabol, Deion Sanders and Shannon Sharpe. And there are two senior inductees: Chris Hanburger and Les Richter.
These are all of course incredibly deserving players. Notable players missing out include three receivers Cris Carter, Tim Brown and Andre Reed.
The most interesting candidate, in my view, is Ed Sabol, founder of NFL Films. He's going in as a contributor and not a player so those are always hotly debated people. With what NFL Films is today, and the history its preserved, Sabol's impact on the game has been incredible.
NFL Network's Rich Eisen had the same thought I did when the newest class was announced.
Deion and Shannon Sharpe going in in the same year. Who's going to get a word in edge-wise?
There are some disappointed folks here in the crowd at the broadcast of the event. Sitting one row ahead of me are several people in Andre Reed jerseys and they gave a cheer when Reed made the first cut. Unfortunately for those Reed fans, he didn't make the final list.
Congrats to the class of 2011 Pro Football Hall of Famers.