Rice, Smith highlight seven-member Class of 2010


FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Russ Grimm, Rickey Jackson, John Randle, Jerry Rice, Emmitt Smith , Dick LeBeau and Floyd Little are the newest members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, elected Saturday as members of the Class of 2010.

The final list was pared down from a group of 15 modern-era nominees by the 44-member Hall of Fame selection committee that met this morning at the Super Bowl XLIV media center. The selectors first pared that list from 15 to 10. In addition to the final five, the others that were part of the final 10 were Dermontti Dawson, Richard Dent, Cortez Kennedy, Andre Reed, and Shannon Sharpe. Each finalist had to receive a minimum positive vote of 80 percent to be elected.

“Nobody could have written a script like this,” Smith, the NFL’s all-time leading rusher, said before the announcement about entering with Rice, the NFL’s all-time leading receiver.

— Frank Tadych

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