Published: May 12th, 2010 | Tags: Dick LeBeau, Ed Debartolo, Emmitt Smith, Floyd Little, Hall of Fame class of 2010, Jerry Jones, Jerry Rice, Joe Bugel, John Randle, John Teerlinck, JR., Pro Football Hall of Fame, Rickey Jackson, Russ Grimm, Tom Benson
The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced the presenters for the seven-member class of 2010 this week. The group includes two family members, two coaches, two NFL team owners and a former owner.
Here’s the list:
Emmitt Smith — Cowboys owner Jerry Jones
“There is no greater honor for a person in my position, and I can’t think of a more inspirational way for our current team to start a new season than being in Canton, Ohio, while we all recognize the NFL’s all-time leading rusher,” Jones said.
Rickey Jackson — Saints owner/president Tom Benson
“No one has done more for football in the state of Louisiana than Tom Benson; he kept the Saints in New Orleans during many tough times. As a result, everyone in the region can enjoy the team’s success today,” Jackson said. “Mr. Benson has always been good to me and stood by me since Day 1. I owe a great deal of my success to him.”
Jerry Rice — Former 49ers owner Ed DeBartolo, Jr.
“It’s truly a great honor to present my dear friend Jerry Rice into the Hall of Fame,” DeBartolo said. “No player in pro football history dominated his position the way Jerry did, and it’s a privilege to be his presenter.”
Dick LeBeau — Brother Bob LeBeau
“Dick loved to play sports,” Bob LeBeau said. “He was a great athlete. He’s a great coach, and he’s the most loving brother a man could have. I’m so proud that he’s going to be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.”
Floyd Little — Son Marc Little
“It gives me extraordinary joy to present my dad to the Pro Football Hall of Fame,” Marc Little stated. “I’m humbled to be the representative who will speak on behalf of our family, many of whom equally deserve to be presenters. Our family will all stand together and witness the crowning achievement of a spectacular career.”
John Randle — Former defensive line coach John Teerlinck
“I’ve been an assistant coach for 22 years,” said Teerlinck, who’s now with the Indianapolis Colts. “I’ve coached in 31 playoff games, six championships and four Super Bowls. This tops them all. This is the biggest honor for an assistant coach.”
Russ Grimm — Former assistant coach Joe Bugel
“When Russ said he wanted me to be his presenter,” Bugel shared, “it lifted me so high I almost hit my head on the ceiling.”
Here’s a complete list of all the Hall of Fame presenters.