Quoting the Class of 2010

CANTON, Ohio – A crowd of 19,300 filled Fawcett Stadium Saturday night for the enshrinement of the Class of 2010 into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. You can watch all seven induction speeches on NFL.com. In the meantime, here are key quotes from all seven speeches:

Dick LeBeau (after relating story of being introduced to a crowd by President Obama): “When I got back home that night, I thought, you know, this might be the highest deal of my life. President Obama is singling me out, getting me some applause in his speech. I thought there certainly can’t be anything greater than this. But in all due respect, Mr. President, this whole business is a little bit bigger, I can tell you that.”

John Randle: “Wow. Well, it’s too late, they can’t take it back now. I’m here; I’m in.”

Russ Grimm: “Growing up, I dreamed of playing college football. In college, I dreamed of playing professional football. When I was in the NFL, I dreamed of winning Super Bowls. I dreamed of winning championships. But I never dreamed that I’d be standing here today.”

Rickey Jackson: “I think right now the National Football League needs to get together and make sure that we keep the game what it is today. Don’t let it get away because we have a great product. When you got a great product, you need to keep it going. Hard to keep stuff going in America. When you got something good, try to do the right thing with it so you keep it going.”

Jerry Rice: “People are always surprised how insecure I was. I love it when some commentary would refer to an upstart receiver as the next Jerry Rice. That made me work even harder. It was as if I was saying, ‘You’re going to have to work so hard to get to where I am, and if you can pay that price, you deserve it.’”

Floyd Little: “There’s no words to describe the joy of experiencing this final sports chapter in my life. This is obviously the highest honor any football player can garner. I stand here today celebrating my athletic life journey, and I understand its significance. Everything else pales in comparison.”

Emmitt Smith (addressing former Dallas fullback Daryl Johnston after asking him to stand): “You mean the world to me. Not just because we shared the same backfield, but because you sacrificed so much… The sacrifices you made, not simply your body but your whole spirit. You took care of me as though you were taking care of your little brother. Without you I know today would not have been possible. You sacrificed so much. I love you Daryl from the bottom of my heart.”

– Craig Ellenport

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