NFL Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 2012: Everything Needed to Know About Event

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NFL Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 2012: Everything Needed to Know About Event
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The Pro Football Hall of Fame will induct six new members Saturday night, as the signature event of its 2012 Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Canton, Ohio. 

Below, we break down everything you need to know about the event. 

 

The Inductees 

Cortez Kennedy

Drafted by the Seattle Seahawks with the third pick in the 1990 NFL draft, Kennedy went on to make eight Pro Bowls in ten years, all with Seattle.

In 1992, Kennedy was given the prestigious honor of being named the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year. He recorded 14 sacks for a poorly performing Seahawks team that finished 2-14. For his career, Kennedy tallied 668 tackles and 58 sacks. 

 

Curtis Martin

When Martin retired from the NFL in 2005, he ranked fourth all-time in rushing yards. A five-time Pro Bowler and the 1995 Rookie of the Year, Martin ran for 14,101 yards and 90 touchdowns over 11 seasons.

He appeared in Super Bowl XXXI with the New England Patriots, before jumping ship to the Jets in 1998. In 2004, Martin led the NFL in rushing with 1,697 yards and 12 touchdowns. 

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Willie Roaf

For 13 NFL seasons, Roaf was considered one of the game's very best tackles. Roaf went to 11 Pro Bowls over that stretch, and the Associated Press named him a first-team All-Pro 2000's All-Decade player six times. He played in 189 career games with the New Orleans Saints and Kansas City Chiefs. 

 

Jack Butler

Younger fans won't remember Butler, who strapped up at cornerback for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1951-59. In that time, Butler was named to four Pro Bowls and intercepted 52 passes.

In 1957, Butler intercepted four passes in one game on his way to an NFL-high 10 picks. When Butler retired, he ranked second in NFL history in interceptions. He was also named a member of the 1950's All-Decade team. 

 

Dermontti Dawson 

Drafted in 1988 by the Steelers, Dawson went on to start along the Pittsburgh offensive line for all 13 years in his NFL career. He made seven Pro Bowl teams in the 1990s on his way to an All-Decade team selection. 

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Dawson was a finalist for the Hall of Fame three straight years before his selection in 2012. 

 

Chris Doleman

After being drafted with the fourth pick in the 1985 draft, Doleman began his assault on NFL offenses. In total, Doleman recorded 150.5 sacks and eight interceptions in 15 NFL seasons.

Doleman made eight Pro Bowls during his career, including in 1989 when he registered 21 sacks as a member of the Minnesota Vikings (Doleman's total was then a franchise record, Jared Allen's 22 has since surpassed it). Doleman was also included on the 1990's All-Decade team. 

 

Time and How to Watch

Where: Canton, Ohio, Pro Football Hall of Fame

Time: 7:00 p.m. ET

TV: NFL Network, ESPN

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