Young NFL Players Most Likely to Emulate 2012 Pro Football Hall of Fame Class

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Young NFL Players Most Likely to Emulate 2012 Pro Football Hall of Fame Class
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On Saturday night at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio, the Pro Football Hall of Fame inducted its newest class, the Class of 2012. The class consists of six players who were determined by Hall of Fame voters to be the most worthy candidates: Jack Butler, Dermontti Dawson, Chris Doleman, Cortez Kennedy, Curtis Martin and Willie Roaf.

While this is certainly one of the weaker Hall of Fame classes to ever be inducted, these players have all been deemed worthy of the game’s greatest honor, and will forever be remembered by the football fans who watched them play.

On Sunday, attention will turn to the current players of the National Football League, as the preseason will open with the Hall of Fame Game. That game, to be played between the New Orleans Saints and Arizona Cardinals, features two likely future Hall of Fame enshrinees in Saints quarterback Drew Brees and Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, but which other NFL players are likely to follow most directly in the footsteps of this year’s Hall of Fame class?

While it is a serious stretch to project that any of these players will have a bust in Canton, this is a projection of six young NFL players and prospects whose games resemble those of the players who earned their place in football history Saturday night.

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