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They blocked and tackled and got lost in those scrums at the line of scrimmage, overshadowed by the guys who handled the ball and got the moments of glory.
It all changes in Canton this weekend, when linemen are the stars of the NFL's most prestigious event.
Four linemen will be among the six players inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday night - Chris Doleman, Cortez Kennedy, Willie Roaf and Dermontti Dawson. Running back Curtis Martin and cornerback Jack Butler will join them.
The weekend took a hit last year when the Hall of Fame game had to be called off because of the NFL lockout. It's back this year, with the Saints and the Cardinals playing in the preseason opener on Sunday night.
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CANTON, Ohio (AP) -- Willie Roaf was tough to get around, an extraordinary blocker at tackle. He was impossible to ignore for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Roaf was the first player inducted Saturday in a six-man group that included four linemen. Dermontti Dawson, Chris Doleman and Cortez Kennedy joined him, along with running back Curtis Martin and cornerback Jack Butler.
It's been an amazing weekend for me so far in Canton. I've included some pictures on twitter if you follow my feed to share the experience as much as possible with you. I met several players, staff members and coaches and most were very friendly and accomodating. I have to say Joe Vitt was probably the best experience of the bunch (pictured). He was very engaging, asked me...
The linemen led the way as they always do, accepting their inductions into the Pro Football Hall of Fame with an abundance of humility. Curtis Martin finished the evening by supplying plenty of tears.
The last of the six players to have their bronze busts unveiled Saturday night, Martin used the big stage to recall his rough life, his mother's pain and his life-long indifference...
CANTON, Ohio (AP) -- The linemen led the way as they always do, accepting their inductions into the Pro Football Hall of Fame with an abundance of humility. Curtis Martin finished the evening by supplying plenty of tears. The last of the six players to have their bronze busts unveiled Saturday night, Martin used the big stage to recall his rough life, his mother's pain and his...
Jack Butler didn't play football in high school. He picked up the game in college at St. Bonaventure and entered the NFL as an undrafted player in 1951, just another guy filling out the Pittsburgh Steelers' roster.
He's not just another player anymore. Butler was the second of six players inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday night. Running back Curtis...
One of the great things about being an NFL fan is arguing back and forth – as to who’s the best. When those discussions arise in regards to offensive linemen, there are two names that always come up - former Cincinnati Bengal Anthony Munoz and newly bronzed hall of famer and former Kansas City Chief, Willie Roaf.
Andrew Juge of the Saints Nation stops by to preview the Saints preseason opener against Arizona. Before they talk football Ralph and Andrew make fun of the Falcons and explain why Atlanta not letting the Saints use their logo on the Steve Gleason statue is fine because it just gives Saints fans a reason to hate the birds more. They also discuss Willie Roaf going into the Hall, why...