Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame inductions: Manning, Johnson and Woodson spotlight 2021 class


CANTON, Ohio — The Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame’s Class of 2021, headlined by three gamers who had been of their first yr of eligibility, closed out the Corridor’s greatest enshrinement weekend Sunday evening in Tom Benson Stadium.

Seven members of the category had been scheduled to take to the rostrum in the course of the night, together with Peyton Manning, Calvin Johnson and Charles Woodson — all three had been chosen for enshrinement of their first yr of eligibility. It’s the ninth consecutive yr a minimum of one former participant has been enshrined in his first yr of eligibility.

The celebration comes on the heels of Saturday’s enshrinement ceremony, which featured Troy Polamalu, Edgerrin James and former Dallas Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson.

Listed here are a few of the highlights from the seven latest Corridor of Famers who spoke from the rostrum Sunday within the order they appeared, in addition to social media and congratulatory messages from their former teammates and groups:

Sunday’s audio system

Drew Pearson, extensive receiver (Dallas Cowboys, 1973-1983)

The résumé: A former faculty quarterback who made the Cowboys as an undrafted rookie extensive receiver, he was the one first-team choice to the All-Decade workforce of the Nineteen Seventies who had not been enshrined within the Corridor of Fame. Like many senior finalists, his profession needed to be checked out within the context of his period, provided that his 58 catches in 1976 and 870 yards in 1977 led the league. A 3-time All-Professional, he averaged a minimum of 17 yards a catch in 5 seasons, together with 4 of his first 5 years within the league.

He stated it: “I had the most important afro in NFL historical past (pointed to bust) … This confirms it, the wait is over, is over. The unique No. 88 being introduced for enshrinement within the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame … Guess what, sturdy hearts simply hold going and that is why I am standing right here on the steps of the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame … It has been a journey, a troublesome, lengthy journey on the highway much less travelled … I did it my approach and I did it the exhausting approach … Let me present you these legs, these legs made it to the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame (pulled up trouser legs for crowd).”

Photographs and movies from Canton

Learn extra on these NFL legends

Peyton Manning changed QB’ing forever
Inside Calvin Johnson‘s 329-yard game
Troy Polamalu‘s bond with Bill Cowher
Edgerrin James‘ legacy tied to HBCUs
J. Johnson: ‘How ’bout them Cowboys?’
Charles Woodson‘s legendary path in NFL
Winston Hill, Joe Namath’s friendship
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