By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Pro Football Hall of Fame added five new members on Saturday. These members received the call to the Hall before Super Bowl LIV in Miami, Florida.
The five new members, including three offensive players and two safeties. Retired players Edgerrin James, Isaac Bruce, Steve Hutchinson, Steve Atwater, and Troy Polamalu are now going to be enshrined into the Hall this summer.
Polomalu made it into the Hall of Fame on his first ballot. The rest of the players were on the ballot for several years.
“Honestly, it’s just surreal,” Polamalu told the Steelers’ website. “I really feel surreal. I’m very thankful for all my teammates. This truly is a tribute to them. And I feel honored and unworthy of this, to be honest.”
The 38-year-old Polamalu spent his entire career with the Steelers. He played for the franchise from 2003 through 2014.
He was a two-time Super Bowl winner and was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2010. Throughout his career, he was an eight-time Pro Bowler and a four-time first-team All-Pro.
He was also named to the NFL’s 2000s All-Decade Team and was also named to the Steelers All-Time Team.
Bruce played for the Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams from 1994 through the 2007 season. He spent the final two years of his career with the San Francisco 49ers.
He was part of the Rams Super Bowl XXXIV winning team. He also was a four-time Pro Bowler and made the second-team All-Pro selection in 1999.
The 47-year-old was the league’s receiving yards leader in 1996 and he has his No. 80 jersey retired by the Rams franchise.
Hutchinson played for the Seattle Seahawks from 2001 through 2005, before joining the Minnesota Vikings. He played for the Vikings from 2006 through 2011.
His final campaign came with the Tennessee Titans during the 2012 season. In his career, he was a seven-time Pro Bowler and was named a first-team All-Pro five times.
The 42-year-old also made the second-team All-Pro team twice. Hutchinson was part of the NFL’s 200s All-Decade team.
Like Hutchinson, James played for three teams in his career. He began his career with the Indianapolis Colts, where he played from 1999 through 2005, before joining the Arizona Cardinals in 2006.
His career ended with the Seattle Seahawks in 2009.
James was a four-time Pro Bowler. He also made the first-team All-Pro team and the second-team All-Pro team twice in his career.
He was the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 1999. He led the league in rushing in 1999 and 2000.
The 41-year-old is in the Colts Ring of Honor. In addition, he was named to the NFL’s 2000s All-Decade Team.
Atwater had the longest wait of the bunch. He played for the Denver Broncos from 1989 through the 1998 season.
His final season came with the New York Jets in 1999 before retiring.
He is a two-time Super Bowl Champion, as he was part of the Broncos back-to-back Championship teams in Super Bowl XXXII and XXXIII. Atwater is also an eight-time Pro Bowler, who made the first-team All-Pro team twice.
In 1996, he was also named to the second-team All-Pro team. He was also named the UPI First-Team All-AFC twice in 1993 and 1995.
The 53-year-old is a part of the Broncos Ring of Honor. He is also part of the NFL’s 1990s All-Decade team.
Pro Football Class of 2020
- Steve Atwater
- Troy Polamalu
- Steve Hutchinson
- Issac Bruce
- Edgerrin James
- Bill Cowher
- Jimmy Johnson
- Steve Sabol
- Paul Tagliabue
- George Young
- Harold Carmichael
- Jim Covert
- Bobby Dillon
- Cliff Harris
- Winston Hill
- Alex Karras
- Donnie Shell
- Duke Slater
- Mac Speedie
- Ed Sprinkle