2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame Class

The 2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame Class has been announced and as expected former Green Bay Quarterback Brett Favre was a lock to make the class. The rest of the class so far include Tony Dungy, Marvin Harrison, Orlando Pace, and Kevin Greene. Eddie DeBartolo, Kenny Stabler and Dick Stanfel have also been selected.

So that’s it here is your 2016 Hall of Fame Class.

You can find a link here to the full statement from the Pro Football Hall of Fame on today’s process. 

The finalists included Morten Andersen, Steve Atwater, Don Coryell, Terrell Davis, Tony Dungy, Alan Faneca, Brett Favre, Kevin Greene, Marvin Harrison, Joe Jacoby, Edgerrin James, John Lynch, Terrell Owens, Orlando Pace and Kurt Warner. Seniors Committee finalists were Kenny Stabler and Dick Stanfel while Eddie DeBartolo was the contributor finalist.  You can see the full nominations here at the Pro Football Hall of Fame website.  The process took a while and almost smashed the record set back in 2014 when the election committee debated the Class of 2014.

What made the debate take so long? A perusal of the names might give you a clue. Indeed, the debate over Terrell Owens was predictably long.

As is typical, leaks soon emerged and it was clear Eddie DeBartola, the former owner of the San Francisco Forty Niners, was voted in.

His election was the longest debate of the night per Rick Gosselin.

Terrell Owens in typical TO fashion chose to announce his own exclusion early.

Other early announcements included Tony Dungy and Marvin Harrison.

Post announcements, players and teams began releasing official statements and we have compiled them below starting with the Packers statement on Favre’s selections.

Here is the release on Favre’s selection by the Green Bay Packers. You can find the full release in print here.

Brett Favre Press Release
Eddie DeBartolo Jr. HOF


The San Francisco Forty Niners released a 12 page statement detailing DeBartolo’s contributions to the sports. You can find it here.


Congratulations to all the selections and to all the finalists for their contributions to the sports we all love. Stay tuned for more coverage of the NFL Honors awards as well as our Super Bowl 50 coverage. You can follow Sharona Sports on twitter at @sportsbysharona and on Instagram at @sharonasports.

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