Saturday, January 31, 2009.
TAMPA, Fla. -- Bruce Smith, Rod Woodson and Derrick Thomas, all witnesses for the defense. All of them now Pro Football Hall of Famers.
The three were elected on Saturday, along with longtime Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson, who at age 90 will be the oldest person ever inducted; former Minnesota Vikings guard Randall McDaniel; and the late Bob Hayes, a standout wide receiver for Dallas and the 1964 Olympic gold medalist in the 100 meters.
The induction ceremony will be Aug. 8 in Canton, Ohio.
The only candidate among the seven finalists who didn't get in was former Falcons and Eagles defensive end Claude Humphrey.
Former commissioner Paul Tagliabue was denied entry for the third straight year, not even making it past the first round of cuts.