congrats to coach lebeau on this announcement. let us hope that we have LOTS to celebrate in the first week of february.
from steelcityinsider.com: Dick LeBeau has been named as one of 17 finalists for enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. LeBeau, the former Detroit Lions cornerback with 62 career interceptions, and former Denver Broncos running back Floyd Little, were nominated by the Seniors Committee today. They'll join 15 other candidates the week of this season's Super Bowl.
LeBeau and Little emerged from a list of 90 Seniors candidates today. The list was whittled to 17 yesterday and to the final two this morning.
LeBeau will need approval from 80 percent of the 44 Hall of Fame voters the day before the Super Bowl Feb. 6 in South Florida to join the mandatory 4-7 man class that will be inducted at the next Hall of Fame game in the summer of 2010.
"In my humble opinion, Dick LeBeau is a Hall of Famer," said Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin. "He has legitimate numbers that speak to a Hall of Fame caliber career as a player. And he's quite frankly a defensive innovator and trailblazer as a coach. You couple all of that into one human being, not only the fact he's an awesome person, he's a Hall of Fame guy in my opinion.