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Notable Hall of Famers: 1980s

By Allie Shriver

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We’re continuing our series on notable Gold Jackets from each decade. Today’s decade is known for big hair, rock and roll, and Reaganomics. We’re covering the greatest drafted in the 1980s!


Howie Long
Los Angeles Raiders- Second-round draft pick in 1981
HOF Class of 2000

Defensive End


Notable Information-

               Recorded career-best 13 sacks in 1983 including five in one game

               Four solo tackles and one assist in Raiders Super Bowl XVIII victory


               Eight Pro Bowls

               All-Pro 1983, 1984, 1985


Jerry Rice

San Francisco 49ers – First-round pick 1985

HOF Class of 2010
Wide Receiver

Mississippi Valley State University

Notable Information-

               Set NFL Record with 22 touchdown receptions in 1987

               208 total touchdowns

               Most 1,000-yard receiving seasons (14)


               Super Bowl XXIII MVP

               13 Pro Bowls


Charles Haley

San Francisco 49ers – Fourth-round draft pick

HOF Class of 2015

Linebacker/Defensive End

James Madison University

Notable Information-

               Only player to play on five winning Super Bowl teams

               Member of 10 Division Championship teams


               NFC Defensive Player of the Year- twice

               Five Pro Bowls

               Five-time Super Bowl Champion


Dermontti Dawson

Pittsburgh Steelers- Second-round draft pick

HOF Class of 2012


University of Kentucky

Notable Information-

               Named First-Team All-Pro six consecutive years (1993-1998)

               Played in 170 consecutive games


               NFL Alumni Offensive Lineman of the Year, 1996

               Co-AFC Offensive Lineman Of The Year By NFL Players Association, 1993

               Seven Pro Bowls


Each of these men has contributed to this sport in more than one way. They continue to work hard to show the world that NFL players are more than just players. You can hang out with several of the notable players from the Hall of Fame at our Gold Jacket Club before Super Bowl LI. If the Super Bowl isn’t your type of event, join us and hundreds of Gold Jackets to welcome the new class in August during Enshrinement Week.


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