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Notable Pro Football Hall of Fame Members: 1960s

By Allie Shriver

Being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame is not easy. You must work hard and remain dedicated to the sport for a very long time. There are hundreds of men enshrined in the hall and a thousand more hoping to make it someday. While we anxiously await the announcement of this year’s Hall of Fame class, we can’t help but look back at some of the greatest men to have played the game. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be spotlighting some of the best players to be drafted in each decade. First up is the 1960s!



Mike Ditka

Chicago Bears- Number 1 Draft Pick in 1961

HOF Class of 1988

Tight End

Pittsburgh- All-American

Notable Information-

               Career record: 427 receptions, 5,812 yards, 43 touchdowns

               First Tight End elected into the Hall of Fame

               Scored the final touchdown in Dallas' 24-3 win over the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl VI


              Rookie of the Year 1961

              All-NFL four times

              Five consecutive Pro Bowls



Merlin Olsen

Los Angeles Rams’- Number 1 Draft Pick in 1962.

HOF Class of 1982

Defensive Tackle

Utah State- All-American, Outland Trophy winner

Notable Information-

               Played in 208 games the last 198 consecutively.

               Played 15 seasons with the Rams.


               Rookie of the Year in 1962

               All-NFL in 1964, 1966-1970

               Rams’ All-Time Team in 1970




Joe Namath

New York Jets – Number 1 Draft Pick in 1965 AFL Draft 

HOF Class of 1985



Notable Information-

               First player to sign a contract for $400,000

               Played 13 Seasons


               AFL Rookie of the Year in 1965

               All-time AFL Honor Team in 1969

               Super Bowl III MVP




Floyd Little

Denver Broncos – Number 1 Draft Pick in 1967

HOF Class of 2010

Running Back

Syracuse- Three-time All-American

Notable Information-

               Broncos’ first 1,000-yard rusher

               Scored 32 Touchdowns

               Retired 7th all-time rushing yards


               Five Pro Bowls

               All-NFL Second Team in 1970 and 1971





These men continue to shine in football after all these years. Each is a pillar of excellence in the sport and a role model for those in the league currently. Mike Ditka went on to coach with the Dallas Cowboys, Chicago Bears, and New Orleans Saints. He’s now a sports commentator. Merlin Olsen went on to be a sports commentator and an actor. He starred in several notable shows such as Little House on the Prairie and Father Murphy. You can attend the annual luncheon in his honor just before the Super Bowl each year with the Pro Football Hall Fame. Joe Namath is still one of the most recognizable names in the NFL. Namath also transitioned into acting post-football appearing on several popular shows at the time including The Brady Bunch, The Love Boat, and ALF.  Our last Hall of Famer, Floyd Little spends his retirement dabbling in legal and automotive endeavors. Most importantly, Little will be appearing with several other Hall of Famers at the Hall of Fame Experiences Gold Jacket Club February 5, 2017, before Super Bowl LI.


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