The NFL inducted seven members into the Hall of Fame today. If it weren’t for Dick LeBeau, the oldest of the the entire class, they all would have been bald.
This legendary class of bald NFL greats included: Jerry Rice, Emmitt Smith, Floyd Little, Rickey Jackson, John Randle, and Russ Grimm. It’s a pantheon of bald greats.
Jerry Rice: The greatest player in NFL history, Rice owns virtually every receiving record in NFL history and we forgive him for appearing on Dancing with the Stars. He credits a fear of failure for his success, and fear of defenders hurting him for his speed on the field. A 3-time Super Bowl champion, he claims he would have won three more if weren’t for the next inductee…
Emmitt Smith: The leading rusher in NFL history, and one of the greatest players in NFL history, there are a lot of NFL teams who passed on him because they thought he was too slow. It was a bad decision.
Russ Grimm: The legendary guard for the Washington Redskins, and a member of the feared Hogs, Grimm opened up huge holes for John Riggins and helped the Redskins become one of the greatest teams in NFL history.
John Randle: The NFL’s career sacks leader among defensive tackles, Randle was a feared opponent who taunted opposing lineman with details he studied about their home towns.
Floyd Little: A friend of Vice President Joe Biden, Little was overlooked for years because he played for a lousy Denver Broncos team. A speedy but undersized rusher, Little broke many of Jim Brown’s records while at Syracuse University. He was introduced by his son Mark, who is also bald.
Rickey Jackson: A feared linebacker for the New Orleans Saints, Jackson was a sack machine and feared defensive player with a nose for the ball. Few NFL players have put on as much weight after their career ended. He is a big, bald man.