NFL 2011 HoF nominees named

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:21 PM ET

Some are classy, some are flashy, all had game.

Deion Sanders, Marshall Faulk, Curtis Martin and Jerome Bettis headlline the Pro Football Hall of Fame's class of 2011 nominees which was unveiled Monday.

Out of the 113 nominees, 25 will go on to the semifinals in November, 15 will proceed from there and the class of 4-7 will be revealed the day before the Super Bowl.

Former coach Dick Vermeil and owners Bud Adams Jr. of the Houston Oilers and Art Modell, reviled in Cleveland for moving the team to Baltimore are also on the ballot.

The two most notable nominees, Sanders and Faulk could not have been more different.

Neon Deion was brash, Faulk was all class. Both dominated on the field and were Super Bowl winners.

Sanders was one of the best cover cornerbacks and return men of all time and one of the game's loudest personalities, while the silent but deadly Faulk is widely considered the best all-purpose back in the history of the game -- capable of embarrassing opponents either through his rushes or his receptions.

Bettis and Martin were effective runners and the heart and soul of their teams.


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