The sports writers got it right on the eve of the Super Bowl as Steelers defensive coordinator and former Detroit Lions cornerback Dick LeBeau was elected as a member of the 2010 Pro Football Hall of Fame class. LeBeau joins Emmitt Smith, Jerry Rice, Russ Grimm, Rickey Jackson, Floyd Little and John Randle as 2010 class members. Former Steelers center Dermontti Dawson made the cut of 15 modern day to 10, but did not survive the final cut to 5. Both LeBeau and Little go in as senior nominees.
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Cornerback … 6-1, 185 … Ohio State … 1959-1972 Detroit Lions … 14 playing seasons, 185 games … Selected by Cleveland Browns in 5th round (58th overall) in 1959 draft … Cut by Browns during rookie training camp … Signed with Lions, earned place in starting lineup final six games of rookie year … Didn’t miss another game until late in 1971 season … Started 171 consecutive games, an NFL record for his position … In 1960, began to make mark by intercepting four passes, starting string of 12 straight seasons with three or more interceptions … In 1963, intercepted five passes which he returned for career-high 158 yards, including 70-yard TD return against Rams … It was one of three interceptions he returned for touchdowns in career … The following year, intercepted five passes and was voted to first of three consecutive Pro Bowls … Also earned All-NFL second-team accolades, an honor earned again in 1965, 1966, 1970 … Finest season came in 1970 when he recorded NFC-leading nine interceptions for 96 yards … In all, recorded 62 picks for 762 yards … Ranked second among pure cornerbacks at retirement with 62 interceptions, third overall … Currently ranks third all-time among pure cornerbacks … Born on September 9, 1937 in London, Ohio.