The full 15-person Centennial Slate for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2020 was revealed live Wednesday on NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football.” The special slate of enshrinees consisting of 10 Seniors (players who last played more than 25 years ago), three Contributors (an individual other than a player or coach) and two Coaches was elected by a special Blue-Ribbon Panel during a meeting at the Hall of Fame .
Three products of HBCUs were included in the Class.
The Centennial Slate of Enshrinees will be joined in the Class of 2020 by five Modern-Era Players who will be elected on “Selection Saturday,” the day before Super LIV in Miami. Those five individuals will be revealed and join the members of the Centennial Slate on NFL Honors, a two-hour primetime awards special.
Harold Carmichael (Southern University)
NFL Career: 1971-1983 Philadelphia Eagles, 1984 Dallas Cowboys
Key member of Eagles teams that earned four straight playoff appearances, 1978-1981 … Recorded career-high and team record at time with 67 catches for 1,116 yards to lead NFL in receptions and receiving yardage, 1973 … Hauled in personal best 12 catches for 187 yards versus St. Louis Cardinals, Oct. 14, 1973 … Scored career-best 11 touchdown receptions, 1979 … Registered 40 or more catches in nine straight seasons … Eclipsed 1,000-yard mark three times … Had 20 games with 100 or more receiving yards in career … Led Eagles in receptions and receiving yardage seven times … Established then-NFL record 127 straight games with a reception (1972-1980) … Helped Philadelphia to division title and franchise’s first Super Bowl appearance, 1980 … Retired as Eagles’ all-time leader in games played, consecutive games played, touchdowns, receptions, receiving yards, and touchdown receptions … Career stats: 590 receptions for 8,985 yards, 79 TDs … Named First-Team All-Pro, 1973 … Second-Team All-Pro three times ... First-Team All-NFC three times (1973, 1978, 1979) … Second-Team All-NFC four times … Selected to four Pro Bowls … Chosen as NFL Man of the Year, 1980 … Named to NFL’s All-Decade Team of 1970s.
Winston Hill (Texas Southern)
AFL/NFL Career: 1963-1976 New York Jets, 1977 Los Angeles Rams
Drafted by Baltimore Colts in NFL but signed as free agent with AFL’s Jets … Possessed durability, size and strength to become dominant tackle … Especially noted as one of game’s best pass protectors … Integral leader of offensive line that blocked for Joe Namath, pro football’s first 4,000-yard passer … Helped Jets to back-to-back division titles in 1968 and 1969 … Started at left tackle in Jets’ upset of Colts, Super Bowl III … Held Jets’ records for most consecutive career games (195) and consecutive starts (174) at time of retirement … Named All-Pro and All-AFL, 1969 … Second-Team All-AFL three times (1964, 1968, 1969) … Second-Team All-NFL three times (1970, 1971, 1972) … All-AFC five straight seasons (1970-74) … Voted to first AFL All-Star Game in second season … Elected to eight AFL All-Star Games/Pro Bowls (five as left tackle, three at right tackle) … Named to All-Time AFL Team (Second Team).
Donnie Shell (South Carolina State)
NFL Career: 1974-1987 Pittsburgh Steelers
Signed as free agent and earned starting role at end of rookie season … Recorded interception in his first career start … Hard-hitting tackler and integral member of Steelers’ vaunted defense … Played in six AFC championship games and four Super Bowls … Recorded five or more picks in season six straight years, 1979-1984 …. Career-best 7 interceptions in 1980, 1984 … Two career pick-sixes (52 yards vs. Cincinnati Bengals on Oct. 1, 1984; and 50 yards vs. Miami Dolphins on Nov. 1, 1987) … Picked off a personal best three passes in one game (vs. Cleveland Browns, Nov. 22, 1981) … Led or shared team lead in interceptions five times (1980, 1982-84, 1986) … Career stats: 51 interceptions for 490 yards … Recovered two fumbles for TD … Selected First-Team All-Pro three times (1979, 1980, 1982) … Second-Team All-Pro three times … All-AFC twice … Voted to five consecutive Pro Bowls … Named to Super Bowl Silver Anniversary Team.