The 5 Greatest Pro Football Hall Of Fame Speeches

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After seeing Derrick Brooks enshrined at Canton, we put our heads together to come up with the definitive list of the best Hall of Fame speeches ever. This was a tough battle, but we feel we’ve got the best of the best here for sure!

5 – Cris Carter

It took 6 long years of waiting, but Cris Carter had finally been inducted and recognized as one of the greatest WRs the game had ever known. Carter had tears in his eyes, when he took the podium, called it the greatest day of his life, but noted that it wouldn’t have been possible without his teammates…

CANTON, OH - AUGUST 3: Former receiver Cris Carter of the Minnesota Vikings poses with his bust during the NFL Class of 2013 Enshrinement Ceremony at Fawcett Stadium on Aug. 3, 2013 in Canton, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

CANTON, OH – AUGUST 3: Former receiver Cris Carter of the Minnesota Vikings poses with his bust during the NFL Class of 2013 Enshrinement Ceremony at Fawcett Stadium on Aug. 3, 2013 in Canton, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)


CLICK HERE to watch Carter’s speech.


4 – Deion Sanders

“Neon” Deion Sanders never lacked a flair for the dramatic, From gold chains, to colorful bandanas, Sanders was difficult not to notice – on the filed or off of it. What started out as an average speech, became one for the ages when Sanders began to talk about his “mama”. She was the driving force beihnd hsi success and there wouldn’t have been a “Prime Time” without her influence!

Former NFL player Deion Sanders.  (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for DirecTV)

Former NFL player Deion Sanders. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for DirecTV)


CLICK HERE to watch Sanders’ speech.


3 – Shannon Sharpe

The always loquacious, yet gritty Sharpe spoke of chasing his dreams, not expecting them to develop on their own. He emphasized dedication, discipline and determination but he also touched a nerve we all can relate to: family. From his brother Sterling, to his beloved grandmother – they all played a part in his becoming one of the all-time greats.

CANTON, OH - AUGUST 6:  Former Denver Broncos tight end Shannon Sharp talks to the fans after he unveiled his bust at the Enshrinement Ceremony for the Pro Football Hall of Fame on August 6, 2011 in Canton, Ohio.  (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

CANTON, OH – AUGUST 6: Former Denver Broncos tight end Shannon Sharp talks to the fans after he unveiled his bust at the Enshrinement Ceremony for the Pro Football Hall of Fame on August 6, 2011 in Canton, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)


CLICK HERE to watch Sharpe’s speech.


2 – Curtis Martin

Starting off his speech with some great stories about his teammates, Martin’s speech seemed to be lighter than your average Hall of Fame speech, but as it progressed you got to learn more about the man behind the facemaks. He spoke openely about his struggles with the game, his family life and then the inspiration Bill Parcell’s bestowed upon him. Truly one for the ages Martin’s speech is a must-see!

CANTON, OH - AUGUST 4: Former running back Curtis Martin, left,  with his bust and presenter former coach Bill Parcells, right, during the Class of 2012 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony at Fawcett Stadium on August 4, 2012 in Canton, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

CANTON, OH – AUGUST 4: Former running back Curtis Martin, left, with his bust and presenter former coach Bill Parcells, right, during the Class of 2012 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony at Fawcett Stadium on August 4, 2012 in Canton, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)


CLICK HERE to watch Curtis Martin’s enshrinement speech.


1. Derrick Brooks

He’s our favorite player, there’s no question. There’s also no question where Brooks comes from as a player and as a man. His speech was powerful, inspiring and left nothing out. We’re proud to be Bucs fans and even more proud to have Derrick Brooks join Warren Sapp and LeeRoy Selmon as representatives of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Canton!

CANTON, OH - AUGUST 2: Former Tampa Buccaneers linebacker Derrick Brooks, left, unveils his bust with his son Decalon Brooks, right, during the NFL Class of 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony at Fawcett Stadium on August 2, 2014 in Canton, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

CANTON, OH – AUGUST 2: Former Tampa Buccaneers linebacker Derrick Brooks, left, unveils his bust with his son Decalon Brooks, right, during the NFL Class of 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony at Fawcett Stadium on August 2, 2014 in Canton, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)


CLICK HERE to watch Derrick Brooks powerful Hall of Fame speech.


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