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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Hall of Fame Receives Largent, Winslow

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CANTON, Ohio -- Former all-time receptions leader Steve Largent was among five men inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.


San Diego tight end Kellen Winslow, Tampa Bay defensive lineman Lee Roy Selmon, Cleveland and Green Bay defensive lineman Henry Jordan and long-time executive Jim Finks were also inducted Saturday.


Largent, who caught 819 passes in 14 seasons with the Seattle Seahawks before retiring in 1989, was voted a Hall of Famer in his first year of eligibility.


Largent, now an Oklahoma congressman, and Selmon are the first players from the NFL's 1976 expansion teams to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.


At the time of his retirement, Largent was the holder of six league receiving records -- most receptions (819), most consecutive games with a reception (177), most receiving yardage (13,089), most touchdown receptions (100), most seasons with 50 or more receptions (10) and most seasons with 1,000 yards or more catches (8).


"My story is a story of mentors, people who believed in me when I did not believe in myself," said Largent. "I was one of those players, as you know, who was labelled as too small and too slow."


Largent was a seven-time Pro Bowl choice and missed just four games due to injury in his first 13 seasons.


Winslow, whose career was shortened by injury to nine seasons, caught 541 passes, 45 for touchdowns, and was All-Pro for three straight years from 1980 to 1982. Winslow used the podium to encourage African-American athletes to speak out while they had the spotlight.


"I encourage African-American athletes to awaken and take the role of leaders, I encourage African-American athletes to take responsibility," said Winslow, calling on current stars Michael Jordan, Emmitt Smith and Shaquille O'Neal by name.


Selmon was the first-ever pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the first player selected in the 1976 draft. He played with the Bucs from 1976 to 1984 and was voted to six straight Pro Bowls from 1979 to 1984. Selmon was named All-Pro three times.


"I am overwhelmed to be here and even be considered for this induction," said Selmon, who was presented by his brother and former teammate, Dewey


Jordan, this year's seniors nominee, was All-League six times during the 1960s, when he played on five Packer NFL title teams as well as Green Bay's two Super Bowl teams. He died on February 21, 1977, at age 42.


Finks worked for nearly 30 years in the front offices of the Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints before dying of brain cancer in 1994. He was the Vikings' general manager for their first two Super Bowl appearances and helped build the Bears team that won Super Bowl XX.


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The Carolina Panthers stopped a last-minute drive at the goal line and held off the Jacksonville Jaguars 20-14 in a preseason exhibition Saturday, the first game for both of the U.S. National Football League's two newest teams.


First-round draft choice Kerry Collins and veteran Jack Trudeau each directed a field goal drive for Carolina in the fourth quarter after Jacksonville had tied it 14-14 on James Stewart's 1-yard run late in the third. ()