Kenny Easley prepares to enter Pro Football Hall of Fame

Former UCLA safety Kenny Easley (5) will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August. (Photo by Peter Read Miller /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images)

Kenny Easley woke up in a sweat. It was 4:30 a.m. in a Houston hotel room on Selection Saturday for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The former UCLA safety already knew.

He was in.

Easley, UCLA’s legendary safety who still holds the school’s all-time interceptions record, will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Aug. 5 in Canton, Ohio. It’s been 30 years since Easley’s NFL career ended prematurely due to a kidney ailment, and after he was never considered for the Hall as a Modern Era player, the hard-hitting safety from Virginia finally made the cut as a Senior Member this year.

After the long wait, the dream Easley had in that Houston hotel room put him at ease.  Continue reading “Kenny Easley prepares to enter Pro Football Hall of Fame” »

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Maurice Jones-Drew leads 2017 UCLA Hall of Fame Class

Maurice Jones-Drew (pictured in 2005) will be inducted into the UCLA Hall of Fame this year. (Photo by Stephen Dunn /Getty Images)

Three-time NFL Pro-Bowler Maurice Jones-Drew leads UCLA’s nine-member 2017 Hall of Fame Class, which was announced on Wednesday.

The group, which includes three Olympians and a combined 17 national championships, will be inducted into the UCLA Hall of Fame on Oct. 20 and honored during halftime of UCLA’s game against Oregon at the Rose Bowl on Oct. 21.

Jones-Drew left UCLA in 2005 with school records in career and single-season all-purpose yards, touchdowns in a game, single-game rushing yards and single-season punt returns for touchdowns. His punt return average of 28.5 yards in 2005 is still the NCAA record. During his NFL career, he rushed for 1,000-yards three times, including a league-leading 1,606 in 2011.

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