A quick look at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2011 (induction ceremonies will be Aug. 6 in Canton, Ohio):
Richard Dent, DE
Bears, 49ers, Colts, Eagles (1983-97) A cornerstone of Chicago's fearsome defense in the 1980s and '90s, Dent recorded 137.5 career sacks, third-most all time at the time of his retirement. ... Recorded three tackles, 1.5 sacks and two forced fumbles to earn Super Bowl XX MVP honors. ... Had at least 10 sacks in eight seasons from 1984-93.
Marshall Faulk, RB
Colts, Rams (1994-2005) One of the NFL's most dynamic playmakers for over a decade, Faulk won a Super Bowl with the 1999 Rams, was the 1994 Offensive Rookie of the Year, the 2000 NFL MVP and a three-time Offensive Player of the Year (1999-2001). ... He is the league's 10th-leading career rusher with 12,279 yards and also recorded 767 receptions.
Chris Hanburger, LB
Redskins (1965-78) The "defensive quarterback" of the Redskins' 1972 Super Bowl team, Hanburger spent all 14 seasons with Washington and played in nine Pro Bowls. ... Known as "The Hangman," Hanburger was one of the most dependable linebackers of his era and was selected first-team All-NFL four times in the 1970s.
Les Richter, LB
Rams (1954-62) The Rams traded 11 players to the Dallas Texans to obtain the rights to Richter, then waited for him to complete two years of military service before he took the field. ... Was selected to the Pro Bowl eight times, missing out only in his final season. ... Never missed a game in nine seasons. ... Also saw action as kicker, leading LA in scoring in 1955 and '56. ... Died last year at age 79.
Deion Sanders, CB
Falcons, 49ers, Cowboys, Redskins, Ravens (1989-2000, 2004-05) Arguably the best cover corner ever, "Prime Time" recorded 53 career interceptions despite rarely being thrown at once his reputation was established. ... The Defensive Player of the Year in 1994 won Super Bowls with the '94 49ers and '95 Cowboys. ... A nine-time first-team All-Pro selection at cornerback, Sanders was also first-team All Pro at kick returner in '92 and punt returner in '98.
Shannon Sharpe, TE
Broncos, Ravens (1990-2003) Had 815 receptions for 10,060 yards and 62 TDs, all NFL records for a tight end at the time of his retirement. ... Won three Super Bowls in a four-year span (Broncos, 1997-98; Ravens 2000). ... Surpassed 1,000 receiving yards three times and was an eight-time Pro Bowl selection.
Founder of NFL Films Sabol won the rights to film the 1962 NFL Championship Game, and two years later NFL Films was born. ... Pioneer introduced techniques such as employing sideline cameras, putting microphones on coaches and players, and adding background music to footage. ... NFL Films won 52 Emmy Awards during his tenure.
Sources: The Associated Press, Pro Football Hall of Fame.