quote by John Riggins

Pro Football Hall of Famer is something that everyone recognizes as the pinnacle of any achievement in sport. All the fame and all the recognition that we single out in various industries, the Pro Football Hall of Fame is really special.

— John Riggins

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I'm flattered that so many baseball people think I'm a Hall of Famer.

But what's hard to believe is how one-hundred and fifty plus people have changed their minds about me since I became eligible, because I haven't had a base hit since then.

I think sometimes Hall of Famers might get labeled as guys who aren't suited for a coaching job or to be back at the Major League level.

Around here, though, people don't treat me any differently.

That's to be expected. I don't mind at all, being in the shadow of three Hall of Famers. I just want to learn all I can from them.

Humbled by the fact that never in a million years would I ever thought that I would be on the same stage with all these great Hall of Famers and enshrined to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

When I was interviewed after I got hired to replace Walter Alston, a future Hall of Famer, I was asked: “Don’t you feel pressure on you?” I said: “Want to know something, I’m worried about the guy who’s going to have to replace me.”

I like to use my Larry Bird analogy, because I'm from Boston.

It must have been frustrating playing behind Larry Bird. Because no matter what happens, good or bad, he's the guy. And you've got no chance of getting in. That's just the way it is. It's tough to play behind a future Hall of Famer.

Our military, police forces, fire fighters ... those are the real Hall of Famers.

(Mike) Schmitty provided what the relief pitchers need most, home runs and great defense. He's the best third baseman that I ever played with, and maybe of all-time. Obvious Hall of Famer, even then. He retired while on top of his game. I thought for sure he was going to hit 600 home runs.

I played with 11 Hall of Famers and played against 52 Hall of Famers, and I don't know any of them linked to steroids.

Playing behind a first-ballot Hall of Famer, who also is the all-time record holder for consecutive starts by a quarterback, it's a different mind-set. You just have to challenge yourself in ways that you never challenged yourself before.

When you have five or six potential hall of famers on your team .

.. that's when you win penants and championships. The only thing you have to be concerned about is getting the ballplayers to bed on time.

First off there is no question that LaDainian is a first-ballot Hall of Famer.

His contributions off the field to the community of San Diego are as important as what he did on the field. What he did on the field was monumental.

My hope is that one day Mike Glennon is a Hall of Famer.

On behalf of Major League Baseball, I am terribly saddened by the sudden passing of Kirby Puckett. He was a Hall of Famer in every sense of the term. He was revered throughout the country and will be remembered wherever the game is played. Kirby was taken from us much too soon - and too quickly.

He really just wanted to go about his business.

I would put Eddie Murray in the same category as Andre Dawson. He would like to kid around with the press and (be surly), but he was a total professional. I see why he is a Hall of Famer. I am just glad I had the pleasure of playing for Eddie (Murray) for one year.

As long as you do things for God, you are a Hall of Famer in heaven's list.