Favre headlines Hall of Fame Class of 2016

Sun Feb 7, 2016 12:22am EST
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By Larry Fine

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Strong-armed quarterback Brett Favre, an ironman at the position and a bold playmaker, headlined the eight-member Class of 2016 voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday.

Favre, who retired five years ago, was elected in his first year of eligibility after a 20-year NFL career that included a Super Bowl title with the Green Bay Packers in the 1996 season.

When he left the game, the three-time NFL Most Valuable Player reigned as the league's all-time leader in completions, yards and passing touchdowns.

Joining Favre into the Canton, Ohio, shrine are coach Tony Dungy, wide receiver Marvin Harrison, pass-rusher Kevin Greene, tackle Orlando Pace, quarterback Ken Stabler, guard Dick Stanfel and former San Francisco 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo, Jr.

Stabler's election came four days after results of a study of the former Oakland Raiders quarterback's brain revealed that the Super Bowl winner was suffering from the degenerative brain disease CTE, which is linked to repeated head trauma, before his death last July.

Favre, who played 16 seasons with Green Bay, proved to be the most durable player ever in the NFL and tops the all-time list for consecutive starts with 297, 321 including playoffs.

After the Class of 2016 was introduced during the NFL Honors ceremony, fellow Hall of Famers in the audience joined them on stage to congratulate them.

"Roger Staubach comes up on stage, I still get goosebumps," said Favre. "That was my childhood hero, Dallas Cowboys were my team.   Continued...

Feb 6, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; Brett Favre looks on during a press conference to announce the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2016 at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports