Meet the Hall of Fame Class of 2001

Mike Munchak Offensive guard. Houston Oilers 1982-'93. The facts: Selected by Houston in the first round (eighth overall) of the 1982 NFL draft. ... Earned starting OLG spot as a rookie. ... Played in 159 games in his 12 NFL seasons. ... Considered a devastating blocker, Munchak was the key to an offensive line that kept the Oilers at or near the top of the NFL's offensive statistical categories. ... Behind the Munchak-led line, the Oilers led the NFL in total offense in '90 and passing offense in '90 and '91. ... The Oilers finished second in points scored in '90 and total offense in '91. ... Was equally effective as pass and run blocker, as team finished fourth in the NFL in '93 in both average gain per rushing play (4.4 yards) and average gain per offensive play (5.3 yards). ... In '88, Munchack led a line that gave up only 24 sacks, third-best in the league. ... Named All-Pro four times, All-AFC seven times and selected to play in the Pro Bowl nine times. ... Will be presented by Titans OL Bruce Matthews. Joel Buchsbaum says: "Just a devastating run blocker. He and Bruce Matthews may have been the best set of guards ever to play the game. Matthews has played longer, played more positions and gotten more publicity, but as a pure guard, Munchak may have been even better and was the more explosive of the two. He was very similar to John Hannah but never got the hype Hannah got."

Jackie Slater Offensive tackle. Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams 1976-'95. The facts: Selected in third round (86th overall) of 1976 draft. ... Played in 259 games in 20 seasons. ... Retired tied for third-most seasons played in NFL history. ... His 259 regular-season games played were the most by an offensive lineman at the time of his retirement. ... Was first- or second-team All-Pro choice five seasons and first- or second-team All-NFC choice seven times. ... Known for his work ethic and leadership skills. ... Earned seven Pro Bowl berths ('84, '86-'91). ... A powerful drive blocker, Slater played in front of 24 different quarterbacks and 37 different running backs. ... A total of 27 Rams quarterbacks passed for 300-plus yards in a game with Slater as a blocker. ... In '83, the Rams' offensive line allowed a league-low 23 sacks, while Eric Dickerson rushed for a rookie record 1,808 yards. ... Appeared in 18 playoff games. ... Named USA Today Lineman of the Year three times. ... Will be presented by John Robinson, head coach of the Rams from 1983-'91. Joel Buchsbaum says: "Slater was one of the most durable, dependable, technically sound offensive linemen in the NFL. He was a guy who worked very hard during the offseason to improve every year. The Rams stole him in Round Three."

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