Levy, Swann Make Football Hall of Fame

In 14 years with the Rams, Youngblood was All-NFC eight times and was the league's defensive MVP in 1975. Munchak, Slater and Yary labored as dominant blockers on great teams. They also received their share of individual honors. Munchak was named first- or second-team All-Pro 10 times for the Houston Oilers. Slater played 20 superlative seasons with the Los Angeles Rams — still an NFL record for longevity with one team. Yary was All-Pro six times with the Minnesota Vikings. All were physical and enjoyed the contact up front. "I loved being knocked down as much as knocking someone down," Yary said.

Legendary Catches

Swann saved his best for the big games with the Pittsburgh Steelers dynasty of the 1970s. In the Steelers' 21-17 Super Bowl victory in 1975, he had four receptions for 161 yards, including a 64-yard catch and run that provided the winning score. Youngblood, Swann and Munchak each will be presented by former teammates: fellow Hall of Famer Merlin Olsen, John Stallworth and Bruce Matthews, respectively. Yary's line coach at Minnesota, John Michels, will introduce him, while Slater will be presented by his coach with the Rams, John Robinson. Levy selected longtime friend and Indianapolis Colts president Bill Polian to make his presentation speech. The new inductees also will be introduced during Monday night's annual Hall of Fame exhibition game between the Dolphins and St. Louis Rams.

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