Irvin Emotional at Canton Induction

Ex-Triplet, Bills RB Thomas marquee members of Class of '07
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Aug 5, 2007 10:01 AM CDT
Michael Irvin waves to the crowd after giving a speech at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2007, in Canton, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Known perhaps as much for off-field misconduct as for on-field brilliance, Dallas wideout Michael Irvin demonstrated both gratitude and remorse at his induction into football's Hall of Fame. Irvin wept frequently during a 26-minute speech in which he thanked an abundance of people and hoped openly that his sons would "be better men than I was."

The other well-known inductee was Buffalo rusher Thurman Thomas, who led the league in yards from scrimmage for four consecutive years, a record. The hall also unveiled busts of Cleveland guard Gene Hickerson, Houston/Tennessee OL Bruce Matthews, Detroit tight end Charlie Sanders, and St. Louis cornerback Roger Wehrli.