Reed, Gonzalez, Bailey headline 2019 Hall of Fame class

Los Angeles Rams legends Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt on on stage during the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio CIty Music Hall on Friday

Los Angeles Rams legends Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt on on stage during the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio CIty Music Hall on Friday

Jim Trotter, the NFL Network reporter and Pro Football Hall of Fame committee member, stood up in the corner of a large ballroom inside an Atlanta hotel, grabbed the microphone and looked out at his 47 peers, all sitting behind a square table. As a deep-lying free safety, he collected 73 career interceptions (including the playoffs), leading a dominant Ravens defense during the 2000s.

Bailey revolutionized his position as one of the first players to shadow his opponent's No. 1 receiver. "He was an integral part of three Super Bowl championship teams and we are honored to have another Patriot take his rightful place in Canton". He led the league in interceptions on three occasions and was named the 2004 NFL Defensive Player of the Year. He had 53 career interceptions, seven of which he returned for TDs.

Law played for New England for 10 years before joining the Kansas City Chiefs, the New York Jets and the Denver Broncos.

The city hosting the Super Bowl got its own Hall of Famer on Saturday in tight end Tony Gonzalez, who ranks second to Jerry Rice on the NFL's all-time list for career receptions. He's happy for the Bowlen family, which has been through a lot in recent years with both Pat and his wife Annabel battling Alzheimer's disease. He helped create the NFL Scouting Combine as a centralization of the draft's evaluation process. Former Chiefs safety Johnny Robinson gained entry as the senior candidate.

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