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By PFW staff

The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced its Class of 2012 on Saturday — CB Jack Butler, C Dermontti Dawson, DE-OLB Chris Doleman, DT Cortez Kennedy, RB Curtis Martin and OT Willie Roaf.

Two first-year-eligible nominees, head coach Bill Parcells and OG Will Shields, were among the finalists who will have to wait at least another year for induction.

The other finalists who did not make it this year were RB Jerome Bettis, WR Tim Brown, WR Cris Carter, owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr., OLB-DE Kevin Greene, DE-OLB Charles Haley, WR Andre Reed, OG Dick Stanfel and CB-S Aeneas Williams.

Butler was nominated by the seniors committee. Upon his retirement after nine seasons with the Steelers from 1951-59, Butler ranked second all-time in interceptions with 52 (in only 103 games). He made the Pro Bowl four times and was named to the NFL's All-Decade team of the 1950s.

Dawson manned the center position for the Steelers from 1988 to 2000, playing in 184 games. He played in 170 consecutive games and played in seven consecutive Pro Bowls. He was named first-team All Pro in six consecutive years.

Doleman's career spanned 1985-99, with most of that time spent with the Vikings. He also played for the Falcons and 49ers. Doleman finished with 150½ sacks, which ranked fourth all-time at the time of his retirement. He had eight seasons with 10 sacks or more and was named to eight Pro Bowls.

Kennedy played all 11 of his NFL seasons with the Seahawks from 1990-2000. He recorded 58 sacks and three interceptions in his career and twice led the Seahawks in sacks. He was the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year in 1992.

Martin spent his 11 NFL seasons with the Patriots and Jets and retired as the league's fourth all-time leading rusher with 14,101 yards. He had 90 rushing touchdowns and 10 receiving touchdowns in his career. Martin was named Rookie of the Year and made the Pro Bowl five times. He began his career with 10 consecutive 1,000-yard seasons and won the rushing title in 2004.

Roaf played in 189 games over 13 seasons for the Saints and Chiefs. The first-round pick in 1993, Roaf was voted to 11 Pro Bowls and was named first-team All-Pro seven times in his career.

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