Covert will become the fifth player from the famed 1985 Super Bowl XX champions to be inducted in Canton, joining former teammates Richard Dent, Dan Hampton, Walter Payton and Mike Singletary-along with their coach, Mike Ditka.
Fifteen of those members are part of a special centennial class, consisting of 10 seniors (players who last played more than 25 years ago), three contributors (an individual other than a player or coach) and two coaches.
"They broke my heart", Pearson said. "They strung it out like this", Pearson said.
A special Blue-Ribbon Panel comprised of many members of the overall Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee, Hall of Famers, coaches, football executives and several leading historians has scrutinized the merits of almost 300 candidates nominated for consideration as part of the Hall's special Centennial Class of 2020.
He added, "You put your hands into fate, your fate in the hands of people and you trust them to do it right... it hurts". Making the Hall of Fame proved elusive for the three-time Super Bowl champion and unsafe deep threat known for elite athleticism and speed.
There is no America's Team without Drew Pearson.
For fans of Cowboys, and those lucky enough to have watched Pearson play for the Cowboys from 1973 through 1983, the fact one of the greatest undrafted free agents in league history isn't in the Pro Football Hall of Fame is a tragedy. Original 88... you deserve to be in the hall of fame no if and buts about it.
As did Tony Dorsett. He deserves to be there.
Instead, the deafening silence of not hearing his name announced only allowed Pearson's anger and frustration to overcome him with the cameras rolling. He had 489 receptions for 7,822 yards and 48 touchdowns. Pearson's reaction represents the seldom seen but very real, negative side of what happens when someone doesn't get named to the Hall.
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