Talley, who finished his career at West Virginia as its all-time leading tackler and a consensus All-American, gave credit to the motivation provided by his father for much of his success.
"He instilled one thing in me," Talley said during the ceremonies. "Don't tell me what you are going to do, show me what you are going to do. At that point you knew that if you didn't do what you were said you were going to do, he'd be after you."
That's not the first time that Talley has related that story, but it served to emphasize the way in which he built his stellar career. Talley certainly wasn't a quiet player, but he was about performance on the field -- an outgrowth of that lesson from his father.
Talley was a four-year starter at WVU, and recorded 484 tackles over that span, which was the school record when he departed. He duplicated that feat in the pros, totaling 1,137 career stops for the Buffalo Bills, which is also a franchise record.
Talley joins Bruce Bosley, Bobby Bowden, Major Harris, Sam Huff, Greasy Neale, Don Nehlen, Ira "Rat" Rodgers, Ben Schwartzwalder, Doc Spears, Joe Stydahar and Fielding "Hurry Up" Yost as members of the Hall.