Patriots' linebacker Andre Tippett was selected to the NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. Tippett, who played for New England for 11 seasons (1982-93), becomes only the second Patriot to be elected to the Hall after guard John Hannah.
"This is by far the proudest moment of my professional football career," said Tippett. "I will be joining the greats of the game and I am deeply honored.
As part of the 2008 class to join the Hall, he will be enshrined in Canton, Ohio, on August 2. Other 2008 enshrines include, San Diego Chargers and San Francisco 49ers defensive end Fred Dean, Washington Redskins cornerback Darrell Green and Redskins wide receiver Art Monk, Minnesota Vikings and Denver Broncos tackle Gary Zimmerman and senior committee selection, Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Emmitt Thomas.
Tippett acknowledged others who made his trip to the Hall possible.
"This recognition does not only belong to me, but also to my family, the Patriots organization, my teammates and especially the fans. Tippett said."
Patriots' owner Robert Kraft acknowledged Tippet's introduction with great satisfaction.
"I couldn't be happier for Andre and his family," Said Kraft. "He was a dominant defender who wreaked havoc on opposing offenses throughout his Patriots career. I was a huge fan of his during his playing career for his work on the field and have become an even bigger fan of his since his retirement for his work off of it. I think all of New England was rooting for Andre when we left Boston earlier this week, knowing that it could be a very special week for a very special person."
Tippett was a second round Draft pick by the Patriots in the 1982 NFL Draft (41st overall). The former Iowa product earned the five straight Pro Bowl honors and set a franchise record with 18.5 sack. Tippett finished his career in 1993 by starting all 16 games and recording 8.5 sacks. He currently holds the team's all time sack record at 100.