Eller Eloquent in Enshrinement

Carl Eller was overshadowed in media coverage by the Hall of Fame enshrinement of "bigger names" like John Elway and Barry Sanders, but Eller's message will resonate as deeply as any inductee in recent memory.

Carl Eller's Hall of Fame speech was the shortest of the four members of the Class of 2004 and was first. He didn't dwell on the Purple People Eaters, his four Super Bowl appearances or his many on-field accomplishments.

Instead, Eller used his time at the podium as a call to arms for young African American men to steer clear of going down the wrong path in life.

Eller said the path that should be chosen will lead to colleges and universities, not prison and jail cells.

In his 12-minute speech, Eller used the forum as a social message, not recalling his own glory days. While his induction may have been relegated to the back of the line as it pertained to the high-profile first-year enshrinements of John Elway and Barry Sanders, Eller's message is one that will endure and make his induction a moment for all at the Hall of Fame to remember years after the hoopla surrounding Elway's induction dies down.

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