Warren Moon was a trailblazer in the NFL, bringing the run and shoot offense to prominance in the NFL and changing how the quarterback position was played. Saturday, he was rewarded with induction into the NFL Hall of Fame.
Moon was one of six new members inducted, joining Troy Aikman, Harry Carson, John Madden, Reggie White and Rayfield Wright as the Class of 2006. In the process, Moon became the first African American quarterback selected to the Hall.
In a brief induction announcement speak, Moon passionately referred to those black quarterbacks that preceded him in the league and opened the door for him and a generation of quarterbacks that would follow.
Moon, who began his college career at a junior college because he refused to accept a scholarship if it meant playing a different position, had a long journey to Canton. After setting records at the Univerity of Washington, Moon got his professional start in the Canadian Football League before coming to the Oilers of the NFL.
Despite a long and illustrious career, Moon posted his best numbers as a member of the Vikings and remains the only Vikings QB to throw 600 or more passes in a year -- he did it in both of his full seasons as a Vikings starter.
* Among those who didn't make the Hall of Fame this year were RB Thurman Thomas, LB Derrick Thomas, former Vikings offensive lineman Gary Zimmerman and wide receiver Michael Irvin.
* Moon was not only the first African American QB named to the Hall of Fame, he was also the first undrafted quarterback to get the nod to the Hall.
* Former Vikings special teams coach Gary Zauner has joined Denny Green's coaching staff with the Cardinals.
* Moon and the other Hall of Famers will be inducted in festivities to be conducted the weekend of Aug. 5-6.
* This year marks the 20th anniversary of the "I'm going to Disney World!" speech by the game's MVP at the Super Bowl. The only time the game's MVP hasn't made the announcement was when the Ravens beat the Giants in 2001 -- the league and Disney were hesitant to have Ray Lewis, embroiled in a murder investigation, as their spokesperson.
* The Vikings executive staff of vice presidents arrived in Detroit for the Super Bowl festivities on Friday, with members of the
ownership group joining them throughout this weekend.
* Viking Update's own Bob Lurtsema will be introducing Vikings owner Zygi Wilf on the Arctic Blast snowmobile trip.
Moon Part of 2006 H.O.F. Class
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