CANTON, Ohio -- Retired San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson and ex-Denver Broncos running back Terrell Davis, who played at Lincoln High School, were among seven new members inducted Saturday into the Pro Football Hall of Fame's class of 2017.
During the enshrinement ceremony at the Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio, Morten Andersen, Kenny Easley, Jerry Jones, Jason Taylor and Kurt Warner were also inducted.
After Tomlinson unveiled his bust that will forever sit in the Hall of Fame, he thanked all of his teammates and coaches and also thanked the fans for helping him in his 11-year Hall of Fame career in the NFL.
"Your cheers inspired me to always dig deeper and run harder. At the same time you inspired me, I hope I inspired you with the passion I played with," he said.
Tomlinson also received two standing ovations when he called on the country to unite together, saying he has more work to do.
"I advocate we become Team America," Tomlinson said. "In sports, we're evaluated on our desire, ability and given the chance to compete. America is the land of opportunity. Let's not slam the door on those who may look or sound different from us. Rather, let's open it wide for those who believe in themselves, that anything is possible, and are willing to compete and take whatever risks necessary to work hard to succeed."
Davis, who played seven seasons with the Denver Broncos, started his speech by talking about how he felt when he first saw his Hall of Fame bust.
"Now I can say, the overwhelming feeling running through my body today is gratitude," Davis said.
Davis also talked about how he had to overcome migraines starting at the age of 9 and throughout most of his career with the Broncos, and how he nearly wanted to quit before his first preseason game in Japan.
"Everything in life has a price," Davis said. "The question is, what price are you willing to pay? The price to quit on our dreams or the price to do whatever it takes to fulfill our vision? I stand before you as an example that no matter what, we can achieve if we believe deeply enough."