He blocked for Jim Brown, Leroy Kelly and Bobby Mitchell, but somehow it took 28 years to get Former Ole Miss Rebel Gene Hickerson his own spot in Canton.
The long wait came to an end Saturday night with Hickerson becoming just the second Ole Miss player to be enshrined into the NFL's Hall of Fame.
Wearing number 66 for the Cleveland Browns, Hickerson anchored Cleveland's offensive line for 15 seasons in the 60's and early 70's.
He was an All-Pro five straight years and was voted to the Pro Bowl six consecutive seasons.
The 72 year old Hickerson has been battling Alzheimer's in recent years.
Hickerson was inducted alongside Dallas wide receiver Michael Irvin, Houston lineman Bruce Matthews, Buffalo runningback Thurman Thomas, Detroit Tight end Charlie Sanders and St. Louis cornerback Charlie Wehrli.