Miami football inducts star-studded class into Ring of Honor

The Miami Hurricanes inducted five football players comprising the Class of 2017 into its Ring of Honor on Friday.

The names on the list are pretty impressive.

Wide receiver Michael Irvin, linebacker Ray Lewis, safety Ed Reed, defensive tackle Warren Sapp and cornerback Sean Taylor were the five inductees. Between the five, the group won a total of seven Super Bowl rings and went to a combined 36 NFL Pro Bowls.

Irvin played at Miami from 1985-1987 and helped the Hurricanes win the 1987 national championship. While at Miami, Irvin set school records with 143 receptions, 2,423 yards and 26 receiving touchdowns.

Irvin was drafted in the first round of the 1988 draft by the Dallas Cowboys and was on three Super Bowl-winning Cowboys teams. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007.

Lewis was a first team all-Big East selection in both 1994 and 1995 and a first team-all American in 1995 for Miami. Lewis was drafted in the first round by the Baltimore Ravens in 1996 and played all 17 of his NFL seasons with the Ravens. He helped the Ravens win two Super Bowls, was selected to 13 Pro bowls and was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year 2000 and 2003.

Reed was a member of Miami’s 2001 national championship-winning team and still holds Hurricanes records for most interceptions (21) and most interceptions returned for touchdowns (4). Reed also played for the Ravens and helped them win the 2012 Super Bowl, and he was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2004.

Sapp anchored the 1994 Miami defense that ranked first in the nation in total defense and scoring defense, and that season he was named both the Big East and National Defensive Player of the Year. Sapp became the first Hurricane to win a Super Bowl ring as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2002. He was selected to seven Pro Bowls and was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1999. Sapp was also enshrined in the pro football Hall of Fame in 2013.

Taylor died tragically in 2007 after being shot. Prior to his death, Taylor was also a member of Miami’s 2001 national championship team. In 2003, Taylor led the nation in interceptions and was named an All-American. He was drafted in the first round by the Washington Redskins in 2004 and made two Pro Bowls before he was killed.

The 2017 class joins 18 other former Hurricanes in the Ring of Honor, including the likes of Vinny Testaverde, Jim Kelly, Bernie Kosar and Edgerrin James.

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