Rhodes becomes a Hall of Famer

Posted by Darren Urban on February 17, 2011 – 10:33 am

There’s been so much talk lately about the Hall of Fame. This post isn’t about that. It’s about safety Kerry Rhodes getting his own ticket into the Hall of Fame. One for pro football too, although it’s not like he’ll have a bust next to Russ Grimm. That’s impossible, since Rhodes is still playing. No, this is for the pro football Hall of Fame in Kentucky (which is, notes the press release, the only state to have its own pro football Hall).

Rhodes, who played in college at Louisville, will be inducted in a ceremony June 24. Also in the class is former Super Bowl-winning quarterback Phil Simms, who played collegiately at Morehead State.

“It was a pretty big deal,” Rhodes said.

The Hall was started in 2003, and already has former NFL dignitaries like former Cardinals coach Buddy Ryan (who lives in Kentucky), Steelers center Dermotti Dawson, Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander and Falcons center Jeff Van Note.

“We’ll have our little enshrining moment,” Rhodes said with a smile. “I thought it was pretty cool, actually.”

From the press release about the Hall class: “KERRY RHODES is an Alabama native who played college ball at the University of Louisville, where he was one of the greatest defensive players ever to play for the school.  He was drafted by the New York Jets, and was ranked #29 of the top 500 players in the NFL by SPORTS ILLUSTRATED in 2007.  He is currently with the Arizona Cardinals.  He is known both for his work for others through his foundations, (The Rhodes Foundation to address the Reaffirming the Hopes of Dream endearing scholars IN America’s most impoverished neighborhoods) and for his fashion sense, infectious personality and TV presence.”

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25 Responses to “Rhodes becomes a Hall of Famer”

  1. By Scott McDonald on Feb 17, 2011 | Reply

    It would’ve been nice to mention him buying meals for his fans while glossing over his generosity.

  2. By phoenixraven1 on Feb 17, 2011 | Reply

    Congrats Kerry! You and Lennon were the only ones who played game in game out all year long on the D side of the ball! A welcome addition to our D for sure!

  3. By Barry on Feb 17, 2011 | Reply

    I agree he does a great job of helping the less fortunate…he bought turkeys for a few families at thanksgiving last year and even ate dinner with them. He’s a top notch guy in my books!

  4. By R Robles on Feb 17, 2011 | Reply


  5. By brad oneill on Feb 17, 2011 | Reply

    definitely a great guy to cheer for both on and off the field. congratulations to mr. Rhodes on a great season in an otherwise dismal defense, i hope he has many more years in the desert converting opposing offenses into defenses.

  6. By bobF on Feb 17, 2011 | Reply

    I didn’t have high hopes for “Hollywood” coming to AZ, but I was pleasantly proven wrong. Seems like a real stand-up guy and a guy who can get out there and make things happen on the field.

  7. By Jesse Robles on Feb 17, 2011 | Reply

    Best Safety we had last season, if someone finds the other…let me know!

  8. By Chris on Feb 17, 2011 | Reply

    I thought Rhodes played very well last year. Some reporters say he is soft against the run and I’ll admit that he is more of a tackler than a hitter. What is your opinion on this aspect of his game? I really don’t see how Rolle was in the pro-bowl and Rhodes was snuffed.

  9. By Darren Urban on Feb 17, 2011 | Reply

    Chris —

    RE: tackling

    I agree in the thinking Rhodes had a better year than Rolle. But Rolle is in New York. That doesn’t hurt.

    As for Rhodes, being a big hitter is not the strength of his game. He has his moments — good and bad — in that area.

  10. By WarnerFan#13 on Feb 17, 2011 | Reply

    He is a great player. Next team captain of the Cards along with Fitzgerald and Dockett, or, Wilson, or maybe even Jay Feely? Yes I believe so.

  11. By Eazy E on Feb 17, 2011 | Reply

    Great player and great person had an outstanding year at FS as I knew he was and replaced antrel who was great with us.

  12. By MikeG on Feb 17, 2011 | Reply

    Hey Darren–Nice story on Rhodes. Nice to see the Card’s coaching staff in place.
    It will be interesting to see how Miller does with the play calling. Now we will wait and see on the CBA. We will start looking at the draft and possible free agent pickups and potential lost players. Certainly QB and the defense have to be top
    priorities. Speaking of the Hall of Fame, Do you think Aeneas Williams and Kurt Warner will enter the Pro Football Hall?????

  13. By Darren Urban on Feb 17, 2011 | Reply

    MikeG —

    RE: Warner/Aeneas

    I do think Warner eventually gets in. Not sure about Aeneas. Easy to make a strong case. Unfortunately, played on a lot of bad teams.

  14. By David on Feb 17, 2011 | Reply

    Pro bowl selection almost always happens the year after a great season, because the voting starts so early, Rhodes will hopefully get in this coming year.

  15. By cheesebeef on Feb 17, 2011 | Reply

    it would be a crime for aeneas not to get into the hall. The guy could cover, tackle and was a huge playmaker. it’s a shame that he doesn’t get his due because we were mostly awful back during his day.

  16. By Phoenixraven1 on Feb 17, 2011 | Reply

    Be interesting how Horton uses his talent, actually from both safeties…

  17. By georgiebird on Feb 17, 2011 | Reply

    Rhodes did a good job for the Cardinals. When the Cardinals lost Rolle, they were very decisive in going after Rhodes. It was one of the better efforts of Cardinal management in 2010 -along with Feely. I would have hoped that the Cardinals could have been that zoned in when hiring the coaches.
    Rhodes is definitely a better safety than Rolle and he can’t help be a better team guy than Rolle. It was easy for Rhodes to stand out in 2010 since the other DBs were so bad. Hope Rhodes can be that guy again in 2011.

  18. By Don't Take Losses on Feb 17, 2011 | Reply

    OMG: watched Sugar Ray Horton with Wolfley video. .. OMG… Giddy up Redbird.

  19. By Peter in Canada on Feb 17, 2011 | Reply

    The year Williams joined the Rams and went to the SB he was as dominant a defender as I’ve seen. As Cheesebeef says he was handicapped by playing on lousy teams. We only get nationally televised games up here so I never got to see him until he joined the Rams and I was really impressed..

  20. By Eazy E on Feb 18, 2011 | Reply

    Kerry will lay your butt out, he’s a safety for crying out loud. He is a sure tackler and he”ll light you up. He and Adrian is the best safety tandem in the league and coach ray horton got them and will put them everywhere to make plays.

  21. By brad oneill on Feb 18, 2011 | Reply

    Aeneas Williams was an amazing cardinal. His half of the field was effectively shut down. Not to mention he was a solid citizen. Part of being in the hall of fame is winning and he played on a lot of teams that didn’t win much. although it is fair to say the losses were not his fault in any way. If i was picking an all time great team he and dion sanders would be my corners. but it will be tough to get him in the hall of fame because he was handicapped by being a cardinal during the dark ages. of course if the cardinals start winning now perceptions will change and he will have a better chance. its just the way it works.

  22. By Peter in Canada on Feb 18, 2011 | Reply

    Brad – Williams was very good but the Cards had a guy who was better than both Williams and Sanders. Night Train Lane.

  23. By Scott H on Feb 20, 2011 | Reply

    Maybe the greatest thing that Aeneas Williams did during his career was dedicate himself to a losing team. He wanted to win Arizona so bad, and he sure did everything he could to make it happen. It was so great to see them go to the playoffs in 1998 and see him finally get a taste. I have the highlight video from that year and seeing him in tears in the locker room after the win in Dallas made me cry as well! A real shame he eventually had to go elsewhere to win a SB, but I’m glad he finally made it. I’m hoping that that will get him in to the HOF someday.

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