(KALB) - The Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019, announced late Saturday afternoon, includes three Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame members: Kevin Mawae, Ed Reed, and Johnny Robinson.
They are nearly half of an eight-member class to be enshrined in Canton Aug. 1-4.
Reed, a first-ballot inductee, was enshrined in the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 2017. Robinson, long overlooked by the voters for Canton, went into the Louisiana Hall in 1984.
Mawae entered the LSHOF in 2013, when the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum opened.
They will join 18 other members of the Louisiana Sports Hall in Canton.
The most recent Pro Football Hall of Famer with LSHOF membership was Morten Andersen in 2017.
Other recent Pro Football HOF inductees from the LSHOF family: Fred Dean, Marshall Faulk, Rickey Jackson, Will Roaf and Aeneas Williams.
The Louisiana hall’s alumni branch in Canton also includes Mel Blount, Terry Bradshaw, Willie Brown, Buck Buchanan, Willie Davis, Jim Finks, Cal Hubbard, Charlie Joiner, Jackie Smith, Y.A. Tittle, and Steve Van Buren.
Mawae, a product of Leesville High School and LSU, is an eight-time Pro Bowl participant who made three All-Pro teams. Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcells called Mawae the best center in a generation in the NFL. He played 16 seasons and 241 games and made the NFL’s All Decade Team for the 2000s.
Mawae also served as president of the NFL Players Association and helped broker a collective bargaining agreement to end a painful strike.
Reed, a Destrehan High product, was a nine-time Pro Bowl safety who made All-Pro six times and was also on the NFL’s All-Decade Team for the 2000s. A native of St. Rose outside of New Orleans, Reed was the 2004 NFL Defensive Player of the Year.
He led the AFC in interceptions four times and topped the NFL in pickoffs three times, only the second player in history to do so. He had 64 career interceptions, returning them for an NFL record 1,590 yards and seven scores.
Robinson was an iconic safety in a 12-year career, 10 in Kansas City, where he earned a spot on the AFL’s All-Time Team. He had 57 career interceptions as he made six AFL All-Star Games, and late in his career played in a Pro Bowl and was All-NFL in 1970.
A Delhi native, Robinson lives in Monroe. He was part of LSU’s 1958 national championship team.