Orlando Pace became the second “Greatest Show on Turf” Ram to enter the Hall of Fame.
Offensive tackle Orlando Pace was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, becoming the second offensive player from the St. Louis Rams’ “Greatest Show on Turf” era to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Pace, who follows Marshall Faulk as a Rams inductee, mentioned in his speech that he hopes to be followed soon by quarterback Kurt Warner and receivers Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt.
Pace, the first overall pick in the 1997 NFL Draft out of Ohio State, spent 12 of his 13 NFL seasons in St. Louis as a member of the Rams. He started all 16 games in seven of eight seasons from 1998 to 2005, and he played in 169 total regular season games (starting 165) over the course of his NFL career. Pace was selected to seven Pro Bowls and was a three-time First Team All-Pro.
Pace’s speech, a strong but succinct address that was shorter than every inductee’s besides Marvin Harrison at 16:25, mainly concerned his upbringing in Sandusky, Ohio. Pace thanked current Rams owner Stan Kroenke (who was not in attendance at Saturday’s ceremony), but also made it a point to extensively address then fans of St. Louis–where he still lives–saying that the Super Bowl championship that the 1999 team won can never be taken away from them.