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Former Lions Great Dick LeBeau Will Be Inducted Into Hall Of Fame Tonight

The 2010 class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame is set to be enshrined tonight in Canton, Ohio. The annual event always features great players and interesting characters, and this year is no different with Jerry Rice and Emmitt Smith headlining the class.

One of the other people being inducted into the Hall of Fame tonight is former Lions cornerback Dick LeBeau. He is best known nowadays for being the defensive coordinator of the Pittsburgh Steelers, but before he was a coach he enjoyed a great career in Detroit.

LeBeau's career with the Lions began after he was cut by the Browns, which had originally selected him in the fifth round of the 1959 draft.  The Lions brought him in as a free agent and the rest is history.  LeBeau spent all 14 seasons of his career with the Lions and went on to become an outstanding cornerback.  He made the Pro Bowl from 1965-67 and finished his career with 62 interceptions, which is the third-most of any cornerback in league history.  Also, LeBeau holds the record for the most consecutive game appearances (171) by a cornerback.

The ceremony tonight gets started at 7 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on both ESPN and NFL Network.

In addition to Rice, Smith and LeBeau, this year's Hall of Fame class includes Russ Grimm, Rickey Jackson, Floyd Little and John Randle.