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Former Houston Oilers' Robert Brazile elected to Hall of Fame

HOUSTON – The Houston Oilers have not been Houston’s NFL team for quite some time, but another player from the glory days of that franchise is getting a bust in Canton at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Linebacker Robert Brazile got the knock on his door Saturday afternoon in Minnesota ahead of the Super Bowl with word that, as a senior nominee, he’s been elected to the Hall of Fame.

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Brazile played all ten of his season with the Oilers from 1975-1984, never missing a game. 

A destructive force who earned the nickname Dr. Doom, was the team’s 1st round pick (6th overall) in the 1975 draft and earned defensive rookie of the year honors.

“I had 10 good years in Houston man,” Robert Brazile told KPRC Sports Director Randy McIlvoy in Minneapolis at Super Bowl 52.  “ The only team I played for was the Houston Oilers and the only team I loved were the Houston Oilers.  It’s special.” 

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“It means a lot.  You can’t find the right words for that,” Brazile told KPRC.

“You’ve got to have the right feeling and the only person who can feel that is me. I got that call back in August and I knew I thought I would be ready for that call but I cried like a baby,” Brazile said.

“This the ultimate feeling for any athlete to be recognized for all the hard work and blood ,sweat and tears that you put into something for somebody to say,  you are the best!”

He helped the franchise to three consecutive playoff berths from 1978-80, with the team compiling a 32-16 record.

Brazile was voted all-Pro five consecutive seasons from 1976-80 and was selected to seven Pro Bowls. He was also named to the NFL’s all-Decade team of the 1970’s.