- Tomlinson says he 'got emotional right away'
- He and Jason Taylor were elected in their first year of eligibility
The class of 2017 is Tomlinson, Morten Andersen, Terrell Davis, Jason Taylor, Kurt Warner, Jerry Jones and Kenny Easley.
The class was announced during the taping of NFL Honors, a two-hour prime-time awards special held at the Wortham Theater Center in Houston. The group will be enshrined in Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio, in August.
Of this year's class, Tomlinson was seen as the likely lock. The 2006 NFL MVP is fifth in career rushing yards, second in career rushing touchdowns and third in total touchdowns.
Tomlinson -- who is originally from Rosebud, Texas, a little more than 150 miles away from Houston -- said he "got emotional right away."
"I just thought about the journey," a red-eyed Tomlinson said. "I thought about being a small-town kid from up the road, to now going to Canton, Ohio."
Warner's journey is one of th