NFL Honors: 8 elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame; Patrick Mahomes named MVP

    The 2019 Pro Football Hall of Fame class pose for a photo. From left to right: Johnny Robinson, Ed Reed, Kevin Mawae, Ty Law, Tony Gonzalez, Gil Brandt, Annabel Bowlen for Pat Bowlen and Champ Bailey.

    Atlanta (CNN)If the knock came on their Atlanta hotel room doors, then they would know: They had been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

    "It caught me off guard when they say the knock is going to be a big, boisterous knock; they weren't lying," said Kevin Mawae, who played center for three NFL teams. "It was thunderous. I was supposed to have my wife record the emotion, but I threw my phone across the room, and I think I had a higher vertical today than I did at the draft. It's overwhelming. It really is."
    Cornerback Champ Bailey.