Former Cowboys safety Cliff Harris was named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame 2020 Centennial Class Wednesday morning but his teammate Drew Pearson didn't get the call.
Harris was one of the hardest-hitting defensive backs in the NFL and a major part of the Dallas defenses of the 1970s.
He made three All-Pro teams and six Pro Bowls.
Harris also played in seven conference title games and five Super Bowls, winning two.
Pearson helped Dallas to three Super Bowl appearances and one win in Super Bowl XII at the end of the 1977 season.
He was also a three time Pro Bowl selection and was named to the NFL's 1970s All-Decade Team.
Pearson is the only member of the All-Decade team not to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Pearson watched the selection play out at his home in Plano, with family and friends, in front of media.
“They won’t get me again. They won’t get me like this again. This is the last one. They’re not gonna screw me again,” Pearson said.
He was moved to tears after the names were listed and his was not mentioned.
“Can’t catch no more damn passes. Can’t run no more routes. It’s there!” Pearson said.
“You put your hands into fate, your fate in the hands of people and you trust them to do it right… it hurts. They broke my heart,” Pearson said.
He’s been eligible for over 30 years after retiring in 1983.