Former Houston Oilers linebacker Robert Brazile has been elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame by the Hall’s senior committee.
"I can't believe it," Brazile said. "Words can't describe what I'm feeling right now. I wanted this so bad. To be able to share this honor with my family and friends is unbelievable."
Brazile played for the Oilers from 1975 to 1984, and was a key member of the Luv ya Blue era.
Brazile was selected to play in the Pro Bowl seven times and was a two-time Associated Press First-Team All-Pro.
Brazile played in the NFL for 10 years and never missed a game, playing in 147 consecutive.
Rams defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, son of former Oilers head coach Bum Phillips, coached Brazile with the Oilers.
"All right, that's great. I thought he would be in, “Wade Phillips said in an interview with FOX 26 Sports. “Finally they got him up there where he deserves. I couldn't be happier. When I started coaching in the league he was the first guy I got to coach. It's pretty amazing."
Wade enjoyed hearing that Brazile said if he was elected into the Hall he would say ‘thank you’ to his father, and that he would take Bum into the Hall with him.
"Dad had a special relationship with all of those guys,” Wade Phillips said. There'll never be another one like Bum.
“There'll never be another one like Robert.”
Hall of Fame defensive end Elvin Bethea was Brazile’s teammate from 1975-1983.
"He made it. He made it,” Bethea said. “We finally got the final piece of the Houston Oilers puzzle in place. I'm speechless. I'm so happy for him I feel like I'm going through it all over again."
Hall of Fame nose tackle Curley Culp played with Brazile in Houston from 1975-1980.
"That's super. That's fantastic,” Culp said. “It's just a wonderful thing for him to get in. I'm so pleased. It's so deserving. His body of work is there.I'm really happy for Robert and his family.”
Former Oilers quarterback Dan Pastorini played with Brazile from 1975-1979.
“It's been long overdue.” Pastorini said. “He's well-deserving. He's the prototypical LB. If you didn't have Robert Brazile you'd never had the Lawrence Taylors. I love him like a brother.
“I’m just really proud of him and proud for him.”