Jordan is almost unanimously considered the greatest basketball player to ever live. But during his induction ceremony, he showed uncharacteristic humility. The infamous "Crying Jordan" meme originated from this 2009 speech.
Martin explained the roles that faith and family played in his football career.
Successful as a player, coach and executive, Riley explained the process through a series of clever anecdotes.
Riley was also the keynote speaker at my University of Miami commencement ceremony in 2013! His performance there was equally impressive.
To summarize in one line, "You tell everyone or anyone that has ever doubted, thought they did not measure up, or wanted to quit, you tell them, to look up, get up, and don't, ever give up." Michael Irvin delivers an emotional speech to his parents, children, wife, and teammates during his 2007 Hall of Fame induction speech.
McHale was inducted as a player in his first year of eligibility, but spoke with the self-deprecation of someone who felt fortunate to have had a basketball career at all.
Carter attributed much of his success to family and lifelong friends in an animated and authentic delivery.
Vitale's trademark enthusiasm was on full display as he described his unique experiences coaching at the amateur and professional levels.
The charismatic Dominican star alternated between English and Spanish to address all his fans watching the speech in Cooperstown and abroad. Martinez spoke at length about overcoming obstacles and the importance of family.
In accepting his induction for broadcasting excellence, Uecker's humor and honesty brought the crowd to tears.
The immensely talented two-sport athlete was recognized for his football achievements in 2011. He acknowledged countless friends, family members and colleagues, but spent the crux of the speech praising his mother.