2013 Hall of Fame Inductees: Cris Carter Finally Gets In
On Saturday, the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced seven inductees, five first ballot nominees and two senior nominees. In a year that included fifteen very worthy finalists, some people had to get snubbed since only so many people can get in every year.
The list of Hall of Famers for 2013 is as follows:
Former coach Bill Parcells, who is most famous for coaching the Giants to two Super Bowl championships. He also coached the Patriots, Jets and Cowboys and won two Coach of the Year awards. Parcells was also named the coach of the 1990s All-Decade Team.
Cris Carter, who played wide receiver for the Eagles and Vikings (and the Dolphins that one year), finally got his Hall of Fame nod. Carter was eligible for six years and was a finalist five times, yet never got in until now. He was an eight-time Pro Bowler, three-time All-Pro selection and a member of the 1990s All-Decade Team.
The first ever draft pick by the Ravens, Jonathan Ogden, played his entire 12-year career at tackle for the team. He made it to the Pro Bowl every year but one (his rookie season) and was named an All-Pro nine times. Ogden was a part of the Ravens Super Bowl-winning squad in 2000 and was named to the 2000s All-Decade Team.
Larry Allen, a guard for the Cowboys then 49ers, was also inducted in his first year of eligibility. Allen is surely one of the best offensive linemen of all time, being named to both the 1990s and 2000s All-Decade Teams. Additionally, he was selected to 11 Pro Bowls, was named an All-Pro seven times and won Super Bowl XXX with the Cowboys.
Long-time Buccaneers (and Raiders) defensive tackle Warren Sapp also was inducted into the Hall of Fame for 2013. Sapp also made the 1990s and 2000s All-Decade Teams, while being named a Pro Bowler seven times, an All-Pro six times, was the Defensive Player of the Year in 1999 and also won a Super Bowl with the Bucs.
The two senior inductees were defensive tackle Curley Culp and linebacker Dave Robinson.