Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2013 Announces Seven Inductees (VIDEO)

NEW ORLEANS, La. — On Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, six former NFL players along with a former NFL coach were elected to the Pro Hall of Fame at the site of Super Bowl Sunday in New Orleans, and will be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame this coming August.

Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2013 Announcement February 2, 2013 in New Orleans

Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2013 Announcement February 2, 2013 in New Orleans

The class of 2013 includes Larry Allen, Cris Carter, Curly Culp, Jonathan Ogden, Dave Robinson, Warren Sapp and coach Bill Parcells, who were elected by the Hall of Fame’s 47-member selection committee following an eight-hour long session.

Larry Allen, who played 203 games over 14 seasons, mostly with the Cowboys, played every position on the offensive line except center and was a first-team All-Pro seven straight seasons.

Cris Carter played 16 seasons, becoming only the second player in NFL history to reach 1,000 receptions in a career. He caught at least 70 passes in 10 seasons, and totaled 130 touchdown receptions from 13 passers.

“It’s unbelievable,” Carter said. “It’s the most amazing thing that’s happened to me.”

Kansas City Chiefs chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said this about Curley Culp: “Curley was a dominating force on the defensive line for the Super Bowl IV championship team and one of many great players that helped build the tradition and foundation of the Kansas City Chiefs. We look forward to seeing him take his rightful place in Canton.”

Jonathan Ogden, a six-time All-Pro lineman voted to 11 Pro Bowls, played over a decade for the Ravens. Ray Lewis said this about Ogden: “His skill set was not matched by any player I’ve seen in my 17 years. As a teammate, it was one of the greatest pleasures to walk beside him.”

Hall of Famer Willie Davis said this about Dave Robinson:”It is a fulfillment of something almost as important as if it was me personally. I think Dave was so overdue and it is so right for him to enjoy that hallowed ground called the Hall of Fame.”

Tampa Bay Buccaneers co-chairman Bryan Glazer said this about Warren Sapp: “Warren played the game with incredible ability and passion. He was a leader on one of the best defenses in NFL history and helped to redefine the defensive tackle position. It is a fitting honor that he will be recognized as one of the greatest to ever play, and we could not be happier for him.”

Giants president and CEO John Mara said Bill Parcells’ selection for the hall was “long overdue.”

“He’s one of the best coaches in NFL history,” Mara said. “He turned our franchise around. We went through a long period in the 1960’s and 70’s when we were a laughingstock. When Bill took over in 1983, he survived a very difficult first year, but then turned us into a perennial playoff contender and won two Super Bowls for us. He coached three other teams and everywhere he went, he had great success.”

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