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Parcells, Sapp, Carter Among Seven Elected To Hall Of Fame

Trent Dilfer and Tedy Bruschi break down the 2013 Pro Football Hall of Fame class.Tags: Bill Parcells, Curley Culp, Dave Robinson, Warren Sapp, Jon Ogden, Cris Carter, Larry Allen, Hall Of Fame

Parcells, Sapp, Carter Among Seven Elected To Hall Of Fame

NEW ORLEANS -- Bill Parcells was a winner everywhere he coached. Time and time again, he took over struggling franchises and showed them what it takes to be a success, including a pair of Super Bowl titles with the New York Giants.

Parcells pulled off another victory Saturday -- election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Getting in on his fourth try, Parcells led an induction class that also included mouthy defensive lineman Warren Sapp, prolific receiver Cris Carter and a pair of stalwarts from the trenches, offensive linemen Jonathan Ogden and Larry Allen.

The class of 2013 also included a pair of senior selections, Curley Culp and Dave Robinson. The announcement was made in New Orleans, site of Sunday's Super Bowl.

Almost as noteworthy were the finalists who didn't get in, including running back Jerome Bettis and owners Art Modell and Edward DeBartolo Jr. Players and coaches from the Baltimore Ravens, who will face the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl, spent all week lobbying for Modell, their former owner who died last year, to claim a place in the hall.

It didn't work out, no doubt pleasing fans in Cleveland who remain bitter about Modell moving the original Browns to Baltimore.

Parcells had to wait a while, earning a bust in Canton on his fourth try. He thought he might get in the previous year in tandem with one of his former players, Curtis Martin.

"It was a little less stressful than last year," Parcells said. "I was kind of hoping we could do it together, but as fate would have it, it didn't work out."

Giants president and CEO John Mara said 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."

No one was more emotional than Carter, who took six years to get in despite putting up some of the best receiving numbers in NFL history. He broke down in tears but quickly pointed out "it's not because I'm sad."

"This is the happiest day of my life," he said. "It's unreal you're going to end your career in Canton. I said to myself, `I'm going to get in the hall this year.' I believed I would get in the hall this year. It's the most amazing thing that ever happened to me."

In addition to Bettis, four other players failed to get in on the final vote: Charles Haley, Andre Reed, Michael Strahan and Aeneas Williams. Earlier in the day, the selection committee eliminated DeBartolo and Modell, as well as former players Tim Brown, Kevin Greene and Will Shields.

Parcells reversed the fortunes of four teams, also coaching the New England Patriots, New York Jets and Dallas Cowboys, during 19 years as a head coach. He finished with a record of 172-130-1, most notably leading the Giants to Super Bowl titles in 1987 and 1991.

Sapp got in on his first year of eligibility after playing 13 seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders. He amassed 96½ career sacks despite playing on the interior of the defensive line, including double-digit sack totals in four seasons. He was the 1999 NFL Defensive Player of the Year after helping Tampa Bay claim its first division title in 18 years.

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.

Allen played 203 games over 14 seasons, spending the bulk of his career with the Cowboys. He played every position on the offensive line except center and was a first-team All-Pro seven straight seasons.

Ogden spent a dozen seasons with the Ravens, a lineman who led the way for Jamal Lewis to become just the fifth running back in NFL history to rush for 2,000 yards in a season. Ogden was a six-time All-Pro and was voted to 11 Pro Bowls.

Like Sapp, Allen and Ogden were first-year selections.

Ogden shared the moment with his family. He called his mother "first thing," and also told his 7-year-old son.

"He's real proud of his dad," Ogden said.

He watched nervously as the announcement was made on the Class of 2013.

"It's like going to the hospital with your wife to have a baby. You can't do anything about it," Ogden said. "You hear everybody say you're a first ballot for sure, but you never really know. A lot of good well deserving guys didn't get in on the first ballot."

"When I got drafted (by Dallas), they'd just won a Super Bowl," Allen said. "When they threw me in, I just didn't want to be the one to mess it up."

His philosophy never changed over his long career: make the guy across from him "quit ... tap out." He joins three other players from that great Cowboys offense of the 1990s in the hall, following Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin.

"All those guys -- Troy and Mike, Emmitt -- they were kind of like big brothers," Allen said. "I looked up to them. They came to work every day and showed me how to do it. They all wanted to be the best."

Culp was a defensive stalwart for the Kansas City Chiefs in the 1960s and `70s, and also played for the Houston Oilers and Detroit Lions. He started at tackle in Kansas City's Super Bowl win over Vikings in 1970 and was selected to six Pro Bowls.

"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," the team's chairman and CEO, Clark Hunt, said in a statement. "We look forward to seeing him take his rightful place in Canton."

Robinson played on the great Green Bay Packers teams of the 1960s, starting at outside linebacker in coach Vince Lombardi's victories in the first two Super Bowls. He closed his 12-year career with the Washington Redskins.

"He was such a vital part of those great defenses in the 1960s that helped the team win NFL championships and Super Bowl titles under Vince Lombardi," said Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy. "Dave's contributions to the Packers have not been limited to the field, as he has also been a great ambassador for the organization over the years. We are thrilled that he received this honor."

Robinson was the 22nd member of the Packers to be election to the Hall of Fame.

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Warren Sapp? REALLY? OMG he couldnt shine Kleckos shoes

And now will be impossible to shut-up.

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Warren Sapp? REALLY? OMG he couldnt shine Kleckos shoes

That's because he is morbidly obese and can barely tie his own shoes.

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Congrats to Parcels ......Sapp should not have been chosen over strahan

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Sapp being in and klecko not is a ****ing joke.

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Former NY Jets head coach Bill Parcells is one of seven newly named Hall of Fame inductees.  Parcells coached the Giants to two Super Bowl wins and made another Super Bowl appearance with the New England Patriots.  He took over the Jets after a 1 and 15 season and took them to the AFC Championship game in his second season with the team in 1998.

Getting in on his fourth try, Parcells led an induction class that also included mouthy defensive lineman Warren Sapp, prolific receiver Cris Carter and a pair of stalwarts from the trenches, offensive linemen Jonathan Ogden and Larry Allen. The class of 2013 also included a pair of senior selections, Curley Culp and Dave Robinson.

New York Jets owner Woody Johnson released this statement:

New York Jets Owner Woody Johnson on Bill Parcells’ selection to the Pro Football Hall of Fame

“Bill Parcells infused new life into this franchise on many levels. From acquiring players like Curtis Martin to bringing back a winning culture, we will always be grateful to Bill for his contributions to the New York Jets. On behalf of the entire organization, I congratulate Bill on his selection to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.”

NY Jets fans are sounding off on in our forum.

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Sapp being in and klecko not is a ****ing joke.

It does suck.

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Com'on will No 73 ever get in.

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I'm glad to see drafting Rick Terry didn't ruin Parcells' chances entirely. Guy probably squeaked in. The last credible man to ever work for this franchise.

Also, when does Kyle Brady get in?

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maybe klecko will get in as a "senior selection" before I die

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I'm glad to see drafting Rick Terry didn't ruin Parcells' chances entirely. Guy probably squeaked in. The last credible man to ever work for this franchise.

Also, when does Kyle Brady get in?

Ass soon as he arrives and pays admission.

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It really amazes me how many Jets fans seem to still be enamored with Bill Parcells.

He hasn't had or wanted anything to do with the Jets in almost 15 years.

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It really amazes me how many Jets fans seem to still be enamored with Bill Parcells.

He hasn't had or wanted anything to do with the Jets in almost 15 years.

Hey Arod. Good to see you man.

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Hey Arod. Good to see you man.

Likewise Crusher.

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Likewise Crusher.

Your someone I would like to know how you feel about the new GM. Always dug your point of view.

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Your someone I would like to know how you feel about the new GM. Always dug your point of view.

Idzik has excelled at everything he's done why would this job be any different?

There seem to be people here and in the media who insist that John Idzik is a CAP guy with little to no experience in the player, scouting and evaluation arena. I don't believe his experience in the player personnel side is nearly as sparse as some are making it out to be. Clearly he has been involved in the personnel side to some extent. Tony Dungy - who actually worked side by side with the man I might add - has said that Idzik knows talent. It has also been reported by numerous sources that Idzik has actively been involved in scouting the last couple of years and has went out on scouting trips which means he has to have been involved in player evaluation to some extent.

It's pretty obvious Idzik is a young bright up and coming football mind that is very well respected by those who know him and have worked with him. Idzik has also excelled at every position he has held within an NFL organization and is coming from a franchise where he was an integral part of rebuilding it & turning it around. His track record of success everywhere he has been is pretty well documented.

Still there are those who will criticize the man and the hire without Idzik having served one full day on the job.

So, my question is this...

What factual basis is there for anybody to think that John Idzik will not excel as general manager of the New York Jets?

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wow! power failure...........

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Don't care.

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What factual basis is there for anybody to think that John Idzik will not excel as general manager of the New York Jets?

Mike Fatcessca said so!

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Curley Culp baby. The first NT. I used to always trade for him and Otis Sistrunk in Madden back when they had real old timers.

I'm glad to see drafting Rick Terry didn't ruin Parcells' chances entirely. Guy probably squeaked in. The last credible man to ever work for this franchise.

Also, when does Kyle Brady get in?

If Dorian Boose couldn't taint him, why Rick Terry?

It really amazes me how many Jets fans seem to still be enamored with Bill Parcells.

He hasn't had or wanted anything to do with the Jets in almost 15 years.

He keeps talking to the owner and "suggesting" people/players. A bunch of guys allegedly came over with his seal of approval - Abram Elam is the only one I've remembered off the top of my head, but I've read it many times.

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I loved the Parcell's selection.

Question i have is do coaches have to select ONE specific teams colors for the HOF like players do ?

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