Bill Parcells, Cris Carter, Jonathan Ogden, Warren Sapp, and Larry Allen elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame

Bill Parcells is finally a Hall of Famer, along with 4 other legends

2/2/13 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Aug 4, 2012; Canton, OH, USA; Bill Parcells enters Fawcett Stadium before the start of the 2012 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY SportsAfter being snubbed for 3 years, legendary coach Bill Parcells was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame today.

He'll be joined by Cowboys guard Larry Allen, Buccaneers defensive tackle Warren Sapp, Ravens offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden, and Vikings wide receiver Cris Carter.

Carter is another one who has been on the outside looking in for a few years, thanks to a huge backlog of HOF-worthy wide receivers.

Ogden, Sapp, and Allen were all first-time candidates.

Parcells coached the Giants, Patriots, Jets, and Cowboys, and finished with a career record of 172-130-1 as a coach. At every stop, he transformed each respective franchise from a bottom-feeder to a playoff team, at the very least. He won two Super Bowls with the Giants, and won an AFC Championship in New England.

Even more impressive is the legacy that Parcells has left throughout the NFL. His coaching tree includes Super Bowl winning coaches like Bill Belichick, Sean Payton, and Tom Coughlin. There are many other former head coaches and assistants who worked under Parcells, and his pupils have had a huge impact on the NFL.

Carter has the 4th most receptions and TD receptions of all time, and is in 9th place on the all-time receiving yardage list. His best season was in 1995, when he caught 122 passes for 1371 yards and 17 TD. He was an 8-time Pro Bowler and a 2-time first team All-Pro.

Ogden was the staple of the Ravens offensive line for years, helping them win Super Bowl XXXV. He was an 11-time Pro Bowler, and was selected as a first team All-Pro 4 times.

Larry Allen was a key part of the Dallas Cowboys' offensive line, and was on their Super Bowl XXX championship team. He was selected to 11 Pro Bowls and six first team All-Pro teams.

Warren Sapp was a monster for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and won Super Bowl XXXVII with them. A 7-time Pro Bowler and a 4-time first team All-Pro, Sapp finished with 96.5 sacks in 13 seasons.

Some notable names who missed the cut include: Art Modell, Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown, Eddie DeBartolo, and Michael Strahan.

Congrats to Parcells, Ogden, Sapp, Allen, and Carter for this well-deserved honor.
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2/3/13   |   Jess   |   34886 respect

I'm so happy Cris Carter finally got in!

2/3/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Scott wrote:
I'm going to guess Strahan gets in next year when New York hosts the Super Bowl.

And I'm still stunned by the lack of appreciation guys like Charles Haley and Aeneas Williams get in this voting process

It's a tough field to get through. All of those elected this year are certainly deserving, and at the same time, pretty much all of the finalists are too. It may seem a little weird that so many people get elected every year, but you look at who does get in and who is still on the outside and it makes sense. I certainly hope Haley and Williams get their due at some point.

2/3/13   |   Jetfixer   |   1469 respect

All the others I can see. Especially Carter. But Sapp, are you kidding me? He's nothing but a blowhard. I wish the N.F.L. Network would tear up his contract.

2/2/13   |   Scott   |   53885 respect

I'm going to guess Strahan gets in next year when New York hosts the Super Bowl.

And I'm still stunned by the lack of appreciation guys like Charles Haley and Aeneas Williams get in this voting process