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