Pro Football Hall of Fame 2013: Complete List of NFL Inductees to Canton
Fifteen modern-era stars were recognized as finalists, in addition to two senior nominees. The full list of candidates can be found via NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal.
Here is the list of those who received enough votes to be enshrined in Canton, Ohio.
Note: All statistics courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.com.
Larry Allen, Offensive Lineman
NFL rosters have always been full of strong men, but those who took on Larry Allen will likely tell you that no person to put on a helmet was more powerful than the 11-time Pro Bowler and six-time first-team All-Pro.
Allen is famous for putting up 700 pounds on the bench press, which is a testament to his unique and tremendous strength. But this member of two NFL All-Decade teams was more than just a physical specimen, and his grasp of the nuances of the game allowed him to dominate in the trenches.
He spent the majority of his career clearing holes for Emmitt Smith while playing for the Dallas Cowboys. Allen was crucial to the 1995 Super Bowl-winning Cowboys team and finished his career with the San Francisco 49ers in 2007.
Few players have been more naturally suited for their position, and Allen made the most of his talent. There was no force strong enough to keep him from muscling his way into the Hall of Fame.
Cris Carter, Wide Receiver
Cris Carter has been a polarizing Hall of Fame candidate, but now that he is an inductee, there will be few complaints.
After proving to have remarkable hands, Carter became a key part of the Philadelphia Eagles offense in his third season in the NFL, catching 11 touchdown passes. However, he was cut from the team before the following season due to alcohol and drug abuse, according to Sports Illustrated.
Being released caused Carter to fully commit himself to the sport. The Minnesota Vikings opted to take a chance on him, and he played 12 seasons in Minnesota before finishing his career in Miami.
Carter ended his playing days with 13,899 yards and 130 touchdowns. This earned him five previous nominations as a Hall of Fame candidate, and there were many crying foul each time he was denied entry.
But the snubs are in the past, and Carter is finally where he belongs—with the greatest players in NFL history.
Curley Culp, Defensive Tackle
Curley Culp played in a different era, but his ability and accomplishments are timeless.
The defensive tackle's combination of quickness and strength made him a nightmare to block throughout his 14-year career.
Culp was a stellar defensive lineman in the AFL, a league dominated by offense. However, his signature performance came for the Kansas City Chiefs in a Super Bowl IV victory when he dominated Minnesota Vikings center Mick Tingelhoff.
Culp went on to become a stalwart of Bum Phillips' defenses with the Houston Oilers and finished his career with the Detroit Lions.
As one of the senior candidates, Culp was admitted alongside the other modern-era nominees. Although it has taken some time for the Hall of Fame to take note of his contributions, Culp has finally been given the recognition he deserves.
Jonathan Ogden, Offensive Tackle
Lewis will have his turn to enjoy being inducted into the Hall of Fame soon enough. But for now, the limelight belongs to Ogden.
At 6'9" and 345 pounds, Ogden is one of the most physically gifted left tackles in NFL history, and he ensured that his talent did not go to waste. While the list of Ravens quarterbacks during his career is unimpressive, none of the passers he played with had to worry about their blind sides. Ogden also helped pave the way for such runners as Jamal Lewis and Priest Holmes.
Ogden made 11 consecutive Pro Bowls and was selected to the All-Pro team nine times. He maintained an extraordinarily high level of play for more than a decade, so it is no surprise that he is a first-ballot Hall of Famer.
Dave Robinson, Linebacker
Dave Robinson's entry into the Hall of Fame was long overdue, but he has finally been admitted as a senior candidate.
As a linebacker for Vince Lombardi's Green Bay Packers, Robinson was a key contributor on one of the most dominant teams in NFL history. Playing alongside Ray Nitschke and Lee Roy Caffey, Robinson was part of a linebacking corps that helped Green Bay become the last team to win three consecutive championships from 1965-67, including Super Bowls I and II.
While younger fans often dismiss players from older generations and claim they would not succeed in the modern game, it would be difficult to argue that Robinson, at 6'3" and 245 pounds, would not have excelled as a linebacker in any era.
He was a nightmare for opposing offensive players during his career, and now, Robinson's dreams have finally come true. He is a Hall of Famer.
Warren Sapp, Defensive Tackle
When a remarkable talent lands in a system ideally suited to his skills, the results are often spectacular. This was certainly the case with Warren Sapp and the Tampa 2 defense.
This scheme requires a quick, explosive defensive tackle who is capable of creating pressure on the quarterback regardless of how many blockers are thrown at him. Sapp executed his role as well as anyone ever has, racking up 77 sacks during nine seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He finished his career with 96.5 sacks, including 16.5 in 2000.
He was the Defensive Player of the Year in 1999 and the star of the Bucs defense that led the franchise to its first and only Super Bowl victory in the 2002 season.
The 2000 Tampa Bay defense is considered one of the greatest in NFL history, and it is only right that its marquee player is a first-ballot Hall of Famer.
Bill Parcells, Head Coach
Bill Parcells has worn a few different hats during his time in the NFL, but he was never more successful than when serving as a head coach.
As the lead man for the New York Giants during the 1980s and 1990s, Parcells led the team to two Super Bowl victories: one against the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXI, the other against the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXV.
Parcells made it back to the big game as the head coach of the New England Patriots for Super Bowl XXXI but fell short in a loss to the Green Bay Packers.
Parcells had been snubbed for the past three years, which was a surprise, considering he is a two-time Super Bowl-winning coach. But Parcells finally gets his due and is now one of the newest members of the Hall of Fame.