The Pro Football Hall of Fame has announced its Hall of Fame Class of 2013, and this year it seems there will be a fair amount of debate as to if the right class got in - it was a strong class overall.
Larry Allen, Guard/Tackle - Allen was a second-round draft pick of the Dallas Cowboys who played twelve years for "America's Team." He was named a first-team All-Pro for seven straight years as a guard, then moved to tackle in 1997 and was named All-Pro at that position too. He was an eleven-time Pro-Bowler.
Cris Carter, Wide Receiver - Carter was a fourth-round draft pick of the Eagles in the Supplemental Draft but spent twelve of his sixteen seasons as a Viking. He ranked second all time in total receptions and receiving touchdowns at the time of his retirement, and caught a touchdown from thirteen different passers.
Curley Culp, Defensive Tackle - Culp was a second-round draft pick of the Broncos in 1968, but never played a snap for them - he was traded to the Chiefs in training camp, then dealt to the Houston Oilers in 1974. He won the 1975 Defensive Player of the Year and was a part of six Pro-Bowls.
Warren Sapp, Defensive Tackle - Sapp was a first-round draft pick of the Buccaneers in 1995, started right away, and picked up 96.5 career sacks as an interior lineman. He was the 1999 Defensive Player of the Year and a seven-time Pro-Bowler. A little trivia on Sapp, he has four interceptions and two career touchdown receptions.
Jonathan Ogden, Tackle - Ogden was the first draft pick in Baltimore Ravens history, a first-round draft pick in 1996. He started from day one and helped the Ravens pick up 5,000 yards of offense in back-to-back seasons. He was an eleven-time Pro-Bowler and a six-time All-Pro.
Bill Parcells, Coach - Parcells got in to the Hall on his fourth try after doing his part to turn around four franchises - the Giants, the Patriots, the Jets and the Cowboys. In 19 seasons he won 183 games, including the postseason, and won two Super Bowls in the process. He got all four of his teams to the playoffs in his second season as their coach.
Dave Robinson, Linebacker - Robinson was the Packers' first-round pick in 1963 as well as a third-round pick of the old AFL by the Chargers, but signed with the Packers. He was a starter on three consecutive NFL championship teams from 1965 to 1967 as well as a starting linebacker in the Packers' Super Bowl I and II wins. He later signed with the Redskins for two seasons.
Congratulations to the class of 2013!
What are your thoughts on the 2013 Hall of Fame class? Who, if anyone, would you have put in instead? Are you surprised Michael Strahan and Tim Brown didn't make the cut?