So the 2013 Hall of Fame Class has been decided! This is probably one of my favorite classes in a long time.
Jonathan Ogden - OL - Baltimore Ravens - 1st Time Ballot
Warren Sapp - DE - Tampa Bay Buccaneers - 1st Time Ballot
Larry Allen - OL - Dallas Cowboys - 1st Time Ballot
Bill Parcells - Coach - NT Giants
Cris Carter - WR - Minnesota Vikings
1st thing is first. It is very surprising to see three 1st time ballots making the hall in one year. Normally one guy usually ssqueaks in but this year there are three.
Ogden and Allen are two of the best linemen to ever play the game.
Ogden = 11 Pro Bowls, 9 All-Pro, 1x Superbowl Champion
Allen = Seven Straight All-Pro team, 11 Pro Bowls, 1x Superbowl Champion
The stats that aren't tracked are a different story for these two. Ogden block for one of the six RB's to ever rush for 2000 yards.
Allen didn't just play one position but played four on the line. He is one of few players to attend the Pro Bowl for multiple positions.
Sapp is said to have define the 3 position on the defensive line.
Sapp = 7x Pro Bowl, 6 All-Pro, 1x Superbowl Champion.
Sapp leads the Bucs in all time sacks and was an integral part to their Superbowl win during the 2002-2003 season.
Cris Carter had ten seasons with over 70 receptions and was only the second receiver to reach 1,000 catches in a career.
Carter = 6x Pro Bowl, 3 All-Pro
Carter was the first player ever to record 150+ receiving yard game in 3 decades. The only other person was Jerry Rice!
Parcells was great in his own right as one of the greatest coaches of the 80s and 90s.
Parcells = 2x Superbowl Champion, Overall Record - 171-130-1
Parcells reached the big game three times and coached 4 different teams over 19 seasons.
So this is the class of 2013. What do you guys think? To many 1st time ballot-ers or do you think all three deserved it? Who do you think will make it in next year?
Next Year Contenders for the Hall- Tony Dungy-HC, Derrick Brooks-LB, Marvin Harrison-WR, Walter Jones-OL, Kevin Mawae-OL, Shaun Alexander-RB; just to name a few front runners.