Parcells, Ogden, 5 Others Voted Into Pro Football Hall of FameNancy Kercheval
Super Bowl-winning coach Bill Parcells and former offensive lineman Jonathan Ogden of the Baltimore Ravens are among seven who will be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The inductees include offensive lineman Larry Allen, defensive tackle Warren Sapp, wide receiver Cris Carter, and senior candidates Curley Culp and Dave Robinson.
“It’s just unbelievable, it’s exhilarating,” Parcells said in an interview shown on the NFL Network.
Nominees need at least 80 percent of the vote from the 46-member selection committee, which announced the members of the 51st Hall of Fame class in New Orleans yesterday, before today’s Super Bowl. They will be enshrined Aug. 3 at the Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
Missing the cut were defensive end Michael Strahan, wide receivers Tim Brown, Andre Reed, cornerback Aeneas Williams, owners Ed DeBartolo Jr. and Art Modell, linebacker Kevin Greene, guard Will Shields, running back Jerome Bettis and linebacker Charles Haley.
Parcells, 71, coached the Giants from 1983-90, the New England Patriots from 1993-96, the New York Jets from 1997-99, and the Dallas Cowboys from 2003-06. He won Super Bowls with the Giants after the 1986 and 1990 seasons, and was a finalist last year for the Hall of Fame.
In 19 seasons as a head coach, Parcells had five losing seasons and led his teams to first or second place in their division 11 times. Selected as NFL Coach of the Year in 1986 and 1994, he has an overall record of 172-130-1 in the regular season and 11-8 in the playoffs.
“He had his own unique style in building a successful organization and instilled a winning mindset at all levels as both a coach and executive,” Miami Dolphins Chairman Stephen Ross said in a statement. “While he might have had different levels of success at each of the teams he worked for, he always left each franchise far better off than how he found it.”
Parcells turned around four teams including the Giants, who had one winning season in the 10 years before he took over in 1983. After a 3-12-1 season in his first year, the Giants made the postseason as a wild-card team the next two years. In 1986, the Giants went 14-2 and finished the year with a victory against the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXI. Four years later, the Giants won their second Super Bowl with a 20-19 victory against the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXV.
“He turned our franchise around,” Giants co-owner John Mara said in a statement. “We went through a long period in the 1960s and 70s when we were a laughingstock. When Bill took over in 1983 he survived a very difficult first year, but then turned us into a perennial playoff contender and won two Super Bowls for us.”
After a two-year absence from the NFL, he returned to coach the New England Patriots, who went from 2-14 to 10-6 and their first playoff game in eight years during two years under Parcells. They went on to win the American Football Conference championship two years later and a spot in Super Bowl XXXI.
Parcells in 1997 joined the New York Jets, who were coming off a 1-15 season in 1996. Within two years, the Jets were 12-4 and had advanced to the AFC championship game. It was the best two-year turnaround of a 1-15 team in NFL history.
As head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, Parcells led the team to two playoff appearances.
Ogden, 48, was the first draft pick, fourth overall of the 1996 NFL draft, from UCLA. The 11-time Pro Bowl selection spent 12 seasons with the Ravens.
“This is the highlight of my life,” Ogden, the first draft pick ever made by the Baltimore Ravens, said on the NFL Network.
By 2000, Ogden anchored the offensive line from his left tackle spot. That season, with a 12-4 record, the Ravens defeated the New York Giants 34-7 in Super Bowl XXXV.
Ogden helped clear the way for Jamal Lewis to become the fifth player in NFL history to eclipse 2,000 yards rushing in a season in 2003.
Sapp, 40, gave up his senior season at the University of Miami to enter the 1995 NFL Draft where he was picked 12th overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. During 13 seasons, including four with the Oakland Raiders, he recorded 96.5 career sacks and set a Buccaneers’ team record with 16.5 sacks in 2000.
In 1999, he helped Tampa Bay win its first division title in 18 seasons, tallying 12.5 sacks, 54 tackles, three forced fumbles and two recovered fumbles. Three years later, Tampa Bay finished 12-4-0 and went on to defeat Oakland 48-21 in Super Bowl XXXVII with the help of Sapp’s two tackles, one sack for nine yards, two passes defensed and a forced fumble.
Sapp was voted to seven Pro Bowls.
Allen, 41, the 46 overall pick in the 1994 draft by the Dallas Cowboys, started 10 games in his rookie season and split time between guard and tackle. In his second season, he was placed in the right guard spot and helped running back Emmitt Smith set a Cowboys single-season record with 1,773 yards rushing.
An 11-time Pro Bowl selection, Allen is a veteran of 203 career games, playing in two NFC championship games and the Cowboys’ 27-17 victory over the Steelers in Super Bowl XXX.
He was named the NFL’s Offensive Lineman of the Year by the NFL Alumni in 1997 and by the NFL Players Association as the NFC Offensive Lineman of the Year in 1996 and 1997.
Carter, 47, ranks fourth in career receptions with 1,101 and 130 touchdowns during his 16-season NFL career that began when he was a fourth-round pick of the Philadelphia Eagles in the 1987 supplemental draft.
He joined Minnesota in 1990 and led the Vikings in receptions for 10 straight seasons from 1991-2000. In 1993, he had his first of eight straight 1,000-yard seasons and earned the first of eight consecutive Pro Bowl selections.
His career-best season in 1995 was highlighted by his second straight 122-catch season in which he totaled a career-high 1,371 yards and 17 touchdowns.
Carter retired temporarily following the 2001 season. He returned in 2002 to help the injury-plagued Miami Dolphins’ receiving squad for five games.
He ended his career with 13,899 yards receiving. He recorded 70 or more catches in a season 10 times and had 100-yard receiving games 42 times.
Culp, 66, was selected in the second round of the 1968 draft by the Denver Broncos. The team tried to switch him to offensive guard from defensive tackle, and when it didn’t work out, the Broncos traded him to the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Chiefs kept him on defense and he had four tackles, two assists and a sack as Kansas City beat the Oakland Raiders 17-7 in the 1969 American Football League Championship game and then tallied three tackles and one assist in the Chiefs’ 23-7 Super Bowl victory over the Minnesota Vikings.
Culp made back-to-back appearances in the AFC championship game in 1978 and 1979. He was named to one AFL All-Star Game and five Pro Bowls during his career. He played in 179 career games that included a final stint with the Detroit Lions.
Robinson, 71, joined the Green Bay Packers as the team’s first-round pick out of Penn State University in the 1963 NFL Draft. During 12 years, including two with the Washington Redskins, he intercepted 27 passes.
A three-time Pro Bowl pick, he started at left outside linebacker in three NFL championship victories and two Super Bowl wins. He contributed three tackles in Green Bay’s 35-10 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl I and then had two tackles, five assisted tackles, one fumble recovery and a pass defensed in Super Bowl II as the Packers beat the Oakland Raiders 33-14.
Robinson suffered an Achilles tendon injury in 1970 that limited him to just four games. He rebounded the following season and didn’t miss a game for the Packers in 1971 and 1972 before moving on to the Redskins.