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Pro Football Hall of Fame grows by seven

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Seven men are inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio tonight. The class of 2013 consists of coach Bill Parcells and players Larry Allen, Cris Carter, Curley Culp, Jonathan Ogden, Dave Robinson and Warren Sapp.

Carter needed six tries to make the hall even though he retired as the No. 2 career receiver behind Jerry Rice. He choked back tears as he made his speech after being presented by his son, Duron. He spoke of his problems with alcohol while playing three years for the Eagles before being released.

Allen was one of the Cowboys’ key blockers while Emmitt Smith because the NFL’s career rushing leader. Allen made six All-Pro squads and 11 Pro Bowls in his 14 seasons.

Ogden is the first Baltimore Raven to be induced into the Hall. The offensive tackle was the first player drafted by the Ravens after the franchise moved from Cleveland in 1996.

Robinson is the latest member of Vince Lombardi’s championship Green Bay Packers to be enshrined, 33 years after he became eligible. He was a part of three NFL championships under Lombardi, including the first two Super Bowls.

Parcells is the first coach since John Madden in 2006 to make the Hall. The two-time NFL Coach of the Year led the 1986 and 1990 Giants to Super Bowl victories and is the only person to be head coach of four playoff teams.

Culp was one of the game’s most dominant defensive tackles for much of his 14 pro seasons. He joined future hall members Buck Buchanan, Willie Lanier, Emmitt Thomas and Bobby Bell in leading a unit that carried the 1969 Chiefs to a Super Bowl win over Minnesota.

Sapp is the second Tampa Bay Buccaneer to enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame, 18 years after Lee Roy Selmon was enshrined. The 12th player selected in the 1995 draft was elected in his first year of eligibility following 13 seasons in which he went from instant starter to Defensive Player of the Year in 1999.

The annual Pro Football Hall of Fame exhibition game is set for Sunday with the Dallas Cowboys playing the Miami Dolphins.

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