Legendary Figures: The Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2013

Cold, Hard Football Facts for Aug 02, 2013



By Russell Baxter
The Pro Football Guru (@baxfootballguru)

Seven more men will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend.

That brings the total numbers of enshrinees to 280, but what’s in a number?

Answer: Plenty.

So here’s a look at a little history and a lot of factoids when it comes to the Class of 2013. On Saturday night in Canton, Ohio, their lives will truly change as they become legends.

Special thanks to CHFF head honcho Kerry Byrne for his Quality Stats, which shows the importance of Defensive Passer Rating throughout the game’s history.

Just further proof that the NFL is a Cold Hard Football Facts-driven league.

G/T Larry Allen

Raise your hand if you know where Sonoma State is. Raise both hands if you thought Larry Allen was headed to the Hall of Fame after being thrown around by Reggie White on Thanksgiving Day of 1994 at Texas Stadium.

-- First player ever drafted from Sonoma State (second round in 1994) and first of only two (RB Freddie Bradley in 1996) …

-- Played in 203 games, starting 197 contests…

-- 14th primary member of the Cowboys enshrined in the Hall of Fame but just second offensive lineman (tackle Rayfield Wright) …

-- Following rookie season of 1994, named to 11 Pro Bowl in 12 seasons with Cowboys and 49ers …

-- Member of the NFL’s All-Decade Teams of the 1990s and 2000s …

 

WR Cris Carter

They said that all he did was catch touchdowns. If that was really the case, wide receiver Cris Carter would have shattered the NFL record with 1,101 scoring grabs … not bad for a fourth-round Supplemental Draft choice by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1987.

-- Fourth in NFL history in receptions behind Jerry Rice (1,549), Tony Gonzalez (1,242) and Marvin Harrison (1,102) …

-- Fourth in NFL history in touchdown receptions (130) behind Rice (197), Randy Moss (156) and Terrell Owens (153) …

-- Only player in NFL history to catch 120-plus passes two straight seasons (122 receptions for the Minnesota Vikings in 1994 and '95 …

-- First reception of NFL career was 22-yard touchdown grab from QB Randall Cunningham in 1987 vs. the then-St. Louis Cardinals …

-- Ranks eighth in NFL history in total touchdowns (131), which includes an offensive fumble recovery vs. Giants in 1988 …

 

DT Curley Culp

After being drafted originally by the Denver Broncos and never playing for them, Culp found a Super Bowl title and a pair of Pro Bowl invites in Kansas City before making a bigger name for himself with the Houston Oilers.

And the Broncos tried to make him an offensive lineman. Oops.

-- Traded by Broncos to Chiefs in 1968, part of Chiefs’ Super Bowl IV team in 1969 …

-- One of five starters for Chiefs’ defense in Super Bowl IV in the Hall of Fame, joining defensive tackle Buck Buchanan, linebackers Bobby Bell and Willie Lanier and cornerback Emmitt Thomas … the famed Steel Curtain Steelers boasts only four defenders in the Hall of Fame ...

--6-time Pro Bowler at two different positions; defensive tackle with Chiefs (2), nose tackle with Oilers (4) …

-- Joined the Chiefs in 1968 and was a key member of the best defenses in team annals. The Super Bowl champion 1969 Chiefs posted the best Defensive Passer Rating in franchise history (42.1), followed by the 1970 (45.8) and 1968 (46.9) teams …

-- Was a key member of the three stingiest defenses in Chiefs’ history: 1968 (12.1 PPG), 1969 (12.6 PPG) and 1973 (13.7) …

 

T Jonathan Ogden

Baltimore is known for many things (home of the defending Super Bowl champions), especially a particular kind of seafood.

And those who lined up against massive tackle Jonathan Ogden were usually crabby (and a little worn out) by day’s or night’s end.

-- First-ever draft choice in Baltimore Ravens’ history (fourth pick overall in 1996) …

-- Named to Pro Bowl in each of his final 11 seasons in the NFL (1997-2007) …

-- At 6-9, tied for the tallest member of Pro Football Hall of Fame (San Francisco 49ers tackle Bob St. Clair) …

-- Powered RB Jamal Lewis to 2,066 rushing yards in 2003, third most in NFL history. Ravebs franchise record 2,674 rushing yards that season.

-- First-round pick by Ravens along with linebacker Ray Lewis (12); combined 23 Pro Bowl invitations between first two players drafted by club …

-- All-Decade Team of the 2000s …

 

Coach Bill Parcells

Affectionately nicknamed “The Tuna,” Bill Parcells was a great catch for any team lucky enough to have him. 

His ability to turn around football franchises down on their luck is simply unparalleled. And so was his ability to push the right buttons on all of his players.

-- Only head coach in NFL history to take four different teams (New York Giants, New England Patriots, New York Jets and Dallas Cowboys) to the playoffs …

--One of only five head coaches to take two different teams to the Super Bowl (Parcells, Don Shula, Dan Reeves, Dick Vermeil and Mike Holmgren)…

--Ranks 10th in NFL history in total wins by a head coach (including playoffs) with 183 victories…

--All-Decade Coach (with Marv Levy) of the 1990s, NFL Coach of the Year in 1986 (Giants) and 1994 (Patriots)…

--Won two Super Bowls with Giants with two different quarterbacks; Phil Simms (XXI) and Jeff Hostetler (XXV)…

 

LB Dave Robinson

They say good things come in threes.

Well, no team has won more NFL titles than they Green Bay Packers (13), three of those in the 1960s with the help of a three-time Pro Bowl linebacker from Penn State …

-- 14th overall pick by Packers in 1963 NFL Draft (first round), 17th overall pick by San Diego Chargers (third round) of ’63 AFL Draft…

-- 6th Penn State alum to be enshrined in the Hall of Fame (Robinson, Jack Ham, Franco Harris, Mike Michalske, Lenny Moore and Mike Munchak)…

-- 22nd primary member of the Green Bay Packers to be inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame

--Intercepted 27 passes in 12 seasons with Packers (21) and Redskins (6)…

-- His best season came in 1967 as those Packers also fielded the best pass defense of any Green Bay team since 1946 with a 41.5 Defensive Passer Rating …

 

DT Warren Sapp

When it came to terrorizing opposing quarterbacks up the middle, Warren Sapp fortunately did not live up to his last name.

The outgoing Super Bowl XXXVII champion now gets the chance to discuss his place in the game with his fellow greats of the sport.

-- Along with linebacker Derrick Brooks, drafted in first round in 1995 by Buccaneers; first of three straight season Bucs drafted two players in first round…

-- 96.5 career sacks, 4 interceptions (1 touchdown), 4 receptions (2 touchdowns) in 13 seasons with Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders…

-- Member of the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1990s and 2000s…

-- The Super Bowl champion 2002 Buccaneers posted a 48.4 Defensive Passer Rating, making it the best pass defense any team has produced since 1989 ...

-- No coincidence those 2002 Bucs were the stingiest defense in franchise history (12.25 PPG) – and No. 5 in points per game allowed in the Live Ball Era (1978-present) …

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