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NFL Roundup: 7 added to Hall of Fame; RG3 wins rookie honors

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Offensive linemen Larry Allen and Jonathan Ogden and defensive tackle Warren Sapp highlighted the list of seven inductees to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday in New Orleans

All three were first-time candidates, tying the record for total first-time enshrinees.

Former head coach Bill Parcells, wide receiver Cris Carter and senior candidates Curly Culp and Dave Robinson will also be inducted into the Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, on Aug. 3.

The forty-four voters on the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee gathered at 8 a.m. Saturday and discussed the 15 modern era finalists announced in January for roughly eight hours.

---Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III was named the NFL Rookie of the Year.

Griffin III beat out fellow quarterbacks Andrew Luck from the Indianapolis Colts and the Seattle Seahawks' Russell Wilson in a highly debated vote.

The rest of major the 2012 awards were due to be announced during the NFL Honors ceremony Saturday night.

---San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver will work with a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender group in the coming weeks after the Super Bowl following remarks he made about homosexuals during the week.

Culliver will participate in "The Trevor Project" to educate himself about the community, according to his publicist. He made homophobic comments during Tuesday's Media Day when asked if he would accept a gay teammate.

---New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw said in New Orleans that he underwent another surgery on his right foot to replace a screw two weeks ago and will need another eight weeks to recover.

Bradshaw, who acknowledged his future with the Giants is up in the air with the emergence of rookie David Wilson and Aaron Brown, said the new screw "is bigger and will go through two bones" to repair the fracture from last year and the crack from 2011.

---Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam said in New Orleans that quarterback Brandon Weeden will have to compete for the starting job this year, echoing what new head coach Rob Chudzinski said at offensive coordinator Norv Turner's introductory press conference in January.

Weeden, who was a starting rookie last year, seems to be a good fit for Chudzinski's vertical passing game, but the team will still take a look at the free agent and trade markets, potentially including 49ers backup QB Alex Smith and the Philadelphia Eagles' Michael Vick. Browns backup Colt McCoy remains in the Browns' plans, though his skill set is questionable for Chudzinski's style of offense.
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