Two of the great offensive linemen, Larry Allen and Jonathan Ogden, will be enshrined on Saturday alongside two of the best defensive linemen, Warren Sapp and Curley Culp. Fellow inductee linebacker Dave Robinson, a longtime Packers great under Vince Lombardi, enjoyed the physical part of the game as well. And what better coach for this Hall of Fame class than Bill Parcells, who built championship teams around the running game and battering defenses.
Receiver Cris Carter doesn’t fit the mold of the other six members of the class, but he’s more than deserving after such a long wait. Besides, someone in this class needs to get the ball in the end zone, and Carter caught 130 touchdowns during his great career.
Here are the seven men who will officially become members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend:
10 Sep 2000: Larry Allen #73 of the Dallas Cowboys reacts on the field during a game against the Arizona Cardinals at the Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Cowboys 32-31.Mandatory Credit: Harry How /Allsport
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Chris Carter (80) on the field following the Vikings 41-21 victory over the Arizona Cardinals in the 1998 NFC Divisional Playoff Game on January 10, 1999 at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Mark Brettingen/Getty Images)
Baltimore Ravens Jonathan Ogden #75 during pregame warmups before a game against the Tennessee Titans at the Coliseum in Nashville, Tennessee on September 18, 2005. The Titans beat the Ravens 25-10. (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - CIRCA 2000: Giants' coach Bill Parcells is carried off the field after his football team wins the Super Bowl. (Photo by Keith Torrie/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
CANTON, OH - SEPTEMBER 13, 1969: Defensive lineman Dave Robinson #89 of the Green Bay Packers works on fighting through offensive line blocking prior to a game on September 13, 1969 against the Atlanta Falcons at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio. (Photo by Tony Tomsic/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO - JANUARY 26: Defensive tackle Warren Sapp #99 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers celebrates the victory over the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII at Qualcomm Stadium on January 26, 2003 in San Diego, California. The Buccaneers won 48-21. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)