The 2013 National Football League Hall of Fame inductees were announced Saturday night and if there was one name that could change the course of what happens in the future, it is the induction of Cris Carter. Carter getting into the Hall of Fame may allow other wide receivers who deserve to get in to finally do so.
Carter finished with 1,101 receptions and almost 13,900 yards during his long NFL career. I have always thought that Carter should make the Hall and it has finally happened for him. This may open the door for receivers like Andre Reed to get in sooner than later. The other interesting selections include three first-year eligible players in Larry Allen, Jonathan Ogden and Warren Sapp. There is no doubt that all three of these players deserve to make it but I’m not sure if Sapp is a first-ballot Hall of Famer. There were other defensive linemen like Michael Strahan and Charles Haley who I believe should have made it before Sapp.
The other modern-era inductee was Bill Parcells and Parcells waited a long time to get in after leading two different teams to the Super Bowl but got enough votes this time around to get it finally done. I can’t think of many coaches who were better than Parcells was and you can look at coaches like Bill Belichick now and think right away of Parcells. The final two inductees will be Curley Culp and Dave Robinson, both elected as seniors. It will no doubt be a very long and full day when these seven players all get inducted in Canton this summer.