Trio of recent stars, two old-timers round out Hall’s Class of 2013

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More information Class of 2014? Some prominent players who could enter the Hall next year: First year of eligibility: RB Shaun Alexander, LB Derrick Brooks, coach Tony Dungy, DT La’Roi Glover, WR Marvin Harrison, S Rodney Harrison, OT Walter Jones, LB/DE Willie McGinest, LB Zach Thomas Previous finalists: RB Jerome Bettis, WR Tim Brown, DE Charles Haley, former 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr., WR Andre Reed, DE Michael Strahan, DB Aeneas Williams

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Along with former Dallas Cowboys guard Larry Allen and coach Bill Parcells, Cris Carter, Curley Culp, Jonathan Ogden, Dave Robinson and Warren Sapp were inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday night.

Ogden’s induction led off the festivities. The massive, 6-foot-9 offensive tackle became the first Baltimore Raven to enter the Hall. The 11-time Pro Bowl selection was the team’s first-ever draft pick in 1996.

Sapp became the second Tampa Bay Buccaneer to be enshrined, 18 years after Lee Roy Selmon. Like Ogden, he was elected in his first year of eligibility. He was Defensive Player of the Year in 1999. Sapp had 961/2 career sacks, a huge total for a tackle.

Carter was drafted by the Eagles in 1987 and in 1990 joined the Vikings, with whom he blossomed. With some of the best hands the game has ever seen, Carter had 1,101 receptions and 130 touchdowns, both fourth-most all-time, and 13,899 receiving yards, ninth on the career list.

Robinson, an outside linebacker, became the 12th inductee from the vintage 1960s Packers coached by Vince Lombardi to be enshrined.

Culp was a dominant defensive tackles for most of his 14 seasons. He helped the Chiefs win Super Bowl IV and also played for the Oilers and Lions.

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