Larry Allen made 11 Pro Bowls in his career, 10 of which came with the Dallas Cowboys. Only Emmitt Smith (11) represented the Cowboys more in Honolulu. Allen is one of seven offensive linemen to be selected to the Pro Bowl at two different positions during his career. He joins Chris Hinton and Kent Hill as the only players to be selected at both guard and tackle.
Cris Carter retired in 2002 after 16 seasons in the NFL. At the time of his retirement, only Jerry Rice had more career receptions and receiving touchdowns than Carter. Also impressive was Carter's reliability: He played a full 16-game season in 13 of his 16 years in the NFL, missing just 22 games in his career. Among Hall of Fame wide receivers, only Jerry Rice (303) and Charlie Joiner (239) played more games than Carter (234).
Only four offensive linemen in NFL history -- Bruce Matthews (14), Randall McDaniel (12), Jim Otto (12) and Will Shields (12) -- were selected to more Pro Bowls than Jonathan Ogden. At 39 years old at the time of his enshrinement on Saturday, Ogden will be the youngest member of the Hall of Fame.
Bill Parcells was selected in his second year of eligibility, but his fourth time as a finalist. How is this possible? He was a finalist twice (2001 and 2002) following his announced retirement as head coach of the New York Jets in 1999. At the time, the Hall of Fame By-Laws only required a coach to be retired and did not include the current five-season waiting period. Parcells returned to coach the Dallas Cowboys, and the five-year waiting period was in effect when he retired from coaching in 2006, thereby making him eligible in 2012.
Dave Robinson was a member of the 1960s All-Decade team, finishing his career with 27 interceptions and two Super Bowl rings (I & II). During those Super Bowl seasons, Robinson had nine interceptions, tied for the most among linebackers in the NFL.
Warren Sapp is the second player to be inducted in the Hall of Fame after spending the majority of his career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, joining Lee Roy Selmon in Canton. Sapp is the Buccaneers' franchise sack leader with 77.0, and his 16.5 sacks in 2000 are the most in a single season in team history. Sapp's favorite targets? Brett Favre and Charlie Batch, whom he sacked eight times each during his career, more than any other quarterbacks.
Ever wondered why the Hall of Fame is in the middle of Ohio? There are three good reasons. First, the American Professional Football Association, later renamed the National Football League, was founded in Canton on Sept. 17, 1920. Second, the Canton Bulldogs were an early-day pro football power, even before the days of the NFL. They also were the first two-time champion of the NFL in 1922 and 1923. The great Jim Thorpe, the first big-name athlete to play pro football, played his first pro football season with the Bulldogs, starting in 1915. Third, in the 1960's, Canton citizens launched a determined and well-organized campaign to earn the site designation for their city.
Is DeMarcus Ware a future Hall of Famer? His 111.0 sacks since entering the NFL -- more than anyone else since 2005 -- might indicate he's on his way. How about Julius Peppers (111.5 sacks) or Ndamukong Suh (22.0 sacks in 3-year career)? History says no to all three. Why? It's in their jersey numbers! There are only five uniform numbers that have never been worn by a Pro Football Hall of Famer; 43, 69, 90, 94 and 97. Sorry, that means no Jared Allen (117.0 sacks), either, who wears No. 69, while Peppers and Suh don No. 90 and Ware No. 94.
Hall of Fame x2
Occasionally we're blessed with an athlete who excels at two professional sports. Deion Sanders, Bo Jackson and Jim Thorpe are three who have played baseball and football at the highest possible level, but none of them can claim what Cal Hubbard can. Hubbard is the only person enshrined in both the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the National Baseball Hall of Fame, earning induction in the latter for his time as an umpire.
When Jonathan Ogden is enshrined tnto the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, he'll be the youngest living member enshrined in Canton (39). He's not the youngest ever, though. In 1977, Gale Sayers cemented his place in football lore when he was inducted at the age of 34 -- the youngest ever. The oldest member? NFL Films' Ed Sabol, who was 94 at the time of his induction in 2011.
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