Carter played 16 seasons, becoming only the second player in NFL history to reach 1,000 receptions in a career. He caught at least 70 passes in 10 seasons, and totaled 130 touchdown receptions from 13 passers.
Allen played 203 games over 14 seasons, spending the bulk of his career with the Cowboys. He played every position on the offensive line except center and was a first-team All-Pro seven straight seasons.
Ogden played a dozen seasons with the Ravens, a lineman who led the way for Jamal Lewis to become just the fifth running back in NFL history to rush for 2,000 yards in a season. Ogden was a six-time All-Pro and was voted to 11 Pro Bowls.
Like Sapp, Allen and Ogden were first-year selections.
Ogden shared the moment with his family. He called his mother ‘‘first thing,’’ and also told his 7-year-old son.
‘‘He’s real proud of his dad,’’ Ogden said.
He watched nervously as the announcement was made on the Class of 2013.
‘‘It’s like going to the hospital with your wife to have a baby. You can’t do anything about it,’’ Ogden said. ‘‘You hear everybody say you’re a first ballot for sure, but you never really know. A lot of good well deserving guys didn’t get in on the first ballot.’’
‘‘When I got drafted (by Dallas), they'd just won a Super Bowl,’’ Allen said. ‘‘When they threw me in, I just didn’t want to be the one to mess it up.’’
His philosophy never changed over his long career: make the guy across from him ‘‘quit ... tap out.’’ He joins three other players from that great Cowboys offense of the 1990s in the hall, following Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin.
‘‘All those guys — Troy and Mike, Emmitt — they were kind of like big brothers,’’ Allen said. ‘‘I looked up to them. They came to work every day and showed me how to do it. They all wanted to be the best.’’
Culp was a defensive stalwart for the Kansas City Chiefs in the 1960s and ‘70s, and also played for the Houston Oilers and Detroit Lions. He started at tackle in Kansas City’s Super Bowl win over Vikings in 1970 and was selected to six Pro Bowls.
‘‘Curley was a dominating force on the defensive line for the Super Bowl IV championship team and one of many great players that helped build the tradition and foundation of the Kansas City Chiefs,’’ the team’s chairman and CEO, Clark Hunt, said in a statement. ‘‘We look forward to seeing him take his rightful place in Canton.’’
Robinson played on the powerhouse Green Bay teams of the 1960s, starting at outside linebacker on coach Vince Lombardi’s two Super Bowl champions. He closed his 12-year career with the Washington Redskins.
‘‘He was such a vital part of those great defenses in the 1960s,’’ said Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy. ‘‘Dave’s contributions to the Packers have not been limited to the field, as he has also been a great ambassador for the organization over the years. We are thrilled that he received this honor.’’
Robinson was the 22nd member of the Packers to be election to the Hall of Fame.
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