The Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrined 7 new members Saturday. Headlined by Bill Parcells, Cris Carter, Warren Sapp, Larry Allen, and last but not least Jonathon Ogden . HOF weekend is one of my favorite times of the year. I especially enjoy watching the speeches or should I say biographies because you really get good insight into the person being enshrined. In the speeches you also get a sense of how much the game of football really means to them, and the sacrifices that they made to get to this point. HOF voting in recent years has been under a lot of scrutiny, but this year I think they got it right. Here are some notes, facts, and thoughts about each new inductee.
Some people believe that Bill Parcells is the best coach in the history of the NFL. Parcells lead the New York Giants to two Super Bowls (1986,1990) during his tenure as head coach. Parcells’ greatest strength might have been his ability to take losing teams and turn them into contenders ie: The Patriots, Jets, and Dolphins to name a few. Parcells is also known for being loyal to his players. The coaches that have come from under the his coaching tree is pretty good too. I think you might have heard of these guys, Tom Coughlin, Bill Belichick, and Sean Payton.
Cris Carter was drafted in the 4th round of the 1987 NFL supplemental draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. Carter only lasted two seasons due to off-the-field issues. Cater turned his life around and was given a second chance by the Minnesota Vikings. Carter went on to become a three-time All-Pro, and he played in 8 consecutive Pro Bowls. When Carter retired he was No. 2 behind Jerry Rice in career receptions (1,101) and touchdowns (130) by a receiver.
Warren Sapp was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 1995 NFL Draft out of The University of Miami (The “U”) Sapp was selected 12th overall. Sapp probably would have been a top ten pick had it not been for some off-the-field issues. He would go on to earn 7 trips to the Pro Bowl, and help lead the Buccaneers to there only Super Bowl victory in 2002. Sapp’s 77 sacks are number 1 in the Buccaneers’ team history.
Larry Allen dominated the guard position like no other player has done before or since. An 11-time Pro Bowl selection, Allen played 12 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys earning one Super Bowl ring. Allen was also one of the strongest players to ever play the game having bench pressed 705lbs. He was also named to both NFL 1990 All-Decade team and 2000’s team as well. One last interesting fact about Allen, he’s played in more Pro Bowls then any other offensive player in Cowboys team history.
Jonathan Ogden redefined to left-tackle position. An 11-time Pro Bowler, plus he was named to the All pro team 9 times. The Baltimore Ravens selected Ogden 4th overall in the 96 NFL Draft. Ogden was the Ravens first draft pick ever. Ogden along with Ray Lewis lead the Ravens to the franchise’s first Super Bowl victory in 2000. He was also named to the 2000 NFL All-Decade Team.
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper has been excused from all team activities. Cooper released a statement saying “Right now, I think it’s important for me to take some time to reflect on this situation. The organization and my teammates have been extremely supportive, but I also realize that there are people who will have a tough time forgiving me for what I’ve done. The best thing for me and the team, is to step away for a period of time.” The walls must be closing in on Cooper right now. I must admit, after seeing him apologize I couldn’t help but to start feeling sorry for the guy. I don’t think that the Eagles are going to cut him they have a history of standing by their players case in point Michael Vick. It will be very interesting to see how this situation ends.
Major League Baseball will suspend Alex Rodriguez Monday according to reports. A-Rod’s suspension is expected to last though the 2014 season. For a little over a month now we have been hearing that this was coming. A few days ago there where reports that MLB and A-Rod’s lawyers were trying work out a settlement, talks broke down after they unable to reach an agreement. Saturday night, Rodriguez said that he was going to workout today and then fly to Chicago and join his teammates for a three game series against the White Sox’s. Will MLB let him play? My feeling on this is that this situation is getting ready to get worse before it gets any better. Both sides seem very much dug in. For A-Rod at this point, I know he says he wants to play but it’s more about the money. A lengthy suspension is going to cost A-Rod big time. If you take the remaining money owed to him this year and add what he is due to make next year, it comes out to 34.2 million. No matter how much money a rich person may already have nobody wants to take a lost. As Terrell Owens once said “get your popcorn ready” because the show is just beginning.