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Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones believes "Larry would have been a Hall of Famer at guard or tackle, and either side. He was special like that."
Allen also was one of the strongest players the NFL has seen.
Sapp, whose induction speech might be the most anticipated because he’s liable to say anything, was a cornerstone of Tampa Bay’s powerful defense that was the key to winning the Buccaneers’ only title after decades of futility.
"We took a place where they said careers came to die to a place that’s become a destination," Sapp said, noting the Tampa 2 scheme is now played by defenses everywhere.
Parcells also was heavily involved in making popular — and successful — a specific alignment. The 3-4 defense came to life under Parcells with the New York Giants, and he led them to the 1986 and 1990 championships.
Parcells says it was his duty to provide a prosperous environment.
"You as an individual coach have a responsibility to try to give those players who put themselves at risk and in harm’s way a chance to achieve success, and that goes for universities and professional teams, as well," Parcells said." I know I preached that to every organization and to every coaching staff I ever had. These guys deserve a chance to win, and we have to give it to them."
He did it in New England and with the Jets and Cowboys after leaving the Giants.
Robinson and Culp were voted in as senior members. Considering their pedigrees, it’s stunning it took so long for them to make it; Robinson retired in 1974, Culp in 1981.
"That bust means an awful lot," Robinson said. "That bust will last forever."
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