The Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony is a night for celebration and that's exactly what happened on Saturday in Canton, Ohio as Bill Parcells, Larry Allen, Warren Sapp, Cris Carter, Jonathan Ogden, Curley Culp and Dave Robinson were inducted.
There was laughing -- mostly during Larry Allen's speech. There was crying -- by almost everybody, including Michael Irvin, who wasn't even being inducted -- and there were smiles everywhere as the Hall welcomed it's seven newest inductees.
Here's a brief recap of Saturday night's events. If you want the full breakdown of everything that happened in Canton, check out our non-brief, really long and somewhat entertaining recap by clicking here.
Here's one memorable quote from each enshrinee.
Ogden started off his speech with a joke. "I've often thought about that day back in 1996 when you drafted me instead of Lawrence Phillips, I think that worked out well for everybody.” Except for Phillps, obviously.
Robinson's speech took a bloody turn, "I tell people when you play football, you have to like the taste of blood and 50 to 70 percent of the time it's your blood." Don't be surprised if Robinson soon writes a best-selling fictional book about vampires playing football.
Allen took some time during his speech to explain to talk about the first date he went on with his wife and in the process also become the first Hall-of-Famer to mention 40's in a speech, "On our first date, she cooked for me. She cooked me two chickens, french fries and baked me a cake and gave me a 40 ounce. I knew then, that was my wife right there."
Culp was truly moved by making it to Canton, "The Hall of Fame Museum is an incredible place dedicated to documenting stories of extraordinary men, men who just wanted to play the game and found their niche in life doing so. I am just overwhelmed by the struggles, joys, and tears of those who have made it here and I am proud to join this elite group of men and pleased to pass the torch on to future Hall of Famers. Hopefully our stories preserved forever in the Hall of Fame will remind us and demonstrate to others what hard work and team work can produce.
Sapp proved that he's a true mama's boy. "I never played this game to get in the Hall of Fame. I played this game to retire my mother, because my mother worked so hard, and I wasn't going to allow her or myself to be in that position again."
Carter closed his speech with his, "Buckeye born and bred, now an H-O-F-er, even after I'm dead." Carter also called taking money from an agent in college the biggest regret of his athletic career.
Parcells was mostly serious during his speech, but he did make time for one joke, "When they put my bust in the hall tomorrow, I'd like to be somewhere near Lawrence Taylor so I can keep an eye on that sucker," Parcells said of his former linebacker who was pretty good at finding trouble off-the-field.
Staying with Parcells, here's his coaching tree. It looks more like a rain forest.
Jerry Jones memory: Troy Aikman threw an interception vs the Saints, Allen caught the defender FROM BEHIND to save TD http://t.co/nNpHZBfLlM— Eye on Football (@EyeOnNFL) August 4, 2013
It's a shocker that Carter made it through his speech because he was tearing up before he even made it on stage.
Cris Carter might have a tough time getting through his speech, he's already tearing up and he's not even on stage: http://t.co/0HrGk3ItY4— Eye on Football (@EyeOnNFL) August 4, 2013
Robinson is one of the old-timers, here's a picture of him in his prime.
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Again, if you're in the mood for a longer breakdown of Saturday's Hall of Fame induction ceremony, go here.
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