Parcells, six others make Pro Football Hall of Fame

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By Julian Linden

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Former Super Bowl winning head coach Bill Parcells was among seven men voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday.

Parcells was joined by six former players, including three first-time nominees, to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, the greatest individual honor in the sport.

Offensive linemen Larry Allen and Jonathan Ogden and defensive tackle Warren Sapp all were elected in their first year of being nominated while wide receiver Cris Carter, defensive tackle Curley Culp and linebacker Dave Robinson were voted in after missing out previously.

The seven men will be enshrined into the Hall of Fame in August. They were selected by a group of 44 voters from a pool of 17 nominees.

The panel spent more than eight hours to reach their decision and spent an hour alone debating whether to include Parcells, who led the New York Giants to two Super Bowl titles in a 19-year coaching career where he coached four teams, all to the playoffs.

"This is long overdue," Giants co-owner John Mara said in a statement.

"He's one of the best coaches in NFL history. He turned our franchise around. We went through a long period in the 1960s and 70s when we were a laughing stock.

"When Bill took over in 1983 he survived a very difficult first year, but then turned us into a perennial playoff contender and won two Super Bowls for us."   Continued...

Tampa Bay Buccaneers player Warren Sapp (L), former Minnesota Vikings player Cris Carter (2nd L), former Baltimore Ravens player Jonathan Ogden (2nd R) and former Dallas Cowboys player Larry Allen (R) stand together after being named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame at the 2013 Class of Enshrinement show in New Orleans, Louisiana, February 2, 2013. REUTERS/Jim Young (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)