Carter and Sapp to get rings


Two members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2013, wide receiver Cris Carter and defensive tackle Warren Sapp, will be honored by their teams during nationally televised games as part of the NFL’s Week 10 schedule.

Carter and Sapp become the third and fourth members of the seven-man class to receive their Hall of Fame rings. Carter, one of the most prolific receivers in NFL history, will take center stage at halftime on Thursday night’s game in Minnesota as the Vikings host the Washington Redskins.

Sapp, the league’s Defensive Player of the Year in 1999, will be honored at Raymond James Stadium at halftime on Monday night as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers face the Miami Dolphins.

The Class of 2013 presentations mark the debut of the newly designed Hall of Fame ring. Former New York Giants coach Bill Parcells received his Hall of Fame ring during Week 2 while the Dallas Cowboys honored guard Larry Allen on October 13.

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Carter and Sapp, along with Allen, defensive tackle Curley Culp, tackle Jonathan Ogden, Parcells, and linebacker Dave Robinson were formally enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Aug. 3.

It was during the enshrinement ceremony held inside Canton’s Fawcett Stadium that Carter and Sapp, with help from their children who served as their presenters, unveiled the bronze busts that reside permanently in the Hall of Fame. On the eve of that ceremony, the Class of 2013 received their Hall of Fame Gold Jackets.

The bust, jacket, and the ring are the three physical icons that represent an individual’s induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Carter spent 12 of his 16 NFL seasons with the Vikings where he led the team in receiving 10 straight times and registered eight straight 1,000-yard seasons. He set the NFL record with 122 catches in 1994 and matched that total a season later. An eight-time Pro Bowl pick and a member of the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1990s, Carter amassed 1,101 catches for 13,899 yards and 130 touchdowns in his career.

Sapp was drafted by the Bucs in the first round of the 1995 NFL Draft and instantly became a leader that transformed Tampa Bay’s defense into one of the most dominant units in the NFL. In his 13 NFL seasons, that included four years with the Oakland Raiders, he amassed an astonishing 96.5 career sacks and registered double-digit sack totals four times. He was named to the NFL’s All-Decade Teams of the 1990s and 2000s.

Schedule of remaining ring presentations for the Class of 2013:

Jonathan Ogden – (Week 12) – New York Jets at Baltimore, Sunday, Nov. 24
Curley Culp – (Week 13) – Denver at Kansas City, Sunday Dec. 1
Dave Robinson – (Week 14) – Atlanta at Green Bay, Sunday, Dec. 8

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