Saturday, six men were elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame: defensive linemen Chris Doleman and Cortez Kennedy, offensive tackle Willie Roaf, center Dermontti Dawson, running back Curtis Martin, and cornerback Jack Butler. Meanwhile, former coach Bill Parcells, running back Jerome Bettis, wide receiver Cris Carter, and defensive end Charles Haley were among the finalists who learned that their busts won’t be bronzed this year.
For those who were left out in 2012, the road to Canton won’t get any smoother in 2013. A bunch of strong Hall of Fame candidates will be eligible next year, including former Ravens left tackle and franchise cornerstone Jonathan Ogden. Also up for possible enshrinement are defensive end Michael Strahan, offensive guard Larry Allen, defensive tackle Warren Sapp, and quarterback Steve McNair, who played two seasons in Baltimore.