Posted: Aug 3, 2013 8:26 PM by Bill Halter, AP
Updated: Aug 3, 2013 11:12 PM
CANTON, Ohio (AP) - With a forceful and emotion-filled speech, Cris Carter has become the seventh and final inductee from the Class of 2013 to enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday night.
Carter mentioned dozens of people in his life who were "going into the Hall of Fame with me tonight," as he followed Jonathan Ogden, Dave Robinson, Larry Allen, Bill Parcells, Curley Culp and Warren Sapp in being inducted.
More than 120 hall members, a record, returned for the 50th anniversary celebration of the shrine.
"I appreciate the process you have to go through to get to be a Hall of Famer," said Carter, who had perhaps the best hands of any receiver the NFL has seen. "To be able to join these men on this stage in football heaven is the greatest day of my life."
Sapp was just the second Tampa Bay Buccaneer to enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame, 18 years after Lee Roy Selmon was enshrined.
Sapp was elected in his first year of eligibility following 13 seasons in which he went from instant starter after being selected 12th overall in the 1995 draft to Defensive Player of the Year in 1999. That season, he had 12 1/2 sacks as the Bucs won their first division title in 18 years. For his career, Sapp had 96 1/2 sacks, extremely high for a defensive tackle.
Presented Saturday night by his 15-year-old daughter, Mercedes, Sapp joined Tampa Bay's greatest player in the hall after making seven Pro Bowls and being selected an All-Pro four times. He also played four seasons with the Oakland Raiders.
He made the NFL's All-Decade squads for the 1990s and the 2000s.
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