Group of seven inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton

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CANTON, Ohio -- Bill Parcells unofficially spoke for everyone in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and all the people gathered to see him and six others inducted Saturday night.

"There's a kinship created that lasts for the rest of your life," he said about his experience as one of the NFL's most successful coaches.

Parcells became the first coach in seven years to make the Hall, with several of his proteges in the crowd at Fawcett Stadium. The only coach to take four franchises to the playoffs, Parcells won Super Bowls with the New York Giants in the 1986 and 1990 seasons.

The master of the team turnaround with the Giants, Patriots, Jets and Cowboys, Parcells was called "the definitive winner" by former player George Martin, who presented him for induction.

"Every organization I worked for supported me to the fullest," Parcells said. "Without that, you've got no shot."

Parcells' career record was 183-138-1 and he won Coach of the Year honors in 1986 and 1994.

And he mentioned a quote by former Giants defensive back Emlen Tunnell, the first black man inducted into the Canton shrine, in 1967:

"Losers assemble in little groups and complain about the coaches and players in other little groups. But winners assemble as a team."

Parcells was preceded by offensive linemen Jonathan Ogden and Larry Allen, and linebacker Dave Robinson in the induction ceremonies marking the 50th anniversary of the Hall of Fame. Curley Culp followed Parcells into the Hall.

As relaxed as if he had no one to block, Ogden became the first Baltimore Raven enshrined in the Hall. He was followed moments later by former Packers linebacker Robinson, then by Allen, Ogden's rare equal in their era among offensive linemen.

Ogden was the leadoff inductee in his seven-member class, just as he was the first player drafted by the Ravens after the franchise moved from Cleveland in 1996 and was renamed. The man who made that selection, fellow Hall of Famer Ozzie Newsome, now Baltimore's general manager, presented the massive offensive tackle.

Newsome was one of more than 120 Hall members, a record, who returned to Fawcett Stadium for the festivities.

A former college shot putter at UCLA, at 6 feet 9, 345 pounds, Ogden was an imposing presence at tackle for a dozen seasons in Baltimore, winning the 2000 NFL championship.

"He is part of the foundation of this franchise, part of the reason we have two Super Bowl championships," Newsome said.

Ogden, who was given a 2013 Super Bowl ring by the team, made the Hall in his first year of eligibility. He was a six-time All-Pro, made the Pro Bowl 11 times and was the main blocker when Jamal Lewis rushed for 2,066 yards in 2003.

Allen, who sniffled his way through his speech, was just as dominating a blocker as Ogden. He also was, he said, NFL's strongest man, once bench-pressing 700 pounds, and saying "I did it naturally."

One of the key blockers for Dallas as Emmitt Smith became the NFL's career rushing leader, Allen made six All-Pro squads and 11 Pro Bowls in his 14 seasons, the final two with San Francisco.

Allen won the Super Bowl in the 1995 season and was voted into the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility,

"I just knew I had to win every play," he said. "That's the reason I am here. I knew if I lost a play, I had 45 seconds to get even."

Presented by Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, Allen punctuated his discourse with the requisite "How about them Cowboys?" as he joined the likes of Smith, Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin and Deion Sanders in the Hall.

Robinson was a prototype outside linebacker who could rush the quarterback, cover tight ends or running backs on pass plays, and stop the run. He made the NFL's All-Decade team of the 1960s and won three NFL titles, including the first two Super Bowls.

"I never dreamt about the Hall of Fame" when he was at Penn State, he joked. "There wasn't even a Hall of Fame when I broke in to the NFL."

Indeed, Robinson's rookie season was the year the Hall was created, 1963.

"Now, I am immortalized."

As is Culp, one of the game's most dominant defensive tackles for much of his 14 pro seasons, including the 1969 season when he helped Kansas City win the NFL title.

A five-time Pro Bowler, Culp also played for Houston and Detroit, retiring in 1981, then waiting more than three decades to be enshrined Saturday as a senior nominee.

Today

• Game: Miami Dolphins vs. Dallas Cowboys in Hall of Fame Game, Canton, Ohio.

• When: 8 p.m.

• TV: WPXI.

• The skinny: Cowboys LB Sean Lee (Upper St. Clair) may see his first action since a season-ending foot injury in October.

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