"Thank you, Ozzie (Newsome) for that fantastic introduction. You know, I've often thought about that day back in 1996 when you drafted me instead of Lawrence Phillips. You know what, buddy, I think that worked out well for everybody. … If you strive for perfection, maybe, just maybe, you can become great."
Jonathan Ogden, OT, Ravens (1996-07)
"I live 25 miles from here, but it took me 38 years to get here. I've enjoyed every step along the way. … When you play football, you've got to like the taste of blood. But you have to remember, 50 percent of the time it's your blood. … A lot of my family and friends are looking down on me. Some of my friends may be looking up at me. But I hope they're all proud of me."
Dave Robinson, LB, Packers (1963-72), Redskins (1973-74)
"(After being drafted by the Cowboys) I ran out of my apartment and jumped in the pool with all my clothes on. … My goal was simple: Earn that seven-letter word "respect," from my teammates, opponents and the NFL. Today, my mission is complete"
Larry Allen, G/T, Cowboys (1994-05), 49ers (2006-07).
"When they put my bust in the Hall tomorrow, I'd like to be somewhere near Lawrence Taylor so I can keep an eye on that sucker. … The only prerequisite for acceptance into that locker room is you've got to be willing to contribute to the greater good. And if you are willing to do that, you are readily accepted. And if you're not, you're pretty much quickly rejected."
Bill Parcells, coach, Giants (1983-90), Patriots (1993-96), Jets (1997-99), Cowboys (2003-06)
"This has long been a dream and is now a reality. … In life as in sports, we should play hard and clean, and always do our best to succeed."
Curley Culp, DT, Chiefs (1968-74), Oilers (1974-80), Lions (1980-81)
"To be able to join these men on this stage in football heaven is the greatest day of my life. … (Former Eagles coach) Buddy Ryan asked his wife what he should do, and she said, 'Don't cut Chris Carter. He's going to do something special in his life.' … Buckeye, born and bred. Now an HOFer, even after I'm dead."
Cris Carter, WR, Eagles (1987-89), Vikings (1990-01), Dolphins (2002)