2013 HOF Inductees: Curley Culp and Jonathan Ogden

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Seven new legends were elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Feb. 2 in New Orleans.

The group - Larry Allen, Cris Carter, Curley Culp, Jonathan Ogden, Bill Parcells, Dave Robinson, and Warren Sapp - will be formally inducted during a memorable Enshrinement Ceremony at Canton's Fawcett Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 3.

Here is the second of four features on the Class of 2013.

Curley Culp

Curley Culp, an All-American in football and wrestling at Arizona State, was selected in the second round of the 1968 draft by the Denver Broncos. The team attempted to switch him to guard on offense and when the experiment did not work, Denver ultimately dealt him to the Kansas City Chiefs where he instantly became an integral part of the club's dominating defense.

In his second pro season, he helped the Chiefs win Super Bowl IV. He started at left defensive tackle in the 1969 AFL Championship Game and contributed four tackles, two assists, and a sack as the Chiefs downed the Oakland Raiders 17-7.

He then added three tackles and one assisted tackle in Kansas City's 23-7 victory over the Minnesota Vikings in the Super Bowl.

After six-plus seasons in Kansas City, Culp was traded in 1974 to the Houston Oilers as part of a blockbuster trade. It was with Houston that he began to gain perennial acclaim for his consistent high level of play.

Almost instantly Culp helped transform the Oilers from losers to contenders. In his first full season with the Oilers, the team finished with a 10-4-0 record which was the first winning mark for the club in eight years and just the second in 13 seasons.

He was the anchor of the Oilers who had the top ranked defense against the run in the AFC, and third in the entire NFL, in 1975. Culp recorded arguably his finest season as he chipped in with 11.5 sacks and was named the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year by the Newspaper Enterprise Association.

Culp continued as a leader of the Oilers defense that culminated in back-to-back appearances in the AFC championship games in 1978 and 1979. He was named to one AFL All-Star Game and five Pro Bowls during his career. Culp also was picked as a first-team All-Pro in 1975 and a second-team selection in 1971, 1977, 1978, and 1979. He was selected first- or second-team All-AFC five times.

He played in 179 career games that included a final stint with the Detroit Lions.

Jonathan Ogden

The Baltimore Ravens used their first-ever draft pick, fourth overall of the 1996 NFL Draft, on highly touted Outland Trophy Award-winning tackle Jonathan Ogden out of UCLA. For the next 12 seasons, Ogden was the main cog of the Ravens' offensive line.

He became an instant starter and was recognized as a consensus All-Rookie pick in 1996. That year Baltimore racked up the third most total net yards of offense in the entire NFL.

The following season the Ravens amassed more than 5,000 yards of offense for the second straight year and Ogden was named first-team All-Pro. It marked the first of six times in his career he would receive that recognition as All-Pro honors were bestowed upon him in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2006.

He also earned a starting spot in the Pro Bowl following the '97 season, one of 11 times he was voted to the league's all-star game.

By 2000, the Ravens had climbed to the top of the NFL with Ogden anchoring the offensive line from his left tackle spot. Baltimore qualified for the playoffs for the first time in franchise history with a 12-4 record.

Despite making the postseason as a wild card team, the Ravens relied on the leadership of veterans like Ogden to make a memorable playoff run capped by a convincing 34-7 victory over the New York Giants in Super Bowl XXXV.

Ogden, who was named the NFL's Offensive Linemen of the Year by the NFL Alumni in 2002, was highly regarded as a great pass protector and equally adept as a run blocker.

In 2003, he helped pave the way for running back Jamal Lewis who became just the fifth player in NFL history to eclipse 2,000 yards rushing in a season. Included in the total of 2,066 yards, then the second most ever in a season, was a record-breaking day against the Cleveland Browns on Sept. 14, 2003.

Ogden opened holes for Lewis who averaged nearly 10 yards a carry to set the then record of 295 yards in a game.

A member of the NFL's All-Decade Team of the 2000s, he played in 177 games in his career. Four months after he announced his retirement, the Ravens inducted him to their Ring of Honor.

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