While his six other classmates for this weekend’s enshrinement sported blue golf shirts given them by the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Cris Carter was dressed in suit and tie.
He might never take them off.
“Man, I am in the Hall of Fame. I am wearing a suit every day,” Carter said Friday as the 50th anniversary festivities for the Hall of Fame began in Canton, Ohio.
Carter will join Bill Parcells, Larry Allen, Jonathan Ogden, Warren Sapp, Dave Robinson and Curley Culp as the newest inductees Saturday. Carter is the only member of the Class of 2013 who didn’t win an NFL title.
Parcells won two NFL titles as the coach of the New York Giants. Allen was a 1995 champion with the Dallas Cowboys, Ogden grabbed a Super Bowl ring in 2000 with the Baltimore Ravens, and Sapp won the 2002 championship with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Robinson played on the Green Bay Packers teams that won the first two Super Bowls. Culp got his ring with the 1969 Kansas City Chiefs.
A record 121 Hall of Fame members are expected to attend the ceremony.
“It’s somewhat overwhelming,” Ogden said. “You look around, and there’s Joe Greene and Joe Namath — heck, they are all there, you can’t stop naming names.”
COOPER EXCUSED FROM EAGLES’ TEAM ACTIVITIES
The Philadelphia Eagles excused Riley Cooper from all team activities as the wide receiver deals with repercussions of being caught on video using a racial slur.
Cooper has been sent away from the team to get help with his issues, but coach Chip Kelly made it clear that Cooper would be back with the team when he’s ready.
“There has never been any question of cutting Riley,” Kelly said. “His status with us is not in question.”
Cooper apologized Wednesday after a video of him using a racial slur at a Kenny Chesney concert last month surfaced on the Internet. The Eagles immediately fined him.
Teammates Michael Vick, Jason Avant and others expressed forgiveness for Cooper. LeSean McCoy said he forgives Cooper but said, “I can’t really respect somebody like that.”
Cornerback Cary Williams said the slur Cooper used should never be said.
“Nobody should say it,” Williams said. “I don’t care if you (are) white, black, blue, green or purple. The hip-hop culture uses the word and has de-emphasized it. You need to go back and see what our ancestors did to try and rid themselves of that word.”
The 49ers signed veteran wide receivers Austin Collie and Lavelle Hawkins to one-year deals. … The Raiders signed kicker Sebastian Janikowski to a four-year contract extension through 2017. He is tied with former Seahawks kicker John Kasay for second all-time with 42 field goals from 50 yards or longer. The Lions’ Jason Hanson holds the record with 52. … Ravens defensive back Asa Jackson was suspended by the NFL for eight games for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. It is his second violation. … Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is unlikely to play in Sunday’s Hall of Fame game against the Dolphins. … Bills receiver Stevie Johnson left practice with a hamstring injury and was scheduled for tests to determine how long he might be sidelined. … The Texans expect to activate running back Arian Foster from the physically unable to perform list this weekend.