Will Bettis, Ogden reach Hall in 2013?

August, 6, 2012
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The Hall of Fame inducted its 2012 class on Saturday, so let's take a peek ahead to next year's group of eligible players.

Two AFC North players who should be at the top of the candidates list are: Steelers running back Jerome Bettis and Ravens offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden.

Bettis has his best shot at getting into the Hall of Fame after missing the cut in his first two years of eligibility. After watching Marshall Faulk (2011) and Curtis Martin (2012) get voted in, Bettis has the best résumé of any running back among the 2013 candidates.

He ranks sixth on the NFL's all-time rushing list, which seems to weigh heavily for voters. The top four (Emmitt Smith, Walter Payton, Barry Sanders and Martin) are all in the Hall of Fame, and LaDainian Tomlinson (who is fifth) retired this year.

This marks the first year of eligibility for Ogden. The 11-time Pro Bowl offensive tackle was considered the top lineman of his era and should have a good chance of getting in on the first ballot. Ogden would become the first player drafted by the Ravens to make the Hall of Fame.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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