There are four NFC North connections among the 15 finalists for the 2013 class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, announced Friday morning, including both nominations from the Senior Committee. A quick glance:
Receiver Cris Carter
NFC North connection: Played for Minnesota Vikings, 1990-2001
Comment: Carter remains part of a log-jam of receivers that includes Tim Brown and Andre Reed, both of whom are once again finalists as well.
Linebacker Kevin Greene
NFC North connection: Currently the Green Bay Packers' outside linebacker coach
Comment: Greene has more career sacks (160) than any player not in the Hall of Fame.
Defensive tackle Curley Culp
NFC North connection: Played for Detroit Lions from 1980-81
Comment: One of two senior nominations. Played 15 games for Lions at end of his career.
Linebacker Dave Robinson
NFC North connection: Played for Packers from 1963-72
Comment: Was the Packers' first-round draft pick in 1963, and started three consecutive NFL championship victories.