I'm not in Canton, Ohio, this evening, so I can't bring you a first-hand account of the two players with NFC North ties who are being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. But I do want to bring you a highlight or two of the speeches from both Dave Robinson (Green Bay Packers) and Cris Carter (Minnesota Vikings), and we'll move in chronological order.
Robinson noted that he played on perhaps the best left side of a defense in NFL history, one that for the most part had five Hall of Famers lining up next to each other. But my favorite part of his speech was when he evoked a bygone era of gladiator football.
"It's a Spartan game," Robinson recalled a coach once telling him, "played by Spartan-like individuals in a Spartan-like manner. It's a game of hitting and getting hit. You've got to like to hit, and you've got to like to get hit. If you don't, you won't last long in this league.
"I tell people that when you play football, you've got to like the taste of blood. You've got to remember that 50 percent of the time, it's your blood."