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Michael Strahan, Bill Parcells & George Young Among 27 Modern-Era Semifinalists for Hall of Fame

December 1st, 2012 at 9:30 AM
By Dan Benton

On Friday, the NFL announced the names of 27 modern-era semifinalists being considered for the Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, including six first-year eligible candidates. Among them is retired New York Giants defensive end and Super Bowl XLII champion, Michael Strahan.

'Michael Strahan is always with us' photo (c) 2010, Marianne O'Leary - license:

Joining Strahan as eligible candidates with ties to Big Blue are former head coach Bill Parcells (1983 – 1990), former General Manager George Young (1979 – 1997) and former kicker Morten Andersen (2001).

Strahan, who spent his entire 15-year career with the Giants, owns the NFL's single-season sack record (22.5 in 2001) and is fifth all-time with 141.5 career sacks. That total is also good enough for the franchise record.

Parcells, who also coached the New England Patriots, New York Jets and Dallas Cowboys, won two Super Bowl championships with the Giants (XXI and XXV) and helped revitalize the franchise. He also acted as the teams Defensive Coordinator in 1979, and the teams Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach from 1981-1982.

Finally, there's George Young, who deserves much of the credit for turning this franchise around. He was responsible for building the Giants back up to respectability, primarily through his NFL Draft prowess and expert decision making. If not for Young, there would have been no Phil Simms, Lawrence Taylor, Carl Banks, Joe Morris, Michael Strahan, Tiki Barber, Bill Parcells or two Super Bowl championships. There also wouldn't have been Ernie Accorsi, who took over following Young's retirement.

Although there are usually only 25 semifinalists, there was a three-way tie for the final spot resulting in the odd number of 27 this year. That count will be reduced to 15 (via mail balloting) finalists, with an announcement coming in January 2013.

The 2013 Hall of Fame inductees will be determined and revealed on Saturday, February 2nd, in New Orleans, La. the day before Super Bowl XLVII.


Tags: Bill Parcells, Football, George Young, Hall of Fame, Michael Strahan, New York, New York Giants, NFL

15 Responses to “Michael Strahan, Bill Parcells & George Young Among 27 Modern-Era Semifinalists for Hall of Fame”

  1.  GmenMania says:

    The Giants tried the play no less than four times against the Packers last Sunday night.

    The fade route between Eli Manning and Hakeem Nicks has been one of their go-to calls, taking advantage of Nicks’ physical playing style and one-on-one match-ups in the end zone.But none of those attempts were completed for a touchdown. One was tipped by the defense, and another may have been a bit out of reach, but offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride used the missed chances as examples of how Nicks — try as he might — is still not at full strength.“Still not the same. Not himself, no,” Gilbride said. “He had a couple chances for plays. He would have made those plays easily (if healthy). Easily.”

    Nicks has fought through left knee and right foot injuries that have nagged him all season, missing three games and playing the other eight at less than 100 percent. Each of the past few weeks, the fourth-year receiver has said he feels the best he has felt all season, but Gilbride chuckled knowingly.

    “Doesn’t he tell you that every week?” Gilbride asked. “Is he convincing you, himself or the opposition?”

    But Gilbride appreciates that about Nicks. He has the highest respect for his player’s toughness and his will to be on the field when still hurting.

    “You love the fact that he’s trying,” Gilbride said. “He’s fighting his rear end (off). He refused to accept being hurt, and he knows we’re better when he’s out there, and he’s trying to do everything he can. I admire that and everything else, but he’s not the same guy yet as he was, there’s no question about that.”

    Those missed fade routes underscored that. The first incompletion was the most glaring to Gilbride, because the ball hit Nicks right in the hands.

    In Gilbride’s view, Nicks right now is not used to catching the ball while being jostled — a product of missing most of the spring and summer after fracturing a bone in his foot and really only seeing live action in regular-season games. The knee injury developed in his only 100-yard receiving game of the season, against Tampa Bay in Week 2.

    •  fanfor55years says:

      Certainly he’s not 100%. He may not even be 90%, but his game has become better each week over the past few. And, frankly, he HAS to fight through this thing. Without him the Giants aren’t going anywhere.

      •  GmenMania says:

        +1. Nicks is the #1 receiver, no doubt. The difference in the success of the passing offense when he is healthy versus when he’s not healthy is huge.

    •  GIANTT says:

      just the fact that the other team has to even think of having to defense Nicks whether he is 100 % or not makes throwing this pass either a completion or a set up play anyway .
      So , even though Nicks may be frustrated at not catching what he probably would catch doesnt mean in the Giants big picture that they shouldnt try it .

  2.  fanfor55years says:

    All of the former Giants SHOULD get in on the first ballot but I suspect Parcells won’t because so many of the people who vote have been alienated by him. They may wait until the next time around, or even the time after that, to vote him in.

  3.  GmenMania says:

    HOLY S***!

    A Chiefs player just shot and killed his girlfriend, then shot himself at the team’s practice facility.

    •  kujo says:

      Just saw that. We are all thinking the same morbid joke, and we will all burn in hell because of it.

      Prayers for those involved. Terrible.

      •  GmenMania says:

        Unfortunately, I thought of the same joke.

        Truly such a terrible event however. I hope his family and friends are able to get some closure as to why this horrible event occurred.

    •  fanfor55years says:

      That’s horrible. Sometimes this life is a veil of tears.

      I must be an idiot because I don’t know what joke kujo is talking about.

      I always tell my kids that if they want to know why I believe in the sacred it’s only because I do not believe in a perfect God. A God who/that allows things like this to happen obviously doesn’t know how to get it exactly right.

      •  kujo says:

        Free will and all that

      •  kujo says:

        The joke is “yeah I’d kill myself too if I played for the Chiefs.”

        Not the wife though. That’s a bit too far.

        •  BigBlueGiant says:

          I remember watching Jovan Belcher play in the Nassau Vs. Suffolk All-Star game a few years back. He went to Babylon HS.

          Kid was a real talent in HS. Choose to go to a small program to play.

          Unreal. What a selfish act. Killing your GF, then killing yourself. Sad stuff.

  4.  fanfor55years says:

    Interesting article in this morning’s Wall Street Journal.

    Apparently Ahmad Bradshaw is almost unique in that his YPA average goes up after his 15th carry until his 20th, and then WAY up (to 5.5 YPA) after the 20th carry. That’s over the course of his career. So now there’s an interesting dynamic that the coaches have to consider. The more carries he gets the better he’ll be and the more likely to spring for a big run. But, of course, the more carries he has the more likely he’ll be hurt. I don’t pay much attention to football stats, but this one is over an entire career and certainly seems to be useful. Makes you think the Giants are going to start out giving Wilson no more than a few carries (and I suspect plan to use Torain in short yardage and down near the goal line). Wilson will still have to earn his carries by how he plays. They won’t be handed to him.

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