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.
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.
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