The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced the 15 modern-era finalists for the class of 2013 on Friday, and among them were former New York Giants head coach Bill Parcells and retired defensive end Michael Strahan. For Strahan, this is his first year of eligibility.
In addition to the 15 modern-era finalists, there will be two senior nominees – former Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Oilers defensive tackle Curley Culp and former Green Bay Packers and Washington Redskins linebacker Dave Robinson.
Parcells, who is in his second year of eligibility and a finalist for the second time, led the Giants to two Super Bowl championships (XXI, XXV) during his time with the team. He also coached the New England Patriots, New York Jets and Dallas Cowboys. He retired with a regular season head coaching record of 172-130-1, a postseason head coaching record of 11-8 and was named the AP Coach of the Year twice (1986, 1994).
Strahan, who is joined by Larry Allen, Jonathan Ogden and Warren Sapp as other first-year eligible finalists, spent his entire 15-year NFL career with the Giants, retiring shortly after the team upset the then perfect New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. He is a seven-time Pro Bowler, four-time first-team All Pro selection, two-time second-team All Pro selection, 2001 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, two-time NFC Defensive Player of the Year (2001, 2003), the Giants' franchise record holder with 141.5 sacks and the NFL's single-season sacks leader (22.5).
Both men are more than deserving of the Hall of Fame, and Strahan seems like a sure bet.
To be elected, a finalist must receive a minimum positive vote of 80 percent. The 2013 class will be announced on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 5:30 PM EST.
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