Last year, former New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan was a candidate for the 2013 Hall of Fame, but was beaten out by Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Warren Sapp — a snub that many fans were upset about as Strahan had the better overall numbers to be put into the hall over Sapp, yet, Sapp got in and Strahan did not.
Strahan will have a second chance at making the Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2014 as the former Super Bowl winning defensive end is one of 15 finalists for the hall, as the league announced on Thursday night on the NFL Network.
Along with Strahan, potential favorites to make the Hall of Fame are long-time Seattle Seahawks offensive tackle Walter Jones, Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Marvin Harrison, Super Bowl winner and Colts and Buccaneers head coach Tony Dungy, Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Derrick Brooks and safety John Lynch, Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jerome Bettis, San Francisco 49ers executive Eddie DeBartolo, Rams, Steelers and Panthers linebacker Kevin Greene and Oakland Raiders wide receiver Tim Brown.
Former veteran kicker and former Giant Morten Anderson is also a finalist as well for the Hall of Fame. Anderson was the kicker for the Giants during the 2001 season in part of a career that spanned 25 years and kicked for four other teams aside from New York.
Strahan accounted for 141.5 career sacks and still holds the record for the most sacks in a single season with 22.5, an accomplishment he captured back in 2001; Jared Allen of the Minnesota Vikings came close in 2011 to either tying or breaking it when he had 22 sacks. In Strahan's final season as a pro back in 2007, he helped the Giants win Super Bowl XLII over the then 18-0 New England Patriots, a game that many have felt is the greatest Super Bowl in the events history.
The announcement of the class of 2014 will be announced on Saturday, February 1 as part of a ceremony held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, the night before Super Bowl XLVIII, which will be held at MetLife Stadium.
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