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  • NFL HOF Semifinalists Announced

    Semifinalists for Class of 2013

    11/30/2012

    Six first-year eligible candidates, guard/tackle Larry Allen, kicker Morten Andersen, safety John Lynch, tackle Jonathan Ogden, defensive tackle Warren Sapp, and defensive end Michael Strahan are among the 27 semifinalists being considered for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2013.

    The Hall of Fame’s Selection Committee chose the 27 semifinalists from the previously announced list of 127 preliminary nominees. The list of semifinalists is typically limited to 25 names but this year there are 27 resulting from a three-person tie for the final position. The Hall of Fame’s By-laws provides that the list shall consist of “twenty-five nominees plus all ties.”

    In addition to the six first-year eligible nominees, one other previously eligible candidate, cornerback Albert Lewis has made it to the semifinalist list for the first time. Each of the remaining 20 nominees on the Selection Committee’s list has been a semifinalist at least once prior to this year.

    The list of 27 semifinalists will be reduced by mail ballot to 15 modern-era finalists. That list increases to 17 finalist nominees with the inclusion of the two recommended candidates of the Hall of Fame’s Seniors Committee. The Seniors Committee nominees, who were announced in August, are defensive tackle Curley Culp, (1968-1974 Kansas City Chiefs, 1974-1980 Houston Oilers, 1980-81 Detroit Lions) and linebacker Dave Robinson, (1963-1972 Green Bay Packers, 1973-74 Washington Redskins).

    Larry Allen, G/T – 1994-2005 Dallas Cowboys, 2006-07 San Francisco 49ers
    Morten Andersen, K – 1982-1994 New Orleans Saints, 1995-2000, 2006-07 Atlanta Falcons, 2001 New York Giants, 2002-03 Kansas City Chiefs, 2004 Minnesota Vikings
    Steve Atwater, S – 1989-1998 Denver Broncos, 1999 New York Jets
    Jerome Bettis, RB – 1993-95 Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, 1996-2005 Pittsburgh Steelers
    Tim Brown, WR/KR – 1988-2003 Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders, 2004 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    Cris Carter, WR – 1987-89 Philadelphia Eagles, 1990-2001 Minnesota Vikings, 2002 Miami Dolphins
    Don Coryell, Coach – 1973-77 St. Louis Cardinals, 1978-1986 San Diego Chargers
    Roger Craig, RB – 1983-1990 San Francisco 49ers, 1991 Los Angeles Raiders, 1992-93 Minnesota Vikings
    Terrell Davis, RB – 1995-2001 Denver Broncos
    Edward DeBartolo, Jr., Owner – 1977-2000 San Francisco 49ers

    Kevin Greene, LB/DE – 1985-1992 Los Angeles Rams, 1993-95 Pittsburgh Steelers, 1996, 1998-99 Carolina Panthers, 1997 San Francisco 49ers
    Charles Haley, DE/LB – 1986-1991, 1999 San Francisco 49ers, 1992-96 Dallas Cowboys
    Joe Jacoby, T – 1981-1993 Washington Redskins
    Albert Lewis, CB – 1983-1993 Kansas City Chiefs, 1994-98 Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders
    John Lynch, FS – 1993-2003 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2004-07 Denver Broncos

    Karl Mecklenburg, LB – 1983-1994 Denver Broncos
    Art Modell, Owner – 1996-2011 Baltimore Ravens
    Jonathan Ogden, T – 1996-2007 Baltimore Ravens
    Bill Parcells, Coach – 1983-1990 New York Giants, 1993-96 New England Patriots, 1997-99 New York Jets, 2003-06 Dallas Cowboys
    Andre Reed, WR – 1985-1999 Buffalo Bills, 2000 Washington Redskins

    Warren Sapp, DT – 1995-2003 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2004-07 Oakland Raiders
    Will Shields, G – 1993-2006 Kansas City Chiefs
    Michael Strahan, DE – 1993-2007 New York Giants
    Paul Tagliabue, Commissioner – 1989-2006 National Football League
    Steve Tasker, ST/WR – 1985-86 Houston Oilers, 1986-1997 Buffalo Bills

    Aeneas Williams, CB/S – 1991-2000 Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals, 2001-04 St. Louis Rams
    George Young, Contributor – 1968-1974 Baltimore Colts, 1975-78 Miami Dolphins, 1979-1997 New York Giants, 1998-2001 National Football League

    The results of the modern-era reduction vote to 15 finalists will be announced in early January, 2013.

    To be considered for election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, a nominated player or coach must not have participated as an active player or coach for five consecutive seasons. A contributor, who is a nominee who has made outstanding contributions to pro football in capacities other than playing and coaching, may still be active in his pro football career.

    Although there is no set number of enshrinees for any Hall of Fame Class, the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s current ground rules stipulate that between four and seven new members will be selected each year. No more than five modern-era nominees can be elected in a given year and a class of six or seven enshrinees can only be achieved if one or both senior nominees are elected.

    The Class of 2013 will be determined at the Selection Committee's annual meeting on Saturday, Feb. 2, in New Orleans, La. the day before Super Bowl XLVII. The election results will be announced immediately afterwards from the Super Bowl media headquarters.

    The Class of 2013 will be officially enshrined on Saturday, Aug. 3 in Canton, Ohio as the main event of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Annual Enshrinement Festival Celebration. Additionally, a record number of Hall of Fame members are expected to return to Canton to take part in the annual Enshrinement Festival as a part of the Hall of Fame’s special Golden Anniversary Reunion Celebration.

    Individual enshrinement tickets will go on sale in late-January. In 2013, the Pro Football Hall of Fame is partnering with NFL On Location, the League’s event experience and hospitality source, to offer exclusive fan packages to the Class of 2013 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival & Golden Anniversary.

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  • #2
    My list for 5 modern era selectees would be:

    Davis
    Coryell
    Tagliabue
    Strahan
    Parcells

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    • #3
      On that list, I'd put in: Lynch, Ogden, Sapp, Atwater, Tim Brown, Meck, Strahan, Kevin Greene, Bettis, and Chris Carter. I could go either way with Andre Reed
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      • #4
        Lynch isn't a first ballot HOFer. Too many better safeties have already gotten snubbed.

        Sapp, Meck, Atwater, Allen and Parcells
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        • #5
          Originally posted by CoryWinget81 View Post
          Lynch isn't a first ballot HOFer. Too many better safeties have already gotten snubbed.

          Sapp, Meck, Atwater, Allen and Parcells
          Lynch was feared by opponents + he has the SB ring and Pro Bowls. What else does he need? He played at a high-level for a long time
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          • #6
            Originally posted by HUMCALC View Post
            Lynch was feared by opponents + he has the SB ring and Pro Bowls. What else does he need? He played at a high-level for a long time
            The Smiling assassin was one of the most if NOT the most feared player for a decade and has the rings and pro bowls to prove it. Effectively ended the career of Okoye with arguably one of the most famous hits in NFL history.

            If Lynch goes before Atwater, it'd be a tragedy.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by CoryWinget81 View Post
              The Smiling assassin was one of the most if NOT the most feared player for a decade and has the rings and pro bowls to prove it. Effectively ended the career of Okoye with arguably one of the most famous hits in NFL history.

              If Lynch goes before Atwater, it'd be a tragedy.
              I believe they both should be in
              "Happiness is just an illusion, filled with sadness and confusion." Jimmy Ruffin

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