Michael Strahan and Bill Parcells are among the 15 finalists for enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2013, the Hall announced Friday morning. Strahan, the former great New York Giants defensive end, is one of four first-time eligible nominees. Parcells, who won two Super Bowls while coaching the Giants, was a finalist in 2012.
In addition to Strahan, the first-time eligible nominees are guard Larry Allen, tackle Jonathan Ogden and defensive tackle Warren Sapp,
The other nominees are running back Jerome Bettis, wide receivers Tim Brown, Cris Carter and Andre Reed, guard Will Shields, defensive end Charles Haley, linebacker Kevin Greene, cornerback Aeneas Williams, former 49ers owner Ed DeBartolo, Jr., and former Browns owner Art Modell.
Strahan record 141.5 sacks in his 15-year career, retiring after the Giants won the 2008 Super Bowl.
The failure of Parcells, who also took the New England Patriots to the Super Bowl, to be enshrined last year caused an outcry.
Will either or both be enshrined this time? The Selection Committee meets in New Orleans on Feb. 2 to make that decision.