Michael Strahan and Bill Parcells are one step closer to football immortality.
They are among the 15 modern-era finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2013. The inductees will be announced Feb. 2, the Saturday before Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans.
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Parcells was NFL Coach of the Year in 1986 and 1994. In 19 seasons as a head coach, Parcells posted a regular-season record of 172-130-1 and was 11-8 in the playoffs. He is the only coach to guide four different teams to the playoffs.
Strahan was a dominant pass rusher who had 141.5 career sacks and set the NFL single-season sack record in 2001 with 22.5. He also won the NFL sack title in 2003 with 18.5. He was named first-team All-Pro five times (1997, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2005) and voted to seven Pro Bowls. He was selected to the NFL's All-Decade Team of the 2000s.
Other players who are finalists include RB Jerome Bettis, WR Tim Brown, WR Cris Carter, LB Kevin Greene, DE Charles Haley, WR Andre Reed, G Will Shields and S Aeneas Williams. Owners Edward DeBartolo Jr. and the late Art Modell are also finalists.
The Hall of Fame committee will also consider 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.
Unlike the controversial Baseball Hall of Fame voting that was announced this week, the Pro Football Hall of Fame will not shut out all nominees. Although there is no set number for any class of enshrinees, the Pro Football Hall of Fame's current ground rules stipulate that between four and seven new members will be selected each year, but no more than five modern-era nominees can be elected in a given year.