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Strong first-year class highlights Hall of Fame nominee list

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Former offensive linemen Larry Allen and Jonathan Ogden, Buccaneers standouts Warren Sapp and John Lynch, single-season sack leader Michael Strahan and kicker Morten Andersen are among the 13 first-year eligible candidates for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The complete list of candidates (which you can see here) includes 127 names, which will be whittled down to 25 semifinalists in late November. Then that group will be culled to 15 names which will be announced in January, and voted on (to determine a class of five, maximum) the day before the Super Bowl.

Two senior nominees — former Chiefs and Oilers nose tackle Curley Culp and former Packers and Redskins linebacker Dave Robinson— are voted upon separately, for a maximum class of seven.

The 2013 list of modern-era nominees includes 89 players, 14 coaches and 24 contributors.

Last year’s 10 finalists who missed the cut and return to the ballot include 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 along with Bill Parcells and Ed DeBartolo, Jr.

The other first-year eligible nominees also include quarterback Steve McNair, running back Priest Holmes, wide Receiver Keenan McCardell, center Tom Nalen, defensive tackles Sam Adams and Ted Washington and defensive end Bryant Young.

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  1. JSpicoli says: Sep 27, 2012 4:14 PM

    Eddie D. the last of the salary cap cheats and convicted felons to be submitted for review

  2. bryans49ers says: Sep 27, 2012 4:16 PM

    Just say no to Warren Sapp

  3. yelix says: Sep 27, 2012 4:17 PM

    Too many great ones to choose from. Obviously I’m biased, but I think Will Shields should get in. It’s also about time to just get all of the wide receivers in.

  4. kattykathy says: Sep 27, 2012 4:17 PM

    The following deserve to be inducted:

    Will Shields(should have went in last year)
    Morten Anderson
    Tim Brown
    Curly Culp (seperate vote)
    Ed DeBartolo Jr.

  5. canadianvikingfaniii says: Sep 27, 2012 4:23 PM

    It’s a shame that Tim Brown, Cris Carter and Andre Reed aren’t in yet. I have to figure that Cris isn’t in because he runs his mouth so much that it influences the panel’s decision.

  6. blacknole08 says: Sep 27, 2012 4:23 PM

    Preist Holmes is eligible now? I was a teen when he was beasting in his prime. These lists are always a nice reminder of how I’m getting older.

  7. nfloracle says: Sep 27, 2012 4:25 PM

    Man, getting five out of that list is going to be hard to do. Lots of deserving names this year.

  8. jmsincla says: Sep 27, 2012 4:26 PM

    There needs to be years when no one makes it in. It’s turning into the ‘Hall of Pretty Good’.

  9. jwayne03 says: Sep 27, 2012 4:26 PM

    Strahan is not a Hall of Famer!!!!!! I don’t care about the bogus single season sack record.

    But if he does make it… please have the gap shown on the trophy.


    Michael Strahan’s gap

  10. bucrightoff says: Sep 27, 2012 4:26 PM

    Allen and Ogden are locks, Strahan probably too (though Brett Favre has to lie down at his induction ceremony), and because of his recent miscues I’d say Lynch is probably ahead of Sapp, though I don’t believe either will get in.

  11. tommysaint1 says: Sep 27, 2012 4:34 PM

    Morten Anderson!! Pulling for you buddy.

  12. kwjsb says: Sep 27, 2012 4:36 PM

    It’s time for Clay Mathews to join his brother Bruce.
    Clay has earned this honor having been the Browns all time sacks leader, all time Brown in games played, oldest player to record a sack (40years old, that’s old for a kicker, incredible for an outside LB) His son Clay III proves the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

  13. jjrs89 says: Sep 27, 2012 4:36 PM

    Would love to see McNair get in, just not counting on it

  14. bluebongzilla says: Sep 27, 2012 4:51 PM

    By all accounts Eddie DeBartolo stayed at the pool and sipped Mai Tai’s while Carmen Policy conducted business at owners meetings. Eddie’s sole responsibility was throwing family money around, many times in violation of league rules. He transferred ownership of the 49ers to the Edward J. DeBartolo Corp. in violation of league rules against corporate ownership to weasel out of paying taxes. He endeavored to cheat his business partners in the NFL and his own family in the corporation that his father built and was run out of both on a rail, a figuratively tarred and feathered convicted felon. If he’s inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the Hall means nothing anymore.

  15. sgruth33 says: Sep 27, 2012 4:54 PM

    Screw the personality, if you go off of just playing the position Cris Carter is one of the greatest (in my life time 33) i’ve ever seen. Im rooting for him.

  16. rabidbillsfan says: Sep 27, 2012 4:55 PM

    I’m sorry, but anybody who was part of the Broncos Offensive line during Shannahan’s Bronco days should be locks. Tom Nalen? He held down what was possibly the best offensive line in football for over a decade! Denver had the “Plug-and-Play” running game, and the big nasties who it all started with should get the credit they deserve. I loved watching Denver games, solely on who the break out back of the week was going to be. Anderson, Portis, Gary, Bell, Young, Griffen, etc. The list goes on, Tom Nalen deserves a shot. I may be over shooting a bit, but some of those guys were absolute monsters.

  17. fromalicious says: Sep 27, 2012 4:56 PM

    Good to see Albert Lewis on here- complete stud man defender who perfected the “tomahawk” ball dislodger. Great with KC and the Raiders.

  18. sonoco says: Sep 27, 2012 5:01 PM

    If Larry Allen isn’t a first ballot HOF’er burn that place down. He has to be, but I’ve seen stranger things.

  19. packerman1968 says: Sep 27, 2012 5:02 PM

    jjrs89 says:
    Sep 27, 2012 4:36 PM
    Would love to see McNair get in, just not counting on it

    Sorry, but McNair should not even be on the list.

  20. rawdogggg says: Sep 27, 2012 5:03 PM

    Larry Allen was possibly the best guard to ever play. Deserves to be in the hall.

    Lions fan

  21. packerman1968 says: Sep 27, 2012 5:04 PM

    Lynch and Sapp were GOOD players not HALL OF FAMERS.

  22. dryzzt23 says: Sep 27, 2012 5:06 PM

    Steve Sabol is the most deserving of any of these nominees.

  23. phillyphannn83 says: Sep 27, 2012 5:10 PM

    Steve McNair and Keenan McCardell?? Please tell me those are there for comic relief.

  24. azpackerbacker says: Sep 27, 2012 5:15 PM

    Don’t you mean:

    single season sack leader*

  25. gbbvan says: Sep 27, 2012 5:15 PM

    Jerry Kramer!

  26. malgorthewarrior says: Sep 27, 2012 5:16 PM

    If Allen gets in as a first ballot i’m ok with that, but if he gets in and shields has to wait another year, the hall has to go!

    Larry Allen – 11 pro bowls 7 all pros

    Will Shields- 12 pro bowls (consecutive) and 8 all pros (6 consecutive).

    Shields SHOULD have been a first ballot. But alas, KC is a small market.

  27. farvite says: Sep 27, 2012 5:20 PM

    Jerome Bettis = NOT a HOFr

  28. alonestartexan says: Sep 27, 2012 5:21 PM

    Steve McNair doesn’t have the stats or the championships, but that man had the heart of a warrior and should be inducted, atleast eventually.

    He played with broken bones, bruised sternum, and a lacerated spleen. There were times where he was so beat up that he couldn’t practice all week and played on Sunday.

    That man was what an NFL QB SHOULD be.

  29. alonestartexan says: Sep 27, 2012 5:23 PM

    Also wanted to add that as a Defensive Lineman, Warren Sapp was great, not a hall of famer, but as a Defensive Tackle, he’s one of the best to ever play the game statistically, love him or hate him, his stats and his status as a “game changer” can’t be ignored.

  30. bigbluebruiser says: Sep 27, 2012 5:23 PM

    My projection…….

    DE Michael Strahan (First-ballot): 7x Pro Bowler; 6x All-Pro; 141.5 sacks; Super Bowl 42 champion; 2001 DPOY; NFL 2000’s All-Decade Team

    OT Jonathan Ogden (First-ballot): 11x Pro Bowler; 9x All-Pro; Super Bowl 35 champion; 2000’s NFL All-Decade Team

    LB Dave Robinson: 3x Pro Bowler; 3x All-Pro; 1967 Pro Bowl MVP; 3x NFL Champion (1965-1967); NFL 1960’s All-Decade Team

    Coach Bill Parcells: 2x Super Bowl Champion (XXI; XXV); 172 career wins; only coach to lead four teams to playoffs (Giants, Patriots, Jets, Cowboys)

    WR Cris Carter: 8x Pro Bowler; 3x All-Pro; 1,101 catches; 13,899 receiving yards; 130 touchdowns; 1990’s NFL All-Decade Team

    DT Warren Sapp (First-ballot): 7x Pro Bowler; 6x All-Pro; 96.5 sacks; Super Bowl 37 champion; NFL 1990’s All-Decade Team; NFL 2000’s All-Decade Team; 1999 DPOY

  31. vbe2 says: Sep 27, 2012 5:24 PM

    Induct Steve Sabol! He’s more deserving than any first time eligible player!

  32. jimbo75025 says: Sep 27, 2012 5:35 PM

    tommysaint1 says:Sep 27, 2012 4:34 PM

    Morten Anderson!! Pulling for you buddy.

    Agreed-that is one kicker I would not utter a peep if he is elected. Could probably still outkick half the kickers in the league and he has to be at 55-60 years old by now.

  33. farvite says: Sep 27, 2012 5:36 PM


    – NEVER lead the League in rushing yards or tds
    – Top 5 in rushing only 4x
    – Top 5 in rush td’s ONCE, never higher than 3
    – Top 5 in all-purpose yards only ONCE
    – NEVER one of the top three players at his position throughout his career

    Only intolerable Steelers fans would champion this guys cause.

  34. rajbais says: Sep 27, 2012 5:36 PM

    I love the Pro football Hall of Fame, but because the writers have made it a complete joke it should now be renamed “the Hall of Why can’t Cris Carter get in??”

    I hope the biggest names get in because they happen to rank the highest among the listed candidates.

  35. sufferingbirdsfan says: Sep 27, 2012 5:36 PM

    Allen, Ogden, and Shields aren’t even debatable. Stone cold locks. Would like to see Andre Reed make it in but there is already about a 5 year backlog of worthy guys in front of him and it’s only going to get worse unfortunately.

  36. pooflingingmonkey says: Sep 27, 2012 5:37 PM

    DeBartolo is a criminal, and aside from signing checks he had nothing to do with the 49ers success. Bill Walsh and Carmen Policy built that juggernaut, despite DeBartolo, not because of him.

  37. theseekeroffun says: Sep 27, 2012 5:38 PM

    Gil Brandt has finally been nominated and he should definitely get in!

  38. ppd20 says: Sep 27, 2012 5:39 PM

    Hey packerman1968, your statement shows a little ignorance on your part. You don’t have to like the guy personally, but on the field , Warren Sapp was a GREAT player. You cannot name another under tackle with the speed, power and athleticism that Sapp had. Sounds like sour grapes from a former division rival.

  39. redruckus81 says: Sep 27, 2012 5:41 PM

    All respect to Morton Anderson. He played at a high level for a very long time but… there is one full time Kicker in the HOF and Morten Anderson wont be the second

  40. farvite says: Sep 27, 2012 5:42 PM


    “the Hall of Why can’t Cris Carter get in??”

    Previously know as;

    “the Hall of Why who the heck did Jerry Kramer tick off in a previous life??”

  41. packerman1968 says: Sep 27, 2012 5:48 PM


    Where did I say I did not like him? I loved Lynch and how he hit guys…..I even liked Sapp as player.

    I just do not think they are Hall of Famers.

    Take your head out of your……….

  42. vikefan says: Sep 27, 2012 5:51 PM

    i can see strahan, holmes, & parcells going in…..then someone needs to give the wr’s a good push because they all deserve it in their own way

    carter invented the toe tap
    reed reminded me of james lofton from his era

  43. EJ says: Sep 27, 2012 5:53 PM

    The ones that deserve to be in:

    Morton Anderson-He is one of the top 5 kickers of all-time.

    Andre Reed- Not only was he one of a kind, he went through 4 Superbowl losses in a row! He single handedly made Jim Kelly a better QB, who’s already a HOFer. He deserves to be in the HOF beside him.

    Tim Brown- I know they usually don’t induct two receivers, but Brown was another one of a kind. He was electric when he touched the ball.

    Charles Haley- You can’t talk about the Greatest DE’s of all time without mentioning Haley. He made the boring 49ers uniform actually look cool.

    Bill Parcells- Top 5 in the coaching department IMO. Has the sport of football running through his veins. Possibly one of the most well respected coaches of all time.

  44. allnightdwight says: Sep 27, 2012 5:55 PM

    Jim Marshall

  45. thelastpieceofcheese says: Sep 27, 2012 5:57 PM

    Warren Sapp

    Michael Strahan

    Roger Craig

    Steve Sabol

    Charles Haley

    If you are a player, you should be required to have at least one Superbowl win.

  46. jeremycrowhurst says: Sep 27, 2012 5:58 PM

    DeBartolo almost fired Bill Walsh no less than three times. The guy definitely should be praised for his willingness to open his checkbook, but his inability to make good decisions makes his HOF candidacy a joke.

  47. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Sep 27, 2012 6:00 PM

    Lance Easley

  48. randallflagg52 says: Sep 27, 2012 6:03 PM

    farvite says:
    Sep 27, 2012 5:36 PM

    – NEVER lead the League in rushing yards or tds
    – Top 5 in rushing only 4x
    – Top 5 in rush td’s ONCE, never higher than 3
    – Top 5 in all-purpose yards only ONCE
    – NEVER one of the top three players at his position throughout his career

    Only intolerable Steelers fans would champion this guys cause.


    I guess when they let Lynn Swann (most undeserving player in the HOF) in these steeler fans started thinking every player who makes a pro bowl is a HOFer, when it’s obviously not going to be the case (Troy, Hines, Ben, Jerome).

  49. trefkennedy says: Sep 27, 2012 6:06 PM

    Cris Carter and tim brown deserve to be in there,along with drew pearson

  50. johntonioholmes says: Sep 27, 2012 6:08 PM

    Sapp will make it in and prove once and for all that it is possible to talk your way into the HOF.

  51. musicman495 says: Sep 27, 2012 6:10 PM

    Ed DeBartolo, Jr. is already in the Felony Hall of Fame.

    As for the rest, I have two words – Jerry Kramer. Until he is inducted, the Hall is a joke.

  52. joecool16280 says: Sep 27, 2012 6:12 PM

    Where’s the love for Bryant Young? He was a staple at the Pro Bowl and did the dirty work so others could shine. He was known around the league as the best at his position for a long time.

  53. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 27, 2012 6:13 PM

    Strahan, Ogden, Lynch, Andersen (if another kicker EVER gets in, it should be him; if not him, then Charles Haley) and Larry Allen.

    Cris Carter continues to prove why being a bottle of Summer’s Eve to everyone will do you in when it comes to things like this. Haley also.

  54. randallflagg52 says: Sep 27, 2012 6:15 PM

    How about Kenny Easley? Dude only played like 6 years or something before he had to retire because of his kidneys, but I remember in those 6 years he was considered a better player than Ronnie Lott. He had an impressive resume racked up in his short time in the NFL.

  55. laserw says: Sep 27, 2012 6:21 PM

    Sapp and Strahan should be eliminated from consideration while they are living. Both are borderline anyway – and their personalities and character are near sewer levels.

  56. nyfan63 says: Sep 27, 2012 6:25 PM

    Not sure how Shields and Parcells missed the cut last year. And don’t see how you can pass on Ogden, Allen and Strahan this year, so theres your 5. But that leaves out Lynch, Carter and T. Brown all very deserving. Sapp will get in eventually, as will Haley most likely. Anderson is deserving as well but kickers are looked at differently. Very tough year for the voters!

  57. irongershwin says: Sep 27, 2012 6:26 PM


    You’re an idiot who knows nothing about football.

    Michael Strahan 7x Pro Bowler; 6x All-Pro; 141.5 sacks; Super Bowl 42 champion; 2001 DPOY; NFL 2000′s All-Decade Team

  58. r8rsfan says: Sep 27, 2012 6:26 PM

    Can you imagine the agony of watching Sapp pull all those stupid faces, bug his eyes out and over-dramatize every word of his acceptance speech? If this were the Hall of Ego he’d be a lock.

  59. rawdogggg says: Sep 27, 2012 6:32 PM

    Larry Allen was the best! People fail to remember that Larry Allen was a perrenial pro bowler and all pro. Than injuries happened and they needed a Left tackle for a couple of years. He moved over to Left tackle and received all pro and pro bowl honors there as well!!!

    Thats ridiculous! Could Will Shields or Steve Hutchinson ever move to Left tackle and Dominate?? Nope

    Larry Allen to the Hall!

  60. kev86 says: Sep 27, 2012 6:43 PM

    Strahan is a lock.

  61. ramcountry says: Sep 27, 2012 6:43 PM


    – NEVER lead the League in rushing yards or tds
    – Top 5 in rushing only 4x
    – Top 5 in rush td’s ONCE, never higher than 3
    – Top 5 in all-purpose yards only ONCE
    – NEVER one of the top three players at his position throughout his career


    Well, that would be the fantasy futbollers take.

  62. bigdaddystyle says: Sep 27, 2012 6:57 PM

    Football is funny in that unless you’ve watched a player extensively, it’s hard to get a good grip on whether they are Hall of Fame caliber.

    I saw Strahan’s every snap. He belongs. The guy was so good, so fast and so well rounded. He stuffed the run and sacked the QB. Hall of Fame.

  63. jjrs89 says: Sep 27, 2012 7:15 PM

    Stats aren’t the only thing that should put a player in the hall of fame or even keep him out.

  64. numberoneinthehoodg says: Sep 27, 2012 7:28 PM

    Chris Carter isn’t in because of his personality. It’s because of the snow that was under his nose. And then his personality.

  65. raidertone26 says: Sep 27, 2012 7:33 PM

    Tim Brown


    All done without a real quarterback before rich Gannon spent a few years there. I wonder what numbers he could have put up if he was on the niners if he was there instead of Jerry Rice. Then again…I might be biased.

  66. farvite says: Sep 27, 2012 7:40 PM


    Jeff George led the League in passing yards in 1997, the only season Brown had 100 receptions.

    Not a fan favorite, but his career was pretty much as good as Gannons.

  67. farvite says: Sep 27, 2012 7:43 PM


    Good post on Easley.

    Sterling Sharpe and Terrell Davis are two other guys who had their careers get cut short that were HOFrs while they were in the League.

    I hope to see the senior panel put these guys in down the road. They deserve it.

  68. southpaw447 says: Sep 27, 2012 7:45 PM

    How have Kenny Stabler and Jerry Kramer still not been inducted.

    Stabler still hasn’t even been nominated.

    HOF is a joke

  69. vman0626 says: Sep 27, 2012 7:55 PM

    Carter did NOT invent the toe tap. Lances Rentzel and Alworth (and many others) were doing it 50 years ago.

    Jerry Kramer is NOT a hall of famer.

  70. southpaw447 says: Sep 27, 2012 8:00 PM

    How is Kramer not a Hall of Famer. Every member that Packer team is in the Hall of Fame except Jerry Kramer. That doesn’t make any sense given he was a vital part of their offense

  71. jayquintana says: Sep 27, 2012 8:05 PM

    What about Ray Guy?

  72. yousuxxors says: Sep 27, 2012 8:06 PM

    carter abd parcells should be in already

  73. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 27, 2012 8:16 PM

    A lot of former Raiders aren’t in because there are those who still have it in for Al and his guys.

  74. practicesquadprobowler says: Sep 27, 2012 8:37 PM

    You have (arguably) the greatest tackle ever – Ogden – and greatest guard ever – Allen…they’re locks. Honestly, was there ever a road grader like Allen?

  75. csdaddy7777 says: Sep 27, 2012 8:50 PM

    Obviously I am biased as a Raider fan but Tim brown has to make the hall baby. C’mon man he never had a QB until Gannon and still did his thing

  76. milesrunner262 says: Sep 27, 2012 9:01 PM

    The 5 limit means at least 2-3 very deserving players won’t get in. It’s crazy! And I completely agree that Ray Guy should be in the Hall!

  77. bluebongzilla says: Sep 27, 2012 9:07 PM

    All due respect to Shields, but Larry Allen was an All Pro at two different OL positions, a member of the “All Decade Team” of two different decades, and a Super Bowl winner.

  78. blspears says: Sep 27, 2012 9:36 PM

    I hate the cowboys but I’m pretty sure you have to put Charles Haley in he was awesome and has like 5 or 6 super bowl rings. Larry Allen very deserving. You might as well put ken norton in as well. Carter and Tim brown should be a lock. Sapp and lynch were great for years.

  79. musicman495 says: Sep 27, 2012 9:51 PM

    vman0626 says: Sep 27, 2012 7:55 PM

    Jerry Kramer is NOT a hall of famer.
    Right, all he did was start on something like five NFL championship teams, make the most famous block in NFL history, kick his team to the 1962 NFL title game, and be selected as a charter member of the 50th anniversary All NFL Team. Oh, and after he retired, he wrote one of the greatest football books in history, and STARTED the movement to have better health and retirement benefits for retired NFL players. And what have you done lately?

  80. cubsisles72 says: Sep 27, 2012 10:10 PM

    Warren Sapp in the Hall of Fame? That’s retarded!!!

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