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Hall of Fame semifinalists announced

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Six first-year eligible candidates are among the 27 semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2013.

The Hall normally forwards 25 semifinalists, but there was a three-way tie for the final slot this year, so two extras were sent on. The Hall’s selection committee will reduce the list to 15 finalists in January, from which no more than five will be inducted into the Hall.

Guard Larry Allen, kicker Morten Andersen, safety John Lynch, tackle Jonathan Ogden, defensive tackle Warren Sapp, and defensive end Michael Strahan were the newcomers to the list.

Former Chiefs and Raiders cornerback Albert Lewis is also a semifinalist for the first time, though he’s previously been eligible.

The remaining 20 have been semifinalists before, including last year’s 10 finalists who missed the final cut: 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 10 semifinalsts are: Safety Steve Atwater, coach Don Coryell, running backs Roger Craig and Terrell Davis, tackle Joe Jacoby, linebacker Karl Mecklenburg, owner Art Modell, former commissioner Paul Tagliabue, special teamer Steve Tasker and executive George Young.

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.

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  1. zaggs says: Nov 30, 2012 2:34 PM

    Guess Phil Simms isn’t elite.

  2. dexterismyhero says: Nov 30, 2012 2:36 PM

    Why not Goodell?

  3. mataug says: Nov 30, 2012 2:36 PM

    That logjam at WR really needs to be cleared up. At this rate, Moss, Harrison and TO will not be in the HOF and Calvin Johnson would be eligible for it.

  4. muskyhunter2542 says: Nov 30, 2012 2:36 PM

    Im so confused as to why Leroy Butler didnt make the cut.

  5. packerpride03 says: Nov 30, 2012 2:39 PM

    Get Tim brown in there already

  6. tcostant says: Nov 30, 2012 2:40 PM

    No Ray Guy?

  7. skinsdag says: Nov 30, 2012 2:41 PM

    How Cris Carter still isn’t in the Hall of Fame is beyond ridiculous. The way this voting has been going is pissing me off

  8. cush2push says: Nov 30, 2012 2:41 PM

    Andre Reed should be in this year
    IMO
    Reed
    Sapp
    Ogdon
    Parcells
    Tasker
    Should go in

    Yes Tasker
    When the NFL creates a ProBowl spot for you that seems hall worthy

  9. 17bobtreyo says: Nov 30, 2012 2:42 PM

    Who on this list doesn’t belong? Get it right and let in the whole lot…. screw the only 5 rule

  10. freebird2011 says: Nov 30, 2012 2:43 PM

    I would have thought this would be the year that one of the two senior nominees would have been Alex Karras, who was on the 1960s “All Decade” Team.

  11. jbaxt says: Nov 30, 2012 2:43 PM

    Allen, Ogden, Anderson, Shields, and Strahan I guess. Albert Lewis was a stud but not likely he’ll get in with this group, but nice notoriety to make the cut.

  12. ghostofnflpresent says: Nov 30, 2012 2:44 PM

    Brown, Carter and Reed should all get the nod…great wide receivers…

  13. FinFan68 says: Nov 30, 2012 2:44 PM

    The process is a joke. There are a bunch of true hall-of-fame players that have been snubbed due to the simple minds and personal biases of those that vote. Congrats to those who made the cut but many more are worthy

  14. thehatefulnerd says: Nov 30, 2012 2:44 PM

    Jerry Kramer.

  15. packfaninthehook says: Nov 30, 2012 2:47 PM

    Aeneas Williams but no Ray Guy? That is a travesty.

  16. beavertonsteve says: Nov 30, 2012 2:48 PM

    Tim Brown, Cris Carter and Andre Reed. The list of WRs with top 10 all time stats is going to start piling up here soon.

    TO, Bruce, Moss, Harrison and Holt are right behind them. I’m not saying they all deserve to get in, but that’s where they sit in the all time yardage list for WRs.

  17. mikebrownfaux says: Nov 30, 2012 2:48 PM

    Continuing to ignore Ken Anderson as one of the best of his era is just wrong. He is the equivalent of Dan Marino in the era he played. Sure he didn’t win the Super Bowl, but he made it there, and at the time of his retirement he held almost every major passing record on the books. If Marino is worthy without a ring, Anderson is too.

  18. 6ringsandarapist says: Nov 30, 2012 2:49 PM

    the hof will always be a sham till ray guy is inducted

  19. captainwisdom8888 says: Nov 30, 2012 2:49 PM

    If I had to pick five names from those groups…based upon the mark that they left upon the game of football…

    Jonathan Ogden, Morten Anderson, Michael Strahan, Bill Parcells, and Art Modell.

  20. blutbaddenbill says: Nov 30, 2012 2:50 PM

    morton andersen and mr ed strahain will make it!
    maybe art modell too.parcels should also make it.

  21. rajbais says: Nov 30, 2012 2:53 PM

    Another year of announcing the semi finalists of the “Hall of Why can’t Cris Carter get In”.

    Sadly, who will be left out again? Cris Carter and Charles Haley.

    I don’t want this to happen, but I expect it. This Will get older than the oldest voters themselves.

  22. farty5 says: Nov 30, 2012 2:54 PM

    Gotta be Shields, Carter, Brown, Strahan, and Ogden

  23. bigdan7885 says: Nov 30, 2012 2:55 PM

    Strahan is a shoe-in regardless of Favre laying down for him.

  24. pleazenufalready says: Nov 30, 2012 2:56 PM

    Just one man’s vote, but my class would be:

    Jerome Bettis
    Cris Carter
    Bill Parcells
    Roger Craig
    Joe Jacoby

  25. babyjesus69 says: Nov 30, 2012 2:58 PM

    Eddie D should be in! First owner (and maybe only?) to get 5 rings! He treated everyone in the 49ers organization and their families like his own.

  26. autumnwind999 says: Nov 30, 2012 3:01 PM

    Tim Brown.

    Long overdue.

  27. milkmandanimal says: Nov 30, 2012 3:01 PM

    Warren Sapp, Jonathan Ogden, Larry Allen, Cris Carter, Bill Parcells.

  28. nolanwiffle says: Nov 30, 2012 3:01 PM

    Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown, Charles Haley, Joe Jacoby, Don Coryell.

    And someday two wrongs will be righted when Larry Brown and Jerry Smith are enshrined in Canton, OH.

  29. broncobrewer says: Nov 30, 2012 3:02 PM

    Why isn’t Atwater in the HOF yet? He did everything Ed Reed does now and everyone calls Reed a sure HOFer. Just ask any of the receivers he hit.

  30. halen11 says: Nov 30, 2012 3:02 PM

    The. Great. Dane. ’nuff said.

  31. mikebrownfaux says: Nov 30, 2012 3:03 PM

    Not trying to beat a dead horse here but every time this is brought up I get a little aggravated. Not only is Ken Anderson statistically dominant in his era, he has truly game changing story with Bill Walsh. Widely known now, Kenny was the first pure and true West Coast Offense Quarterback. What Walsh did with Anderson in the 70′s in Cincinnati, and later took to San Fransisco in the 80′s is still visible in a lot of playbooks across the NFL today.

  32. steelpenbucs87 says: Nov 30, 2012 3:03 PM

    Shields, Carter, Bettis, Strahan, Ogden.

  33. shackdelrio says: Nov 30, 2012 3:04 PM

    The Hall of Fame process is such a joke. The committee that votes on this is made up completely of media members. Players like Charles Haley and Cris Carter had bad relationships with the media and it is held against them.

  34. boknows34 says: Nov 30, 2012 3:04 PM

    There’s a perfect explanation as to why Guy is not listed: This is the modern era list for those players who retired since 1988. Guy retired in 1986 and is now among of the pool of players looking for one of the two annual Seniors nominations.

  35. stull60060 says: Nov 30, 2012 3:04 PM

    The NFL HOF is a complete farce. Ken Stabler should have been in 27 years ago. The sports writers are black balling him. That corrupt fu%k Zimmerman has publicly stated that he would never vote for Stabler for the HOF. Any rational person who watched Stabler play for the Raiders knows what I’m talking about. I’m sure he’s not the only one being kept out in a similar fashion.

  36. bigbeefyd says: Nov 30, 2012 3:05 PM

    Atwater and Mecklenburg are long overdue!

  37. cervetta12 says: Nov 30, 2012 3:05 PM

    Why isn’t JOE KLECKO’S name never mentioned?? The only player in NFL history to be vote to the pro bowl at 3 different positions!

  38. bhop49 says: Nov 30, 2012 3:06 PM

    I don’t care how stupid he sounds as analyst, or how unlikable some of the voters find his personality, but If Cris Carter isn’t in the hall of famer, I don’t see how can anyone who considers himself a footbal fan take it seriously

  39. acinsd says: Nov 30, 2012 3:06 PM

    So we have to wait until January to get Modell off the list

  40. denverdave3 says: Nov 30, 2012 3:07 PM

    Bronco fans complained for years that none of our guys even got to the finals. Then Elway made it. Since then the floodgates seem to have opened. There are 3 Former Broncos and John Lynch who played a few years with Denver. That’s over 12%.

    As a Bronco fan, I’m glad to see it, but it seems like with 27 candidates and 32 teams, there ought to be better distribution. something close to one per team.

  41. pens5829 says: Nov 30, 2012 3:09 PM

    zaggs says: Nov 30, 2012 2:34 PM

    Guess Phil Simms isn’t elite.
    ________________________

    Phil Simms? He stunk as a QB and is even worse as a sportscaster.

  42. bullethead527 says: Nov 30, 2012 3:09 PM

    no Sam Mills?

  43. cosmoman11 says: Nov 30, 2012 3:14 PM

    Coaches and executives should not be considered within the same pool as players. It should be a separate category.

  44. lionfish57 says: Nov 30, 2012 3:14 PM

    Ray Guy!!!!!! Should’ve been in years and years ago!

  45. cometkazie says: Nov 30, 2012 3:16 PM

    Still no punter . . .

  46. zb79 says: Nov 30, 2012 3:18 PM

    Ray Guy is only eligible as a senior committee nominee now. The two senior candidates were named well before Karras died. Also, not saying Ken Anderson doesn’t belong in, but what major records did he hold when he retired? Fran Tarkenton retired before he did and Tark had Anderson by 10,000 yards and almost 150 touchdowns.

  47. jojopuppyfish says: Nov 30, 2012 3:25 PM

    Let’s talk about Morten Andersen.
    7 time pro bowler, 3 first team
    In a just HOF, he’s first ballot
    Played 25 years in the NFL.
    Lifetime 79% on FG
    Played till he was 47 years old.

  48. robrocker1959 says: Nov 30, 2012 3:26 PM

    Stupid and crazy. Kevin Greene is the “all-time” sack leader for Linebackers and played at a high level for 16 years. Why isn’t he in?

  49. skinsfan87 says: Nov 30, 2012 3:27 PM

    HTTR!!

  50. jcdavey2011 says: Nov 30, 2012 3:30 PM

    i love don coryell, but truth be told, he was the norv turner of his day

    but without all the hatred directed at him……

  51. ireportyoudecide says: Nov 30, 2012 3:41 PM

    Enough about Ray Guy. 7 times he made the pro bowl, 3 times all pro. That is not exactly dominant. Furthermore take the best punter in the game today? I don’t know who you would pick but you can’t possibley make the point that he is one of the 20 most valueable players on his team. Ray Guy was a very good punter, but if he was in his prime today and a free agent no NFL team would value him as even a top 100 player. Your nickle corner is more valueable then a punter, if that wasn’t the case you would see punters being paid a lot more.

  52. fballguy says: Nov 30, 2012 3:49 PM

    Bettis isn’t a Hall of Famer. Do you ever see a Bettis highlight? Can you even think of one? Does he have a signature run or game? When I think of Bettis, I think of him almost costing the Steelers a trip to the Super Bowl were it not for a shoestring tackle by Roethlisberger.

    He’s a Hall of Very Good guy…not a Hall of Fame guy.

  53. ColfaxDenver says: Nov 30, 2012 4:01 PM

    I personally think it’s great that the Broncos of old are finally getting recognized for there play. Steve Atwater is and will always be my favorite Bronco of all time.

    Every team has at least 1 player that should have been in the HOF a long time ago. No need to rehash old arguments.

    12% of the finalists are Broncos. not bad.

  54. EJ says: Nov 30, 2012 4:11 PM

    My order: Andre Reed- Get him in there! His counterpart Jim Kelly has been in there for a while.
    Tim Brown- Not many players go from Elite in college straight to elite in the NFL, Tim did.
    Bill Parcells- Great coach. When you hear the name Parcells, you immediately think Football.
    Charles Haley- Pure bad-ass. Many brave men went to battle against this beast. One of the greatest 49ers that graced Candlestick.
    Steve Tasker- Greatest Special Teamer to play in the NFL, also pledged himself to the Bills Offense toward the end of his career. He is a great analyst for the NFL too.

  55. riverhorsey says: Nov 30, 2012 4:12 PM

    jcdavey2011 says:

    i love don coryell, but truth be told, he was the norv turner of his day
    —————————————————–

    He was much, much better than Norv ever was.

  56. tindeaux says: Nov 30, 2012 4:12 PM

    a kicker to the hall of fame? you must be kidding me.

  57. jagsandliquor says: Nov 30, 2012 4:17 PM

    I’d vote Morten Anderson just because of that missed field goal back in 96. He, by his single hand (or should i say foot) got the jags to the AFC championship game. sniff sniff thanks mort

  58. tmkelley1 says: Nov 30, 2012 4:17 PM

    JACOBY!

    Undrafted out of Louisville, he was one of the charter Hogs for the ‘Skins, was a 4-times-straight Pro Bowl honoree, won 4 NFC championships and 3 Super Bowls in probably the most famous O-Line ever. He should join Bostic and Grimm.

  59. mikebrownfaux says: Nov 30, 2012 4:19 PM

    Most people whom are against Ken Anderson are against it because they are for Ken Stabler and think for some reason that you can’t have them both get in. I disagree, I think they are both worthy, and putting them both in is the right thing to do. Go look at Lynn Swann’s numbers, and tell me he deserves to be in. A couple Sports Center Top 10 catches in the playoffs, and that’s it. Those who say the process is a joke are correct, and that’s a perfect example of why. Anderson continues to get snubbed because he didn’t play on a good team. Yet guys like Swann get in, not because they were great players but because they played on great teams.

  60. waldoampere says: Nov 30, 2012 4:24 PM

    Joe Klecko remains the only player to make the Pro Bowl at three different positions (DE, DT, NT). He was a dominant player and should at least make it to the semi-final round.

  61. razzlejag says: Nov 30, 2012 4:25 PM

    Stabler?

    Bettis?

    Neither.

  62. kappy32 says: Nov 30, 2012 4:29 PM

    Strahan should be a no-brainer; he clinched it with his Super Bowl ring. I think Sapp was extremely overrated & not worthy of an immediate entry. Therefore, I think out of all the newcomers, I would vote in Ogden, Strahan & Andersen.

  63. danolson68 says: Nov 30, 2012 4:32 PM

    Ken Anderson is not Hall of Fame worthy. He did not own any passing records when he retired. I don’t know what that other guy is talking about.

  64. JSpicoli says: Nov 30, 2012 4:40 PM

    Stabler or there is no HOF.

  65. JSpicoli says: Nov 30, 2012 4:41 PM

    ireportyoudecide says:Nov 30, 2012 3:41 PM

    Enough about Ray Guy. 7 times he made the pro bowl, 3 times all pro. That is not exactly dominant. Furthermore take the best punter in the game today? I don’t know who you would pick but you can’t possibley make the point that he is one of the 20 most valueable players on his team. Ray Guy was a very good punter, but if he was in his prime today and a free agent no NFL team would value him as even a top 100 player. Your nickle corner is more valueable then a punter, if that wasn’t the case you would see punters being paid a lot more.
    _______________________________

    Spoken like a true young-un who was not there.

  66. giants56 says: Nov 30, 2012 4:45 PM

    Sapp, Strahan, Parcells, Ogden, Allen

  67. goupackers says: Nov 30, 2012 4:48 PM

    Packers GM Ron Wolf really deserves a closer look. The franchise was in horrible shape when Wolf arrived, with only one playoff squad in the previous 20 years! Opposing teams threatened to trade their players to Green Bay if they didn’t shape up. Wolf comes in and hires Mike Holmgren, trades for Brett Favre, and signs free agent Reggie White. Makes all kinds of key draft and free agent decisions. Leads the organization to two Super Bowls, winning one, and begins a 20-year Renaissance of Packers football that continues today. Not many people could have brought this small-market team back from the dead, and Ron Wolf — a genuinely good guy — deserves some respect and HOF consideration.

  68. atthemurph says: Nov 30, 2012 5:11 PM

    goupackers says:
    Nov 30, 2012 4:48 PM
    Packers GM Ron Wolf really deserves a closer look. The franchise was in horrible shape when Wolf arrived, with only one playoff squad in the previous 20 years! Opposing teams threatened to trade their players to Green Bay if they didn’t shape up. Wolf comes in and hires Mike Holmgren, trades for Brett Favre, and signs free agent Reggie White. Makes all kinds of key draft and free agent decisions. Leads the organization to two Super Bowls, winning one, and begins a 20-year Renaissance of Packers football that continues today. Not many people could have brought this small-market team back from the dead, and Ron Wolf — a genuinely good guy — deserves some respect and HOF consideration.
    ———————————————————–

    I’d start with the guy who hired Wolf instead – Bob Harlan. He totally changed the corporate make up of the franchise and how it was run which allowed him to hire Wolf and get football people to run the football part of the business rather than have some small town judge think he knew what the hell he was doing.

    Bob Harlan deserves a nomination and a statue outside Lambeau Field. He is more responsible for the fortunes of that franchise since 1991 than any other person and those fortunes are pretty damn good.

  69. jr4real says: Nov 30, 2012 5:13 PM

    Jerome over anyone on this list.

  70. ColfaxDenver says: Nov 30, 2012 5:18 PM

    Remember that hit Atwater laid on Christian Okoye? Remember that hit in Super Bowl 32 where he knocked out himself and two other players? What about the sack fumble in the super bowl?

    It was soo effing fun to watch Atwater play, regardless of HOF honors.

  71. mmcdan13 says: Nov 30, 2012 5:30 PM

    Will Shields has to get in this time. It’s a travesty. Played 13 seasons, made 12 pro bowls, never missed a game and was NFL Man of the Year. Isn’t that everything we all want a player to be?

  72. therealhazer says: Nov 30, 2012 5:32 PM

    Carter and Reed were better and had more impact than Brown.

  73. Pure F.I.R.E. Fitness says: Nov 30, 2012 5:34 PM

    Allen and Odgen are slam dunks, arguably the two most dominant offensive linemen at there position for a decade, and arguably the best at their positions ever. Cris Carter not being in is a travesty a long with Andre Reed, and they should wrap this up with Parcells and Tim Brown. Sapp and Strahan were great but with this list of guys going in they will have to wait imo but they will get their days in the spot light

  74. theklutz13 says: Nov 30, 2012 5:38 PM

    Its a shame Coryell was not inducted before he passed away. You can credit him with most of the innovations in the passing game, some teams use the same terminology he invented for plays to this day.

  75. seanx40 says: Nov 30, 2012 5:43 PM

    To be honest, all 27 would be worthy additions. The Hall of Fame needs to open more spots each year. Say, 10 or 12 per year.

  76. sbs9101314304043 says: Nov 30, 2012 5:58 PM

    They need to change the process and who votes these guys in. If one of the voters has a bug up his XXX about one of these guys they don’t get in.

  77. kae0923 says: Nov 30, 2012 6:05 PM

    No one else should be voted in until Charles Haley is in the Hof!! Ridiculous that he has had to wait this long

  78. thelastpieceofcheese says: Nov 30, 2012 6:06 PM

    Morten Andersen? Bill Parcell? Art Modell?

    Are you kidding me?

    Dave Robinson, with three Super Bowl wins, is way overdue.

  79. mikebrownfaux says: Nov 30, 2012 6:25 PM

    danolson68 says: Nov 30, 2012 4:32 PM

    Ken Anderson is not Hall of Fame worthy. He did not own any passing records when he retired. I don’t know what that other guy is talking about.

    _________

    Please, Google his name, click on his wiki, and scroll down to “Legacy”. They would not let me copy and paste it but the evidence is there. Hands down the most proficient passer of his era and some records are still standing, and with the best of them in total yardage at the time of his retirement.

  80. danolson68 says: Nov 30, 2012 6:32 PM

    Dan Fouts is the most prolific passer of his era. Who are you trying to fool?

  81. gamison says: Nov 30, 2012 7:00 PM

    A game is won by the team scoring the most points;

    so if scoring the most point ever in the history of the NFL as a player doesn’t earn you a bust in Canton, what the hell does….

    Morten Andersen should be automatic !

  82. csdaddy7777 says: Nov 30, 2012 7:14 PM

    Tim brown hall of fame lock. He had no QB his whole career until Gannon and still has hall of fame stats. Lets get real

  83. johnnyquick says: Nov 30, 2012 7:24 PM

    Morten Andersen, Albert Lewis, Tim Brown, Cris Carter, Andre Reed, Will Shields, Kevin Greene, Aeneas Williams, Don Coryell, Karl Mecklenburg, Steve Tasker.

    What do these guys have in common: a combined Zero Super Bowls!

  84. cgsuddeath says: Nov 30, 2012 7:28 PM

    Welcome to the NFL’s popularity contest.

  85. sasquash20 says: Nov 30, 2012 7:32 PM

    @THE REALHAZER SAYS

    Carter and Reed were better and had more impact then Brown.

    I think all 3 should be in, but Brown was the best of the 3 and it isn’t even close.

    I could argue that Carter played in a dome in maybe the worst defensive division for most of his career but I won’t. I’ll stick with the stats.

    Carter has 14,184 career all purpose yards

    Brown has 19,731 career all purpose yards

    Over 5,000 more yards then Carter and Reed(to lazy to look Reed up)

  86. ajgordon2 says: Nov 30, 2012 7:33 PM

    Don Coryell….This guy needs to be in the Hall of Fame; just for that scowell on the sidelines. JK. Coryell, brought the game to the pass happy league it is today.

  87. kev86 says: Dec 1, 2012 10:45 AM

    Strahan is a lock.

  88. joeinbuffalo says: Dec 2, 2012 5:37 PM

    if you are going to vote in a punter or a kicker-then you must vote in Tasker. Also need to get Brown/Reed/Carter in all 3 deserve it-maybe they just keep canceling each other out

  89. Jay Cutler is an elite QB says: Dec 2, 2012 7:26 PM

    What is with all these people saying Warren Sapp is a first-ballot HOFer…are you joshing me, pals?

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