Tony Dungy and two players he coached — linebacker Derrick Brooks and wide receiver Marvin Harrison — join offensive tackle Walter Jones as first-time semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2014.
Dungy, Brooks, Harrison and Jones are the four people eligible for the first time this year among the class of 25 semifinalists. That group of 25 was announced today from a previously announced list of 126 nominees.
The others on the list of 25 semifinalists are kicker Morten Andersen, safety Steve Atwater, running back Jerome Bettis, receiver Tim Brown, coach Don Coryell, running back Roger Craig, running back Terrell Davis, owner Edward DeBartolo, linebacker Kevin Greene, linebacker Charles Haley, tackle Joe Jacoby, coach Jimmy Johnson, safety John Lynch, linebacker Karl Mecklenburg, receiver Andre Reed, guard Will Shields, defensive end Michael Strahan, commissioner Paul Tagliabue, cornerback Aeneas Williams, guard Steve Wisniewski and executive George Young.
The 25 semifinalists will be reduced by mail ballot to a list of 15 finalists, and those 15 — plus senior nominees Ray Guy and Claude Humphrey — will be voted on the day before the Super Bowl.