Four first-time Hall of Fame finalists include Warren Sapp, Michael Strahan
The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced 15 modern-era finalists Friday morning including four nominees in their first year of eligibility.
Voters will consider guard Larry Allen, tackle Jonathan Ogden, defensive tackle Warren Sapp and defensive end Michael Strahan, along with last year’s 11 finalists who were not elected: Running back Jerome Bettis, wide receiver Tim Brown, wide receiver Cris Carter, owner Ed DeBartolo Jr., linebacker Kevin Greene, defensive end Charles Haley, owner Art Modell, coach Bill Parcells, wide receiver Andre Reed, guard Will Shields and cornerback Aeneas Williams.
As many as five modern-era finalists will be voted in as inductees on Feb. 2, the day before Super Bowl XLVII.
Semifinalists who did not advance include kicker Morten Andersen, safety Steve Atwater, coach Don Coryell, running back Roger Craig, running back Terrell Davis, tackle Joe Jacoby, cornerback Albert Lewis, linebacker Karl Mecklenburg, ex-commissioner Paul Tagliabue, special teamer Steve Tasker and executive George Young.
Two senior nominees — defensive tackle Curley Culp and linebacker Dave Robinson — were announced in August.