Earlier this morning, on the NFL Network, the 17 finalists for the 2013 Pro Football Hall of Fame were announced. The list includes two of the most prominent names in New York Giants football history; Bill Parcells and Michael Strahan.
Parcells was a finalist last year but did not get voted in. He led the Giants to two Super Bowl wins. He also coached the New England Patriots to a Super Bowl but lost the game. Parcells has also been the head coach of the New York Jets and Dallas Cowboys. He is 11th on the all-time list with 172 career head coaching wins in the NFL. He was twice named the AP Coach of the Year and was the first team coaching selection on the 1990′s All-Decade Team.
Strahan played 14 seasons in the NFL, all with the Giants. The defensive end holds the single season record for sacks with 22.5, a feat he accomplished in 2001. His 141.5 sacks ranks fifth all-time, behind only Bruce Smith, Reggie White, Kevin Greene, and Chris Doleman. With Strahan on the roster, the Giants won two NFC Championships and one Super Bowl (XLII).
Individually, Strahan is a two-time NFC Defensive Player of the Year and seven-time Pro Bowl selection. He was also named to the 2000′s NFL All-Decade Team.
Other notable names among the 17 finalists are Jerome Bettis, Larry Allen, Cris Carter, Tim Brown, Kevin Greene, Art Modell, and Warren Sapp.
The Class of 2013 will be voted on at the Selection Committee’s annual meeting on Saturday, Feb. 2, in New Orleans, La. the day before Super Bowl XLVII. The Class of 2013 will be officially enshrined on Saturday, Aug. 3 in Canton, Ohio as the main event of the Pro Football Hall of Fame‘s Annual Enshrinement Festival Celebration.