NEW ORLEANS – The Giants’ representation in the Pro Football Hall of Fame could grow by as many as two members when the Hall’s class of 2013 is announced here on Saturday.
Defensive end Michael Strahan, who spent his entire 15-year career with the Giants, and Bill Parcells, who led the Giants to a pair of Super Bowl victories and later enjoyed success with three other teams, are among the 15 modern-era finalists who will be considered by the Hall’s selection committee in its meeting Saturday morning.
The election results will be announced at 6:30 p.m. ET (5:30 local time) during a one-hour NFL Network special, live from the Super Bowl Media Center.
Strahan played for the Giants from 1993-2007. He is the franchise leader in games played (216) and sacks (141.5), as well as the NFL’s single-season sacks record-holder with 22.5 in 2001. Strahan was a four-time first-team All-Pro: 1997, 1998, 2001 and 2003. He was the 2001 NFL AP Defensive Player of the Year. Strahan was selected to seven Pro Bowls. Only four Giants have been selected to more Pro Bowls and all are Hall of Famers: linebackers Lawrence Taylor (10) and Harry Carson (9), offensive tackle Rosie Brown (9) and cornerback Emlen Tunnell (8).
Strahan was a captain of the 2007 Giants team that won Super Bowl XLII.
Giants head coach Tom Coughlin, who coached Strahan from 2004-2007 and was a member of Parcells’ Giants staff from 1988-90, ardently believes both men belong in the Hall of Fame.
“When I think of Michael,” Coughlin said, “I think of the combination of athletic skills, endurance, strength, the ability to play the game at a very high level for a very long time, plus he’s intelligent and he provided a player that young people could look at for how they study and prepare, how they practiced full-speed and then how they played the game.”
Parcells was the Giants’ head coach from 1983-90. He was 77-49-1 in the regular season and 8-3 in the postseason, including victories in Super Bowls XXI and XXV. He later coached the New England Patriots, the Jets and the Dallas Cowboys.
Parcells, who was a finalist last year, became the first coach to coach four different teams into the playoffs when his 10-6 Cowboys played in a 2003 NFC Wild Card Game.
“Bill Parcells is a great football coach,” Coughlin said. “He has tremendous instincts. He has the ability to say the right thing at the right time, always did. He was a guy who set a very, very high standard and then held players to it.”
Eighteen members of the Hall of Fame spent all or a significant portion of their careers with the Giants. That is the third-highest total among the 32 NFL franchises, behind Green Bay (21) and Pittsburgh (20).
The Giants’ list includes such legendary figures as Wellington Mara, Mel Hein, Frank Gifford and Lawrence Taylor.
The 2013 Hall of Fame finalists are:
• Larry Allen – Guard/Tackle – 1994-2005 Dallas Cowboys; 2006-07 San Francisco 49ers
• Jerome Bettis – Running Back – 1993-95 Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams; 1996-2005 Pittsburgh Steelers
• Tim Brown – Wide Receiver/Kick Returner/Punt Returner – 1988-2003 Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders; 2004 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
• Cris Carter – Wide Receiver – 1987-89 Philadelphia Eagles; 1990-2001 Minnesota Vikings; 2002 Miami Dolphins
• Curley Culp* – 1968-1974 Kansas City Chiefs; 1974-1980 Houston Oilers; 1980-81 Detroit Lions
• Edward DeBartolo, Jr. – Owner – 1977-2000 San Francisco 49ers
• Kevin Greene – Linebacker/Defensive End – 1985-1992 Los Angeles Rams; 1993-95 Pittsburgh Steelers; 1996, 1998-99 Carolina Panthers; 1997 San Francisco 49ers
• Charles Haley – Defensive End/Linebacker – 1986-1991, 1999 San Francisco 49ers; 1992-96 Dallas Cowboys
• Art Modell – Owner – 1961-1995 Cleveland Browns; 1996-2011 Baltimore Ravens
• Jonathan Ogden – Tackle – 1996-2007 Baltimore Ravens
• Bill Parcells – Coach – 1983-1990 New York Giants; 1993-96 New England Patriots; 1997-99 New York Jets; 2003-06 Dallas Cowboys
• Andre Reed – Wide Receiver – 1985-1999 Buffalo Bills; 2000 Washington Redskins
• Dave Robinson* – 1963-1972 Green Bay Packers; 1973-74 Washington Redskins
• Warren Sapp – Defensive Tackle – 1995-2003 Tampa Bay Buccaneers; 2004-07 Oakland Raiders
• Will Shields – Guard – 1993-2006 Kansas City Chiefs
• Michael Strahan – Defensive End – 1993-2007 New York Giants
• Aeneas Williams – Cornerback/Safety – 1991-2000 Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals; 2001-04 St. Louis Rams
Source: New York Giants Media