EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Michael Strahan, who spent his entire 15-year career with the Giants, and Bill Parcells, the head coach when the franchise won its first two Super Bowls, are among the 15 modern-era finalists for the 2013 class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Strahan is one of four first-year eligible finalists, joining Larry Allen, Jonathan Ogden and Warren Sapp.
George Young, the Giants’ late general manager, was one of the 27 semifinalists who did not make the cut to 15.
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 were 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.
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.
The 15 modern-era finalists were determined by a vote of the Hall’s Selection Committee from a list of 127 nominees that earlier was reduced to a list of 27 semifinalists, during the multi-step, year-long selection process. Culp and Robinson were selected as senior candidates by the Hall of Fame’s Seniors Committee. The Seniors Committee reviews the qualifications of those players whose careers took place more than 25 years ago.
To be elected, a finalist must receive a minimum positive vote of 80 percent.
The Selection Committee will meet in New Orleans, La. on Saturday, Feb, 2 – the day prior to Super Bowl XLVII – to elect the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2013. The election results will be announced at 5:30 p.m. ET (4:30 local time) during a one-hour NFL Network special, live from the Super Bowl Media Center.
Parcells and/or Strahan would be the 19th and/or 20th longtime New York Giants member elected to the Hall of Fame. They would join Morris “Red” Badgro, Roosevelt Brown, Harry Carson, Benny Friedman, Frank Gifford, Mel Hein, Sam Huff, Alphonse “Tuffy” Leemans, Tim Mara, Wellington Mara, Steve Owen, Andy Robustelli, Ken Strong, Fran Tarkenton, Lawrence Taylor, Y.A. Tittle, Emlen Tunnell, and Arnie Weinmeister.
Source: New York Giants Media, Michael Eisen