Canton, OH (Sports Network) - First-year candidates Warren Sapp, Michael Strahan, Jonathan Ogden and Larry Allen are among the finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2013.
Joining the four first-year eligibles are 11 others from the modern era and two senior nominees. All 17 will be considered for election when the Hall of Fame's Selection Committee meets on Feb. 2 in New Orleans, the day before Super Bowl XLVII.
The other modern-era finalists are wide receivers Cris Carter, Tim Brown and Andre Reed, running back Jerome Bettis, defensive end/linebackers Kevin Greene and Charles Haley, guard Will Shields, cornerback Aeneas Williams, coach Bill Parcells and owners Art Modell and Eddie DeBartolo Jr. Defensive tackle Curley Culp and linebacker Dave Robinson are the senior nominees.
An original list of 127 preliminary nominees was whittled to 27 semifinalists in November. Among the semifinalists that did not make the cut were first-time eligible players John Lynch and Morten Andersen, as well as running backs Roger Craig and Terrell Davis, and former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue.
The Class of 2013 will consist of between four and seven members, although only five modern-era finalists can be elected in a given year. To be elected, a finalist must receive 80 percent of the vote from the 46-member committee.