Highlighting Top Finalists for the 2013 Pro Football Hall of Fame Class

Only a select few will be granted football immortality.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced its 2013 finalists on Friday. According to NFL.com, here are the individuals listed:

Larry Allen (G/T), Jerome Bettis (RB), Tim Brown (WR), Cris Carter (WR), Curley Culp (DT/G), Edward DeBartolo Jr. (owner), Kevin Greene (LB), Charles Haley (DE), Art Modell (owner), Jonathan Ogden (OT), Bill Parcells (coach), Andre Reed (WR), Dave Robinson (LB), Warren Sapp (DT), Will Shields (G), Michael Strahan (DE), Aeneas Williams (CB).

With so much history and legendary impact the aforementioned people had on the game, only a select few will earn the distinguished honor of football immortality. Then again, it is an exclusive fraternity for anyone affiliated with pro football to enter. So, it’s only right to induct those worthy of the utmost recognition.

According to ProFootballHOF.com:

There is no set number of enshrinees for any Hall of Fame Class, the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s current ground rules stipulate that between four and seven new members will be selected each year. 

The class of 2013 will be announced on the day before the Super Bowl, February 2, in New Orleans. The enshrinement of the class will take place on August 3, in Canton, Ohio. Here, we check out the ones who deserve to receive that acknowledgement this August.

Michael Strahan: DE, New York Giants

Michael Strahan was a machine. As a rookie in 1993 with the New York Giants he only played in nine games, but took the pass-rushing torched from Lawrence Taylor. Thereafter a Hall of Fame career was put together, which included two Super Bowl appearances and winning one: The upset over Tom Brady and the undefeated New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. Factor in seven Pro Bowls and 141.5 career sacks, Strahan is a lock. Not to mention he still holds the single season sack record with 22.5 set in 2001. On NFL Network’s top 100 players of all time, Strahan was ranked No. 99.

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