(CANTON) — The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced the 15 modern-era finalists for induction on Thursday. Tony Dungy, Derrick Brooks, Marvin Harrison and Walter Jones were the four first-year finalists named to this year’s ballot.
Dungy, a Super Bowl-winning coach with Indianapolis, coached Harrison when he was with the Colts, and also coached Brooks in Tampa Bay. Jones was an offensive tackle for the Seattle Seahawks.
Former New York Giants defensive lineman Michael Strahan was named a finalist in his second year of eligibility, as were former safety John Lynch and kicker Morten Anderson. Charles Haley, Kevin Greene, Andre Reed, Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown, Aeneas Williams and Will Shields are the other finalists up for induction.
Paul Tagliabue, the former NFL commissioner, was among the notable semifinalists that did not advance. Three-time Super Bowl-winning coach Jimmie Johnson and players Terrell Davis and Steve Atwater also were not named finalists.
Voting will be held on Feb. 1 in New York, where the 46-member committee will decide on the 2014 class. A minimum of 80 percent is required for induction.
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