Former New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan, and two-time Super Bowl winning coach Bill Parcells have been selected as part of the class of 15 modern-era finalists for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, according to their website. There are also two senior nominees up for selection as well.
Both Strahan and Parcells were selected from a list of 27 semi-finalists that was released last November.
“The Hall of Fame’s Selection Committee chose the 27 semifinalists from the previously announced list of 127 preliminary nominees. The list of semifinalists is typically limited to 25 names but this year there are 27 resulting from a three-person tie for the final position. The Hall of Fame’s By-laws provides that the list shall consist of ‘twenty-five nominees plus all ties’,” per the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s website.
Ironically, the architect of the New York Giants’ resurgence in the 1980s, and the man who hired Parcells, former general manager, George Young, was not selected as a finalist after being selected as a semi-finalist last year.
Also according to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, “Bill Parcells and/or Michael 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. Parcells also spent shorter stints with the New England Patriots, New York Jets, and Dallas Cowboys.”
The selection committee will announce the inductees for the Hall on February 2, 2013 in New Orleans, the site of Super Bowl XLVII. Nominees who garner 80 percent of the vote from the 46-member selection committee will be deemed elected to the Hall of Fame.
Strahan is seen as a likely inductee to the hall, because with 141.5 sacks, he is fifth all-time on the NFL’s sacks leaders list. In 2001, Strahan set the single season sack record with 22.5 sacks, although the record was somewhat tainted by the fact that Brett Favre laid down for Strahan on the record-setting play.
Parcells’ election maybe somewhat more complicated, since the New Jersey native had a tempestuous relationship with the media. As coach of Big Blue, Parcells was the leader of New York super bowl victories in 1987 over the Denver Broncos and in 1991 over the Buffalo Bills.
He had a 77-49-1 (.611 winning percentage) regular season record with the G-men, and an 8-3 post-season record. Overall, Parcells had a 172-130-1 (.569 winning percentage) regular season record.
Parcells retired from the New York Giants after the team’s victory in Super Bowl XXV, citing health concerns.
The 46-member selection committee is comprised of one media representative of someone who covers each one of the NFL’s 32 teams, a representative of the Professional Football Writers Association (PFWA), and 13 at-large members. The at-large members include ESPN analysts John Clayton and Sal Paolantonio; Jarrett Bell of USA Today; and Peter King of Sports Illustrated.