|Sapp could be hanging-10 on a Hall of Fame dais in February. (Getty Images)|
The Pro Football Hall of Fame on Thursday released the names of 89 players, 14 coaches and 24 contributors who have been nominated for the Hall's Class of 2013.
And among the first-time nominees are:
- The late Titans and Ravens quarterback Steve McNair -- a three-time Pro Bowler and the 2003 league co-MVP.
- Former Chiefs running back Priest Holmes -- a three-time Pro Bowler who led the league in rushing in 2001 and in rushing touchdowns in 2002 and 2003.
- Former Ravens tackle Jonathan Ogden -- an 11-time Pro Bowler.
- Former Buccaneers and Raiders defensive tackle Warren Sapp --a seven-time Pro Bowler who was one of most-feared defensive lineman in his generation.
- Former Giants defensive end Michael Strahan -- a seven-time Pro Bowler whose 22.5 sacks in 2001 is still the NFL season record (he's also got a cushy new job these days).
- Former Buccaneers safety John Lynch -- a nine-time Pro Bowler.
- Longtime kicker Morten Andersen -- a seven-time Pro Bowler who played for five teams in 25 seasons.
Along with the 13 first-time nominees, a total of 13 former finalists have been nominated once again. Steve Sabol also has another nomination.
More from the Hall of Fame release: “From that list the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee will choose 25 candidates who will advance as semifinalist nominees. That semifinalist list will be further reduced by a mail ballot to 15 modern-era finalists.
"The Class of 2013 will be selected from the list of the 15 modern-era finalists plus the two senior nominees, Curley Culp and Dave Robinson, who were selected last month by the Hall of Fame's Senior Selection Committee.”
For the entire list of nominees, click here.
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