Legendary Giants DE Michael Strahan and former head coach Bill Parcells have been named finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2013.
Strahan is one of four first-year eligible players on the list along with DT Warren Sapp and OLs Jonathan Ogden and Larry Allen.
Parcells, the only coach on the list this year, was on last year’s ballot but failed to garner the 80% needed to enter the Hall.
As I have said repeatedly: If Bill Parcells isn’t in the Hall of Fame, what purpose does the building serve?
The complete list of the 17 finalists for 2013: 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)
To clarify for all you younger Giant fans, Strahan never played for Parcells.
The Strahan File (courtesy Wikipedia)
7× Pro Bowl selection (1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005)
4× First-Team All-Pro selection (1997, 1998, 2001, 2003)
2× Second-Team All-Pro selection (2002, 2005)
Super Bowl champion (XLII)
2× NFC Champion (2000, 2007)
2001 NFL Defensive Player of the Year
2× NFC Defensive Player of the Year (2001, 2003)
NFL Alumni Pass Rusher of the Year (2003)
100 Sacks Club
NFL Record 22.5 sacks in single season*
Holds New York Giants franchise record for career sacks (141.5)
NFL 2000s All-Decade Team
Member of the New York Giants Ring of Honor
Ranked 99th by The Top 100: NFL’s Greatest Players
New York Giants #92 Retired