The 2013 Pro Football Hall of Fame finalists were announced today, with 15 players, coaches, and contributors listed for consideration. Up to five of the "modern era" finalists can make it into the Hall of Fame this year.
The list broke down with 12 players, one coach, and two contributors. Additionally, there are two senior nominees, defensive tackle Curley Culp and linebacker Dave Robinson. Both Culp and Robinson could be inducted on top of the five modern era nominees; the vote for the senior nominees is taken separately from the modern era finalists.
The four first time players are offensive linemen Larry Allen and Jonathan Ogden, defensive end Michael Strahan, and defensive tackle Warren Sapp. All four are considered worthy of induction into the Hall, but voters typically do not vote for four first ballot nominees, so one or more of them may have to wait another year to receive the phone call naming them an inductee.
Joining those four are running back Jerome Bettis, wide receivers Tim Brown, Cris Carter, and Andre Reed, linebackers Kevin Greene and Charles Haley, guard Will Shields, and cornerback/safety Aenaes Williams.
The Hall of Fame voters will meet in New Orleans January 2, the day before the Super Bowl, to cast their ballots.