Sapp, Allen, Ogden, Strahan NFL First Timers Up For Election In The Hall

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Warren Sapp

The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced the 15 finalists that will be up for Hall election on Feb. 2, with first-year nominees Michael Strahan, Warren Sapp, Larry Allen and Jonathan Ogden among those on the list, NFL.com reported.

Strahan and Sapp, two of the league’s most feared defensive linemen during their careers, are still involved with football. Strahan works as part of Fox NFL's pregame, haltime and postgame coverage (not to mention his work as the co-host of Live with Kelly and Michael), while Sapp is an NFL network analyst.

Strahan set the single season sacks record in 2001 with 22.5 and was a seven-time Pro Bowler for the New York Giants. Sapp was an unusually productive pass rusher from the defensive tackle position, amassing 96.5 career sacks and also making seven Pro Bowls in his 13-year career.

Among the 11 others making the ballot are RB Jerome Bettis, WR Tim Brown, WR Cris Carter, DT/G Curley Culp, owner Eddie DeBartolo, LB Kevin Greene, DE, Charles Halen, owner Art Modell, coach Bill Parcells, WR Andre Reed, LB Dave Robinson, G Will Shields and CB Aeneas Williams.

Allen was a mainstay for the Cowboys from 1994-2005, earning 11 Pro Bowl selections and one Super Bowl title. Ogden’s statistics are a mirror image of Allen’s—11 Pro Bowls and one Super Bowl victory.

Voting will take place the day before the Super Bowl. Candidates must receive a minimum of 80 percent of the vote to be inducted. Between four and seven new members will be selected.

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