3 former Rams among Pro Football Hall of Fame finalists

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Associated Press

Posted on January 11, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 11 at 4:05 PM

CANTON, Ohio – Three former Rams are among 15 modern-era finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced Friday.

 

Single-season sacks leader Michael Strahan and three others are first-year eligibles.

Strahan, who had 22 ½ sacks in 2001 and 141 ½ for his 15-year his career with the New York Giants, is joined by offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden of the Ravens and guard-tackle Larry Allen of the Cowboys and 49ers. The fourth first-year eligible to make the cut is defensive tackle Warren Sapp of the Buccaneers and Raiders. Strahan, Ogden and Sapp all won Super Bowls.

Former Rams running back Jerome Bettis, defensive Back Aeneas Williams and defensive lineman Kevin Green are among the finalists.

Bettis is in his third season of eligibility, while Williams is in his fourth year and Green in his ninth.

The other finalists are receivers Cris Carter, Tim Brown and Andre Reed; LB-DE Charles Haley, guard Will Shields, coach Bill Parcell and former owners Edward DeBartolo Jr. of the 49ers and the late Art Modell of the Browns, who moved to Baltimore in 1996 to become the Ravens.

The two senior nominees are defensive tackle Curley Culp—who played for the Chiefs, Oilers and Lions—and linebacker Dave Robinson of the Packers and Redskins.

Between four and seven new members will be selected Feb. 2, the day before the Super Bowl, in New Orleans.

Bettis, who finished his career with the Steelers, won the 2006 Super Bowl in his final game, something Strahan did in 2008. He was beaten out by fellow running backs Marshall Faulk in 2011 and Curtis Martin in 2012 for the hall.

Greene was one of the first hybrid linebacker-end defenders, which best suited his pass-rushing skills. Williams was a versatile defensive back who played on the corner and at safety.

Carter, Brown and Reed all were in the top 10 in receptions when they retired. Haley won five Super Bowls, two with San Francisco and three with Dallas.

Shields was an ironman blocker for 14 seasons in Kansas City. He had 55 career interceptions and 23 fumble recoveries.

Between four and seven new members will be selected Feb. 2, the day before the Super Bowl, in New Orleans.

 

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