The Pro Football Hall of Fame released its list of 25 semifinalists for the Class of 2014.
Coaches Jimmy Johnson, Tony Dungy and Don Coryell are among those nominated, with the selection committee scheduled to reduced the ballot to 15 modern-era finalists to be announced Jan. 8. Defensive end Michael Strahan, defensive back Aeneas Williams, owner Eddie DeBartolo and former commissioner Paul Tagliabue are repeat semifinalists.
First-time candidates include former Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Derrick Brooks, former Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Marvin Harrison and Denver Broncos running back Terrell Davis.
That list of 17 finalist nominees — including two recommended candidates of the Hall of Fame’s Seniors Committee announced in August, punter Ray Guy (1973-1986 Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders) and defensive end Claude Humphrey (1968-1978 Atlanta Falcons, 1979-1981 Philadelphia Eagles) — is open for deliberation at the committee meeting Saturday, Feb. 1 in New York.
The committee will name the 2014 Hall of Fame class on the eve of Super Bowl XLVIII as part of a two-hour primetime awards special to air nationally on FOX.
The Class of 2014 will be officially enshrined on Saturday, Aug. 2 in Canton, Ohio as the main event of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Annual Enshrinement Festival Celebration.
The complete list of semifinalists (listed alphabetically):
—Morten Andersen, K - 1982-1994 New Orleans Saints, 1995-2000, 2006-07 Atlanta Falcons, 2001 New York Giants, 2002-03 Kansas City Chiefs, 2004 Minnesota Vikings
—Steve Atwater, S - 1989-1998 Denver Broncos, 1999 New York Jets
—Jerome Bettis, RB - 1993-95 Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, 1996-2005 Pittsburgh Steelers
—Derrick Brooks, LB - 1995-2008 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
—Tim Brown, WR/KR - 1988-2003 Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders, 2004 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
—Don Coryell, Coach - 1973-77 St. Louis Cardinals, 1978-1986 San Diego Chargers
—Roger Craig, RB - 1983-1990 San Francisco 49ers, 1991 Los Angeles Raiders, 1992-93 Minnesota Vikings
—Terrell Davis, RB - 1995-2001 Denver Broncos
—Edward DeBartolo, Jr., Owner - 1977-2000 San Francisco 49ers
—Tony Dungy, Coach - 1996-2001 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2002-08 Indianapolis Colts
—Kevin Greene, LB/DE - 1985-1992 Los Angeles Rams, 1993-95 Pittsburgh Steelers, 1996, 1998-99 Carolina Panthers, 1997 San Francisco 49ers
—Charles Haley, DE/LB - 1986-1991, 1999 San Francisco 49ers, 1992-96 Dallas Cowboys
—Marvin Harrison, WR - 1996-2008 Indianapolis Colts
—Joe Jacoby, OT - 1981-1993 Washington Redskins
—Jimmy Johnson, Coach - 1989-1993 Dallas Cowboys, 1996-99 Miami Dolphins
—Walter Jones, OT - 1997-2008 Seattle Seahawks
—John Lynch, FS - 1993-2003 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2004-07 Denver Broncos —Karl Mecklenburg, LB - 1983-1994 Denver Broncos
—Andre Reed, WR - 1985-1999 Buffalo Bills, 2000 Washington Redskins
—Will Shields, OG - 1993-2006 Kansas City Chiefs
—Michael Strahan, DE - 1993-2007 New York Giants
—Paul Tagliabue, Commissioner - 1989-2006 National Football League
—Aeneas Williams, CB/S - 1991-2000 Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals, 2001-04 St. Louis Rams
—Steve Wisniewski, OG - 1989-2001 Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders
—George Young, Contributor - 1968-1974 Baltimore Colts, 1975-78 Miami Dolphins, 1979-1997 New York Giants, 1998-2001