A list that started with over 100 candidates is now down to the final 15. The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced on Thursday the 15 finalists for its 2014 class. The process of naming the finalists began in September with a list of 126 potential inductees. That number was trimmed down to 25 semi-finalists in November and now it's down to 15. Here's a list of the 15 finalists, including a look at the five we feel have the best chance of getting in, followed by the remaining 10. Michael Strahan, DE -- 1993-2007 New York Giants: Strahan probably felt pretty snubbed when his name wasn't announced last February for the 2013 class, but he most likely won't be feeling that again in 2014. In 15 seasons with the Giants, Strahan tallied 141.5 career sacks, a number that ranks fifth all-time. Strahan also holds the single-season sack record (22.5), a record that's mostly remembered for the phantom sack Strahan got on Brett Favre to set the record. That aside, the seven-time Pro Bowler and four-time first-team All-Pro seems like a lock for 2014. Derrick Brooks, LB -- 1995-2008 Tampa Bay Buccaneers: If Brooks doesn't make it into the Hall of Fame, then they should stop having a Hall of Fame. The underrated Brooks is one of the best outside linebackers of all-time and was a big part why Tony Dungy's Tampa-2 defense was successful. In pass coverage, Brooks had the ability to cover large parts of the field, which in turn made things easier for teammates like John Lynch. Brooks finished his 14-year career with 11 Pro Bowl appearances, one Defensive Player of the Year award (2002) and one Super Bowl title. Tim Brown, WR/KR -- 1988-2003 Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders, 2004 Tampa Bay Buccaneers: If Brown's going to get in the Hall of Fame, 2014 seems like a good year to do it. Brown, Andre Reed and Marvin Harrison will create a logjam at receiver that could lead to some long arguments when the selection committee gets together. It's hard to argue with what Brown did in his career, he has the fifth most receptions (1,094) in NFL history, the fifth most receiving yards (14,934) and is tied with Hall of Famer Steve Largent for the seventh most touchdown catches (100). Brown accomplished all of this despite tearing the MCL and PCL in his left knee in Week 1 of 1989, only his second year in the league.
2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame finalists announced
CBS Sports | Jan 11