NEW YORK: Tony Dungy, the first African-American coach to win a Super Bowl, is among 17 finalists to be considered Saturday for election into the American Football Hall of Fame.
Dungy guided the Indianapolis Colts to victory over Chicago in 2007 behind quarterback Peyton Manning, whose new team Denver will face Seattle in Sunday’s Super Bowl 48 in suburban New York.
Also among those up for consideration are former San Francisco 49ers owner Edward DeBartolo and senior committee nominees Ray Guy, a punter for three Super Bowl-winning teams, and Claude Humphrey, a defensive end with 122 sacks in 171 games.
A list of 13 modern-era players hoping for enshrinement at the museum complex in Canton, Ohio, includes Danish-born kicker Morten Andersen who played 25 seasons and scored an NFL record 2,544 points.
Jerome Bettis, who retired with 13,662 rushing yards after helping Pittsburgh win Super Bowl 40 in 2006, and Michael Strahan, the New York Giants defensive end who helped his team win the 2008 Super Bowl, are also candidates.
The rest of the list includes linebackers Kevin Greene and Derrick Brooks, kick returner Tim Brown, defensive end Charles Haley, receivers Andre Reed and Marvin Harrison, blockers Will Shields and Walter Jones and defensive backs Aeneas Williams and John Lynch.