CANTON, Ohio — John Lynch, Michael Strahan, Steve McNair and Morten Andersen are among 13 first-year eligible players for the Pro Football Hall of Fame .
Safety Lynch, defensive end Strahan, quarterback McNair and kicker Andersen join offensive linemen Jonathan Ogden and Larry Allen, defensive tackle Warren Sapp and 121 other total nominees for induction. The list will be whittled to 25 semifinalists in late November.
Fifteen finalists from the modern era will be announced in early January, with elections taking place Feb. 2, 2013, the day before the Super Bowl.
Between four and seven new members will be selected, with inductions next August.
Other first-time nominees are running back Priest Holmes, wide receiver Keenan McCardell, center Tom Nalen, defensive tackles Sam Adams and Ted Washington and defensive end Bryant Young.
Among the contributors nominated are former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue and longtime team owners Bud Adams of the Tennessee Titans and Robert Kraft of the New England Patriots . Former Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens owner Art Modell, who died this month, also is a nominee.
Other holdover nominees include receivers Cris Carter, Andre Reed and Tim Brown, running back Jerome Bettis, guard Will Shields, defensive end Charles Haley, linebacker Kevin Greene and defensive back Aeneas Williams, all finalists for the 2012 class.
The Cowboys are No. 1 in defense. Just like defensive coordinator Rob Ryan predicted they would be a year ago when he got the job.
“He said it, and he did it,” defensive end Jason Hatcher said. “Kudos to our coach.”
But what does it mean? Strictly speaking, that the Cowboys have allowed the fewest yards of any team in the NFL.
“It’s not a big deal at all,” defensive end Marcus Spears said. “Each one of you guys know that this is a marathon, and you can go from the penthouse to the outhouse in this game within a matter of seven days. That’s for our fans and you guys to talk about, but next week, it could all be different if we don’t perform. So we don’t really pay much attention to it.”
But there is some meaning in it psychologically, Jason Hatcher says.
“It makes you feel good to be a part of it,” he said. “Hopefully, we can keep playing the way we have been. Hopefully, we can keep just putting games together each and every Sunday. It makes me feel good just to be starting on a No. 1 defense.
“Stick my chest out a little bit, man.”
So can the Cowboys keep it up?
“I think we’ve definitely got the talent to do it,” Hatcher said. “We just got to keep honing in. It’s just the small things we’ve got to take care of. It keeps showing up every Sunday. We still do some good things, but if you go back and look, it’s the small, detail things we’ve got to keep working on and keep getting better.”
THE SECRETS OUT: Nachos, beer, jerseys,–and you can pick up some Victoria’s Secret at Cowboys Stadium, too
Only the Cowboys.
Only at Cowboys Stadium.
The team and lingerie titan Victoria’s Secret are teaming up with a store at the stadium. A ribbon-cutting is planned for 4 p.m. Monday, hours before the game against the Chicago Bears.
Here is the release from the team. It tells it all:
“The Dallas Cowboys and Victoria’s Secret PINK will hold a ceremonial ribbon cutting at the new Cowboys Stadium store located on the Main Concourse Club above Entry A.
“Victoria’s Secret models Elsa Hosk and Jessica Hart will join Charlotte Anderson, Dallas Cowboys Executive Vice President for Brand Management for the celebration and opening. Starting October 1st, 2012, Cowboys fans can shop the limited edition Victoria’s Secret PINK NFL Collection at the first ever PINK store in a professional sports stadium or arena.
“The Victoria’s Secret PINK Cowboys Collection includes an assortment of co-branded Victoria’s Secret PINK and Cowboys merchandise and is also available in Victoria’s Secret stores in the North Texas area. This unique line features VS PINK’s highly recognizable brand iconography outfitted with the names and logos of the Dallas Cowboys and will include tees, sweats, hoodies and tanks.
“Launched in 2004, Victoria’s Secret PINK is a fully articulated lifestyle collection for young women that include bras, panties, loungewear and sleepwear.”