Former Carolina Panthers linebacker Kevin Greene is a semifinalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fames Class of 2013.
The announcement came Friday, and Greene is among 17 former players and coaches who hope to be enshrined in the hall in Canton, Ohio.
Greene played 15 seasons in the NFL, including three with the Panthers in 1996 and 1998-99. This is the furthest hes gone in the voting process since becoming eligible following his retirement in 1999.
Between four and seven winners will be announced on Feb. 2. Should Greene get the Hall of Fame nod, hed join Reggie White as the only other player in the Hall of Fame who has played for the Carolina Panthers.
There are four first-year eligible players among the 15 modern-day players. Michael Strahan, who had 22 1/2 sacks in 2001 and 141 1/2 during his 15-year career with the New York Giants, is joined by offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden of the Ravens, guard-tackle Larry Allen of the Cowboys and 49ers, and defensive tackle Warren Sapp of the Buccaneers and Raiders. Strahan, Ogden and Sapp all won Super Bowls.
The hall announced Friday that the other finalists are running back Jerome Bettis; receivers Cris Carter, Tim Brown and Andre Reed; LB-DE Charles Haley; guard Will Shields; defensive back Aeneas Williams; coach Bill Parcells; 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. The Associated Press contributed
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