Bettis among 127 Hall candidates

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Jerome Bettis heads a group of former Steelers among the 127 nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2013.

Bettis and Kevin Greene, both finalists last year, join kicker Gary Anderson, coaches Bill Cowher and Buddy Parker and player personnel head Art Rooney Jr. from the Steelers. All were nominated last year, too.

Others on the list with Steelers connections are former assistant coach Bud Carson and offensive lineman Jeff Hartings.

Former Pitt linemen Bill Fralic and Jim Covert, former Penn State lineman Steve Wisniewski and former West Virginia linebacker Darryl Talley also are candidates. The list will be pared to 25 by the 44-member selection committee. Another vote will cut it to 15, who will then join two seniors candidates as finalists for election Feb. 2.

First-year eligible nominees

Quarterback -- Steve McNair; running back -- Priest Holmes; wide receiver -- Keenan McCardell; offensive linemen -- Larry Allen (G), Tom Nalen (C), Jonathan Ogden (T); defensive linemen -- Sam Adams (DT), Warren Sapp (DT), Michael Strahan (DE), Ted Washington (DT/NT), Bryant Young (DE); defensive back -- John Lynch (S); kicker -- Morten Andersen

Additional nominees

Quarterback -- Drew Bledsoe, Randall Cunningham, Ron Jaworski, Neil Lomax, Phil Simms, Danny White (also P); running back -- Jamal Anderson, Ottis Anderson, Tiki Barber, • Jerome Bettis, Larry Centers, Roger Craig, Stephen Davis, Terrell Davis, Eddie George, Brian Mitchell (also PR/KR), Gerald Riggs, Herschel Walker, Ricky Watters; wide receivers -- • Tim Brown (also KR), • Cris Carter, Gary Clark, Mark Clayton, Henry Ellard (also PR), Keyshawn Johnson, Stanley Morgan, • Andre Reed, Sterling Sharpe, Jimmy Smith, Rod Smith; tight ends -- Todd Christensen, Ben Coates; offensive linemen -- Tony Boselli (T), Lomas Brown (T), Jim Covert (T), Joe Fields (C), Bill Fralic (G/T), Jeff Hartings (G/C), Jay Hilgenberg (C), Chris Hinton (G/T), Kent Hull (C), Joe Jacoby (T), Mike Kenn (T), Jim Lachey (T), • Will Shields (G), Erik Williams (T), Steve Wisniewski (G); defensive linemen -- Carl Hairston (DE/DT), • Charles Haley (DE/LB), Ed "Too Tall" Jones (DE), Joe Klecko (DE/DT/NT), Dexter Manley (DE), Charles Mann (DE), Fred Smerlas (NT); linebackers -- Cornelius Bennett, • Kevin Greene (also DE), Ken Harvey, Clay Matthews, Karl Mecklenburg, Sam Mills, Darryl Talley; defensive backs -- Eric Allen (CB), Steve Atwater (S), Joey Browner (S), LeRoy Butler (S), Nolan Cromwell (S), Albert Lewis (CB), Dennis Smith (S), Troy Vincent (CB), Everson Walls (CB), • Aeneas Williams (CB/S), Darren Woodson (S); punters/kickers -- Gary Anderson (K), Sean Landeta (P), Nick Lowery (K); special teams/position player -- Steve Tasker (also WR); coaches -- Bill Arnsparger, Doug Blevins, Bud Carson, Don Coryell, Bill Cowher, Tom Flores, Jimmy Johnson, Chuck Knox, • Bill Parcells, Buddy Parker, Dan Reeves, Marty Schottenheimer, Clark Shaughnessy, Dick Vermeil; contributors -- K. S. (Bud) Adams Jr., George Anderson, Bobby Beathard, Gil Brandt, C.O. Brocato, Leo Carlin, Jack Kent Cooke, Otho Davis, • Ed DeBartolo Jr., Ron Gibbs, Ralph Kohl, Eddie Kotal, Robert Kraft, Art McNally, Art Modell, Bill Polian, Art Rooney Jr., Steve Sabol, Carl Storck, Paul Tagliabue, Burl Toler Sr., Jim Tunney, Ron Wolf, George Young

• -On 2012 finalists list



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