Hall of Fame possibilities for Houston stars didn’t end when the Baseball Writers of America chose not to vote in Craig Biggio, Jeff Bagwell or Roger Clemens into the Hall of Fame on Wednesday. The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced the 17 finalists for the Class of 2013 and a pair of players with Houston ties are among the candidates. Nose tackle Curley Culp and defensive end Michael Strahan.
Strahan, who graduated from Westbury high school in Houston and Texas Southern University, is in his first year of eligibility. The defensive end was a seven time Pro Bowler and holds the single season record for sacks with 22.5, finishing with 141.5 in his career.
Culp spent much of his career with the Kansas City Chiefs, but played for the Oilers during the Luv ya Blue years in the late 70’s and was put on the list by the veterans committee. He was named to six Pro Bowls and anchored the center of the Oilers defensive front in Bum Phillips’ 3-4 defense.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame inducts between four and seven inductees each year. The other finalists are Larry Allen, Jonathan Ogden, Warren Sapp, Dave Robinson, Kevin Greene, Charles Haley, Wil Shields, Tim Brown, Cris Carter, Andre Reed, Jerome Bettis, Aneas Williams, Eddie Debartolo, Jr, Art Modell and Bill Parcels.
The 2013 class will be voted on and announced during Super Bowl week.