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By PFW staff

The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced its 2013 modern-era nominees on Thursday.

From the 127 nominees, the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee will choose 25 candidates who will advance as semifinalist nominees. That list will be reduced to 15 modern-era finalists and announced in early January.

The list includes 89 players, 14 coaches and 24 contributors. The following players are first-year eligible nominees: QB Steve McNair, RB Priest Holmes, WR Keenan McCardell, OG Larry Allen, C Tom Nalen, OT Jonathan Ogden, DT Sam Adams, DT Warren Sapp, DE Michael Strahan, DT Ted Washington, DE Bryant Young, S John Lynch and PK Morten Andersen.

Among the contributors who are nominated are former commissioner Paul Tagliabue and longtime team owners Bud Adams Jr., Jack Kent Cooke, Ed DeBartolo Jr., Robert Kraft and Art Modell.

Here are the additional nominees:

QUARTERBACKS – Drew Bledsoe, Randall Cunningham, Ron Jaworski, Neil Lomax, Phil Simms, Danny White (also P)

RUNNING BACKS – 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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