Pro Football Hall of Fame 2014: Date, Start Time, TV Info and More

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IJanuary 31, 2014

NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 02:  Detailed view of Hall of Fame busts during the Pro Football Hall of Fame Press Conference at the New Orleans Convention Center on February 2, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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The Pro Football Hall of Fame will announce the class of 2014 on Super Bowl Eve. 

The list of modern era finalists has been narrowed down to 15 men, and includes some of the best defensive players to ever strap on a helmet. Headlined by sack master Michael Strahan, former Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Derrick Brooks and iconic pass-rusher Kevin Greene, the theme of this year's list of finalists is defense. 

Former Pittsburgh Steelers great Jerome Bettis, Raiders playmaker Tim Brown and tackle Walter Jones are also expected to receive plenty of votes. 

On Saturday, Feb. 1, the 46-member selection committee will vote on the finalists to determine the class of 2014. A minimum of four players must be voted in while no more than seven can be inducted in one year. Finalists must receive at least 80 percent of the vote to get in, but will be selected by highest percentage received if less than four or more than seven earn the required amount. 

For those hoping to catch the reveal as it happens, the class of 2014 will be announced during Feb. 1's annual NFL Honors awards special. 

Date: Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014

Start Time: 8 p.m. ET (pre-taped)

Watch: Fox

The Finalists (Senior nominees are highlighted)

2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame Finalists
Morten AndersenKSaints (1982-1994), Falcons (1995-2000, 2006-07), Giants (2001), Chiefs (2002-03) and Vikings (2004)
Jerome BettisRBRams (1993-95) and Steelers (1996-2005)
Derrick BrooksLBBuccaneers (1995-2008)
Tim BrownWR, KRRaiders (1988-2003) and Buccaneers (2004)
Edward DeBartolo, Jr.Owner49ers (1977-2000)
Tony DungyCoachBuccaneers (1996-2001) and Colts (2002-08)
Kevin GreeneLB, DERams (1985-1992), Steelers (1993-95), Panthers (1996, 1998-99) and 49ers (1997)
Ray GuyPRaiders (1973-1986)
Charles HaleyDE, LB49ers (1986-1991, 1999) and Cowboys (1992-96)
Marvin HarrisonWRColts (1996-2008)
Claude HumphreyDEFalcons (1968-1974, 1976-78), Eagles (1979-1981)
Walter JonesTSeahawks (1997-2008)
John LynchFSBuccaneers (1993-2003) and Broncos (2004-07)
Andre ReedWRBills (1985-1999) and Redskins (2000)
Will ShieldsGChiefs (1993-2006)
Michael StrahanDEGiants (1993-2007)
Aeneas WilliamsCB, SCardinals (1991-2000) and Rams (2001-04)

The Favorites 

Michael Strahan

Jan 28, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Giants former defensive end Michael Strahan at a Fox Sports press conference at Empire East Ballroom at the Sheraton New York Times Square in advance of Super Bowl XLVIII. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Spo
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

It's certainly fair to call former New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan a lock for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2014. 

Although 2013 inductee Warren Sapp has publicly stated that he doesn't believe Strahan's resume "stacks up," a majority of those close to the game seem to disagree, including Denver Broncos head coach John Fox, per ESPN NFL Nation's Rich Cimini: 

Although Strahan failed to make the cut in 2013, his numbers are simply to good to keep being passed over. He recorded 141.5 sacks over the course of his career and still holds the all-time single-season record for sacks at 22.5. 

Strahan, a seven-time Pro Bowler, also won a Super Bowl title in his final season in 2007. 

Derrick Brooks

December 9, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA;  Tampa Bay Buccaneers former player Derrick Brooks is introduced during the 10th anniversary of the 2002 Super Bowl champions during halftimduring the second half at Raymond James Stadium. The Eagles won 23-21. Mandatory
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Like Strahan, Derrick Brooks dominated on defense while playing his entire NFL career with one team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

And all it takes is one quick glance at Brooks' impressive resume to realize that he's a surefire Hall of Famer. Brooks earned 11 Pro Bowl nods, won the Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2002 and finished with 25 interceptions and 24 forced fumbles for his career.

But despite having won a Super Bowl title, Brooks has admitted he's nervous ahead of the Feb. 1 announcement, per The Tampa Bay Times' Rick Stroud:

It's been hard not to think about it every day. I'm trying to equate it to a ball game. As I got closer to a ball game, the more my nerves, my excitement, it boiled in a good way. But I knew on Sunday I had an opportunity to affect the results.

I don't have that in this capacity. That's the nervousness I have in accepting that. The resume is written. There is nothing else I can do.

Brooks' versatility at the outside linebacker spot made him one of the league's most valuable players during his time and definitely adds to his case for the Hall.

Tim Brown

PAUL SAKUMA/Associated Press

Oakland Raiders legend Tim Brown starred as a wide receiver and a kick returner during his time in the NFL, but will go down as one of the best wideouts to ever play the game regardless of whether he's enshrined in 2014.

Brown's 1,094 career receptions rank fifth and his 14,934 career receiving yards rank sixth all time. Not to mention his 100 career touchdown receptions rank seventh on the all-time list, tying him with Steve Largent, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame back in 1995.

While there are strong cases to be made for both Andre Reed and Marvin Harrison, it's difficult to ignore Brown's eye-popping career numbers. 

Walter Jones

PHILADELPHIA - DECEMBER 2:  Walter Jones #71 of the Seattle Seahawks is introduced on the field during the NFL game against the Philadelphia Eagles at the Lincoln Financial Field on December 2, 2007 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty
Al Bello/Getty Images

Although offensive linemen are rarely showed love over the course of an NFL season, the Hall of Fame selection committee has been on a mission to enshrine the sport's best road graders in recent years, meaning former Seahawks tackle Walter Jones has an excellent shot of making the cut this year.

Both Larry Allen and Jonathan Ogden were inducted into the Hall in 2013 and at least one offensive lineman has been selected in seven of the past eight years. 

A nine-time Pro Bowler and four-time first-team All Pro, Jones played a dozen seasons in the NFL, leading the way for Shaun Alexander in 2005. The running back's 1,880-yard season ranks 11th-best on the all-time list. On top of that, Jones' Seahawks reached Super Bowl XL that year before falling to the Pittsburgh Steelers. 

Jones will be face stiff competition in fellow lineman finalist Will Shields, who played with the Kansas City Chiefs during the 1990s and early 2000s.

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