Strahan among semifinalists for HOF

Michael Strahan won a Super Bowl ring in his final season. Jason Parkhurst-USA Today

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Former Giants defensive end Michael Strahan is among the 27 semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2013.

Strahan is one of six semifinalists who made the cut in their first year of eligibility. The other five are offensive lineman Larry Allen, kicker Morten Andersen (who also spent a season with the Giants), safety John Lynch, offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden, and defensive tackle Warren Sapp.

Former Giants coach Bill Parcells and former Giants general manager George Young are also among the 27 semifinalists.

Strahan played 15 season in the NFL, from 1993 to 2007, all with Big Blue. He owns the NFL's single-season sack record, with 22.5 in 2001. And he is fifth on the NFL career sack list, with 141.5.

The list of 15 finalists will be announced in early January. The Class of 2013 will be revealed on Saturday, Feb. 2, the day before Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans.