Strahan is a Hall of Fame finalist

Former New York Giants defensive end and current mid-morning network TV star Michael Strahan was named a finalist Thursday for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2014.

Strahan ranks fifth in NFL history and first in Giants history with 141.5 sacks, including a season-record 22.5 in 2001. He led the league in sacks that year and again in 2003. He played all of his 216 NFL games for the Giants and was named to seven Pro Bowls during a career that stretched from 1993 to 2007. His final game was the Giants' victory over the previously unbeaten New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII.

Pro Football Hall of Fame voting is weird and completely unpredictable, but since it was something of a surprise that Strahan wasn't elected last year, he would seem to have a strong chance of getting in this time around.

The class of 2014 will be selected Feb. 1, the day before the Super Bowl.