Hall of Fame announces 26 semifinalists

CANTON, Ohio -- Former coach Bill Parcells, running back Jerome Bettis and NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue are among 26 modern-era semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The list was announced Tuesday by the Hall of Fame following a vote by its selection committee. There were 105 preliminary nominees.

Among other semifinalists for the Class of 2012 are wide receivers Tim Brown, Cris Carter and Andre Reed, along with former 49ers owner Edward DeBartolo Jr.

Former Chiefs guard Will Shields is the only first-year eligible player to make the list.

The list will be reduced to 15 modern-era finalists and announced in early January, and between four and seven enshrinees will be announced before the Super Bowl on Feb. 5.