First-time candidates John Lynch, Michael Strahan and Jonathan Ogden are among 27 semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's 2013 class.
Joining Lynch, Strahan and Ogden among first-year eligible players are Morten Andersen, Larry Allen and Warren Sapp.
Also among those making the cut to 27 are former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue, Jerome Bettis, Cris Carter, Charles Haley, and senior committee nominees Curley Culp and Dave Robinson.
The field will be reduced to 15 modern era finalists and the two senior nominees in early January. voting for the inductees will take place Feb. 2, the day before the Super Bowl, in New Orleans.
Inductions will be Aug. 3 in Canton.
Online: http://pro32.ap.org/poll and http://twitter.com/AP-NFL