CANTON, Ohio — Former New Orleans Saints kicker Morten Andersen, the NFL’s all-time leading scorer, is among 27 semifinalists who will be considered for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2013.
The Hall of Fame’s Selection Committee chose the semifinalists from a list of 127 preliminary nominees announced in early November. The list of semifinalists usually is limited to 25, but there was a three-way tie for the final position.
Andersen, who played for the Saints from 1982-94, was one of six first-year eligibles to make the list. He was joined by guard/tackle Larry Allen, safety John Lynch, tackle Jonathan Ogden, defensive tackle Warren Sapp and defensive end Michael Strahan.
Andersen also played for the Atlanta Falcons (1995-2000, 2006-07), New York Giants (2001), Kansas City Chiefs (2002-03) and Minnesota Vikings (2004).
Two players with Louisiana ties made the list: former Chiefs cornerback Albert Lewis, a Mansfield native who played at Grambling, and former Arizona Cardinals and St. Louis Rams defensive back Aeneas Williams, a New Orleans native and All-American at Southern.
Lewis is a semifinalist for the first time. Williams was a finalist last season, making the cut to the final 10 before being eliminated from consideration.
The list of 27 will be reduced by mail ballot to 15 modern-era finalists — which includes two candidates from the Hall of Fame’s Seniors Committee.
The results of the modern-era reduction vote to 15 will be announced in January. The Selection Committee will meet in New Orleans on Feb. 2, the day before Super Bowl XLVII, to choose the Class of 2013.