Four first-time-eligible nominees -- wide receiver Marvin Harrison, linebacker Derrick Brooks, offensive tackle Walter Jones and coach Tony Dungy -- lead the group of 15 modern-era finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2014.
They are joined by nine of last year's finalists: wide receivers Tim Brown and Andre Reed, running back Jerome Bettis, linebacker/defensive end Kevin Greene, defensive end/linebacker Charles Haley, defensive end offensive guard Will Shields, Michael Strahan, defensive back Aeneas Williams and team owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr.
The other two finalists are free safety John Lynch and kicker Morten Andersen.
The announcement was made Thursday on NFL Network.
Ten semifinalists who failed to make the cut were running backs Terrell Davis and Roger Craig, safety Steve Atwater, linebacker Karl Mecklenburg, guard Steve Wisniewski, tackle Joe Jacoby, coaches Jimmy Johnson and Don Coryell, executive George Young and former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue.
Two Seniors Committee nominees, punter Ray Guy and defensive end Claude Humphrey, also will be on the ballot when the voters meet Feb. 1 in New York. They were selected last summer in voting covering players whose careers ended more than 25 years ago.
No more than five of the modern-era can be elected in addition to the Seniors Committee nominees, putting the maximum number of new Hall of Famers at seven.
A capsule look at the 17 finalists:
Years/Teams: 1982-1994 New Orleans Saints, 1995-2000, 2006-07 Atlanta Falcons, 2001 New York Giants, 2002-03 Kansas City Chiefs, 2004 Minnesota Vikings
College: Michigan State
Drafted: 4th round (86th player overall) of 1982 draft by New Orleans Saints
Pro Bowls: 7
Career Stats: 565 Field Goals, 849 PATs for 2,544 career points
Notable: Andersen retired as the NFL's all-time leading scorer and leads two teams (the Saints and Falcons) in career field goals and points.
Position: Running Back
Years/Teams: 1993-95 Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, 1996-2005 Pittsburgh Steelers
College: Notre Dame
Drafted: 1st round (10th overall) of 1993 draft by Los Angeles Rams
Pro Bowls: 6
Career Stats: 3,479 carries for 13,662 yards, 91 touchdowns; 200 receptions for 1,449 yards, three touchdowns.
Notable: At the time of his retirement, Bettis ranked fifth in rushing yards.
Years/Teams: 1995-2008 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
College: Florida State
Drafted: 1st round (28th player overall) of 1995 draft by Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Pro Bowls: 11
Career Stats: Recorded 25 interceptions returned for 530 yards, six touchdowns. Also amassed 13.5 sacks and one fumble recovery for touchdown.