Former New England Patriots coach Bill Parcells and running back Curtis Martin are two of 15 modern-era finalists who will be candidates for election to the NFL Hall of Fame when the Hall's Selection Committee convenes in Indianapolis, Ind. on Saturday.
Parcells was a head coach for 19 seasons, winning two Super Bowls and reaching one other. The Big Tuna spent four seasons coaching the Patriots from 1993 to 1996. The team was a moribound 2-14 the year before he arrived but won at least 10 games twice during his tenure, including a trip to the Super Bowl in his fourth and final season.
Martin, who has more rushing yards (14,101) than all but three running backs in NFL history, spent his first three seasons with the Patriots, rushing for 1,000 yards in each of them. He made the Pro Bowl in each of his first two seasons, and was named the 1995 NFL AP Offensive Rookie of the Year.
To be elected, candidates must receive at least an 80 percent positive vote from the 44-member committee.