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2013 NFL Hall of Fame finalists: Two former Irish hope to be enshrined

Tim Brown and Jerome Bettis will find out today if they're headed for the Hall.

Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

Two former football players at Notre Dame are up for the biggest honor in football today.

Wide receiver Tim Brown and running back Jerome Bettis are one of 15 finalists up for nomination into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday.

Brown spent 17 seasons in the NFL, with 16 coming with the Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders. In his career, Brown played in 255 games, catching 1,094 passes for 14,934 yards. He finished his career with exactly 100 receiving touchdowns.

At Notre Dame, Brown was the 1987 Heisman Trophy winner. He was the first wide receiver to win the Heisman.

Bettis -- better known as "The Bus" -- was in the NFL for 13 seasons. Splitting time in Los Angeles, St. Louis and Pittsburgh, Bettis rushed for 13,662 career yards and 91 touchdowns. In 1997, Bettis rushed the ball a league-high 375 times for 1,665 yards and seven touchdowns. It was the best season of his NFL career.

At Notre Dame, Bettis rushed for 2,356 yards and 27 touchdowns in three seasons. He still holds the Notre Dame bowl game record with 150 rushing yards and three touchdowns in one game.

Here are the finalists for the Class of 2013:

  • G/T Larry Allen
  • RB Jerome Bettis
  • WR Tim Brown
  • WR Cris Carter
  • DT Curley Culp
  • Owner Edward J. Debartolo Jr.
  • LB/DE Kevin Greene
  • DE/LB Charles Haley
  • Owner Art Modell
  • T Jonathan Ogden
  • Coach Bill Parcells
  • WR Andre Reed
  • LB David Robinson
  • DT Warren Sapp
  • G Will Shields
  • DE Michael Strahan
  • CB/S Aeneas Williams