CANTON, OHIO - Former Saints placekicker Morten Andersen and former Fortier High and Arizona Cardinals defensive back Aeneas Williams are among 27 semifinalists named for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Friday.

The finalists will be announced prior to the Super Bowl in New Orleans in February.

Andersen played 13 seasons for the Saints from 1982 to 1994.

Andersen finished his career with stints with the Falcons and Vikings among other teams.

Also nominated for the first time are defensive linemen Warren Sapp and Michael Strahan and offensive lineman Jonathan Ogden.

Williams starred at Fortier and later at Southern University before entering the pros where he had a penchant for interceptions.

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