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Pro Football Hall of Fame 2013 finalists: Aeneas Williams, Curley Culp wait for Hall nod

Williams played 10 seasons for the Cardinals.

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A pair of players with ties to Arizona will wait for their name to be called into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Sunday.

Former Cardinal Aeneas Williams and Arizona-born Curley Culp are among 17 finalists vying for a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The official Class of 2013 will be announced Saturday night.

Williams, a cornerback-turned-safety, spent 10 years playing for the Phoenix and Arizona Cardinals. In 160 games played for the Cardinals, Williams recorded 677 solo tackles, 55 interceptions and nine touchdowns.

One of Williams's best seasons came in 1994, the first year the Cardinals were dubbed from Arizona and not Phoenix. Williams started all 16 games and picked off nine passes, which was a league-high.

Williams was also a Hall of Fame finalist in 2012.

Another finalist with Arizona ties is former nose tackle Curley Culp. Culp spent 14 seasons in the NFL from 1968 through 1981. Culp was born in Arizona and went to Arizona State. He was a six-time Pro Bowler and was named a First Team All-Pro once.

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