UK Football

Ex-Cat Dawson fourth-time finalist for Hall of Fame

Former University of Kentucky and Bryan Station standout Dermontti Dawson was among 15 modern-day finalists named Saturday for potential enshrinement this year in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Dawson, an All-Pro center for the Pittsburgh Steelers, was named a finalist for the fourth time.

Super Bowl-winning coach Bill Parcells, wide receivers Tim Brown, Cris Carter and Andre Reed, and running backs Jerome Bettis and Curtis Martin also made the cut when the 26 semifinalists were pared down through a mail ballot. The Hall's selection committee meets in Indianapolis next month. A finalist must receive 80 percent of the vote to be selected.

Dawson, who played for Kentucky from 1984-87, went on to a 13-year career with the Steelers. Dawson was named to seven straight Pro Bowls from 1992 to 1998 and was a six-time Associated Press First Team All-Pro.

Parcells is considered a first-year candidate under new requirements that were put in place in 2008, after he had been a nominee in 2001 and 2002. The new rule makes it mandatory for coaches, like players, to be retired for five consecutive seasons. Before that, coaches were eligible immediately upon retirement. Parcells won two Super Bowls with the New York Giants in 1987 and 1991, then coached the Patriots and Jets before retiring in 1999. He returned to coach the Cowboys in 2003.