Michael Strahan came up just short in his first attempt at making the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but he has an excellent chance of getting in next year. Strahan made the cut from the final 15 candidates down to 10 on Saturday, but when the field was cut to five, Strahan was not among them.

The vote totals are not released, but it's likely he finished closer to No. 6 than No. 10, which puts him in good position to be selected in 2014 because there will be just two first-year candidates next year that will have a serious chance of being inducted: Colts wide receiver Marvin Harrison and Bucs linebacker Derrick Brooks.

The other players who made the cut to 10 but not to five this year were Charles Haley, Aeneas Williams, Andre Reed and Jerome Bettis. If Strahan is selected next year, it will be one day before the Super Bowl is played at MetLife Stadium. The members of the class of 2014 will be on the field for the coin toss before Super Bowl XLVIII on Feb. 2. Although it will be a Super Bowl crowd, not a Giants crowd, Strahan surely will be treated like a hometown hero.

GOODELL: FOOTBALL KID STUFF

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell would "absolutely" want his own child to play football. After President Barack Obama recently said he'd "have to think long and hard" about allowing a son to take part in the sport, Goodell was asked the same question hours before Sunday's Super Bowl during an interview on CBS's "Face the Nation."

Like the president, Goodell has two daughters. The commissioner deflected the question about allowing a son to play football by noting the high incidence of concussions in girls soccer. In an interview with The New Republic, Obama had said he loved football but worried about the long-term effects on players of the game's hard hits.

Thousands of former players have sued the NFL, alleging that not enough was done to inform them about the dangers of concussions and not enough is being done today to take care of them. In Sunday morning's interview with Bob Schieffer, Goodell declined to confirm that there is a proven connection between the sport and medical problems in retired players. He emphasized that the NFL is funding research to learn more about the risks.

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