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Wednesday October 3, 2012 Gators DTs coach Bryant Young a first-year nominee for Pro Football Hall of Fame

Bryant Young

Photo: Gators DTs coach Bryant Young, left, and DT Dominique Easley at last season's team awards dinner.

Gators defensive tackles coach Bryant Young is one of 13 first-year eligible modern-era candidates nominated for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2013.

Young played 14 seasons in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers, retiring as the franchise’s all-time sacks leader (89.5) after the 2007 season.

Young, 40, is in his second season on Florida coach Will Muschamp’s staff. Other notable defensive linemen on the list of first-year candidates include former Giants star Michael Strahan and Tampa Bay All-Pro Warren Sapp.

Click here for a complete list of the 127 nominees for the Class of 2013.

According to, the selection committee will chose 25 candidates from the list of 127 nominees and then whittle the list down to 15. The actual voting will be at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee’s annual meeting on Feb. 2, 2013, the day before Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans.

A live announcement will then be made immediately after the meeting.

For a look at how much Young is thought of in San Francisco, check out this video from his final game at Candlestick Park:

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