One bit of bad news for Minnesotans entering halls of fame yesterday hasn't stopped good news from flowing today for another prospective member of sports immortality.
Tony Dungy, former Gopher quarterback and Vikings defensive coordinator as well as Super Bowl winning head coach for Indianapolis, is one of 17 finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Dungy is one of 15 eligible modern-era finalists chosen by the Hall of Fame committee, joining big names Derrick Brooks, Marvin Harrison, and John Lynch.
The now-Sunday Night Football analyst was the first African American head coach to win a Super Bowl when he did so with Harrison and the Colts in 2007.
Dungy served as a NFL coach for 27 years in all.
Also on the ballot is former Viking and all-time NFL points leader Morton Anderson, who kicked for Minnesota in 2004.
The rest of the modern-era nominees can be found here, while punter Ray Guy and defensive lineman Claude Humphrey are the two senior nominees.
The Hall will pick no less than four but no more than seven of the 17 finalists to be inducted, five of which can be modern-era hopefuls, and the class of 2014 will be announced Feb. 1 at 7 p.m.