Andre Tippett, a 5-time Pro Bowler as a New England Patriots linebacker, has been named a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. This is Tippett’s second consecutive year as a finalist and he is one of 14 former modern-era players up for consideration.

Andre TippettThe Hall of Fame’s 44-member Selection Committee will chose between four and seven of those former players for induction into the Hall’s Class of 2008 on February 2nd in Phoenix Arizona.

Tippett, a linebacker with the team from 1982-92, made 5 consecutive Pro Bowls from 1984-88 and was named to the NFL’s 1980’s All-Decade team. Tippett, a second round pick in 1982 out of Iowa, holds the franchise record with 100 career sacks and 18.5 sacks in a season. He was inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame in 1999, where he is one of ten members to be honored by the team.

Tippett currently works for team as it’s executive director of community affairs.