The Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, announced yesterday that 13 former players, including first-time eligibles O.J. Simpson and Roger Staubach, and NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle are the nominees for possible 1985 enshrinement.
The hall selects four to seven new members each year.
The 1985 finalists: Fred Biletnikoff, Buck Buchanan, Carl Eller, Frank Gatski, Paul Hornung, Willie Lanier, John Madden, Don Maynard, Joe Namath, Johnny Robinson, Rozelle, Simpson, Staubach, Fran Tarkenton and Willie Wood.
The selection committee of sports journalists will meet in San Francisco Jan. 19 and those to be inducted Aug. 3 will be announced Jan. 22 . . .
Linebacker Jack Lambert, a possible future Hall of Famer, practiced a second day with Pittsburgh and the Steelers will decide today whether to activate him from injured reserve, where he was forced by a foot sprain, for Sunday's AFC title game . . .
Mike Pagel says he wants to be traded because he may have no future as the Indianapolis Colts' quarterback.
Pagel started for two seasons in Baltimore and nine games this season, then was benched for Mark Herrmann. Owner Robert Irsay reportedly favored Art Schlichter and told then-coach Frank Kush so; Schlichter played most of the last five games. Herrmann played out his contract.
In the Colts' coaching hunt, Ron Meyer, ex-New England, confirmed his candidacy . . .
Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) has introduced his latest bill to block abrupt movement of a pro football team from a city unless the team can show financial hardship or stadium inadequacy . . . And, in Baltimore, the city filed another suit in U.S. District Court against Irsay and other principals in the skedaddling of the Colts -- including Mayflower Movers.