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    Alan Faneca and Hines Ward among the 25 semifinalists for the Hall of Fame

    Tom Flores, Zach Thomas are Hall of Fame semifinalists for first time
    By Charean Williams | Nov 20, 2018, 8:12 PM EST

    As first-year eligible players, Champ Bailey, Tony Gonzalez and Ed Reed are expected to be Hall of Fame finalists. Indeed, they made the initial cut as the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced the semifinalists for its Class of 2019.

    It’s the presence of two other first-timers that comes as a surprise.

    Coach Tom Flores and linebacker Zach Thomas made the list of 25 semifinalists for the first time.

    Here is the full list of modern-era semifinalists, including their positions, years and teams:

    • Steve Atwater, S – 1989-1998 Denver Broncos, 1999 New York Jets (Times as a Semifinalist: 8 – 2012-19)

    • Champ Bailey, CB – 1999-2003 Washington Redskins, 2004-2013 Denver Broncos (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2019)

    • Ronde Barber, CB/S – 1997-2012 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Times as a Semifinalist: 2 – 2018-19)

    • Tony Boselli, T – 1995-2001 Jacksonville Jaguars, 2002 Houston Texans (Times as a Semifinalist: 4 – 2016-19)

    • Isaac Bruce, WR – 1994-2007 Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, 2008-09 San Francisco 49ers (Times as a Semifinalist: 5 – 2015-19)

    • LeRoy Butler, S – 1990-2001 Green Bay Packers (Times as a Semifinalist: 2 – 2018-19)

    • Don Coryell, Coach – 1973-77 St. Louis Cardinals, 1978-1986 San Diego Chargers (Times as a Semifinalist: 11 – 2005, 2010-19)

    • Alan Faneca, G – 1998-2007 Pittsburgh Steelers, 2008-09 New York Jets, 2010 Arizona Cardinals (Times as a Semifinalist: 4 – 2016-19)

    • Tom Flores, Coach – 1979-1987 Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders, 1992-94 Seattle Seahawks (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2019)

    • Tony Gonzalez, TE – 1997-2008 Kansas City Chiefs, 2009-2013 Atlanta Falcons (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2019)

    • Torry Holt, WR – 1999-2008 St. Louis Rams, 2009 Jacksonville Jaguars (Times as a Semifinalist: 5 – 2015-19)

    • Steve Hutchinson, G – 2001-05 Seattle Seahawks, 2006-2011 Minnesota Vikings, 2012 Tennessee Titans (Times as a Semifinalist: 2 – 2018-19)

    • Edgerrin James, RB – 1999-2005 Indianapolis Colts, 2006-08 Arizona Cardinals, 2009 Seattle Seahawks (Times as a Semifinalist: 5 – 2015-19)

    • Jimmy Johnson, Coach – 1989-1993 Dallas Cowboys, 1996-99 Miami Dolphins (Times as a Semifinalist: 6 – 2014-19)

    • Ty Law, CB – 1995-2004 New England Patriots, 2005, 2008 New York Jets, 2006-07 Kansas City Chiefs, 2009 Denver Broncos (Times as a Semifinalist: 5 – 2015-19)

    • John Lynch, FS – 1993-2003 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2004-07 Denver Broncos (Times as a Semifinalist: 7 – 2013-19)

    • Clay Matthews, LB – 1978-1993 Cleveland Browns, 1994-96 Atlanta Falcons (Times as a Semifinalist: 3 – 2012, 2017, 2019)

    • Kevin Mawae, C/G – 1994-97 Seattle Seahawks, 1998-2005 New York Jets, 2006-09 Tennessee Titans (Times as a Semifinalist: 5 – 2015-19)

    • Karl Mecklenburg, LB – 1983-1994 Denver Broncos (Times as a Semifinalist: 8 – 2012-19)

    • Sam Mills, LB – 1986-1994 New Orleans Saints, 1995-97 Carolina Panthers (Times as a Semifinalist: 2 – 2016, 2019)

    • Ed Reed, FS – 2002-2012 Baltimore Ravens, 2013 New York Jets, 2013 Houston Texans (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2019)

    • Richard Seymour, DE/DT – 2001-08 New England Patriots, 2009-2012 Oakland Raiders (Times as a Semifinalist: 2 – 2018-2019)

    • Zach Thomas, LB – 1996-2007 Miami Dolphins, 2008 Dallas Cowboys (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2019)

    • Hines Ward, WR – 1998-2011 Pittsburgh Steelers (Times as a Semifinalist: 3 – 2017-19)

    • Darren Woodson, S – 1992-2003 Dallas Cowboys (Times as a Semifinalist: 3 – 2015, 2017, 2019)

    Selectors started with an initial list of 103 nominees and will pare the list to 15 modern-era finalists, who are announced Jan. 3. The modern-era finalists will join senior finalist Johnny Robinson and contributor finalists Gil Brandt and Pat Bowlen on the ballot.

    To earn election, candidates must receive 80 percent positive vote at the Feb. 2 selection meeting in Atlanta before Super Bowl LIII.
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    I wonder how long it will take Ward to be inducted. His career stats are very similar to Andre Reed's, and he was eligible for 8 years before finally being inducted. I think Ward played a couple years less, but the final stats are very close. Here's to hoping it doesn't take as long for Ward!

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    I'm partial to Hines Ward as well. Although there are some great (deserving) names on that list. Hines didn't have all the physical mearsurables like T.O. but he was just as effective and even more impactful! You won't find anybody on that list who was tougher and had more heart!

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    I like Faneca, I feel like lineman are always on long list because of their lack of stats. Even though they create the stats for those others trying to get in

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    For years, the biggest backlog among quality HoF candidates was at the WR spot, but they seemed to have addressed that pretty well in recent seasons, so I think Hines, Ike Bruce and Torry Holt will have to wait a bit longer before they get serious consideration.

    Last year, for the 5 modern era inductees, we had multiple WR's (Moss & Owens), multiple LB's (Lewis & Urlacher) and a safety (Dawkins).

    I think this year, Gonzalez and Reed are locks, I'd say Champ also has a reasonable shot at being a first ballot inductee as well, and then they start to chip away at their current backlog of quality o-linemen (Hutchinson and Faneca).
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    Torry Holt and Issac Bruce are great receivers - but maybe it's the homer in me, but I think it's hard pressed to say they were more impactful than Ward. This is his year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Starlifter View Post
    Torry Holt and Issac Bruce are great receivers - but maybe it's the homer in me, but I think it's hard pressed to say they were more impactful than Ward. This is his year.
    Since they were teammates, they are splitting the vote, which I believe was the reason that Swann and Stallworth had to wait so long to get in. But once Swannie got in, then Stallworth was enshrined a year later. I suspect something like that might eventually happen for Bruce and Holt.

    I don't think it's Ward's year because so many wideouts got in recently, with Moss and Owens last year and Marvin Harrison, Tim Brown, Andre Reed, Cris Carter, etc. also being inducted in the last few years. And since Tony Gonzalez is a lock as a TE, the voters may not see the need for another pass catcher this year.

    I do think Faneca has a legit chance to get in this year, though, as there is currently a backlog of quality o-linemen like there once was a backlog of quality wideouts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RuthlessBurgher View Post
    Since they were teammates, they are splitting the vote, which I believe was the reason that Swann and Stallworth had to wait so long to get in. But once Swannie got in, then Stallworth was enshrined a year later. I suspect something like that might eventually happen for Bruce and Holt.

    I don't think it's Ward's year because so many wideouts got in recently, with Moss and Owens last year and Marvin Harrison, Tim Brown, Andre Reed, Cris Carter, etc. also being inducted in the last few years. And since Tony Gonzalez is a lock as a TE, the voters may not see the need for another pass catcher this year.

    I do think Faneca has a legit chance to get in this year, though, as there is currently a backlog of quality o-linemen like there once was a backlog of quality wideouts.
    you may be correct. But if they decide on only one WR this year - I think it favors Hines.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Starlifter View Post
    Torry Holt and Issac Bruce are great receivers - but maybe it's the homer in me, but I think it's hard pressed to say they were more impactful than Ward. This is his year.
    Yeah, its the "homer" talking.
    I liked Hines, but I would not be shocked (corrected myself) if the next Steeler receiver to get in will be Brown. in in about a decade from now.

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap300...-gonzalez-no-1
    Last edited by Captain Lemming; 11-22-2018 at 11:54 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Lemming View Post
    Yeah, its the "homer" talking.
    I liked Hines, but I would not be shocked (corrected myself) if the next Steeler receiver to get in will be Brown. in in about a decade from now.

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap300...-gonzalez-no-1
    I personally agree with the list on that page save for Tom Flores (he did win two SBs so I "get" their take).
    I would put Don Coryell as a coach who changed the game completely despite never winning it all.

    I really like that they have Atwater in as I feel the dude is long deserving. Wonder if they will do two safties though as Reed is a shoe in.

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