Sport Polamalu, Wayne lead football Hall of Fame finalists in 1st year of eligibility

02:20  03 january  2020
02:20  03 january  2020 Source:   sports.yahoo.com

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First -time eligible finalists have been the headliners of the previous two Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremonies. Polamalu and Wayne are this year 's finalists in their first year of eligibility . Polamalu played 12 seasons with the Steelers and named to eight Pro Bowls while Wayne was

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Polamalu, one of the greatest safeties to play the game, is one of 15 modern-era finalists for the Hall, the league announced Thursday. Polamalu and Indianapolis Colts receiver Reggie Wayne are the only finalists in their first year of eligibility to make the cut from the initial list of 25 candidates.

The other HOF finalists are:

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Safety Troy Polamalu , wide receiver Reggie Wayne and linebacker Patrick Willis are first - year eligible players among the 25 semifinalists of the modern era for the Pro Football Hall of Fame . Also on the list, which will be cut to 15 on Jan. 2, are previous finalists John Lynch, Steve Atwater, Tony Boselli

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  • Steve Atwater, safety – 1989-1998 Denver Broncos, 1999 New York Jets

  • Tony Boselli, offensive tackle – 1995-2001 Jacksonville Jaguars

  • Isaac Bruce, wide receiver – 1994-2007 Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, 2008-09 San Francisco 49ers

  • LeRoy Butler, safety – 1990-2001 Green Bay Packers

  • Alan Faneca, offensive guard – 1998-2007 Pittsburgh Steelers, 2008-09 New York Jets

  • Torry Holt, wide receiver – 1999-2008 St. Louis Rams, 2009 Jacksonville Jaguars

  • Steve Hutchinson, offensive guard – 2001-05 Seattle Seahawks, 2006-2011 Minnesota Vikings

  • Edgerrin James, running back – 1999-2005 Indianapolis Colts, 2006-08 Arizona Cardinals, 2009 Seattle Seahawks

  • John Lynch, free safety – 1993-2003 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2004-07 Denver Broncos

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    Dates for future Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies include Provided that they remain retired, the following are partial lists of former Major League ballplayers who will become eligible for consideration by the BBWAA for election into the Hall of Fame in upcoming years .

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  • Sam Mills, linebacker – 1986-1994 New Orleans Saints, 1995-97 Carolina Panthers

  • Richard Seymour, defensive end/defensive tackle – 2001-08 New England Patriots,

  • Zach Thomas, inside linebacker – 1996-2007 Miami Dolphins, 2008 Dallas Cowboys

  • Bryant Young, defensive tackle – 1994-2007 San Francisco 49ers

All 15 finalists will have their cases heard by a 48-person selection committee on Feb. 1, the day before Super Bowl LIV in Miami. The committee will narrow that list to five and those players will join the 2020 Pro Football Hall of Fame class.

The five players inducted this year will join 15 other inductees in the 2020 class, which was expanded to 20. Those 15 additional inductees, who will be decided by a separate panel later this month, will be made up of 10 senior candidates (players who last played 25 years ago but slipped through the regular Hall of Fame process), three contributors (someone other than a player or a coach) and two coaches.

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Next year will include Faneca’s fifth time attempting to get into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and he’ll be joined on the list of Canton hopefuls by former Steelers safety Troy Polamalu , who will be ballot eligible for the first First , Ward has yet to make it as a finalists in his first three years of eligibility .

Oregon State University Sports Hall of Fame … Troy Polamalu (Player). Defensive Back … University of Southern California … Selected by the Steelers in 1 st round, 16th player overall (2003 NFL Draft) … AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year (2010) … NFL 2000s All-Decade Team …

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