28 Modern-Era Players Named as Semifinalists for Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2023

  • 5 first-year eligible candidates on checklist trimmed from 129 Nominees

CANTON, OHIO – Five first-year eligible nominees are among the many 28 Modern-Era Player Semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2023.

The checklist of candidates for election into the Hall of Fame, which can happen early subsequent 12 months, additionally consists of 19 gamers who have been Semifinalists for the Class of 2022.

Modern-Era Players making the lower to Semifinalist of their first 12 months of eligibility are offensive linemen Jahri Evans and Joe Thomas defensive lineman Dwight Freeney linebacker James Harrison and defensive again Darrelle Revis. Each final performed within the 2017 season.

To be thought of for election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, a nominated particular person should not have participated as an energetic participant for 5 consecutive seasons.

Henry Ellard, who retired following the 1998 season, reached the Semifinalist stage for the primary time. London Fletcher is also a first-time Semifinalist; he retired following the 2013 season. Albert Lewis, a Semifinalist in 2013 who additionally retired in 1998, superior to this stage for the second time. Both Ellard and Lewis are of their ultimate 12 months of eligibility as Modern-Era Players.

The 28 Semifinalists will likely be diminished once more — to fifteen Finalists — earlier than the ultimate voting course of for the Class of 2023.

Class of 2023 Modern-Era Player Semifinalists

The following is the checklist of 2023 Modern-Era Player Semifinalists, together with their positions, years and groups. Also listed are the quantity of occasions and years the candidate has been named a Semifinalist since this discount vote was added to the Hall of Fame’s Bylaws in 2004.Note: The Bylaws state the quantity of Semifinalists shall be 25 – or a bigger quantity if gamers tie for the twenty fifth place.)

  • Eric Allen, CB – 1988-1994 Philadelphia Eagles, 1995-97 New Orleans Saints, 1998-2001 Oakland Raiders | (Times as a Semifinalist: 3 – 2021-23)
  • Jared Allen, DE – 2004-07 Kansas City Chiefs, 2008-2013 Minnesota Vikings, 2014-15 Chicago Bears, 2015 (*28*) Panthers | (Times as a Semifinalist: 3 – 2021-23)
  • Willie Anderson T – 1996-2007 Cincinnati Bengals, 2008 Baltimore Ravens | (Times as a Semifinalist: 3 – 2021-23)
  • Ronde Barber CB/S – 1997-2012 Tampa Bay Buccaneers | (Times as a Semifinalist: 6 – 2018-2023)
  • Anquan Boldin, WR – 2003-09 Arizona Cardinals, 2010-12 Baltimore Ravens, 2013-15 San Francisco 49ers, 2016 Detroit Lions | (Times as a Semifinalist: 2 – 2022-23)
  • Henry Ellard, WR – 1983-1993 Los Angeles Rams, 1994-98 Washington Redskins, 1998 New England Patriots | (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2023)
  • Jahri Evans, G – 2006-2016 New Orleans Saints, 2017 Green Bay Packers | (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2023)
  • London Fletcher, LB – 1998-2001 St. Louis Rams, 2002-06 Buffalo Bills, 2007-2013 Washington Redskins | (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2023)
  • Dwight Freeney DE – 2002-2012 Indianapolis Colts, 2013-14 San Diego Chargers, 2015 Arizona Cardinals, 2016 Atlanta Falcons, 2017 Seattle Seahawks, 2017 Detroit Lions | (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2023)
  • James Harrison, LB – 2002-2012, 2014-17 Pittsburgh Steelers, 2013 Cincinnati Bengals, 2017 New England Patriots | (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2023)
  • Rodney Harrison S – 1994-2002 San Diego Chargers, 2003-08 New England Patriots | (Times as a Semifinalist: 2 – 2021, 2023)
  • Devin Hester, PR/KR/WR – 2006-2013 Chicago Bears, 2014-15 Atlanta Falcons, 2016 Baltimore Ravens | (Times as a Semifinalist: 2 – 2022-23)
  • Torry Holt, WR – 1999-2008 St. Louis Rams, 2009 Jacksonville Jaguars | (Times as a Semifinalist: 9 – 2015-2023)
  • Andrew Johnson, WR – 2003-2014 Houston Texans, 2015 Indianapolis Colts, 2016 Tennessee Titans | (Times as a Semifinalist: 2 – 2022-23)
  • Albert Lewis, CB – 1983-1993 Kansas City Chiefs, 1994-98 Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders | (Times as a Semifinalist: 2 – 2013, 2023)
  • Robert Mathis, DE/LB – 2003-2016 Indianapolis Colts | (Times as a Semifinalist: 2 – 2022-23)
  • Darrelle Revis, CB – 2007-2012, 2015-16 New York Jets, 2013 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2014 New England Patriots, 2017 Kansas City Chiefs | (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2023)
  • Steve Smith Sr. WR – 2001-2013 (*28*) Panthers, 2014-16 Baltimore Ravens | (Times as a Semifinalist: 2 – 2022-23)
  • Fred Taylor, RB – 1998-2008 Jacksonville Jaguars, 2009-2010 New England Patriots | (Times as a Semifinalist: 4 – 2020-23)
  • Joe Thomas T – 2007-2017 Cleveland Browns | (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2023)
  • Zach Thomas LB – 1996-2007 Miami Dolphins, 2008 Dallas Cowboys | (Times as a Semifinalist: 5 – 2019-2023)
  • Hines Ward, WR – 1998-2011 Pittsburgh Steelers | (Times as a Semifinalist: 7 – 2017-2023)
  • DeMarcus Ware, LB/DE – 2005-2013 Dallas Cowboys, 2014-16 Denver Broncos | (Times as a Semifinalist: 2 – 2022-23)
  • Ricky Watters RB – 1992-94 San Francisco 49ers, 1995-97 Philadelphia Eagles, 1998-2001 Seattle Seahawks | (Times as a Semifinalist: 3 – 2020, 2022-23)
  • Reggie Wayne, WR – 2001-2014 Indianapolis Colts | (Times as a Semifinalist: 4 – 2020-23)
  • Vince Wilfork, DT – 2004-2014 New England Patriots, 2015-16 Houston Texans | (Times as a Semifinalist: 2 – 2022-23)
  • Patrick Willis, LB – 2007-2014 San Francisco 49ers | (Times as a Semifinalist: 4 – 2020-23)
  • Darren Woodson, S – 1992-2003 Dallas Cowboys | (Times as a Semifinalist: 7 – 2015, 2017, 2019-2023)

The checklist of Semifinalists, which was introduced reside Tuesday on NFL Network, was diminished from an preliminary group of 129 nominees introduced in September. It marks the biggest quantity of Semifinalists for the reason that Hall adopted the method of decreasing the checklist of nominees to 25 (plus ties) in 2004.

What’s subsequent within the Selection Process?

The subsequent step within the Selection Process comes when the Semifinalists are trimmed to fifteen Modern-Era Player Finalists. That checklist will increase to 19 Finalists with the inclusion of the really useful Nominees of the Hall of Fame’s Coach/Contributor Committee, Don Coryell; and Seniors Committee, Chuck Hawley, Joe Klecko and Ken Riley

The Hall of Fame’s 49-person Selection Committee will choose the Class of 2023 prematurely of Super Bowl LVII in Glendale, Ariz. The class will likely be introduced reside on the “NFL Honors” telecast scheduled to air at 9 pm ET Feb. 9. While there is no such thing as a set quantity for any class of enshrinees, the Bylaws for the Selection Committee present that between 4 and 9 new members will likely be chosen.

The Coach/Contributor and Seniors Finalists are voted “sure” or “no” for election on the annual choice assembly and should obtain a minimum of 80% assist from the Committee to be elected. The Modern-Era Player Finalists will likely be trimmed in the course of the assembly from 15 to 10, then from 10 to 5. The remaining 5 finalists will likely be voted on individually, “sure” or “no,” and should obtain the identical 80% constructive vote as the Coach/Contributor and Seniors Finalists to earn election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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The Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2023 will likely be enshrined subsequent August (anticipated date: Aug. 5) in Canton as half of the 2023 Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls. Other occasions in the course of the week of festivities embody the Hall of Fame Game (groups to be decided) and the Gold Jacket Dinner. For extra info, go to https://www.profootballhof.com/enshrinement/.

The Selection Process aligns with the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s vital Mission to “Honor the Greatest of the Game, Preserve its History, Promote its Values ​​and Celebrate Excellence Together.”

Modern-Era Player Semifinalists breakdown

OFFENSE – 12

RB (2): Fred Taylor, Ricky Watters

WR (7): Anquan Boldin, Henry Ellard, Torry Holt, Andre Johnson, Steve Smith Sr., Hines Ward, Reggie Wayne

OL (3): Willie Anderson, Jahri Evans, Joe Thomas
 

DEFENSE – 15

DB (6): Eric Allen, Ronde Barber, Rodney Harrison, Albert Lewis, Darrelle Revis, Darren Woodson

LB (5): London Fletcher, James Harrison, Zach Thomas, DeMarcus Ware (additionally DE), Patrick Willis

DL (4): Jared Allen, Dwight Freeney, Robert Mathis (additionally LB), Vince Wilfork
 

SPECIAL TEAMS – 1

Devin Hester (additionally WR)

Hall of Fame Fan Vote offered by Ford

The annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Fan Vote offered by Ford continues since its launch in September. Fans can vote as many occasions as they need at www.profootballhof.com/fanvote to foretell the 5 Modern-Era Players who will likely be elected to the Hall of Fame as half of the Class of 2023.

Fans who vote routinely develop into eligible for a number of sweepstakes prizes, together with a Grand Prize journey for two (2) to the 2023 Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls in Canton.

This marks the twelfth consecutive 12 months that Ford, the Official Automobile of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, has invited followers to foretell the result of the annual Hall of Fame class. (Note: The end result of the fan vote doesn’t have an effect on any participant’s possibilities of being elected.

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