A wide receiver with two Super Bowl rings, a quarterback who led his team to four straight NFC title games and the 2006 NFL MVP are three of the 94 players who have been nominated for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame for 2017.
Hines Ward, Donovan McNabb and LaDainian Tomlinson were all on the long list of nominees that was announced by the HOF on Wednesday. Those three, along with Jason Taylor, Brian Dawkins, Chad Johnson and Shaun Alexander, were the first-time eligible players who made the nomination list.
The list of 94 players also includes 10 finalists from 2016 who didn’t make the cut for induction in August. Kurt Warner, Terrell Owens, Terrell Davis and Morten Anderson headline the list of former finalists.
The list of 2017 nominees will be trimmed down to 25 semifinalists in November, and then 15 finalists in January. Those 15 finalists will be considered for induction along with three other finalists who have already been named.
To be inducted in 2017, a finalist needs to receive at least 80 percent support from the 46-person selection committee, which will meet Feb. 4. The official Hall of Fame announcement will be made during a television special on Fox that will air the night before Super Bowl LI.
Under bylaws of the HOF, a minimum of four people have to be inducted each year, with a maximum of eight. Before you check out the list below, make sure to check out our prediction of who’s going to be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2017.
Anyway, here are the nominees for 2017 (listed by position).
Players in bold were HOF finalists in 2016.
Drew Bledsoe, Randall Cunningham, Doug Flutie, Donovan McNabb, Steve McNair, Phil Simms, Kurt Warner
Shaun Alexander, Ottis Anderson, Tiki Barber, Larry Centers, Roger Craig, Terrell Davis, Eddie George, Edgerrin James, Daryl Johnston, Eric Metcalf (also WR/PR/KR), LaDainian Tomlinson, Herschel Walker, Ricky Watters
WIDE RECEIVERS (10)
Isaac Bruce, Henry Ellard, Torry Holt, Chad Johnson, Derrick Mason, Terrell Owens, Sterling Sharpe, Jimmy Smith, Rod Smith, Hines Ward
Tony Boselli (T), Ray Donaldson (C), Alan Faneca (G), Jay Hilgenberg (C), Chris Hinton (G/T), Kent Hull (C), Joe Jacoby (T), Mike Kenn (T), Olin Kreutz (C), Jim Lachey (T), Kevin Mawae (C/G), Tom Nalen (C), Nate Newton (G), Steve Wisniewski (G)
Leslie O’Neal (DE), Simeon Rice (DE), Fred Smerlas (NT), Jason Taylor (DE), Bryant Young (DT)
Carl Banks, Cornelius Bennett, Tedy Bruschi, Seth Joyner, Levon Kirkland, Clay Matthews, Willie McGinest (also DE), Karl Mecklenburg, Sam Mills, Joey Porter, Zach Thomas
Eric Allen (CB), Steve Atwater (S), Joey Browner (S), LeRoy Butler (S), Brian Dawkins (SS), Rodney Harrison (S), Ty Law (CB), Albert Lewis (CB), John Lynch (S), Frank Minnifield (CB), Bob Sanders (SS), Darren Sharper (FS), Dennis Smith (SS), Troy Vincent (S), Everson Walls (CB), Darren Woodson (S)
Morten Andersen (K), Gary Anderson (K), Sean Landeta (P), Nick Lowery (K)
Brian Mitchell (KR/PR also RB), Steve Tasker (ST also WR)
Don Coryell, Bill Cowher, Tom Flores, Mike Holmgren, Jimmy Johnson, Chuck Knox, Buddy Parker, Richie Petitbon, Dan Reeves, Clark Shaughnessy, Dick Vermeil
Source: CBS Sports Headlines / Hines Ward, McNabb headline 2017 Pro Football Hall of Fame nominees