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122 MODERN ERA NOMINEES FOR THE HALL OF FAMES CLASS OF 2020

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122 MODERN ERA NOMINEES FOR THE HALL OF FAMES CLASS OF 2020

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https://www.profootballhof.com/122-modern-era-nominees-for-the-hall-of-fames-class-of-2020/

A total of 122 players, including eight in their first year of eligibility, comprise the list of Modern-Era player nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2020. The large list of Modern-Era nominees includes only players whose careers ended less than 25 seasons ago. The nominees include 63 offensive players, 43 defensive players, and 16 special teams players.

MODERN-ERA NOMINEES FOR THE PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2020

*Finalist in 2019; Underline indicates first year of eligibility. 

Quarterbacks
(7) – Randall Cunningham, Jake Delhomme, Boomer Esiason, Jeff Garcia, Jeff Hostetler, Dave Krieg, Donovan McNabb

Running Backs
(19) – Shaun Alexander, Mike Alstott (FB), Tiki Barber, Earnest Byner, Larry Centers, Corey Dillon, Eddie George, Priest Holmes, *Edgerrin James, Daryl Johnston (FB), Thomas Jones, Maurice Jones-Drew, Eric Metcalf (also WR/KR/PR), Lorenzo Neal (FB), Clinton Portis, Fred Taylor, Herschel Walker (also KR), Chris Warren, Ricky Watters

Wide Receivers
(12) – *Isaac Bruce, Gary Clark, Donald Driver, Henry Ellard (also PR), Torry Holt, Chad Johnson, Derrick Mason, Muhsin Muhammad, Jimmy Smith, Rod Smith, Hines Ward, Reggie Wayne

Tight Ends
(6) – Dallas Clark, Ben Coates, Keith Jackson, Brent Jones, Jeremy Shockey, Wesley Walls

Offensive Linemen
(19) – Willie Anderson (T), Matt Birk (C), *Tony Boselli (T), Lomas Brown (T), Ray Donaldson (C), *Alan Faneca (G), Kevin Gogan (G/T), Jordan Gross (T), Chris Hinton (G/T), Kent Hull (C), *Steve Hutchinson (G), Lincoln Kennedy (T/G), Olin Kreutz (C), Chris Samuels (T), Jeff Saturday (C), Brian Waters (G), Richmond Webb (T), Erik Williams (T), Steve Wisniewski (G) 

Defensive Linemen
(11) – John Abraham (DE also LB), La’Roi Glover (DT/NT), Casey Hampton (DT/NT), Chester McGlockton (DT), Leslie O’Neal (DE), Simeon Rice (DE), *Richard Seymour (DT), 
Justin Smith (DE), Neil Smith (DE), Greg Townsend (DT/NT), Bryant Young (DT)

Linebackers 
(17) – Carl Banks, Cornelius Bennett, Lance Briggs, Tedy Bruschi, James Farrior, London Fletcher, Seth Joyner, Wilber Marshall, Clay Matthews, Willie McGinest (also DE), Sam Mills, Chris Spielman, Takeo Spikes, Darryl Talley, Zach Thomas, Jessie Tuggle, Patrick Willis

Defensive Backs
(15) – Eric Allen (CB), *Steve Atwater (S), Ronde Barber (CB/S), LeRoy Butler (S), 
Nick Collins (S), Merton Hanks (S), Rodney Harrison (S), Albert Lewis (CB), *John Lynch (S), Terry McDaniel (CB), Tim McDonald (S), Troy Polamalu (SS), Bob Sanders (S), 
Troy Vincent (CB), Darren Woodson (S) 

Punters/Kickers
(11) – David Akers (K), Gary Anderson (K), Jason Elam (K), Jeff Feagles (P), 
Jason Hanson (K), Sean Landeta (P), Ryan Longwell (K), Nick Lowery (K), Reggie Roby (P), Rohn Stark (P), Matt Turk (P)

Special Teams
(5) – Johnny Bailey (PR/KR also RB), Josh Cribbs (KR/PR also WR), Mel Gray (PR/KR also WR), Brian Mitchell (KR/PR also RB), Steve Tasker (ST also WR)

NEXT STEPS IN SELECTION PROCESS
The Modern-Era players list will be reduced to 25 Semifinalists in November and to 15 Finalists in early January 2020. The finalists will then be presented to the full 48-member Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee during its annual meeting on "Selection Saturday,” the day before Super Bowl LIV. 

The Hall of Fame Board recently passed a resolution that suspended the Hall of Fame’s Selection Committee By-Laws for the Class of 2020 election cycle only. The measure is intended to honor the NFL’s Centennial Celebration through a special Centennial Class that will be comprised of 20 members in 2020. The group will include five Modern-Era players to come from the list announced today in addition to 10 Seniors (a player who has been retired for more than 25 seasons), three Contributors (an individual other than a player or coach) and two Coaches.

The Selection Committee will meet on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020 in Miami to elect the Class of 2020 that will include five Modern-Era players. The Modern-Era Finalists will be trimmed during the meeting from 15 to 10 and then from 10 to the five who will be elected as part of the Class of 2020. 

The determination of the Seniors, Contributors and Coaches Finalists will be led by a special 25-person Centennial "Blue-Ribbon” panel who will review the backlog of deserving Seniors, Coaches and Contributors. The Blue-Ribbon Panel will be comprised of Hall of Fame Selectors, Pro Football Hall of Famers, media members, football historians and industry experts.

The Centennial Class of 2020 will be formally enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame during the annual Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls from Aug. 6-9, 2020 and the Centennial Celebration in Canton on Sept. 16-19, 2020. 

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26 minutes ago, ShakeThatMonkey said:

Very interesting. McNabb actually has a chance there. 

To be 1 of only 5 modern era players to get in?

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1 hour ago, VaBeach_Eagle said:

To be 1 of only 5 modern era players to get in?

Oh right, good point.

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That list, while full of very good players,  doesn't have any "locks" to get in.  

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1 hour ago, Captain F said:

That list, while full of very good players,  doesn't have any "locks" to get in.  

Polamalu or Lynch may be as close to locks as anyone else listed, not that they should be considered as locks.

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16 hours ago, dawkins4prez said:

Cunningham's importance in the history of the black Quarterback should eventually get him in.

Out of the list I would go with Randall as my first choice.

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Consider this an argument for Isaac Bruce and Edgerrin James.

Bruce is the only player, other than Fitzgerald, to have more than 12,000 receiving yards and at least 90 TDs without being in the Hall of Fame. James and Watters both crossed the mark of at least 90 TDs and 14,000 yards from scrimmage as well, they are the only other eligible players to have hit 12,000 yards from scrimmage and 90 TDs without getting in. Lynch (12,593 yards from scrimmage) and Gore (18,564 yards from scrimmage) will also qualify when they are eligible.

Below is a list of players in NFL history to score 100 TDs that aren't in the Hall of Fame. Only 24 players have hit this mark.

1. Larry Fitzgerald (117)

2. Antonio Gates (116)

T3. Shaun Alexander (112)

T3. Adrian Peterson (112)

Only Shaun Alexander is currently eligible. Alexander is 36th in league history 9,453 rushing yards and 81st with 10,973 yards from scrimmage.

Here is a list of players with at least 13,000 receiving yards that aren't in the hall of fame. There have been 18 players to do it.

1. Larry Fitzgerald 16,392 (still active)

2. Isaac Bruce    15,208

3. Steve Smith    14,731

4. Reggie Wayne    14,345

5. Andre Johnson    14,185

6. Anquan Boldin    13,779

7. Henry Ellard    13,777 

8. Torry Holt    13,382

Out of the list, only Bruce, Wayne, Ellard and Holt are currently eligible for the hall of fame. All four are on the preliminary list of Hall of Fame candidates. Bruce had 91 TDs (31st), Wayne had 82 TDs (58th), Ellard had 69 TDs (106th), and Holt had 74 TDs (82nd).

As for the other four, astute observers will note that Fitzgerald is the only one on both lists. He looks like a first ballot guy. Smith had 89 TDs (38th), Johnson had 70 TDs (102nd), and Boldin had 83 TDs (55th). I expect all four will at least be on a list of Hall of Fame candidates at some point.

Six players have between 12,000-12,999 receiving yards that aren't currently in the Hall of Fame.

1. Irving Fryar    12,785

2. Jason Witten    12,463 (Active)

3. Brandon Marshall    12,351

4. Jimmy Smith    12,287

5. Hines Ward    12,083

6. Derrick Mason    12,061

Witten and Marshall are not yet eligible. The other four are on the preliminary list of Hall of Fame candidates. Fryar had 88 TDs (40th), Smith had 68 TDs (114th), Ward had 86 TDs (45th), and Mason had 69 TDs (109th).

There are also six players, 35 total players, that have scored between 90-99 TDs but are not yet in the Hall of Fame.

1. Frank Gore    96 (Active)

2. Priest Holmes    94

3. Marshawn Lynch    93

4. Isaac Bruce    91

5. Edgerrin James    91

6. Ricky Watters    91

Gore and Lynch aren't eligible. The other four are on the preliminary candidates list. Holmes had 8,172 rushing yards (46th) and 11,134 yards from scrimmage (78th). Bruce had 15,347 yards from scrimmage (19th). James had 12,246 rushing yards (13th) and 15,610 yards from scrimmage (15th). Watters had 10,643 rushing yards (24th) and 14,891 yards from scrimmage (26th).

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I’d put in:

1. Steve Atwater

2. Troy Palumalo

3. Carl Banks

4. Alan Faneca

5. Steve Hutchinson

First three out: Isaac Bruce, Tony Boselli, Ricky Watters.

That entire offensive line list is impressive.

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18 hours ago, SBorBust said:

I’d put in:

1. Steve Atwater

2. Troy Palumalo

3. Carl Banks

4. Alan Faneca

5. Steve Hutchinson

First three out: Isaac Bruce, Tony Boselli, Ricky Watters.

That entire offensive line list is impressive.

I'm biased, of course, but I'd put Eric Allen in before any of them.

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13 minutes ago, VaBeach_Eagle said:

I'm biased, of course, but I'd put Eric Allen in before any of them.

I almost put Eric Allen in, but I was afraid I was being biased.

He was definitely the most underrated player on the best defense of all time.

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