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HOF names 60 semifinalists in senior, coach/contributor categories

The Pro Football Hall of Fame on Wednesday announced the seniors, coaches and contributors who made the cut as semifinalists for the Class of 2024.

The Seniors Committee named 31 semifinalists and the Coach/Contributor Committee added 29 names who move on to the next round of consideration.

Each of the seniors semifinalists played their last game no later than the 1998 season.

They are: Ken Anderson, Ottis Anderson, Carl Banks, Maxie Baughan, Larry Brown, Mark Clayton, Charlie Conerly, Roger Craig, Henry Ellard, Randy Gradishar, Lester Hayes, Chris Hinton, Cecil Isbell, Joe Jacoby, Billy “White Shoes” Johnson, Mike Kenn, Bob Kuechenberg, George Kunz, Albert Lewis, Jim Marshall, Clay Matthews Jr., Steve McMichael, Eddie Meador, Stanley Morgan, Tommy Nobis, Art Powell, Sterling Sharpe, Steve Tasker, Otis Taylor, Everson Walls and Al Wistert.

The semifinalist coaches and contributors are: K.S. “Bud” Adams Jr., Roone Arledge, C.O. Brocato, Tom Coughlin, Alex Gibbs, Ralph Hay, Mike Holmgren, Frank “Bucko” Kilroy, Eddie Kotal, Robert Kraft, Elmer Layden, Jerry Markbreit, Virginia McCaskey, Rich McKay, John McVay, Art Modell, Buddy Parker, Carl Peterson, Dan Reeves, Art Rooney Jr., Marty Schottenheimer, Jerry Seeman, George Seifert, Mike Shanahan, Clark Shaughnessy, Seymour Siwoff, Jim Tunney, Lloyd Wells and John Wooten.

The respective selection committees next will whittle those lists down to 12 names each, with the results announced on July 27.

The Coach/Contributor Committee will then meet Aug. 15 to select one person for final consideration. The Seniors Committee will meet Aug. 15 to select up to three seniors for consideration for the Class of 2024.

–Field Level Media

Dwight Freeney, Ring of Honor recipient, Miami Dolphins at Indianapolis Colts, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019.

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Dwight Freeney, Darrelle Revis headline Pro Football HOF nominees

Darrelle Revis, Dwight Freeney and Joe Thomas headline the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2023 list of eligible first-year semifinalists.

James Harrison and offensive lineman Jahri Evans round out the five players eligible for the first time since retiring five years ago after the 2017 season.

The five players are among the 28 modern-era semifinalists, pared down from 129 nominees. The list will get pared down to 15 finalists.

Henry Ellard (1998) and London Fletcher (2013) are both semifinalists for the first time. Ellard and Albert Lewis are in their final year of eligibility as modern-era players.

Revis played 11 seasons with four different teams (New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs) from 2007-17. While his career total of 29 interceptions was not eye-popping, the man policed his coverage area known as “Revis Island” where opposing quarterbacks often tried to avoid.

Thomas made Pro Bowls in each of his first 10 seasons from 2007-16 while spending his 11 years with the Cleveland Browns. He did not miss a snap, let alone a start, in any of his first 167 career games until suffering a torn triceps that ended his final campaign in 2017.

Harrison finished with 84.5 sacks and was a five-time Pro Bowl selection.

The full list of semifinalists:

Eric Allen
Jared Allen
Willie Anderson
Ronde Barber
Anquan Boldin
Henry Ellard
Jahri Evans
London Fletcher
Dwight Freeney
James Harrison
Rodney Harrison
Devin Hester
Torry Holt
Andre Johnson
Albert Lewis
Robert Mathis
Darrelle Revis
Steve Smith Sr.
Fred Taylor
Joe Thomas
Zach Thomas
Hines Ward
Ricky Watters
Reggie Wayne
Patrick Willis
Darren Woodson

–Field Level Media

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Robert Kraft, Roger Craig among Hall of Fame semifinalists

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and three-time Super Bowl-winning running back Roger Craig are among the 54 seniors, coaches and contributors who have moved forward in the process toward selection as part of the Class of 2023.

The Seniors Committee unveiled the list of 25 semifinalists who will move to the next round of consideration. To be eligible, the player must not have appeared in a game beyond the 1996 season.

Among those joining Craig, who played eight of his 11 seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, on the list are former Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Ken Anderson and Jim Marshall, a member of the Minnesota Vikings’ famed Purple People Eaters.

The Hall of Fame’s Coach/Contributor Committee revealed the list of 29 semifinalists to be considered for election, and it’s a who’s who of owners and coaches. In addition to Kraft, the owners list includes Bud Adams, Art Rooney Jr. and Art Modell.

Coaches in the group include Don Coryell, Mike Holmgren, Dan Reeves, Marty Schottenheimer and Mike Shanahan.

The two committees now will further pare down the nominees, and by Aug. 16, the Seniors group will have three players for final consideration. The Coach/Contributor members will whittle its list to just one to be voted upon for selection.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame class traditionally is announced during Super Bowl week.

In all, the Seniors group is made up of: Anderson, Maxie Baughan, Mark Clayton, Craig, LaVern Dilweg, Randy Gradishar, Lester Hayes, Chris Hinton, Chuck Howley, Cecil Isbell, Joe Jacoby, Billy “White Shoes” Johnson, Mike Kenn, Joe Klecko, Bob Kuechenberg, George Kunz, Marshall, Clay Matthews Jr., Eddie Meador, Stanley Morgan, Tommy Nobis, Ken Riley, Sterling Sharpe, Otis Taylor and Everson Walls.

On the Coach/Contributor list are: Adams, Roone Arledge, C.O. Brocato, Coryell, Otho Davis, Ralph Hay, Holmgren, Frank “Bucko” Kilroy, Eddie Kotal, Kraft, Rich McKay, John McVay, Art Modell, Clint Murchison Jr., Buddy Parker, Carl Peterson, Reeves, Lee Remmel, Rooney, Schottenheimer, Jerry Seeman, Shanahan, Clark Shaughnessy, Seymour Siwoff, Amy Trask, Jim Tunney, Jack Vainisi, Lloyd Wells and John Wooten.

–Field Level Media