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2005 Football Hall of Fame nominees

ESPN.com wrote:
Reggie White, Aikman among 112 Hall candidates

CANTON, Ohio -- Reggie White, a two-time NFL defensive player of the year who died last year at 43, heads a list of players, coaches and contributors eligible for induction in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

White is eligible for the first time along with quarterbacks Troy Aikman and Warren Moon. Other first-year eligible players include running back Thurman Thomas, wide receiver Andre Reed and offensive lineman Dermontti Dawson.

NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue and longtime owners Art Modell and Ralph Wilson are on the preliminary list that includes five former head coaches and 11 contributors.

A member of the NFL's 75th anniversary team, White was named to the Pro Bowl a record 13 straight times from 1986-98. He earned top defensive player honors in 1987 and 1998. He retired in 2000 as the career sacks leader with 198, a mark later passed by Bruce Smith.

White, who played with Philadelphia, Green Bay and Carolina, died on Dec. 26 in Cornelius, N.C.

From a preliminary list, Hall of Fame selectors will choose 25 candidates who will advance as semifinalists. That list will be trimmed to 13 candidates, who will join veterans committee nominees John Madden and Rayfield Wright as finalists.

The Class of 2006 will be announced on Feb. 4, the day before the Super Bowl in Detroit.



The 2005 Pro Football Hall of Fame nominees
(x-first year of eligibility, y-last year's 15 finalists list):

QUARTERBACKS -- (8 ) x-Troy Aikman, Ken Anderson, Jim Hart, Jim Plunkett, Phil Simms, Ken Stabler, Joe Theismann, x-Warren Moon.

RUNNING BACKS -- (6) Ottis Anderson, Roger Craig, Chuck Foreman, George Rogers, x-Thurman Thomas, Herschel Walker.

WIDE RECEIVERS -- (13) Cliff Branch, Harold Carmichael, Gary Clark, Mark Clayton, Isaac Curtis, Mark Duper, Henry Ellard, x-Irving Fryar, y-Michael Irvin, y-Art Monk, Drew Pearson, x-Andre Reed, Sterling Sharpe.

TIGHT ENDS -- (5) Mark Bavaro, Todd Christensen, x-Ben Coates, Russ Francis, Brent Jones.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN -- (16) x-Bruce Armstrong (T), Jim Covert (T), x-Dermontti Dawson (C), Ray Donaldson (C), y-Russ Grimm (G), Jay Hilgenberg (C), Chris Hinton (G-T), Kent Hull (C), Joe Jacoby (T), Mike Kenn (T), y-Bob Kuenchenberg (G), Henry Lawrence (G-T), Nate Newton (G), Rich Saul (C), Jeff Van Note (C), Gary Zimmerman (T).

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN -- (16) Curley Culp (DT), Fred Dean (DE), y-Richard Dent (DE), Chris Doleman (DE/LB), y-L.C. Greenwood (DE), Charles Haley (DE/LB), y-Claude Humphrey (DE), Ed "Too Tall" Jones (DE), x-Cortez Kennedy (DT), Joe Klecko (DE-DT-NT), Dexter Manley (DE), Charles Mann (DE), x-Clyde Simmons (DE), Fred Smerlas (NT), x-Neil Smith (DE), x-Reggie White (DT/DE).

LINEBACKERS -- (17) x-Cornelius Bennett, Matt Blair, Robert Brazile, y-Harry Carson, Randy Gradishar, Kevin Greene (LB-DE), Ken Harvey, Rickey Jackson, Clay Matthews, Karl Mecklenburg, Sam Mills, John Offerdahl, Darryl Talley, y-Derrick Thomas, Andre Tippett, x-Jessie Tuggle, Brad Van Pelt.

DEFENSIVE BACKS -- (11) Steve Atwater (S), Joey Browner (S), Kenny Easley (S), Lester Hayes (CB), Albert Lewis (CB), Fred Marion (S), Lemar Parrish (CB), Ken Riley (CB), Donnie Shell (S), Everson Walls (CB), y-Roger Wehrli (CB).

SPECIAL TEAMS/WIDE RECEIVER -- (1) Steve Tasker.

PUNTERS/KICKER -- (3) Ray Guy (P), Nick Lowery (K), Reggie Roby (P).

COACHES -- (5) Don Coryell, Tom Flores, Jimmy Johnson, Chuck Knox, Dan Reeves.

CONTRIBUTORS -- (11) Gil Brandt, Ed DeBartolo, Jr., Pat Haggerty, Art McNally, Art Modell, Ed Sabol, Steve Sabol, Paul Tagliabue, Ralph Wilson, Jr., Ron Wolf, y-George Young.



This is a spectacular list of names and only 13 will make the final list. That might be tough to do. Ya Think! :wink:

White is a certainty, Aikman is very likely. After that, really anything is possible; but I really like how the NFL does their HOF (as opposed to baseball where I think it's to easy to get in.

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