Ward, Faneca among Hall of Fame nominees again

Ruben Hill
September 13, 2017

Nonetheless, the other Steve Smith could plausibly be the most underqualified nominee in Pro Football Hall of Fame history.

Glover, who started his National Football League career with Oakland in 1996, played with the Saints from 1997-2001 and then played for another seven years with the Dallas and St. Louis. However, the most logical explanation seems to be a pretty classic case of identity confusion, where the Giants' Steve Smith was forgotten while the accolades of the Panthers' Steve Smith, with his name right there on the ballot, caused the nominators to forget about that pesky five-year rule.

Owens has been one of the most divisive players among Hall voters the last two seasons, making the Round of 15 each year by failing to advance beyond that despite ranking second all-time with 15,934 receiving yards.

There's plenty of Indianapolis Colts' flavoring to the list of 108 modern-era players and coaches in the running for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2018. From 2003 through 2006, he was on the AFC Pro Bowl team and, in 2004, 2005 and 2006, he made the All-Pro team. Seymour won three Super Bowls with the Patriots before playing his final four seasons with the Oakland Raiders. The semifinalists will be reduced to 15 finalists in early January.

Wide receivers: Isaac Bruce, Donald Driver, Henry Ellard, Torry Holt, Chad Johnson, Randy Moss, Terrell Owens, Sterling Sharp, Jimmy Smith, Rod Smith, Steve Smith, John Taylor, Hines Ward.

From the initial list of Modern Era nominees, the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee will choose 25 semifinalists, who will be announced in late November. The finalists will consist of 15 Modern-Era finalists, the recently named Senior Finalists, Robert Brazile and Jerry Kramer, and the Contributor Finalist, Bobby Beathard. He was a finalist for the 2017 class and is widely regarded as one of the best interior offensive linemen of the modern era.

At the suggestion of former college roommate Nate Hobgood-Chittick, then-Colts general manager Bill Polian chose to give Saturday a tryout the following year.

According to the Hall of Fame, 18 candidates will be presented to the 48-member selection committee on "Selection Saturday", which falls the day before Super Bowl Sunday. "While there is no set number for any class of enshrinees, the selection process by-laws provide that between four and eight new members will be selected". Another nominee, defensive end Simeon Rice spent one season with the Colts.

Linebackers: Carl Banks, Cornelius Bennett, Tedy Bruschi, Seth Joyner, Ray Lewis, Greg Lloyd, Wilber Marshall, Clay Matthews, Willie McGinest (also DE), Karl Mecklenburg, Sam Mills, Joey Porter, Darryl Talley, Zach Thomas, Brian Urlacher.

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