Peyton Manning and Charles Woodson are among 14 first-year qualified candidates for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Joining the two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback and star cornerback / safety on the poll are receivers Calvin Johnson, Wes Welker and Roddy White; running back Steven Jackson; tight end Heath Miller; offensive linemen D’Brickashaw Ferguson and Logan Mankins; defensive linemen Jared Allen, Justin Tuck and Kevin Williams; linebacker Jerod Mayo; and defensive back Charles Tillman.
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In total, there are 130 nominees for five seats in modern times. The nominated list consists of 65 offensive players, 49 defensive players and 1
Eighteen finalists will be presented to the full panel of 48 members: the 15 modern-day finalists and the newly nominated Drew Pearson (senior); Bill Nunn (contributor); and Tom Flores (coach).
Anchoring in the hall in Canton, Ohio, will take place next August, when members of the 2020 class and a special centennial class also enter the football sanctuary. The 2020 class could not be dropped due to the coronavirus pandemic and will be honored next summer.
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This class has players Steve Atwater, Isaac Bruce, Harold Carmichael, Jimbo Covert, Bobby Dillon, Cliff Harris, Winston Hill, Steve Hutchinson, Edgerrin James, Alex Karras, Troy Polamalu, Donnie Shell, Duke Slater, Mac Speedie and Ed Sprinkle; coaches Bill Cowher and Jimmy Johnson; and contributors Steve Sabol, Paul Tagliabue and George Young.
Recurring finalists from last year are recipients Torry Holt and Reggie Wayne; offensive linemen Tony Boselli and Alan Faneca; defensive linemen Richard Seymour and Bryant Young; linebackers Sam Mills and Zach Thomas; and defensive backs John Lynch and LeRoy Butler.