Star linebackers Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher are among four first-time eligible former players selected among the 15 modern-era finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018.
Receiver Randy Moss and former Michigan guard Steve Hutchinson also made the cut to the finals as first-year eligibles.
They join center Kevin Mawae, tackles Joe Jacoby and Tony Boselli, receivers Isaac Bruce and Terrell Owens, safeties John Lynch and Brian Dawkins, guard Alan Faneca, running back Edgerrin James, cornerbacks Ty Law (Michigan) and Everson Walls for consideration.
The seniors committee has nominated guard Jerry Kramer and linebacker Robert Brazile. The contributor’s nominee is Bobby Beathard, a former general manager and administrator for five franchises. The finalists were announced Tuesday.
Voting by the Hall of Fame selectors will be Feb. 3 in Minneapolis. Inductions will be in August at the Canton, Ohio, shrine.
The modern-era finalists were determined by a vote of the selection committee from a list of 108 nominees that was earlier reduced to 27 semifinalists during a year-long process.
Kramer was a mainstay of the great Green Bay offensive lines from 1948-68 and is famous for his block that led Bart Starr into the end zone for the winning touchdown in the Ice Bowl 50 years ago. Brazile was an outstanding linebacker with the Houston Oilers from 1975-84.
Beathard helped build championship winners and contenders in Kansas City, Atlanta, Miami, Washington and San Diego from 1966-1999.
This is the second year as a finalist for Bruce, Boselli, Dawkins, James, Law and Mawae. In their third try are Faneca, Jacoby and Owens. Lynch is in his fifth year as a finalist. Walls made the final round for the first time in his 20th year of eligibility. Jacoby is also in his 20th year.
2018 HALL OF FAME FINALISTS
Modern-era semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018. Number of times the individual has been named a finalist in parentheses:
Tony Boselli, OT – 1995-2001 Jacksonville, 2002 Houston (2)
Isaac Bruce, WR – 1994-2007 LA/St. Louis Rams, 2008-09 San Francisco (2)
Brian Dawkins, S – 1996-2008 Philadelphia, 2009-2011 Denver (2)
Alan Faneca, G – 1998-2007 Pittsburgh, 2008-09 NY Jets, 2010 Arizona (3)
Steve Hutchinson, G – 2001-05 Seattle, 2006-2011 Minnesota, 2012 Tennessee (1)
Joe Jacoby, OT – 1981-1993 Washington (3)
Edgerrin James, RB – 1999-2005 Indianapolis, 2006-08 Arizona, 2009 Seattle (2)
Ty Law, CB – 1995-2004 New England, 2005, 2008 NY Jets, 2006-07 Kansas City, 2009 Denver (2)
Ray Lewis, LB – 1996-2012 Baltimore (1)
John Lynch, FS – 1993-2003 Tampa Bay, 2004-07 Denver (5)
Kevin Mawae, C/G – 1994-97 Seattle, 1998-2005 NY Jets, 2006-09 Tennessee (2)
Randy Moss, WR – 1998-2004, 2010 Minnesota, 2005-06 Oakland, 2007-2010 New England, 2010 Tennessee, 2012 San Francisco (1)
Terrell Owens, WR – 1996-2003 San Francisco, 2004-05 Philadelphia, 2006-08 Dallas, 2009 Buffalo, 2010 Cincinnati (3)
Brian Urlacher, LB – 2000-2012 Chicago (1)
Everson Walls, CB – 1981-89 Dallas, 1990-92 NY Giants, 1992-93 Cleveland (1)
Bobby Beathard, general manager/personnel administrator
Robert Brazile, LB – 1975-1984 Houston Oilers
Jerry Kramer, G – 1958-1968 Green Bay Packers