Former Colts stars Saturday, James nominated for Pro Football Hall of Fame

Former Colts stars Saturday, James nominated for Pro Football Hall of Fame

Former Bears star middle linebacker Brian Urlacher is among 11 first-year eligible players to be nominated for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2018.

Three players with Alabama football roots - offensive tackle Willie Anderson, linebacker Cornelius Bennett and wide receiver Terrell Owens - are among the 108 Modern Era players nominated for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2018.

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The roster of nominees consists of 53 offensive players, 38 defensive players, 5 special teams players and 12 coaches. That Steve Smith only retired after the 2016 season, and isn't eligible for the Hall of Fame until at least five years after his career ended. He went on to have stints with the Eagles and Rams before announcing his retirement in May 2013, finishing his career with 2,641 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns.

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. Boselli was a semi-finalist previous year, Smith is eligible as a former Pro Bowl player and Taylor was nominated for the first time.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame released a list of candidates for potential selection in 2018, and three of the 80 Greatest Redskins are among them including Joe Jacoby.

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All four individuals are members of the Packers Hall of Fame. From 2001-09, Faneca earned nine consecutive Pro Bowl selections and six first-team All-Pro honors while with the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Jets (he retired after spending the following year with the Arizona Cardinals).

Beathard was named a Contributor Finalist last month. With only five spots available, putting another player in means kicking another player out.

On Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, in Minneapolis, the selection committee will determine who completes the Class of 2018.

Wide receivers: Isaac Bruce, Donald Driver, Henry Ellard (also PR), Torry Holt, Chad Johnson, Randy Moss, Terrell Owens, Sterling Sharpe, Jimmy Smith, Rod Smith, Steve Smith, John Taylor, Hines Ward. There is no set number for any class of enshrinees, though between four and eight new members will be selected.

Enshrinement will be next August in Canton.

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