Modern-Era nominees for the Class of 2010

09/19/2009

The National Football League’s all-time leading receiver Jerry Rice and all-time leading rusher Emmitt Smith are among the list of 131 players, coaches and contributors who make up the preliminary list of modern-era nominees for election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2010. Rice and Smith are two of the seven first-year eligible candidates on this year’s list of nominees.

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From this preliminary list of modern-era nominees, Hall of Fame selectors will choose 25 candidates who will advance as semifinalist nominees. The list of 25 modern-era semifinalists will be announced on November 27.

The 25 modern-era semifinalists list will be reduced by a mail ballot to 15 modern-era finalists that will be announced on January 7.


Jerry Rice
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The final list of nominees that will be considered for election will consist of the 15 modern-era finalists and the two previously announced senior nominees, former Detroit Lions cornerback Dick LeBeau and former Denver Broncos running back Floyd Little. LeBeau and Little were selected this past August by the Hall of Fame’s Senior Selection Committee.

The Class of 2010 will be selected from the list of 17 finalists (15 modern-era and two senior nominees). The actual voting will be conducted at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee’s annual meeting, which will be held on Saturday, February 6, 2010 in South Florida the day before Super Bowl XLIV. The election results will be announced immediately afterwards. While there is no set number for any class of enshrinees, the selection process by-laws provide that between four and seven new members will be selected.

The preliminary list includes 103 players, 10 coaches and 18 contributors, including former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue and longtime team owners Bud Adams, and Art Modell. The other first-year eligible nominees are kicker Gary Anderson, wide receiver Tim Brown, quarterback Rich Gannon, running back Eddie George, and cornerback/safety Aeneas Williams.

To be considered for Hall of Fame election, a nominated player or coach must have been retired at least five years. A contributor, who is an individual who has made outstanding career contributions to pro football in capacities other than playing or coaching, may still be active in his pro football career. 


2010 Preliminary Nominees

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Recent Comments
  • Michael "Hump" Humphries - January 09 2011 11:54 AM

    I can't understand why most of those players from the great raiders championship teams aren't in already.Stabler,Guy ,Branch,Tatum,Hayes,Christensen,Plunkett,Allen Bo Jackson,etc. Some players i've mentioned didn't win a ring but were impactful players, good for the game,and there are alot of players on other teams as well that should be in. The hall should stop waiting for people to "die" before putting them in. And i agree with most comments that were made. thank you

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  • Fred W Nichols - December 05 2010 04:24 PM

    More players from the old AFL should be inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame. Special consideration should be given to PAUL LOWE, running back with the San Diego Chargers, and AFL all Time Team Half Back. Paul should should be nominated and inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame. Paul was good enough to be in the AFL Hall of Fame. Why not the NFL Hall of Fame?

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  • Chad - September 13 2010 09:26 PM

    Jerome Bettis - 13,662 career rushing yards, 5th most of any running back to ever play the game. 6 consecutive 1,000 yard seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers. 91 career touchdowns. First ballot Hall of Famer.

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  • Chad - September 13 2010 09:26 PM

    Jerome Bettis - 13,662 career rushing yards, 5th most of any running back to ever play the game. 6 consecutive 1,000 yard seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers. 91 career touchdowns. First ballot Hall of Famer.

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  • James Lee - September 07 2010 08:23 AM

    Brazile found immediate success with the Oilers, winning the NFL's Defensive Rookie of the Year award for the 1975 season. He was named to the Pro Bowl in each of his first seven seasons, was All-Pro 5 straight seasons (1976-80)[5] and was selected to the NFL's All-Decade Team for the 1970s. He is the only linebacker from the 1970s All-Decade Team not in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. In 1978 and 1979, Brazile was a key member of Oilers teams that went to back-to-back AFC Championship games. After a third straight postseason loss in 1980, Phillips was fired by Oilers owner Bud Adams and the team entered a period of steep decline. The constant losing wore on Brazile and caused him to contemplate retiring.[6] However, he has said it was the death of his first wife, Cookie, in a car wreck in Houston in 1984, that made the decision for him.[7] Officially, Brazile finished his career with 11 quarterback sacks. Unofficially, his career sack total is 48 (sacks did not become an official NFL statisti****il 1982).[8] He is also credited with 1,281 tackles, the second highest total in Houston Oilers / Tennessee Titans history.What the problem is why he's not in the HOF.

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  • Pat Gawryszewski - August 08 2010 04:03 PM

    wtf is w/ these ppl i know that all of these guys should be in and kudos to them, but there are some guys whose fame and success is long overdue. here is a list of ppl not in the HOF that should be in there by now: the first one that should be in next year is Jerry Kramer, Cris Carter, Jim Marshall, Ken "Snake" Stabler, Clay Matthews, Bernie Kosar, Brian Sipe, Shannon Sharpe, Jim Plunkett, Doug Flutie, Steve McNair, Ken Anderson, Steve Tasker, Alex Karres, Derrick Thomas, Ricky Williams, Archie Manning, Bob Hayes, Andre Reed, Terrell Davis, Richard Dent, Ray Guy, Charles Haley, Roger Craig, Deion Sanders, Tony Siragusa, Drew Pearson, Chuck Howley, Cliff Branch, Johnny Robinson, Jim Tyrer, Marshall Faulk, Freeman McNeil, Curt Warner, James Brooks, Chuck Foreman, Herschel Walker, Ottis Anderson, Jim Hart, Roman Gabriel, John Hadl, Phil Simms, Bommer Esiason, John Brodie, Randall Cunningham, Henry Ellard, Harold Carmichael, Mark Clayton, Sterling Sharpe, Gary Clark, Ben Coates, Mark Bavaro, Pete Retzlaff, Keith Jackson, Eric Metcalf, Todd Christensen, Steve Jordan, Jay Novacek, Charle Young, Riley Odoms, Jim Tyrer, Dermontti Dawson, Walt Sweeney, Mark Schlereth, Dick Schafrath, Bob Kuechenberg, Dick Stanfel, Jay Hilgenberg, Mick Tingelhoff, Joe Jacoby, Cortez Kennedy, L.C. Greenwood, Chris Doleman, Roger Brown, Claude Humphrey, Neil Smith, Chris Hanburger, Randy Gradishar, Robert Brazile, Maxie Baughan, Karl Mecklenburg, Pat Swilling, Sam Mills, Lee Roy Jordan, Greg Lloyd, Johnny Robinson, Steve A****er, Dave Grayson, Donnie Shell, Jimmy Patton, Eric Allen, Cliff Harris, Deron Cherry, Lemar Parrish, LeRoy Butler, Dave Meggett, Norm Johnson, Mel J. Gray, Gino Cappelletti, Reggie Roby, Desmond Howard, Billy "White Shoes" Johnson, Nick Lowery, Hanford Dixon, Frank Minnifield, Marty Schottenheimer, Dick Vermeil, Bill Parcells, Bum Phillips, Buddy Ryan, Kevin Greene, and many many more that must be in.

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  • Dan Hamrick - August 04 2010 12:52 PM

    Speaking of injustices, how in the world can anyone justify the absence of the Dallas Cowboys' great linebacker, Chuck Howley, being excluded from the Hall of Fame. I regard Howley as one of the greatest outside linebackers of all time exceeded only by Lawrence Taylor of the New York Giants. Howley was a 240-pouund physical specimen who ran the sprint in college in track. His time in the 100 meters: 10.1 seconds. He was the only five sport letterman ever at West Virginia University, gaining letters in football, track, gymnastics, wrestling and becoming the Southern Conference diviing champion. His speed was a lethal weapon in rushing passers for the Cowboys. Landry has said he was so extraordinrily instinctive that he offered a privilege for him accorded less than a handful of players. Landry let him go with his instincts rather than the pattern of the play if the occasion called for it. His banner was the fourth to be erected at Texas stadium, even before that of the legendary coach Tom Landry's banner went up. Howley was the only player on a losing team ever to win the most valuable player in the Cowboys' Super Bowl contest with the Baltimore Colts. And he is the only defensive player ever to win the same award. This omission denigrates the Hall of Fame itself.

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  • Sylvia Domingue - July 10 2010 10:42 AM

    2010 and Dick LeBeau is just now being inducted into the Pro Football HOF? Are you kidding me?!! Dick Lebeau was one of the most feared cornerbacks in the NFL in the 60's & 70's. When I was 11 yrs. old,I was a Cowboy fan that truly hated when the Cowboys played the Lions because Dick LeBeau always seemed to attract passes like he was a magnet; stealing a sure Cowboy victory! Dick LeBeau was so good at his position,that offenses were reprogrammed to avoid him. I am so happy he is finally getting his just reward. Dick LeBeau, if you read this, a much belated congratulations for your induction into the HOF. FROM A TRUE COWBOYS FAN to a Detroit Lion phenom!

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  • Sylvia Domingue - July 10 2010 10:17 AM

    It is an injustice that Ken Stabler is not in the Hall of fame!!! If his not getting into the HOF is a matter of ethics and code of conduct violations, then why is Lawrence Taylor in the HOF? Michael Irvin, Paul Hornung or Bobby Layne? They are truly no saints in regards to ethics by any means! Ken Stabler was a consistant and clutch quarterback that alwaya came through when the Raiders needed it most.He has the stats to warrant him being in the HOF! Give Ken Stabler his due honor and put him in the HOF where he truly belong! He is long overdue!!! PLEASE!!!

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  • Jennifer Breakiron - April 27 2010 10:29 AM

    I am impressed that Jerry Rice made the cut, I feel he should of been inducted a long time ago. Now I am confused about something. I thought Dick Lebeau had something to do with the Steelers, is this not right. I think that the selection process is great, I do find it funny that there are more players that came from the college of Pitt than anything else. Good Job!

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  • Pete - February 21 2010 08:28 PM

    Only two Broncos??? I must also ask why with all the great players Denver has had only two in the hall???? Just to touch on a few mentioned; Cliff Branch, one of the most feared receivers during his time. Charles Haley, one of the most feared DL's of his time. Ray Guy, perennial pro bowler and one of the best ever. Marshall, another one of the best ever. To see people put in basically on little more than their popularity rather than their actual performance is a crime. I'm talking about people that merely played on a winning team... the team made them look better than what they really are. I'll use Tom Brady as an example. People have Tom in the Hall of Fame already. Is he really that good? i say no, he's merely played on a team that good. If you really look at how the team won, it was the defense, not Tom. Outside that one year he threw 50 TD's the yardage etc... what has he really done? The saying is, his numbers aren't that great but... he's a winner. No, he plays on a winning team. Even he himself said it was more the receivers making great catches than his passing... and that it was. Remember the year they had all those players hurt and people were asking what's wrong with Tom? Nothing was wrong with Tom... did the same thing he normally did. Some tried to say with all the people injured get back Tom will have the people to go to. Thing was, all the people injured were on the defensive side of the ball... the offense was intact.. and did what it normally did. It was the defense that carried the team and with 4 starters missing... it showed. It also showed when Tom went down... put any descent QB in the lineup and you'll get the same results... didn't miss a beat without Tom because Tom is not the impact player of the team and not the great QB he's been hyped up to be. hype verses reality... you'd think those making the decision on who deserves to be in would be able to discern from hype and real impact but apparently not... OBVIOUSLY NOT!

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  • Pete - February 20 2010 01:24 AM

    I wonder if the board really looks at the impact players had on the league. Statistics don't always tell the whole story. Would Troy Aikman and Emmit Smith been so great without the great offensive line they played behind? What did they do after the line went down hill? Not much. And not to take anything away from what they did but to show that we get ballyhooed by numbers and "STAR" positions and vote them in first time eligible pushing aside more deserving people. Jim Marshall for one... why is he not in the Hall? If you listen to people Tom Brady will be an instant Hall of Famer yet his numbers arn't all that great. Simply playing on a great team. As shown when he was out, put any decent QB on that team and they'll do the same thing. Brady gets the credit but if you really noticed, it was the defense that won those Super Bowls. And I'm going to put my pitch in for one of the most fear CBS ever, Lester Hayes. As one coached said, "throw in his direction and one of two things will happen and neither one is good." He was talking either an incompletion or interception. Rule for opponent QBs was... 'see what side of the field he's (Lester Hayes) on and throw to the other side. One coached even benched a QB for throwing in Lester's direction. Even the best receivers of the hated playing being matched up against Lester. First they had to fight off the bump which he was one of the best at and then try to get open... not many could. And he'd be put on the opponent's best receiver man to man all day long. He may not have the number of interceptions other CBS have but like said... coaches would game plan to throw away from him. Lester Hayes should have been a first time eligible inductee based on the impact he had on the league.

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  • Jimbo - February 16 2010 04:20 PM

    Because of east/west coast bias by the 44 member Board of Selectors, there are only two Denver Broncos in the Pro Football HOF. They are John Elway and Gary Zimmerman. Only two teams have played in more Super Bowls that the Broncos, the Cowboys with eight, and the Steelers seven, and Patriots have reached six. The Broncos have fewer members in Canton than the Seattle Seahawks, Houston Oilers, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. A travesty in pro football if there ever was one!

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  • Brian Dell - February 06 2010 11:59 AM

    I don't know if Terrel Davis is up for the Hall this year,but he has the numbers for the short time he played in the league. NFL League Mvp, 2000 Yard rusher, 2 Time Super Bowl Champ, Super Bowl MVP, Lead the league in rushing in 98. Without the legs of Terrel, Elway would have never won the Super Bowl.

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  • irighti - February 06 2010 10:12 AM

    5 Superbowls and only 2 inductees. The Denver Broncos have been slighted becasue they are not east/west coast or Texas. Louis Wright, Clarl Mecklenberg, Shannon Sharpe, Dennis Smith and Steve Foley are more deserving than players who have lesser stats that are in the hall. Not sure if this is a popularity contest or productivity contest?

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  • irighti - February 06 2010 10:12 AM

    5 Superbowls and only 2 inductees. The Denver Broncos have been slighted becasue they are not east/west coast or Texas. Louis Wright, Clarl Mecklenberg, Shannon Sharpe, Dennis Smith and Steve Foley are more deserving than players who have lesser stats that are in the hall. Not sure if this is a popularity contest or productivity contest?

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  • Dan Quinn - February 02 2010 04:11 PM

    I think it is shameful that Jerry Kramer and Jim Marshall have continually been bypassed by the induction committee. Jerry Kramer was a big reason for the Packers' success in the 60's, anchoring an offensive line that made it possible for Hornung, Taylor and Starr to have the success they did. Jim Marshall was the original Ironman of football, and he deserves and should receive the same recognition that Carl Eller and Alan Page have. I realize the skilled position players get all the press, but where would they be without the guys in the trenches?

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  • Geoff Stone - January 20 2010 11:36 AM

    Ken Stabler of the Raiders was one of the best quarterbacks in the AFC... he had one of the best winning records, and led the Raiders to a super bowl. The Raiders had one of the best team records for wins while he was their quarterback, and deserves to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

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  • Kip McGeorge - January 19 2010 05:06 AM

    I think Roger Craig should be a no brainer. He lead the league in receiving,was a 4 time pro bowler at fullback and halfback,and was the first to ruch for 1000 and receive for 1000. Not been duplicated except with Marshall Faulk. 3 super bowls, was the foundation for the walsh coast offense,and innovated the halfback position. GOOD LUCK ROGER

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  • JOHN GRAYSON - January 12 2010 04:04 PM

    I WANT TO KNOW IF CHARLES HAILEY OF THE 49ERS AND DALLAS COWBOYS BEEN INDUTED INTO THE HALL OF FAME HE IS THE ONLY PLAYER WITH 5 SUPERBOWL RING AND HE WAS A QUARTERBACH NIGHTMARE I CALLED HIM CHARLES THE NIGHTMARE HAILEY

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  • Long time vikes fan. - January 12 2010 02:46 PM

    No kidding about Marshall. How about another Vike great? Mick Tingelhoff!!! Check out his stats. How neither of these two are in there is beyond me.

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  • David Gwinn - January 09 2010 12:47 PM

    I'm still trying to understand why Jim Marshall hasn't been inducted into the hall yet. As a member of the Purple People Eaters he contributed quite a lot to each snap he was on the field during (which ,by the way, is an astounding number). Plus, until this season, he held the record for most consecutive regular season starts by any player. Why does he seem to be overlooked each year?

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  • rockinmichigan - January 04 2010 09:55 PM

    All those guys belong that have been mentioned: Jim Marshall for sure does, Emmitt does too. As a Raider fan, Ray Guy belongs in there with Cliff Branch, Jerry Rice, and Tim Brown. One name that belongs in there for sure is one that hasn't been mentioned yet: Ken Stabler. You have his head coach (John Madden) in the HOF, 3/5 of his offensive line (Jim Otto, Art Shell, Gene Upshaw) in the HOF, you have a couple of his receivers in the HOF (Biletnikoff and Casper) but not the quarterback? He has the stats, he has a ring, what else does he have to do to get in?

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  • rockinmichigan - January 04 2010 09:54 PM

    All those guys belong that have been mentioned: Jim Marshall for sure does, Emmitt does too. As a Raider fan, Ray Guy belongs in there with Cliff Branch, Jerry Rice, and Tim Brown. One name that belongs in there for sure is one that hasn't been mentioned yet: Ken Stabler. You have his head coach (John Madden) in the HOF, 3/5 of his offensive line (Jim Otto, Art Shell, Gene Upshaw) in the HOF, you have a couple of his receivers in the HOF (Biletnikoff and Casper) but not the quarterback? He has the stats, he has a ring, what else does he have to do to get in?

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  • Joseph Budd - January 03 2010 02:28 PM

    Looking at the existing players, who are named, two names that should have been put in years ago, are still out there. Ray Guy, contrary to some voters, does actually play football. Surprisingly, if you consider how long of a career he played, it's a shock that he hasn't been inducted yet. He should have been in over 10 years ago! Cliff Branch, another player, a skilled player from Oakland and LA, with better numbers than some already inducted, isn't in. We all know Rice will get in, there isn't much gray area on electing him. Emmitt Smith, as well, record holder. But how long does the HOF Selectors want to keep pushing worthy candidates aside? With the modern rules, statistics will continue to rise, and those worthy will vanish, due to the improvements made with Football in the 80's. Fix this problem.

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  • Brian Reilly - December 31 2009 06:37 PM

    Phil Simms belongs in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, period ! His stats, success, leadership and stature during his playing days are indisputable facts.

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  • steve - December 30 2009 05:23 PM

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  • Jeff Livingston - December 20 2009 11:24 PM

    I can not understand how Jim Marshall of the Purple People eaters is not getting into the Hall. He was the Ironman for years and he probably was the all time sack leader if they would have counted them in his day. I am personally a Colts fan but when someone this obvious keeps getting left off the ballot I ask why? Please consider the body of work this man did and lets hope we see him in the 2011 group. Thank you for listening. God Bless Jeff Livingston

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