Modern-Era Semi-Finalists for the Class of 2005

11/19/2004
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Art Monk

Former All-Pro quarterbacks Dan Marino and Steve Young are among the several first-year eligible players who head the list of 25 semi-finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2005. The semi-finalists were chosen by the Hall of Fame's Board of Selectors from the recently announced list of 90 preliminary nominees.

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Derrick Thomas

The list of 25 semi-finalists will be reduced by mail ballot to 13 modern-era candidates. That list will then increase to 15 finalist nominees with the inclusion of the two recommended candidates of the Hall of Fame's Senior Committee. This year's Seniors Committee nominees, who were announced in August, are two of pro football's early pioneers - Benny Friedman and Fritz Pollard. The Seniors Committee reviews the qualifications of those players, coaches, and contributors whose careers took place more than 25 years ago. The list of 15 finalists for the Class of 2005 will be announced in mid-January.

The list of 25 modern-era semi-finalists includes:

 Carson
Harry
Carson
LB
1976-1988 New York Giants
 Coryell_75-75
Don
Coryell
Coach
1973-1977 St. Louis Cardinals, 1978-1986 San Diego Chargers
 Dean_Fred
Fred
Dean
DE
1975-1981 San Diego Chargers, 1981-1985 San Francisco 49ers
 Dent-Richard

Richard
Dent

DE
1983-1993, 1995 Chicago Bears, 1994 San Francisco 49ers, 1996 Indianapolis Colts, 1997 Philadelphia Eagles
 Doleman
Chris
Doleman
DE/LB
1985-1993, 1999 Minnesota Vikings, 1994-1995 Atlanta Falcons, 1996-1998 San Francisco 49ers
 Gradishar_Randy
Randy
Gradishar
LB
1974-1983 Denver Broncos
 Greenwood
L. C.
Greenwood
DE
1969-1981 Pittsburgh Steelers
 Grimm
Russ
Grimm
G
1981-1991 Washington Redskins
 Guy_Ray
Ray
Guy
P
1973-1986 Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders
 Haley_Charles
Charles
Haley
DE/LB
1986-1991, 1999 San Francisco 49ers, 1992-1996 Dallas Cowboys
 Hayes_lester
Lester
Hayes
CB
1977-1986 Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders
 Humphrey_Claude
Claude
Humphrey
DE
1968-1974, 1976-1978 Atlanta Falcons, 1979-1981 Philadelphia Eagles
 Irvin_Michael
Michael
Irvin
WR
1988-1999 Dallas Cowboys
 Jacoby
Joe
Jacoby
T
1981-1993 Washington Redskins
 Kuechenberg
Bob
Kuechenberg
G
1970-1984 Miami Dolphins
 Marino
Dan
Marino
QB
1983-1999 Miami Dolphins
 Modell
Art
Modell
Owner
1961-1995 Cleveland Browns, 1996-2003 Baltimore Ravens
 Monk
Art
Monk
WR
1980-1993 Washington Redskins, 1994 New York Jets, 1995 Philadelphia Eagles
 Stabler
Ken
Stabler
QB
1970-1979 Oakland Raiders, 1980-1981 Houston Oilers, 1982-1984 New Orleans Saints
 Thomas_Derrick
Derrick
Thomas
LB
1989-1999 Kansas City Chiefs
 Wehrli_Roger
Roger
Wehrli
CB
1969-1982 St. Louis Cardinals
 Wilson_Ralphy
Ralph
Wilson, Jr.
Owner
1959-current Buffalo Bills
 Young_George
George
Young
GM/Administrator
1979-1997 New York Giants, 1998-2001 National Football League
 Young_Steve
Steve
Young
QB
1985-1986 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1987-1999 San Francisco 49ers
 Zimmerman
Gary
Zimmerman
T
1986-1992 Minnesota Vikings, 1993-1997 Denver Broncos

To be considered for election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, a nominated player must have been retired at least five years. For a non-player, there is not a mandatory retirement period, but a coach must be retired before he may be considered. A contributor, who is a nominee who has made outstanding contributions to pro football in capacities other than playing and coaching, may still be active in his pro football career.

The Class of 2005 will be determined at the Selection Committee's annual meeting on Saturday February 5, 2005, in Jacksonville, Florida, the day before Super Bowl XXXIX. The election results are announced immediately following the meeting at a press conference at the media headquarters. Hall of Fame bylaws stipulate that between three and six new members will be selected each year.

 Selection Process

 Preliminary Nominees for Class of 2005 Named

 2005 Senior Candidates Selected

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