Preliminary Nominee List for the Class of 2003

01/01/2005

# - First year of eligibility; * On 15 finalists list in 2002; **Automatically on 15 finalists list for 2003

Quarterbacks

Ken Anderson - Augustana (IL) - 1971-1986 Cincinnati Bengals
Boomer Esiason #Boomer Esiason - Maryland - 1984-1992, 1997 Cincinnati Bengals, 1993-1995 New York Jets, 1996 Arizona Cardinals
Jim Hart - Southern Illinois - 1966-1983 St. Louis Cardinals, 1984 Washington Redskins
Jim McMahon - Brigham Young - 1982-1988 Chicago Bears, 1989 San Diego Chargers,
1990-1992 Philadelphia Eagles, 1993 Minnesota Vikings, 1994 Arizona Cardinals,
1995-1996 Green Bay Packers
Jim Plunkett - Stanford - 1971-1975 New England Patriots, 1976-1977 San Francisco 49ers,
1979-1986 Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders
Phil Simms - Morehead St. - 1979-1993 New York Giants, injured-1982
Ken Stabler - Alabama - 1970-1979 Oakland Raiders, 1980-1981 Houston Oilers,
1982-1984 New Orleans Saints

Running Backs

Marcus Allen#Marcus Allen - Southern California - 1982-1992 Los Angeles Raiders, 1993-1997 Kansas City Chiefs
Ottis Anderson - Miami (FL) - 1979-1986 St. Louis Cardinals, 1986-1992 New York Giants
Roger Craig - Nebraska - 1983-1990 San Francisco 49ers, 1991 Los Angeles Raiders, 1992-1993 Minnesota Vikings
Chuck Foreman - Miami (FL) - 1973-1979 Minnesota Vikings, 1980 New England Patriots
#Herschel Walker - Georgia - 1986-1989, 1996-1997 Dallas Cowboys, 1989-1991 Minnesota Vikings, 1992-1994 Philadelphia Eagles, 1995 New York Giants

Wide Receivers
Cliff Branch - Warton County (TX) Junior College; Colorado - 1972-1985 Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders
Isaac Curtis - California, San Diego State - 1973-1984 Cincinnati Bengals
James Lofton*James Lofton - Stanford - 1978-1986 Green Bay Packers, 1987-1988 Los Angeles Raiders, 1989-1992 Buffalo Bills, 1993 Los Angeles Rams, 1993 Philadelphia Eagles
*Art Monk - Syracuse - 1980-1993 Washington Redskins, 1994 New York Jets, 1995 Philadelphia Eagles
Drew Pearson - Tulsa - 1973-1983 Dallas Cowboys
Sterling Sharpe - South Carolina - 1988-1994 Green Bay Packers
#Steve Tasker (also Special teams player) - Dodge City CC (KS), Northwestern - 1985-1986 Houston Oilers, 1986-1997 Buffalo Bills
Wesley Walker - California - 1977-1989 New York Jets
Tight Ends
Raymond Chester - Morgan State - 1970-1972, 1978-1981 Oakland Raiders, 1973-1977 Baltimore Colts
Todd Christensen - Brigham Young - 1979 New York Giants, 1979-1988 Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders
#Brent Jones - Santa Clara - 1987-1997 San Francisco 49ers
Offensive Linemen

Centers:
Ray Donaldson - Georgia - 1980-1992 Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts, 1993-1994 Seattle Seahawks, 1995-1996 Dallas Cowboys
Jay Hilgenberg - Iowa - 1981-1991 Chicago Bears, 1992 Cleveland Browns, 1993 New Orleans Saints
Rich Saul - Michigan State - 1970-1981 Los Angeles Rams
Jeff Van Note - Kentucky - 1969-1986 Atlanta Falcons
Guards:
Joe DeLamielleure - Michigan State - 1973-1979, 1985 Buffalo Bills, 1980-1984 Cleveland Browns
Russ Grimm - Pittsburgh - 1981-1991 Washington Redskins
Bob Kuechenberg **Bob Kuechenberg - Notre Dame - 1970-1983 Miami Dolphins
Tackles:
Jim Covert - Pittsburgh - 1983-1990 Chicago Bears
Joe Jacoby - Louisville - 1981-1993 Washington Redskins
Mike Kenn - Michigan - 1978-1994 Atlanta Falcons
Jim Lachey - Ohio State - 1985-1987 San Diego Chargers, 1988 Los Angeles Raiders, 1988-1992, 1994-1995 Washington Redskins
#Gary Zimmerman - Oregon - 1986-1992 Minnesota Vikings, 1993-1997 Denver Broncos

Defensive Linemen
Elvin Bethea (DE) - North Carolina A&T - 1968-1983 Houston Oilers
Dave Butz (DT) - Purdue - 1973-1974 St. Louis Cardinals, 1975-1988 Washington Redskins
Ray Childress (DE/DT) - Texas A&M - 1985-1995 Houston Oilers, 1996 Dallas Cowboys
Fred Dean (DE) - Louisiana Tech - 1975-1981 San Diego Chargers, 1981-1985 San Francisco 49ers
#Richard Dent (DE) - Tennessee State - 1983-1993, 1995 Chicago Bears, 1994 San Francisco 49ers, 1996 Indianapolis Colts, 1997 Philadelphia Eagles
L.C. Greenwood *L.C. Greenwood (DE) - Arkansas AM&N - 1969-1981 Pittsburgh Steelers
Claude Humphrey (DE) - Tennessee State - 1968-1974, 1976-1978 Atlanta Falcons, 1979-1981 Philadelphia Eagles
Ed "Too Tall" Jones (DE) - Tennessee State - 1974-1978, 1980-1989 Dallas Cowboys
Sean Jones (DE) - Northeastern - 1984-1987 Los Angeles Raiders, 1988-1993 Houston Oilers, 1994-1996 Green Bay Packers
Joe Klecko (DT/DE/NT) - Temple - 1977-1987 New York Jets, 1988 Indianapolis Colts
Harvey Martin (DE) - East Texas State - 1973-1983 Dallas Cowboys
Linebackers
*Harry Carson - South Carolina State - 1976-1988 New York Giants
Randy Gradishar - Ohio State - 1974-1983 Denver Broncos
Wilber Marshall - Florida - 1984-1987 Chicago Bears, 1988-1992 Washington Redskins, 1993 Houston Oilers 1994 Arizona Cardinals, 1995 New York Jets
Clay Matthews - Southern California - 1978-1993 Cleveland Browns, 1994-1996 Atlanta Falcons
Karl Mecklenburg - Augustana (SD); Minnesota - 1983-1994 Denver Broncos
Matt Millen - Penn State - 1980-1988 Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders, 1989-1990 San Francisco 49ers, 1991 Washington Redskins
#Sam Mills - Montclair State - 1986-1994 New Orleans Saints, 1995-1997 Carolina Panthers
Jerry Robinson - UCLA - 1979-1984 Philadelphia Eagles, 1985-1991 Los Angeles Raiders
Al Smith - Cal Poly-Pomona; Utah State - 1987-1996 Houston Oilers
Defensive Backs
Lester Hayes*Lester Hayes (CB) - Texas A&M - 1977-1986 Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders
Ken Riley (CB) - Florida A&M - 1969-1983 Cincinnati Bengals
*Donnie Shell (S) - South Carolina State - 1974-1987 Pittsburgh Steelers
Jack Tatum (S) - Ohio State - 1971-1979 Oakland Raiders, 1980 Houston Oilers
Roger Wehrli (CB) - Missouri - 1969-1982 St. Louis Cardinals
Punter
*Ray Guy - Southern Mississippi - 1973-1986 Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders
Coaches
Don Coryell - Washington - 1973-1977 St. Louis Cardinals, 1978-1986 San Diego Chargers
Tom Flores - Fresno City Junior College, University of Pacific - 1979-1987 Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders, 1992-1994 Seattle Seahawks
Jimmy Johnson - Arkansas - 1989-1993 Dallas Cowboys, 1996-1999 Miami Dolphins
Chuck Knox - Juniata College (PA) - 1973-1977, 1992-1994 Los Angeles Rams, 1978-1982 Buffalo Bills, 1983-1991 Seattle Seahawks
**Bill Parcells - Colgate, Wichita State - 1983-1990 New York Giants, 1993-1996 New England Patriots, 1997-1999 New York Jets
Contributors
Ed DeBartolo, Jr. - Notre Dame - 1979-1997 San Francisco 49ers
Ben Dreith - Colorado State - 1960-1990 National Football League
*Art Modell - 1961-1995 Cleveland Browns, 1996-Present Baltimore Ravens
Art Rooney, Jr. - St. Vincent College - 1961-Present Pittsburgh Steelers
Paul Tagliabue - Georgetown, New York University - 1989-present National Football League
Ralph Wilson, Jr. - Virginia, Michigan - 1959-Present Buffalo Bills
Ron Wolf - Georgetown, New York University - 1991-2001 Green Bay Packers
George Young - Bucknell University - 1979-1997 New York Giants

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