Becoming a Hall of Famer

The Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee, which can be up to 50 persons, is charged with the vital task of continuing to be sure that new enshrinees are the finest the game has produced (see list below).

FAQ about the Hall's selection process

The Committee consists of one media representative from each pro football city — with two from New York and two from Los Angeles, as those cities each have two teams in the National Football League. There are 17 at-large Selectors, who are active members of the media or persons intricately involved in professional football, and one representative of the Pro Football Writers of America.

All appointments are open-ended and approved annually by a majority vote of the Hall of Fame's Board of Trustees. The Selection Committee meets annually in advance of the Super Bowl to elect new members. There is no set number for any class of enshrinees, but the Committee's current ground rules do stipulate that between four and eight new members will be selected each year. Every candidate is carefully scrutinized and must receive at least 80% approval of the Selection Committee at the annual meeting before he can be elected. A scale of negative votes for elimination that will vary depending on the number of Selectors in attendance that is used.

When the Selectors meet to name the newest members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, they will have before them a roster of up to 19 Finalists, along with detailed biographies on each. The Finalists include 15 Modern-Era Player Nominees, one Coach/Contributor Nominee and up to three Seniors Nominees. Coach/Contributor and Seniors Finalists are selected by 12-person committees appointed from the full Selection Committee.

The Coach/Contributor and Seniors Finalists also will be voted on for election independent of all other finalists. Like all nominees, Coach/Contributor and Seniors Nominees must also receive 80% approval of the overall Selection Committee for election.

The provision allowing for one Coach/Contributor Nominee and up to three Seniors Nominee was approved by the Hall's Board of Trustees as a three-year measure starting with the Class of 2023. At the end of the period (Class of 2025), the process will be reviewed.

The other Finalists will be the survivors from a preliminary list of candidates the full Selection Committee will have screened by mail ballot. Any fan may nominate any qualified person who has been connected with pro football in any capacity simply by writing to the Pro Football Hall of Fame at 2121 George Halas Drive NW, Canton, OH 44702. The only restriction is that a player and coach must have last played or coached at least five seasons before he can be considered. For example, a candidate for the Class of 2024 must have concluded his career not later than the 2018 season.

There is no mandatory retirement period for a Contributor. Senior candidates are those players whose careers ended at least 25 years ago. Every nomination received will be processed and forwarded to the Selection Committee.

It is important to emphasize that the Hall of Fame itself has no say whatsoever as to who is or is not elected to membership. The only function of the staff is to process the nominations as they arrive and to coordinate the annual meeting.

Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee
Arizona Kent Somers, Arizona Republic
Atlanta D. Orlando Ledbetter, Atlanta Journal-Constitution *
Baltimore Scott Garceau, 105.7 The Fan/WMAR-TV
Buffalo Vic Carucci, WGRZ-TV #
Carolina Darin Gantt, Carolina Panthers
Chicago Dan Pompei, The Athletic *
Cincinnati Geoff Hobson,
Cleveland Tony Grossi, Radio
Dallas Rick Gosselin, Talk of Fame Network *  
Denver Jeff Legwold, ESPN/ *
Detroit Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press
Green Bay Pete Dougherty, Green Bay Press-Gazette
Houston John McClain, retired, Houston Chronicle *
Indianapolis Mike Chappell, Fox 59/CBS 4
Jacksonville Sam Kouvaris,
Kansas City Vahe Gregorian, Kansas City Star
Las Vegas Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange *
Los Angeles (Chargers) Eric Williams, Sports Illustrated
Los Angeles (Rams) Howard Balzer, SiriusXM NFL Radio *
Miami Armando Salguero,
Minnesota Mark Craig, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune
New England Ron Borges, Talk of Fame Network *
New Orleans Jeff Duncan, Times-Picayune
New York (Giants) Bob Glauber, retired, Newsday *
New York (Jets) Gary Myers, Author *
Philadelphia Paul Domowitch,
Pittsburgh Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
San Francisco Matt Maiocco, NBC Sports Bay Area
Seattle Mike Sando, The Athletic #
Tampa Bay Ira Kaufman, *
Tennessee Paul Kuharsky, #
Washington Jarrett Bell, USA Today #
PFWA Calvin Watkins, Dallas Morning News
At Large Joel Bussert, retired, National Football League
At Large Mary Kay Cabot, Cleveland Plain Dealer
At Large Jason Cole,
At Large John Czarnecki, FOX Sports *
At Large Tony Dungy, NBC Sports "Football Night in America" (Hall of Famer)
At Large Dan Fouts, Broadcaster (Hall of Famer) #
At Large Lindsay Jones, The Ringer
At Large Clark Judge, Talk of Fame Network #
At Large Peter King, NBC Sports #
At Large James Lofton, CBS Sports (Hall of Famer)
At Large Alex Marvez, SiriusXM NFL Radio
At Large Sal Paolantonio, ESPN #
At Large Bill Polian, SiriusXM NFL Radio (Hall of Famer) #
At Large Lisa Salters, ESPN "Monday Night Football"
At Large Jim Trotter, The Athletic #
At Large Charean Williams, Pro Football Talk #
At Large Barry Wilner, retired, Associated Press #

* Member of the Seniors Selection Committee
# Member of the Coach/Contributor Selection Committee