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Prior to 1970, the procedure of naming just 15 finalists was not defined. Beginning in 2007, the finalists number 17 that includes 15 modern-era candidates and two senior nominees.
BOLD CAPS Indicates those elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
* indicates Old-timer/senior nominee. Selection of Old-timer/senior candidate began in 1972. No nominee was picked in 1975.
# indicates contributor nominee. A contributor category was added for the 2015 Selection Process bringing the total number of Finalists to 18.
~ indicates coach nominee for the Centennial Slate of the Class of 2020.
() Parenthesis indicates the number of times as finalist. No subscript number indicates a person's first time as finalist.
All-time alphabetical listing of Finalists
NOTE: In some cases, there were 16 finalists due to a tie in the voting. In 1975, there were only 14 finalists.