Class of 2018 Finalists
The list of 15 Modern-Era Finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018 features five players who are finalists for the first time. The group includes four first-year eligible nominees – Steve Hutchinson, Ray Lewis, Randy Moss, and Brian Urlacher. Everson Walls, in his 20th year of eligibility, is also a first-time finalist.
The 15 Modern-Era Finalists will be considered for election to the Hall of Fame when the Hall’s Selection Committee meets on “Selection Saturday” in Minneapolis the day before Super Bowl LII to elect the new class. The Modern-Era Finalists were determined by a vote of the Hall’s Selection Committee from a list of 108 nominees that was earlier reduced to 27 semifinalists, during the year-long selection process.
The 2018 Modern-Era Finalists with their positions, years and teams:
- Tony Boselli, Tackle – 1995-2001 Jacksonville Jaguars
- Isaac Bruce, Wide Receiver – 1994-2007 Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, 2008-09 San Francisco 49ers
- Brian Dawkins, Safety – 1996-2008 Philadelphia Eagles, 2009-2011 Denver Broncos
- Alan Faneca, Guard – 1998-2007 Pittsburgh Steelers, 2008-09 New York Jets, 2010 Arizona Cardinals
- Steve Hutchinson, Guard – 2001-05 Seattle Seahawks, 2006-2011 Minnesota Vikings, 2012 Tennessee Titans
- Joe Jacoby, Tackle – 1981-1993 Washington Redskins
- Edgerrin James, Running Back – 1999-2005 Indianapolis Colts, 2006-08 Arizona Cardinals, 2009 Seattle Seahawks
- Ty Law, Cornerback – 1995-2004 New England Patriots, 2005, 2008 New York Jets, 2006-07 Kansas City Chiefs, 2009 Denver Broncos
- Ray Lewis, Linebacker – 1996-2012 Baltimore Ravens
- John Lynch, Free Safety – 1993-2003 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2004-07 Denver Broncos
- Kevin Mawae, Center – 1994-97 Seattle Seahawks, 1998-2005 New York Jets, 2006-09 Tennessee Titans
- Randy Moss, Wide Receiver – 1998-2004, 2010 Minnesota Vikings, 2005-06 Oakland Raiders, 2007-2010 New England Patriots, 2010 Tennessee Titans, 2012 San Francisco 49ers
- Terrell Owens, Wide Receiver – 1996-2003 San Francisco 49ers, 2004-05 Philadelphia Eagles, 2006-08 Dallas Cowboys, 2009 Buffalo Bills, 2010 Cincinnati Bengals
- Brian Urlacher, Linebacker – 2000-2012 Chicago Bears
- Everson Walls, Cornerback – 1981-89 Dallas Cowboys, 1990-92 New York Giants, 1992-93 Cleveland Browns
The 15 Modern-Era Finalists join three other finalists to comprise 18 finalists under consideration for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018.
Two Senior Finalists were announced in August 2017 by the Seniors Committee that reviews the qualifications of those players whose careers ended more than 25 years ago.
- Robert Brazile, Linebacker – 1975-1984 Houston Oilers
- Jerry Kramer, Guard – 1958-1968 Green Bay Packers
One Contributor Finalist, also announced in August, was selected by the Hall of Fame’s Contributor Committee that considers persons, other than players and coaches, who made outstanding contributions to professional football.
- Bobby Beathard, General Manager/Personnel Administrator – 1966-67 Kansas City Chiefs, 1968-1971 Atlanta Falcons, 1972-77 Miami Dolphins, 1978-1988 Washington Redskins, 1990-99 San Diego Chargers
To be elected, a finalist must receive a minimum positive vote of 80 percent during the annual selection meeting.
Hutchinson, Lewis, Moss, and Urlacher are first-year eligible nominees. One other Modern-Era nominee, Walls, although a nominee in previous years, is a finalist for the first time. Beathard and Brazile are also first-time finalists.
Finalist | (Times) – Years as Finalist
Bobby Beathard^ | (1) – 2018
Tony Boselli | (2) – 2017-18
Robert Brazile* | (1) – 2018
Isaac Bruce | (2) – 2017-18
Brian Dawkins | (2) – 2017-18
Alan Faneca | (3) – 2016-18
Steve Hutchinson | (1) – 2018
Joe Jacoby | (3) – 2016-18
Edgerrin James | (2) – 2016, 2018
Jerry Kramer* | (11) – 1974-76, 1978-1981, 1984, 1987, 1997, 2018
Ty Law | (2) – 2017-18
Ray Lewis | (1) – 2018
John Lynch | (5) – 2014-18
Kevin Mawae | (2) – 2017-18
Randy Moss | (1) – 2018
Terrell Owens | (3) – 2016-18
Brian Urlacher | (1) – 2018
Everson Walls | (1) – 2018
^ Contributor; * Senior
To be eligible for election, modern-era players and coaches must have last played or coached more than five seasons ago. Since contributors need not be retired to be eligible, there is no specific year of eligibility for Beathard.
Year of Eligibility Finalist
1st Steve Hutchinson, Ray Lewis, Randy Moss, Brian Urlacher
2nd Brian Dawkins
3rd Alan Faneca, Terrell Owens
4th Isaac Bruce, Edgerrin James, Ty Law, Kevin Mawae
6th John Lynch
12th Tony Boselli
20th Joe Jacoby, Everson Walls
29th Robert Brazile
45th Jerry Kramer
The Annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee Meeting will be held on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, in Minneapolis when the 48-person Selection Committee meets to elect the Class of 2018.
The selectors will thoroughly discuss the careers of each finalist. Although there is no set number for any class of enshrinees, the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s ground rules stipulate that between four and eight new members will be selected each year. No more than five Modern-Era Finalists can be elected in a given year and thus a class of six, seven, or eight can only be achieved if the Contributor Finalist and/or one or both Seniors Finalists are elected. Representatives of the accounting firm Deloitte & Touche will tabulate all votes during the meeting.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018 will be announced during NFL Honors, a two-hour primetime awards special to air nationally on the eve of the Super Bowl at 9 p.m. (ET and PT) on NBC. NFL Honors will be taped earlier that evening at the Cyrus Northrop Memorial Auditorium at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis from 5-7 p.m. (local) when the 2018 Hall of Fame Class will be introduced for the first time. In addition, the NFL and The Associated Press will announce their annual accolades in this awards show with the winners on hand to accept their awards.
The Class of 2018 will be officially enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame during the spectacular Enshrinement Ceremony held inside Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton this August. The Enshrinement Ceremony is the main event of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls.
Contributor – Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo … 1966-67 Kansas City Chiefs, 1968-1971 Atlanta Falcons, 1972-77 Miami Dolphins, 1978-1988 Washington Redskins, 1990-99 San Diego Chargers
Noted for his adept eye for talent through a career that spanned more than three decades … Served as scout for Chiefs and Falcons before being named director of player personnel for Dolphins in 1972 … Integral part of Miami’s two Super Bowl teams … Became Redskins General Manager in 1978 … Masterful management of Washington roster to build Super Bowl champions … Often dealt first-round draft picks to acquire more talent … Used team’s first round draft pick just three times in 11 seasons … The Redskins’ Super Bowl XVII roster included 27 free agents signed by Beathard … Under his guidance, Redskins made five playoff appearances in six-season span including two Super Bowl titles (XVII and XXII) … Instantly created winning culture in San Diego after Chargers named him General Manager in 1990 … Within three years, team claimed first division title in more than decade … Two years later, Chargers advanced to franchise’s first Super Bowl appearance (XXIX) … In all, Beathard’s teams advanced seven Super Bowls and won four … Born January 24, 1937 in Zanesville, Ohio.
Tackle … 6-7, 324 … Southern California … 1995-2001 Jacksonville Jaguars
Seven seasons, 91 games … Selected by expansion Jaguars as second player overall in 1995 NFL Draft … Quickly became face of the franchise … Sat out rookie training camp with knee injury, saw first action in Week 4 … First career start came following week in franchise’s first victory … Earned All-Rookie honors … Regarded as an elite tackle in the NFL during career … Noted for superb foot speed and agility … Persevered through numerous injuries … Leader of team that led expansion Jaguars to AFC championship game by second season … Anchored offensive line that helped team to four straight playoff appearances with records of 9-7, 11-5, 11-5 and 14-2 from 1996-99 … Picked as team’s Most Valuable Player in 1998 after helping Jaguars to team’s first division title … Voted to five straight Pro Bowls (1997-2001) … Named first-team All-Pro three consecutive seasons … Selected to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1990s despite only playing in half of decade … Suffered severe shoulder injury that ultimately ended career and placed on injured reserve after three games, 2001 … Houston Texans’ first pick of 2002 expansion draft but injury prevented him from playing again … Born April 17, 1972 in Modesto, California.
Linebacker … 6-4, 241 … Jackson State … 1975-1984 Houston Oilers
10 seasons, 147 games … 1st round draft pick, sixth overall, by the Oilers in 1975 NFL Draft ... Draft choice obtained in trade with Kansas City Chiefs that also included the acquisition of Hall of Fame defensive tackle Curley Culp … Held team record with 147 straight games played … Also started seven playoff games … Made instant impact on defense as a rookie and helped Houston to 10-4 record for first winning season in eight years … Earned Defensive Rookie of the Year Honors … Team leader that helped transform franchise highlighted by three straight playoff appearances, 1978-1980 … Helped Oilers to three consecutive 10-win seasons (10-6 in 1978, 11-5 in 1979, 11-5 in 1980) … Registered career-best 185 tackles (95 solo, 98 assisted) during 1978 season … Started at outside linebacker in back-to-back AFC Championship Game appearances (1978-79) … Recorded nine tackles and one fumble recovery in 1978 AFC Championship Game … Spectacular pass rusher; recorded career-best 6.5 sacks in 1976 and 1980 … Career statistics include 13 interceptions, 14 fumble recoveries … All-Pro five straight seasons, 1976-1980 ... Selected to seven Pro Bowls … Named to NFL’s All-Decade Team of 1970s … Born February 7, 1953 in Mobile, Alabama.
Wide Receiver … Santa Monica College (JC), Memphis … 1994-2007 Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, 2008-09 San Francisco 49ers
16 seasons, 223 games … Selected in 2nd round, 33rd overall, by Los Angeles Rams in 1994 draft … First career catch was 34-yard touchdown play … Breakout year in second season with career-high 119 catches for 1,781 yards and 13 TDS … First player in NFL history with three straight games with 170 or more receiving yards (181 vs. Colts, 191 vs. Falcons, 173 vs. 49ers), 1995 … Recorded first of three career 200-yard games in 1995 season finale … Led NFL in receiving yards (1,338), 1996 … Key offensive threat for “Greatest Show on Turf” … Started in two NFL championship games and two Super Bowls … Recorded six catches for 162 yards including 73-yard, game-winning touchdown reception in Rams’ 23-16 Super Bowl XXXIV victory … Retired as Rams’ all-time leader in catches, receiving yards, and most yards from scrimmage … Named All-Pro, 1999 … Voted to four Pro Bowls (1997, 2000, 2001, 2002) … Twelve seasons with 50 or more catches … Racked up 1,000-yard seasons eight times … Career numbers include 1,024 receptions for 15,208 yards (second most at time), and 91 touchdowns … Born November 10, 1972 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Safety … 5-11, 200 … Clemson … 1996-2008 Philadelphia Eagles, 2009-2011 Denver Broncos
16 seasons, 224 games … Drafted in second round (61st overall) by Philadelphia in 1996 draft … Named Eagles’ Defensive MVP five times … Helped Eagles to eight playoff appearances … Started in four NFC championship games, one Super Bowl … First-team All-Pro five seasons (2001, 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2009) … Earned first of nine Pro Bowl nods after 1999 season … First player in NFL history to record a sack, interception, fumble recovery and touchdown catch in same game (vs. Houston Texans, Sept. 29, 2002) … Set Eagles record for most games played … Voted to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 2000s … Intercepted pass in 15 straight seasons … Led Eagles in interceptions back-to-back seasons, 1997-98 … Recorded 37 career interceptions returned for 513 yards and 2 touchdowns … Recorded multiple interceptions in a season 11 times … Pick sixes included 64-yard return vs. Giants, 1997 and 67-yard score vs. Dolphins, 1999 … Averaged nearly 100 tackles per season throughout career … Registered 26 career sacks … Also had 49-yard fumble return for TD, 2001 … Recorded 3 sacks in final season with Broncos to help Denver to division title, 2011 … Born October 13, 1973 in Jacksonville, Florida.
Guard … 6-4, 322 … Louisiana State … 1998-2007 Pittsburgh Steelers, 2008-09 New York Jets, 2010 Arizona Cardinals
13 seasons, 206 games … Drafted by Steelers in first round (26th player overall) in 1998 draft … Missed just one game in career … Earned starting role in sixth game of rookie season … Helped pave way for 1,000-yard rushing season by Jerome Bettis to earn All-Rookie acclaim … Key leader of Steelers team that captured four division titles including three in four-year span … Helped Steelers post 10-plus wins five times including regular season records of 13-3 (2001) and 15-1 (2004) … Veteran leadership integral to Jets playoff run to reach AFC championship, 2009 … Named first-team All-Pro six times (2001-02, 2004-07); Second-Team All-Pro, 2003 and 2008 … All-AFC seven straight seasons, 2001-07 … Selected to nine straight Pro Bowls … Started 14 career playoff games including at left guard in four AFC championship games and Super Bowl XL … Dominating run blocker, led way for teams that finished among the NFL’s top 10 in rushing 11 times in 13 seasons … Blocked for nine 1,000-yard rushers and five 3,000-yard passers … Named to NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 2000s … Born December 7, 1976 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Guard … 6-4, 315 … Michigan … 2001-05 Seattle Seahawks, 2006-2011 Minnesota Vikings, 2012 Tennessee Titans
12 seasons, 169 games … First-round pick (17th player overall) by Seahawks in 2001 NFL Draft … Named to NFL’s All-Rookie team … Key component of the offensive line that led Seattle to three straight playoff appearances (2003-05) … Paved way for NFL MVP Shaun Alexander who gained team record 1,880 yards and NFL record 28 touchdowns, 2005 … Started at left guard in Seahawks’ 34-14 win over Carolina Panthers in 2005 NFC Championship Game to earn franchise’s first Super Bowl berth … Signed as free agent with Vikings, 2006 … Led way for Adrian Peterson to become first Vikings player to lead NFL in rushing after racking up franchise record 1,760 yards, 2008 … Veteran leader who helped Vikings to back-to-back division titles, 2008-09 … Started at left guard for Vikings in 2009 NFC Championship Game … Named All-Pro six times (twice with Seattle, four times with Minnesota) … Voted to seven consecutive Pro Bowls … Twice chosen as NFL Alumni Offensive Lineman of the Year (2006, 2009) … Named to NFL All-Decade Team of 2000s … Born November 1, 1977 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Tackle … 6-7, 305 … Louisville … 1981-1993 Washington Redskins
13 seasons, 170 games … Signed by Washington as free agent, 1981 … Played numerous positions on offensive line in career but made mark at left tackle, a spot he earned midway through rookie season … Solid, durable, strong, and reliable as pass and run blocker … Persevered through numerous injuries during career … Key member of famed “Hogs” offensive line that led Redskins to three Super Bowl victories (Super Bowl XVII vs. Dolphins, Super Bowl XXII vs. Broncos, Super Bowl XXVI vs. Bills) … Lone career touchdown came on fumble recovery … Named First-Team All-Pro three times (1983-84, 1987); All-NFC twice (1983-84); Second-Team All-NFC (1985-86) … Voted to four straight Pro Bowls following 1983-86 seasons … Helped Redskins advance to postseason eight times in 11-season span … Leader of team that recorded double-digit win totals eight times in nine-season span and won four NFC East division titles plus NFC regular season title during strike-shortened 1982 season … Started in five NFC championship games (four at left tackle, one at right tackle) including four conference championship wins … Washington’s starting left tackle in three Super Bowls and starting right tackle in one Super Bowl … Member of the NFL’s All-Decade Teams of 1980s … Born July 6, 1959 in Louisville, Kentucky.
Running Back … 6-0, 219 … Miami (Fla.) … 1999-2005 Indianapolis Colts, 2006-08 Arizona Cardinals, 2009 Seattle Seahawks
11 seasons, 148 games … Selected in the first round (4th overall) of the 1999 draft by Colts … Powerful running style and versatility led to spectacular start of career … NFL’s Rookie of the Year, 1999 … Captured NFL rushing titles first two seasons (1,553 yards in 1999 and career-best 1,709 yards in 2000) and scored 13 rushing TDs in each season … Also caught 62 passes and 4 TDs as rookie and career-high 63 receptions and 5 TDs in second season … Key player in Colts offense that resulted in four division titles and six seasons with 10 or more wins … Won fifth division title with 2008 Cardinals … Started in two conference championship games (one with Indianapolis and one with Arizona) and Super Bowl XLIII … Eclipsed 1,000 yards in a season seven times; topped 1,500 four times … Career total: 12,246 yards on 3,028 carries and 80 TDs … Added 433 career catches for 3,364 yards and 11 TDs … All-Pro three times (1999-2000 and 2004) … All-AFC four times (1999-2000, 2004-05) … Voted to four Pro Bowls … Selected to NFL’s All-Decade Team of 2000s … Born August 1, 1978 in Immokalee, Florida.
Guard … 6-3, 245 … Idaho … 1958-1968 Green Bay Packers
11 seasons, 130 games … Fourth round pick (39th overall) by Packers in 1958 NFL Draft … Anchored offensive line of Lombardi-era Packers … Packers recorded winning records in all but his first and last season … Named All-NFL five times (1960, 1962, 1963, 1966, 1967) … Selected to three Pro Bowls … Rebounded from broken ankle (1961) and intestinal infections (1964) that caused him to miss action … Handled team’s placekicking duties in 1962-63 and briefly in final season … Totaled 177 career points on 90 extra points and 29 field goals converted … Kicked record-tying three field goals and one PAT in 1962 NFL Championship Game win vs. Giants … Named to NFL’s 50th Anniversary Team, NFL All-Decade Team of 1960s and Super Bowl Silver Anniversary Team … Integral leader in Packers’ dominance during 1960s capped by victories in Super Bowls I and II … Started at right guard in six NFL championship games, five of which were won by Green Bay … Remembered for key block that made way for Bart Starr’s game-winning touchdown in the famous “Ice Bowl” - 1967 NFL Championship Game … Born January 23, 1936 in Jordan, Montana.
Cornerback … 5-11, 200 … Michigan … 1995-2004 New England Patriots, 2005, 2008 New York Jets, 2006-07 Kansas City Chiefs, 2009 Denver Broncos
15 seasons, 203 games … Selected by Patriots in 1st round (23rd player overall) of 1995 NFL Draft … Named All-Pro in 1998 and 2003 … Voted to five Pro Bowls (1999, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2006) … Starting left cornerback in four AFC championship games … Started at left cornerback in three Super Bowls including Patriots victories in Super Bowls XXXVI and XXXVIII … Recorded seven tackles, one assisted tackle, two passes defensed and scored on 47-yard interception return for touchdown in New England’s 20-17 win over Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI … Intercepted three or more passes in a season nine times … Led NFL in interceptions twice (9 in 1998 with Patriots and career-high 10 in 2005 with Jets) … Team’s leading interceptor six times (Patriots – 4, Chiefs – 1, Jets – 1) … Registered 53 career interceptions for 828 yards and 7 pick-sixes … Career-long 74-yard interception return for touchdown against New England (Dec. 26, 2005)… Recorded 37-yard interception return in final game of career … Five career sacks … Selected to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 2000s … Born February 10, 1974 in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania.
Linebacker … 6-1, 240 … Miami (FL) … 1996-2012 Baltimore Ravens
17 seasons, 228 games … 1st round pick (26th overall) by expansion Ravens in 1996 NFL Draft … Hard-hitting linebacker and team leader on punishing defense … … Started at middle linebacker in four AFC championship games and two Super Bowls … Twice named Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year (2000, 20003) … Earned Most Valuable Player honors in Ravens’ 34-7 victory over Giants in Super Bowl XXXV after recording three tackles, two assists and four passes defensed … Became just second player in league history to earn NFL Defensive Player of the Year and Super Bowl MVP in same season … Tallied four tackles and three assists in Ravens’ 34-31 win over 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII … Led Ravens in tackles 14 seasons (1996-2001, 2003-04, 2006-2011) … Named All-Pro eight times … Voted to 12 Pro Bowls … Selected to NFL All-Decade Team of 2000s … First player in NFL history with 40 sacks and 30 interceptions in a career … Recorded 41.5 career sacks … 31 interceptions returned for 503 yards and 3 TDs … Recovered a team record 20 fumbles … Amassed franchise record 2,643 career tackles Tallied 50 career take-aways (31 interceptions plus 19 opponents’ fumbles recovered) that ranks second among linebackers since 1970 merger … Born May 15, 1975 in Bartow, Florida.
Safety … 6-2, 214 … Stanford … 1993-2003 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2004-07 Denver Broncos
15 seasons, 224 games … Selected by Bucs in the 3rd round (82nd player overall) of 1993 draft … Was vital addition to Bucs defense that soon dominated NFL … Earned permanent starting role in fourth pro season, racked up more than 100 tackles and tied career-high with three interceptions … From that point forward, was anchor of secondary on a defense that perennially ranked among NFL’s best ... Voted to first of nine Pro Bowl following 1997 season … Earned first-team All-Pro recognition three straight years (1999-2001) … In 2002, was integral part of Buccaneers’ championship season capped with franchise’s first Super Bowl title … Contributed 96 tackles (50 solo), three interceptions, and 12 passes defensed as Bucs finished 12-4 ... In postseason added five tackles in divisional playoff, six tackles in championship game and one tackle and pass defensed in Super Bowl XXXVII victory ... Signed as free agent with Denver in 2004 … Played final four seasons of 15-year career in Denver ... Helped lead Broncos to conference championship game in second season … That year recorded career-high four sacks, intercepted two passes, forced four fumbles, and racked up 69 tackles ... Added three solo tackles, one assist, one pass defensed in 1995 AFC Championship Game ... In all, recorded 26 interceptions, returned for 204 yards, 13 sacks, and more than 1,000 tackles ... Credited with 90 or more tackles in a season nine times ... Born September 25, 1971 in Hinsdale, Illinois.
Center … 6-4, 289 … Louisiana State … 1994-97 Seattle Seahawks, 1998-2005 New York Jets, 2006-09 Tennessee Titans
16 seasons, 241 games … Selected by Seahawks in 2nd round (36th player overall) in 1994 NFL Draft … Spent majority of college career as tackle before moving to center during senior year … Played in 14 games, and started 11 games during rookie season with Seahawks … Named to NFL’s All-Rookie Team … Played at right guard first two pro seasons, moved permanently to center, 1996 … Noted for leadership and steady play … Helped Jets to division title and championship game appearance in first season in New York, 1998 … Anchored steady Jets offensive line that led way for 44 100-yard games and seven 1,000-yard seasons by Hall of Fame running back Curtis Martin … Blocked for 1,000-yard rusher in 13 of his 16 seasons and five different running backs (Chris Warren, 2; Martin, 7; Travis Henry, 1; LenDale White, 1; and Chris Johnson, 2) … Capped career with Pro Bowl season by paving way for 2,000-yard performance by Johnson … Named All-Pro six times (1999-2002, 2004, and 2008) … Voted to eight Pro Bowls including his final two seasons … Selected to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 2000s … Born January 23, 1971 in Savannah, Georgia.
Wide Receiver … 6-4, 210 … Marshall … 1998-2004, 2010 Minnesota Vikings, 2005-06 Oakland Raiders, 2007-2010 New England Patriots, 2010 Tennessee Titans, 2012 San Francisco 49ers
14 seasons, 218 games … 1st round pick (21st overall) by Vikings in 1998 NFL Draft … Made instant impact at pro level with 69 catches for 1,313 yards and a league-leading 17 touchdowns in rookie season … Named AP Offensive Rookie of the Year … Eclipsed 100-catch mark in back-to-back seasons, 2002-03 … Recorded career-best 111 catches for 1,632 yards for Vikings in 2003 … Set NFL record with 23 touchdown receptions in his first season with Patriots, 2007 … Started in four conference championship games and two Super Bowls … Registered 10 or more TD catches in a season nine times … Led NFL in TD receptions five times (1998, 2000, 2003, 2007, and 2009) … Became second player to eclipsed 1,000 yards receiving 10 times … Career numbers include 982 catches for 15,292 yards and 156 TDs … Also scored touchdown on punt return; threw 2 TD passes and scored four two-point conversions … Earned All-Pro honors four times … Voted to six Pro Bowls … Selected to NFL All-Decade Team of 2000s … Born February 13, 1977 in Rand, West Virginia.
Wide Receiver … 6-3, 224 … Tennessee-Chattanooga … 1996-2003 San Francisco 49ers, 2004-05 Philadelphia Eagles, 2006-08 Dallas Cowboys, 2009 Buffalo Bills, 2010 Cincinnati Bengals
16 seasons, 219 games … Drafted in 3rd round of 1996 draft by San Francisco … Prolific receiver with great hands and ability for big plays … Career totals: 1,078 catches for 15,934 yards, 14.8 yards per catch and 153 TDs … Yardage total ranks second all-time, touchdown reception total is third most in NFL history … Set then-record for catches in a single game with 20 against Bears, Dec. 17, 2000 … Had 60 or more catches in all but three seasons … Registered nine 1,000-yards seasons over 11-year span … Eight seasons with double-digit TD receptions … Led NFL in TD catches three times (16 in 2001, 13 in 2002 and 2006) … Remarkable three-year span (2000-02) during which he caught 290 passes for 4,163 yards and 42 TDs … Set career-high with 1,451 yards, 2000 and 100 catches, 2002 … Recorded 9 receptions for 122 yards in Eagles’ narrow Super Bowl XXXIX loss … Named All-Pro five times (2000-02, 2004, 2007) … All-NFC four times … Selected to six Pro Bowls … Named to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of 2000s … Born December 7, 1973 in Alexander City, Alabama.
Linebacker … 6-4, 258 … New Mexico … 2000-2012 Chicago Bears
13 seasons, 182 games … Selected as 9th player overall in 1st round of 2000 NFL Draft by Bears … Named Defensive Rookie of the Year after registering a career-high 8 sacks and two interceptions … Named NFL’s Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year, 2005 after helping Bears lead NFL in fewest points allowed by posting 171 tackles, including 10 tackles for loss, and six sacks … Passionate team leader who helped Bears to win four division titles (2001, 2005-06, 2010) … Made four tackles and recorded two passes defensed in Bears’ 39-14 win in 2006 NFC Championship Game to earn berth in Super Bowl XLI … Registered outstanding performance in 2010 NFC Championship Game with nine tackles, one assist along with a sack and interception returned for 39 yards … Bears’ all-time leading tackler … Led Bears in tackles eight times … Career statistics include 41.5 sacks and 22 interceptions … Scored five career TDs (two interception returns, two fumble recoveries, and one TD reception) … All-Pro five times … Voted to eight Pro Bowls … Named to NFL All-Decade Team of 2000s … Born May 25, 1978 in Pasco, Washington.
Cornerback … 6-1, 194 … Grambling State … 1981-89 Dallas Cowboys, 1990-92 New York Giants, 1992-93 Cleveland Browns
13 seasons, 186 games … Signed as an undrafted free agent with Cowboys, 1981 … First player in NFL history to lead league in interceptions three times … Phenomenal rookie season with league-high 11 interceptions for 133 yards, 83 tackles and recovered one fumble … Named to NFL’s All-Rookie Team … Led NFL in interceptions again in second season; added third interception title in 1985… Cowboys’ leading interceptor five times … Voted to the Dallas Cowboys’ 25th Anniversary All-Time Team … Signed with Giants in 1990 and played integral role in Super Bowl season … Led team with 6 interceptions for 80 yards and his lone pick-six of his career; added 17 passes defensed and 58 tackles, 1990 … Led Giants in interceptions again, 1991 … Started at cornerback in three NFC championship games and Giants’ Super Bowl XXV victory … Named All-Pro three times (1982, 1983, 1985) … Voted to four Pro Bowls … Registered 57 career interceptions returned for 504 yards and 1 touchdown … Born December 28, 1959 in Dallas, Texas.
IF ELECTED … SPECIAL NOTES ON 2018 FINALISTS
List of finalists and Hall of Famers by team in which significant or major portion of career was spent.
2018 Finalist: Ray Lewis
HOFers (1): Jonathan Ogden
2018 Finalist: Brian Urlacher
HOFers (27): Doug Atkins, George Blanda, Dick Butkus, George Connor, Richard Dent, Mike Ditka, John “Paddy” Driscoll, Jim Finks, Dan Fortmann, Bill George, Harold “Red” Grange, George Halas, Dan Hampton, Ed Healey, Bill Hewitt, Stan Jones, Sid Luckman, Link Lyman, George McAfee, George Musso, Bronko Nagurski, Walter Payton, Gale Sayers, Mike Singletary, Joe Stydahar, George Trafton, Clyde “Bulldog” Turner
2018 Finalist: Everson Walls
HOFers (16): Troy Aikman, Larry Allen, Tony Dorsett, Charles Haley, Bob Hayes, Michael Irvin, Jerry Jones, Tom Landry, Bob Lilly, Mel Renfro, Deion Sanders, Tex Schramm, Emmitt Smith, Roger Staubach, Randy White, Rayfield Wright
GREEN BAY PACKERS
2018 Finalist: Jerry Kramer
HOFers (24): Herb Adderley, Tony Canadeo, Willie Davis, Brett Favre, Forrest Gregg, Arnie Herber, Clarke Hinkle, Paul Hornung, Cal Hubbard, Don Hutson, Henry Jordan, Earl “Curly” Lambeau, James Lofton, Vince Lombardi, Johnny “Blood” McNally, Mike Michalske, Ray Nitschke, Jim Ringo, Dave Robinson, Bart Starr, Jim Taylor, Reggie White, Ron Wolf, Willie Wood
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (Baltimore)
2018 Finalist: Edgerrin James
HOFers (14): Raymond Berry, Eric Dickerson, Art Donovan, Tony Dungy, Weeb Ewbank, Marshall Faulk, Marvin Harrison, Ted Hendricks, John Mackey, Gino Marchetti, Lenny Moore, Jim Parker, Bill Polian, Johnny Unitas
2018 Finalist: Tony Boselli
HOFers (–): None
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (San Diego)
2018 Finalist: Bobby Beathard
HOFers (9): Lance Alworth, Fred Dean, Dan Fouts, Sid Gillman, Charlie Joiner, Ron Mix, Junior Seau, LaDainian Tomlinson, Kellen Winslow
LOS ANGELES RAMS (Cleveland/St. Louis)
2018 Finalist: Isaac Bruce
HOFers (18): George Allen, Eric Dickerson, Marshall Faulk, Tom Fears, Kevin Greene, Elroy Hirsch, David “Deacon” Jones, Tom Mack, Ollie Matson, Merlin Olsen, Orlando Pace, Dan Reeves, Les Richter, Jackie Slater, Norm Van Brocklin, Kurt Warner, Bob Waterfield, Jack Youngblood
2018 Finalists: Steve Hutchinson, Randy Moss
HOFers (13): Cris Carter, Chris Doleman, Carl Eller, Jim Finks, Bud Grant, Paul Krause, Randall McDaniel, Alan Page, John Randle, Fran Tarkenton, Mick Tingelhoff, Ron Yary, Gary Zimmerman
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
2018 Finalist: Ty Law
HOFers (4): Nick Buoniconti, John Hannah, Mike Haynes, Andre Tippett
NEW YORK JETS
2018 Finalist: Kevin Mawae
HOFers (5): Weeb Ewbank, Curtis Martin, Don Maynard, Joe Namath, John Riggins
2018 Finalist: Brian Dawkins
HOFers (9): Chuck Bednarik, Bert Bell, Bob Brown, Sonny Jurgensen, Tommy McDonald, Earle “Greasy” Neale, Pete Pihos, Steve Van Buren, Reggie White
2018 Finalist: Alan Faneca
HOFers (21): Jerome Bettis, Mel Blount, Terry Bradshaw, Jack Butler, Dermontti Dawson, Bill Dudley, Joe Greene, Jack Ham, Franco Harris, John Henry Johnson, Walt Kiesling, Jack Lambert, Bobby Layne, Chuck Noll, Art Rooney, Dan Rooney, John Stallworth, Ernie Stautner, Lynn Swann, Mike Webster, Rod Woodson
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
2018 Finalist: Terrell Owens
HOFers (15): Fred Dean, Edward J. DeBartolo, Jr., Charles Haley, Jimmy Johnson, Ronnie Lott, Hugh McElhenny, Joe Montana, Leo Nomellini, Joe Perry, Jerry Rice, Bob St. Clair, Y.A. Tittle, Bill Walsh, Dave Wilcox, Steve Young
2018 Finalist: Steve Hutchinson
HOFers (4): Kenny Easley, Walter Jones, Cortez Kennedy, Steve Largent
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
2018 Finalist: John Lynch
HOFers (4): Derrick Brooks, Tony Dungy, Warren Sapp, Lee Roy Selmon
TENNESSEE TITANS (Houston Oilers)
2018 Finalist: Robert Brazile
HOFers (8): Elvin Bethea, George Blanda, Earl Campbell, Curley Culp, Ken Houston, Bruce Matthews, Warren Moon, Mike Munchak
2018 Finalists: Bobby Beathard, Joe Jacoby
HOFers (20): George Allen, Cliff Battles, Sammy Baugh, Bill Dudley, Albert Glen “Turk” Edwards, Ray Flaherty, Joe Gibbs, Darrell Green, Russ Grimm, Chris Hanburger, Ken Houston, Sam Huff, Sonny Jurgensen, George Preston Marshall, Wayne Millner, Bobby Mitchell, Art Monk, John Riggins, Dick Stanfel, Charley Taylor
List of finalists by Modern-Era position. Modern-Era is defined as a majority of an enshrinee’s career which occurred after 1946.
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2018 Finalist: Edgerrin James
HOFers (32): Marcus Allen, Jerome Bettis, Jim Brown, Earl Campbell, Larry Csonka, Terrell Davis, Eric Dickerson, Tony Dorsett, Marshall Faulk, Frank Gifford, Franco Harris, Paul Hornung, John Henry Johnson, Leroy Kelly, Floyd Little, Curtis Martin, Ollie Matson, Hugh McElhenny, Lenny Moore, Marion Motley, Walter Payton, Joe Perry, John Riggins, Barry Sanders, Gale Sayers, O.J. Simpson, Emmitt Smith, Jim Taylor, Thurman Thomas, LaDainian Tomlinson, Charley Trippi, Doak Walker
2018 Finalists: Isaac Bruce, Randy Moss, Terrell Owens
HOFers (25): Lance Alworth, Raymond Berry, Fred Biletnikoff, Tim Brown (also KR/PR), Cris Carter, Tom Fears, Marvin Harrison, Bob Hayes, Elroy Hirsch (also HB), Michael Irvin, Charlie Joiner, Steve Largent, Dante Lavelli, James Lofton, Don Maynard, Tommy McDonald, Bobby Mitchell (also HB), Art Monk, Pete Pihos, Andre Reed, Jerry Rice, John Stallworth, Lynn Swann, Charley Taylor (also HB), Paul Warfield
2017 Finalist: Kevin Mawae (also G)
HOFers (10): Chuck Bednarik (also LB), Dermontti Dawson, Frank Gatski, Jim Langer, Bruce Matthews (also T/G), Jim Otto, Jim Ringo, Dwight Stephenson, Mick Tingelhoff, Mike Webster
2018 Finalists: Alan Faneca, Steve Hutchinson, Jerry Kramer
HOFers (17): Larry Allen (also T), Lou Creekmur (also T), Joe DeLamielleure, Russ Grimm, John Hannah, Gene Hickerson, Stan Jones (also T/DT), Larry Little, Tom Mack, Bruce Matthews (also C/T), Randall McDaniel, Mike Munchak, Jim Parker (also T), Billy Shaw, Will Shields, Dick Stanfel, Gene Upshaw
2018 Finalists: Tony Boselli, Joe Jacoby
HOFers (22): Bob Brown, Roosevelt Brown, Lou Creekmur (also G), Dan Dierdorf, Forrest Gregg (also G), Lou Groza (also PK), Stan Jones (also G/DT), Walter Jones, Bruce Matthews (also G/C), Mike McCormack, Ron Mix, Anthony Muñoz, Jonathan Ogden, Orlando Pace, Jim Parker (also G), Willie Roaf, Bob St. Clair, Art Shell, Jackie Slater, Rayfield Wright, Ron Yary, Gary Zimmerman
2018 Finalists: Robert Brazile, Ray Lewis, Brian Urlacher
HOFers (26): Chuck Bednarik (also C), Bobby Bell (also DE), Derrick Brooks, Nick Buoniconti, Dick Butkus, Harry Carson, George Connor (also DT/T), Bill George, Kevin Greene, Jack Ham, Chris Hanburger, Ted Hendricks, Sam Huff, Rickey Jackson (also DE), Jack Lambert, Willie Lanier, Ray Nitschke, Les Richter, Dave Robinson, Joe Schmidt, Junior Seau, Mike Singletary, Lawrence Taylor, Derrick Thomas, Andre Tippett, Dave Wilcox
2018 Finalists: Brian Dawkins, John Lynch
HOFers (12): Jack Christiansen, Kenny Easley, Ken Houston, Paul Krause, Yale Lary, Ronnie Lott (also CB), Mel Renfro (also CB), Emlen Tunnell, Aeneas Williams (also CB), Larry Wilson, Willie Wood, Rod Woodson (also CB)
2018 Finalists: Ty Law, Everson Walls
HOFers (17): Herb Adderley, Lem Barney, Mel Blount, Willie Brown, Jack Butler, Darrell Green, Mike Haynes, Jimmy Johnson, Dick “Night Train” Lane, Dick LeBeau, Ronnie Lott (also S), Mel Renfro (also S), Deion Sanders (also KR/PR), Emmitt Thomas, Roger Wehrli, Aeneas Williams (also FS), Rod Woodson (also S).
2018 Finalist: Bobby Beathard
HOFers (23): Bert Bell, Charles Bidwill, Joe Carr, Al Davis, Edward J. DeBartolo, Jr., Jim Finks, George Halas (also coach), Lamar Hunt, Jerry Jones, Curly Lambeau (also coach), Tim Mara, Wellington Mara, George Preston Marshall, Bill Polian, Hugh “Shorty” Ray, Dan Reeves, Art Rooney, Dan Rooney, Pete Rozelle, Ed Sabol, Tex Schramm, Ralph Wilson, Jr., Ron Wolf
The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls, a multi-day celebration of the enshrinement of the newest Hall of Fame Class, is held each year in Canton. The Class of 2018 will be formally enshrined on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018.
The 2018 Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls kicks off with the annual Hall of Fame Game on Thursday, Aug. 2. Other major events complementing the Enshrinement Ceremony and Hall of Fame Game are the nationally televised (NFL Network) Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner (Friday, Aug. 3) and the Enshrinees Roundtable (Sunday, Aug. 5). The festivities wrap up on Sunday night with the Concert for Legends.
More than 130 Gold Jackets (living Hall of Famers) return to the Hall of Fame each year to be a part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls. Nowhere else are fans able to see and interact with as many Hall of Famers in one place at one time as in Canton during the annual celebration.
The Hall of Fame Game, Enshrinement Ceremony and the Concert for Legends, will be held in the spectacular Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. The venue is a major component of the nearly $800 million Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village, currently under construction on the Hall’s campus.
For the seventh consecutive year, fans can vote for their favorite Pro Football Hall of Fame nominees. Fans should visit nfl.com/hofvote to make their picks. The Class of 2018 fan vote is presented by Ford, the Official Automobile of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Official Ticket Packages for the 2018 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls are on sale now at http://www.hofexperiences.com/ or by calling 844-751-0532. A variety of ticket packages, starting at $285, provide fans with VIP experiences, premium seating and parties with Hall of Famers. Packages range from event day offerings to four-day experiences that include a multitude of exclusive extras.
TICKET PRE-SALE PROGRAM
The Hall is also offering a Ticket Pre-Sale Program that gives fans the chance to guarantee a ticket to the Hall of Fame Game, Enshrinement Ceremony, and/or Concert for Legends. The cost is $25 to reserve a ticket. More details are available at http://www.profootballhof.com/2018-enshrinement-week-presale-program/.
Individual tickets to the 2018 Hall of Fame Game, Enshrinement Ceremony, and Concert for Legends will go on sale at a later date.