Class of 2019 Finalists
The 15 Modern-Era Finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019 includes five individuals who are finalists for the first time. The list includes three first-year eligible players with cornerback Champ Bailey, tight end Tony Gonzalez and safety Ed Reed. Two others, coach Tom Flores and defensive lineman Richard Seymour, have been previously eligible for the Hall of Fame but this year marks their first time as finalists.
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 Atlanta the day before Super Bowl LIII to elect the new class. The Modern-Era Finalists were determined by a vote of the Hall’s Selection Committee from a list of 103 nominees that was earlier reduced to 25 semifinalists, during the year-long selection process.
The 2019 Modern-Era Finalists with their positions, years and teams:
- Steve Atwater, Safety – 1989-1998 Denver Broncos, 1999 New York Jets
- Champ Bailey, Cornerback – 1999-2003 Washington Redskins, 2004-2013 Denver Broncos
- Tony Boselli, Tackle – 1995-2001 Jacksonville Jaguars
- Isaac Bruce, Wide Receiver – 1994-2007 Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, 2008-09 San Francisco 49ers
- Don Coryell, Coach – 1973-77 St. Louis Cardinals, 1978-1986 San Diego Chargers
- Alan Faneca, Guard – 1998-2007 Pittsburgh Steelers, 2008-09 New York Jets, 2010 Arizona Cardinals
- Tom Flores, Coach – 1979-1987 Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders, 1992-94 Seattle Seahawks
- Tony Gonzalez, Tight End – 1997-2008 Kansas City Chiefs, 2009-2013 Atlanta Falcons
- Steve Hutchinson, Guard – 2001-05 Seattle Seahawks, 2006-2011 Minnesota Vikings, 2012 Tennessee Titans
- 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
- 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
- Ed Reed, Safety – 2002-2012 Baltimore Ravens, 2013 Houston Texans, 2013 New York Jets
- Richard Seymour, Defensive End/Defensive Tackle – 2001-08 New England Patriots, 2009-2012 Oakland Raiders
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 2019.
One Senior Finalist was announced in August 2018 by the Seniors Committee that reviews the qualifications of those players whose careers ended more than 25 years ago.
- Johnny Robinson, Safety – 1960-1971 Dallas Texans/Kansas City Chiefs
Two Contributor Finalists, also announced in August, were selected by the Hall of Fame’s Contributors Committee that considers persons, other than players and coaches, who made outstanding contributions to professional football.
- Pat Bowlen, Owner – 1984-Present Denver Broncos
- Gil Brandt, Vice President of Player Personnel – 1960-1988 Dallas Cowboys; Contributor – 1995-present NFL.com
To be elected, a finalist must receive a minimum positive vote of 80 percent during the annual selection meeting.
Finalist........................ (Times) – Years as Finalist
Steve Atwater................. (2) – 2016, 2019
Champ Bailey................. (1) – 2019
Pat Bowlen^.................. (1) – 2019
Gil Brandt^.................... (1) – 2019
Tony Boselli................... (3) – 2017-19
Isaac Bruce.................... (3) – 2017-19
Don Coryell.................... (5) – 2010, 2015-17, 2019
Alan Faneca................... (4) – 2016-19
Tom Flores.................... (1) – 2019
Tony Gonzalez................ (1) – 2019
Steve Hutchinson............ (2) – 2018-19
Edgerrin James............... (3) – 2016, 2018-19
Ty Law.......................... (3) – 2017-19
John Lynch.................... (6) – 2014-19
Kevin Mawae.................. (3) – 2017-19
Ed Reed........................ (1) – 2019
Johnny Robinson*........... (7) – 1980-83, 1985-86, 2019
Richard Seymour............. (1) – 2019
^ 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 Pat Bowlen or Gil Brandt.
Year of Eligibility......... Finalist
1st............................... Champ Bailey, Tony Gonzalez, Ed Reed
2nd.............................. Steve Hutchinson, Richard Seymour
4th............................... Alan Faneca,
5th............................... Isaac Bruce, Edgerrin James, Ty Law, Kevin Mawae
7th............................... John Lynch
13th............................. Tony Boselli
15th............................. Steve Atwater
24th............................. Tom Flores
32rd............................. Don Coryell
43rd............................. Johnny Robinson
^Although in 2007 the Hall of Fame By-Laws for selection were modified to provide that a coach must be retired five seasons to be eligible, Coryell and Flores first became eligible under the old rules that did not require the five-year waiting period. Thus, Coryell has been eligible since his retirement from coaching in 1986 making him eligible for 32 years and Tom Flores has been eligible since his retirement from coaching in 1994 making him eligible for 24 years.
The Annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee Meeting will be held on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, in Atlanta when the 48-person Selection Committee meets to elect the Class of 2019.
The selectors will thoroughly discuss the careers of each of the 18 finalists. Although there is no set number for any class of enshrinees, the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s By-Laws 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 Senior Finalist and/or one or both Contributors 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 2019 will be announced during NFL Honors, a two-hour primetime awards special to air nationally on the eve of Super Bowl LIII at 9 p.m. (ET and PT) on CBS. NFL Honors will be taped earlier that evening at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta from 5-7 p.m. (local) when the 2019 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 2019 will be officially enshrined into the Hall of Fame during the spectacular Enshrinement Ceremony held inside Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium at Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village in Canton on Saturday, Aug. 3. The Enshrinement is the main event of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls.
Safety … 6-3, 218 … Arkansas… 1989-1998 Denver Broncos, 1999 New York Jets
11 seasons, 167 games … Drafted in first round (20th overall) in 1989 draft … Made immediate impact as rookie in 1989 as Denver led NFL in fewest points allowed, recorded AFC’s best record and earned a berth in Super Bowl XXIV … Named to NFL All-Rookie Team … Noted for hard hitting and devastating tackling ... Broncos leading tackler in 1993 and 1995 … Recorded multiple interceptions in all but three seasons … Led Broncos in interceptions three seasons and interception return yardage four times … Career-high five interceptions, 1991 … Recorded 24 career picks returned for 408 yards and 1 TD … Totaled more than 1,000 career tackles … Registered five career sacks … Elected to eight Pro Bowls over nine-season span … Named All-Pro in 1991, 1992; Second-team All-Pro, 1990, 1996 … All-AFC six times … Started at free safety in four AFC championship games and three Super Bowls … Recorded six tackles, one sack and one pass defensed in Super Bowl XXXII to help Broncos to first Super Bowl championship with win over Green Bay Packers … Contributed four tackles, three assists and two passes defensed against Atlanta Falcons in Denver’s Super Bowl XXXIII win … Named to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1990s … Born Oct. 28, 1966 in Chicago, Illinois.
Cornerback … 6-0, 192 … Georgia … 1999-2003 Washington Redskins, 2004-2013 Denver Broncos
15 seasons, 215 games … Washington’s first round draft pick (7th overall) in 1999 NFL Draft … Helped Redskins to 10-6 record and division title as rookie … Recorded five interceptions in rookie season including three in one game (vs. Cardinals, Oct. 17, 1999) … Traded to Broncos in 2004 … Key member of secondary that led Denver to five postseason appearances and four division titles including three straight to cap his career … Started at left cornerback in two AFC championship games and Super Bowl XLVIII … Returned interception 100 yards in Broncos victory over Patriots in 2005 AFC Divisional Playoff Game … Tied for NFL lead with career-high 10 interceptions returned for 162 yards and 1 TD, 2006 … Racked up 18 interceptions over two-season span (2005-06) which was most in NFL in more than two decades … Exceptional in pass coverage, rarely flagged for pass interference … Led Redskins in interceptions once, punt returns once … Broncos leading interceptor five seasons … Amassed 52 career interceptions returned for 464 yards and 4 TDs … Recorded 203 passes defensed … Chosen First-Team All-Pro four times, Second-Team All-Pro four times … Named All-NFC twice, All-AFC three times … Voted to 12 Pro Bowls … Selected to NFL All-Decade Team of the 2000s … Born June 22, 1978 in Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
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 the 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.
Owner … Oklahoma … 1984-Present Denver Broncos
Bowlen shaped the Broncos into one of the most storied franchises in NFL history during his 35 years as owner … Engrained winning culture into organization with immediate results … Broncos posted 13-3 record to win AFC West in Bowlen’s first season, 1984 … Sustained and unprecedented success over past three decades has resulted in more than 350 victories, seven Super Bowl appearances and regular-season winning percentage of .603 (1984-2017) … With Bowlen at helm, Broncos have advanced to playoffs 18 times, won 13 division crowns, seven AFC conference championships and three Super Bowl titles (XXXII, XXXIII and 50) … Under his leadership, the Broncos are only NFL team to post 90 or more victories in each of the past three decades … Broncos victory total since Bowlen took over as owner is second most in NFL … Led effort for state-of-the-art Broncos Stadium at Mile High that opened in 2001 …. Member of numerous NFL committees over career including co-chair of NFL Management Council Executive Committee … Key figure to securing NFL’s labor and TV contracts … As Chair of NFL Broadcast Committee was responsible for negotiations of $18 billion TV contract, the most lucrative in single-sport history … Named to Broncos Ring of Fame, 2015 … Born Feb. 18, 1944 in Praire du Chien, Wisconsin.
Contributor … Wisconsin … 1960-1988 Dallas Cowboys, 1995-present National Football League
Historic half-century career in pro football … As vice president of personnel for the Cowboys, helped build one of most dominant franchises in all of sports … Integral talent scout for Cowboys and member of team’s brain trust along with Hall of Famers Tex Schramm and Tom Landry since inception in 1960 through 1988 … Developed innovative scouting and management of personnel systems … Many innovations are standard process for NFL teams today … Early user of computer analysis to evaluate players … Discovered number of free agents such as wide receiver Drew Pearson and defensive backs Cliff Harris and Everson Walls … Responsible for building rosters that led Cowboys to winning records in 20 consecutive seasons (1966-1985) … Cowboys registered 10 or more wins in a season 16 times during period … Helped Dallas to 13 division titles, six conference championships and two Super Bowl victories (VI and XII) … Joined NFL.com at its inception in 1995 and has been key contributor ever since … Regarded as top draft expert … Serves as resident historian for NFL.com and has provided countless number of columns about league’s significant events and players … A regular radio personality on SiriusXM NFL Radio … Born March 4, 1933 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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 Nov. 10, 1972 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Head Coach … Washington … 1973-77 St. Louis Cardinals, 1978-1986 San Diego Chargers
14 seasons … Regular season record: 111-83-1 … Postseason record: 3-6 … Overall record: 114-89-1 … Took over Cardinals team that hadn’t won title of any kind since 1948 … After 4-9-1 inaugural season took team 10-4 record, playoffs … “Big Red” won NFC Eastern Divisional title 1974, 1975 … Named consensus NFL Coach of the Year, 1974 … Narrowly missed playoffs in 1976 despite finishing 10-4 … Record of 31-11, 1974-76 marked most successful three-year stretch in franchise’s history … Again inherited a team that hadn’t won title in many years when he took over as coach of Chargers four games into 1978 season … Installed new explosive offense soon labeled “Air Coryell” … Chargers led NFL in passing six straight seasons, amassed more than 24,000 yards from 1978 to 1983 … QB Dan Fouts blossomed to become first player in NFL history to record three straight 4,000-yard seasons … Coryell succeeded in turning Chargers into one of NFL’s elite teams … Captured three AFC Western Division titles (1979-1981) … Named AFC Coach of the Year in 1979 … Born October 17, 1924 in Seattle, Washington … Died July 1, 2010, at age of 85.
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 Dec. 7, 1976 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Head Coach … Fresno City Junior College, University of Pacific … 1979-1987 Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders, 1992-94 Seattle Seahawks
12 seasons … Regular season record: 97-87-0 … Postseason record: 8-3 … Overall record: 105-90-0 … Served as assistant coach for Raiders for seven seasons before being named head coach in 1979 … Led team to Super Bowl title in second season at helm … Guided Raiders to 27-10 victory over Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl XV … Raiders became first wildcard team to win Super Bowl … Won second Super Bowl championship with Raiders 38-9 win over Washington Redskins in Super Bowl XVIII … At time, his two Super Bowl coaching victories ranked behind only Chuck Noll, Bill Walsh and Joe Gibbs … Flores’ led Raiders teams won 11 or more games in a season four times … Named AFC Coach of the Year after leading team to best record in AFC, 1982 … Raiders captured three division titles over four-year span (1982 AFC in strike-shortened season, 1983 and 1985 AFC Western) … Coached Seahawks for three seasons … Also served as Seattle’s President/General Manager, 1989-1994 … Born March 21, 1937 in Fresno, California.
Tight End … 6-5, 250 … California … 1997-2008 Kansas City Chiefs, 2009-2013 Atlanta Falcons
17 seasons, 270 games … First-round pick (13th player overall) by Chiefs in 1997 …. Named Chiefs’ rookie of the year after recording 33 catches for 368 yards and 2 TDs, 1997 … Recorded more than 50 receptions in a season in each of his last 16 years (second most all-time) including 14 seasons with 70 or more catches … Led NFL in receiving with career-best 102 receptions, 2004 … Led Chiefs in receiving eight times … Traded to Atlanta in 2009 … Led Falcons in receiving, 2012… Set Chiefs record with 26 games with 100 or more receiving yards; added five more 100-yard efforts with Falcons … Ranks behind only Jerry Rice in career receptions … Career statistics: 1,325 receptions for 15,127 yards, 111 TDs …. Streak of 211 straight games with a catch, 2000-2013 (longest ever by tight end, second longest in NFL history at time of retirement) … Career-long 73-yard TD catch vs. division rival Raiders, Nov. 28, 1999 …Team leader that helped Chiefs and Falcons to two division titles each … Started at tight end for Falcons in 2012 NFC Championship Game, had 8 catches for 78 yards and 1 TD … Named First-Team All-Pro seven times (1999-2003, 2008, 2012) …. Voted to 14 Pro Bowls … Named Team MVP by Chiefs (2008) and Falcons (2009) … Selected to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of 2000s … Born Feb. 27, 1976 in Torrance, California.
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 Nov. 1, 1977 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
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 Aug. 1, 1978 in Immokalee, Florida.
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 Feb. 10, 1974 in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania.
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 Sept. 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 Jan. 23, 1971 in Savannah, Georgia.
Safety… 5-11, 200 … Miami (Fla.) … 2002-2012 Baltimore Ravens, 2013 Houston Texans,
2013 New York Jets
12 seasons, 174 games … Selected by Ravens in first round (24th overall) in 2002 NFL Draft … Made instant impact on Baltimore’s dominant defense with 5 interceptions as rookie … NFL’s top interceptor in 2004, 2008, 2010 to become just second player in NFL history to lead NFL in interceptions three times … Led AFC in interceptions four times … Ravens leading interceptor seven seasons … NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year, 2004 after picking off league-high 9 passes returned for then-NFL record 358 yards, 1 TD … Career statistics: 64 interceptions returned for NFL record 1,590 yards and 7 touchdowns …. Owns two longest interception returns in NFL history (107 yards vs. Eagles on Nov. 23, 2008; and 106 yards vs. Browns on Nov. 7, 2004) … Registered 140 career passes defensed … Also returned 30 punts for 205 yards … 3 touchdowns scored on fumble recoveries … Leader on Ravens team that advanced to playoffs seven times, won four division titles, and Super Bowl title … Started at free safety in three AFC championship games … Recorded 5 tackles, 1 interception and 1 pass defensed in Ravens’ Super Bowl XLVII win … Selected All-Pro six times … Voted to nine Pro Bowls … Member of the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 2000s … Born Sept. 11, 1978 in St. Rose, Louisiana.
Safety… 6-1, 205 … Louisiana State … 1960-1971 Dallas Texans/Kansas City Chiefs
12 seasons, 164 games … Selected in first round of 1960 AFL Draft by Texans and 3rd overall in the 1960 NFL Draft by Detroit Lions … Utilized by Texans as running back first two seasons … Moved to defense in third season, responded with 4 interceptions … Recorded multiple interceptions each season after moving to safety … Single-season best 10 interceptions in 1966 (led AFL) and 1970 (led NFL) … Lone career pick-six came on 29-yard interception return vs. Boston Patriots, Sept. 25, 1966 … Helped team to four division titles … Played in three AFL championship game victories … Started in two Super Bowls … Recorded two tackles, one fumble recovery and intercepted one pass for nine yards in Chiefs’ 23-7 win over Minnesota Vikings, Super Bowl IV … Named All-AFL five straight seasons (1965-69), All-Pro, 1969 and All-NFL, 1970 … Voted to AFL All-Star Game six times, Pro Bowl once … Named to AFL’s All-Time Team … Intercepted 57 career interceptions, returned for 741 yards and 1 TD …Also gained 658 rushing yards, 6 TDs; 77 catches for 1,228 yards, 9 TDs; 21 punt returns for 272 yards, 1 TD; and 3 kickoff returns for 54 yards … Scored one TD on fumble return (46 yards vs. Baltimore Colts on Monday Night Football, Sept. 28, 1970) … Born Sept. 9, 1938 in Delhi, Louisiana.
Defensive End/Defensive Tackle … 6-6, 317 … Georgia … 2001-08 New England Patriots,
2009-2012 Oakland Raiders
12 seasons, 164 games … First round selection (6th player overall) by Patriots in 2001 NFL Draft … Integral member of defense that helped Patriots to six division titles over seven-season span … Patriots teams posted 10 or more wins seven times during his eight seasons with team … Led Patriots in sacks twice (2002, 2008) … Registered a career-high 8 sacks, 2008 … Amassed 57.5 career sacks … Recorded 3 or more sacks in every season but one … In games in which he recorded a sack, teams had a record of 46-8 (.852) … Returned fumble a franchise record 68 yards for TD against Buffalo Bills on Oct. 3, 2004 … Recorded 39 passes defensed, two interceptions in career … Played in four AFC championship games and four Super Bowls including victories in Super Bowls XXXVI, XXXVIII and XXXIX … Selected first-team All-Pro three consecutive seasons (2003-05); second-team All-Pro twice (2006, 2011) … All-AFC five times … Voted to seven Pro Bowls … Named to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of 2000s … Born Oct. 6, 1979 in Gadsden, South Carolina.
IF ELECTED … SPECIAL NOTES ON 2019 FINALISTS
List of finalists and Hall of Famers by team in which significant or major portion of career was spent.
ARIZONA CARDINALS (Chicago, St. Louis, Phoenix)
2019 Finalist: Don Coryell
HOFers (13): Charles Bidwill, Jimmy Conzelman, Dan Dierdorf, John “Paddy” Driscoll, Dick “Night Train” Lane, Ollie Matson, Ernie Nevers, Jackie Smith, Charley Trippi, Kurt Warner, Roger Wehrli, Aeneas Williams, Larry Wilson
2019 Finalist: Tony Gonzalez
HOFers (3): Morten Andersen, Claude Humphrey, Deion Sanders
2019 Finalist: Ed Reed
HOFers (2): Ray Lewis, Jonathan Ogden
2019 Finalist: Gil Brandt
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
2019 Finalists: Steve Atwater, Champ Bailey, Pat Bowlen, John Lynch
HOFers (5): Terrell Davis, John Elway, Floyd Little, Shannon Sharpe, Gary Zimmerman
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (Baltimore)
2019 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
2019 Finalist: Tony Boselli
HOFers (–): None
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
2019 Finalists: Tony Gonzalez, Johnny Robinson
HOFers (11): Bobby Bell, Buck Buchanan, Curley Culp, Len Dawson, Lamar Hunt, Willie Lanier, Will Shields, Jan Stenerud, Hank Stram, Derrick Thomas, Emmitt Thomas
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (San Diego)
2019 Finalist: Don Coryell
HOFers (10): Lance Alworth, Bobby Beathard, Fred Dean, Dan Fouts, Sid Gillman, Charlie Joiner, Ron Mix, Junior Seau, LaDainian Tomlinson, Kellen Winslow
LOS ANGELES RAMS (Cleveland/St. Louis)
2019 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
2019 Finalist: Steve Hutchinson
HOFers (14): Cris Carter, Chris Doleman, Carl Eller, Jim Finks, Bud Grant, Paul Krause, Randall McDaniel, Randy Moss, Alan Page, John Randle, Fran Tarkenton, Mick Tingelhoff, Ron Yary, Gary Zimmerman
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
2019 Finalists: Ty Law, Richard Seymour
HOFers (4): Nick Buoniconti, John Hannah, Mike Haynes, Andre Tippett
NEW YORK JETS
2019 Finalist: Kevin Mawae
HOFers (5): Weeb Ewbank, Curtis Martin, Don Maynard, Joe Namath, John Riggins
OAKLAND RAIDERS (Los Angeles)
2019 Finalists: Tom Flores, Richard Seymour
HOFers (17): Marcus Allen, Fred Biletnikoff, George Blanda, Tim Brown, Willie Brown, Dave Casper, Al Davis, Ray Guy, Mike Haynes, Ted Hendricks, Howie Long, John Madden, Jim Otto, Art Shell, Ken Stabler, Gene Upshaw, Ron Wolf
2019 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
2019 Finalists: Steve Hutchinson, Kevin Mawae
HOFers (4): Kenny Easley, Walter Jones, Cortez Kennedy, Steve Largent
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
2019 Finalist: John Lynch
HOFers (4): Derrick Brooks, Tony Dungy, Warren Sapp, Lee Roy Selmon
TENNESEE TITANS (Houston/Tennessee Oilers)
2019 Finalist: Kevin Mawae
HOFers (9): Elvin Bethea, George Blanda, Robert Brazile, Earl Campbell, Curley Culp, Ken Houston, Bruce Matthews, Warren Moon, Mike Munchak
2019 Finalist: Champ Bailey
HOFers (21): George Allen, Cliff Battles, Sammy Baugh, Bobby Beathard, 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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2019 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
2019 Finalist: Isaac Bruce
HOFers (27): 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, Randy Moss, Terrell Owens, Pete Pihos, Andre Reed, Jerry Rice, John Stallworth, Lynn Swann, Charley Taylor (also HB), Paul Warfield
2019 Finalist: Tony Gonzalez
HOFers (8): Dave Casper, Mike Ditka, John Mackey, Ozzie Newsome, Charlie Sanders, Shannon Sharpe, Jackie Smith, Kellen Winslow
2019 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
2019 Finalists: Alan Faneca, Steve Hutchinson
HOFers (18): Larry Allen (also T), Lou Creekmur (also T), Joe DeLamielleure, Russ Grimm, John Hannah, Gene Hickerson, Stan Jones (also T/DT), Jerry Kramer, 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
2019 Finalist: Tony Boselli
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
2019 Finalist: Richard Seymour (DT/DE)
HOFers (37): Doug Atkins (DE), Elvin Bethea (DE), Buck Buchanan (DT), Curley Culp (DT), Willie Davis (DE), Fred Dean (DE), Richard Dent (DE), Chris Doleman (DE/LB), Art Donovan (DT), Carl Eller (DE), Len Ford (DE), Joe Greene (DT), Charles Haley (DE/LB), Dan Hampton (DT/DE), Claude Humphrey (DE), David “Deacon” Jones (DE), Henry Jordan (DT), Cortez Kennedy (DT), Bob Lilly (DT), Howie Long (DE), Gino Marchetti (DE), Leo Nomellini (DT), Merlin Olsen (DT), Alan Page (DT), John Randle (DT), Andy Robustelli (DE), Warren Sapp (DT), Lee Roy Selmon (DE), Bruce Smith (DE), Ernie Stautner (DT), Michael Strahan (DE), Jason Taylor (DE), Arnie Weinmeister (DT), Randy White (DT), Reggie White (DE), Bill Willis (MG), Jack Youngblood (DE)
2019 Finalists: Champ Bailey, Ty Law
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).
2019 Finalists: Steve Atwater, John Lynch, Ed Reed, Johnny Robinson
HOFers (13): Jack Christiansen, Brian Dawkins, 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)
2019 Finalists: Don Coryell, Tom Flores
HOFers (17): George Allen, Paul Brown, Tony Dungy, Weeb Ewbank, Joe Gibbs, Sid Gillman, Bud Grant, George Halas, Tom Landry, Marv Levy, Vince Lombardi, John Madden, Chuck Noll, Bill Parcells, Don Shula, Hank Stram, Bill Walsh
2019 Finalist: Pat Bowlen, Gil Brandt
HOFers (24): Bobby Beathard, 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 2019 will be formally enshrined on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019.
The 2019 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls kicks off with the annual Hall of Fame Game on Thursday, Aug. 1. Other major events complementing the Enshrinement Ceremony and Hall of Fame Game are the nationally televised (NFL Network) Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner (Friday, Aug. 2) and the Enshrinees Roundtable (Sunday, Aug. 4). The festivities wrap up on Sunday night with the Concert for Legends.
The Hall of Fame Game, Enshrinement Ceremony and the Concert for Legends, will be held in the world-class Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. The venue is a key component of Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village that is currently under construction on the Hall’s campus.
For the eighth consecutive year, fans can vote for their favorite Pro Football Hall of Fame nominees. Fans should visit http://www.nfl.com/hofvote to make their picks. The Class of 2019 fan vote is presented by Ford, the Official Automobile of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Official ticket packages for the 2019 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls are on sale now at www.hofexperiences.com or by calling 844-751-0532. A variety of ticket packages, starting at $299, 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.
Individual tickets to the 2019 Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls will go on sale at a later date.
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Clay Matthews hopes his dad takes another step toward Hall of Fame
Clay Matthews has never officially stumped for his dad’s Pro Football Hall of Fame candidacy, but he does think if he can make it to the next stage of the process, the voters will have an interesting discussion about his dad’s career.