CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Four-time All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis is one of 5 first-year eligible gamers among 28 modern-day semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s class of 2023.
Joining Revis as candidates for induction subsequent yr are offensive linemen Jahri Evans and Joe Thomas, defensive lineman Dwight Freeney and linebacker James Harrison. Each final performed within the 2017 season.
Henry Ellard and London Fletcher are semifinalists for the primary time. Albert Lewis, a semifinalist in 2013, can be on the checklist. Ellard, who retired following the 1998 season, and Lewis, who additionally retired in 1998, are of their remaining yr of eligibility as trendy period gamers.
Torry Holt returns for the ninth time, Hines Ward and Darren Woodson are semifinalists for the seventh time and Ronde Barber makes the checklist for the sixth time. Zach Thomas is a fifth-timer and James Willis and Reggie Wayne are again for a fourth time.
Eric Allen, Jared Allen, Willie Anderson, Anquan Boldin, Rodney Harrison, Devin Hester, Andre Johnson, Robert Mathis, Steve Smith Sr., Fred Taylor, DeMarcus Ware, Ricky Watters and Vince Wilfork full the checklist.
The 28 semifinalists will likely be lowered to fifteen finalists earlier than the ultimate voting course of in January. The inductees will likely be introduced on Feb. 9 throughout NFL Honors, the prime-time awards present when The Associated Press reveals its particular person award winners for the 2022 NFL season, together with Most Valuable Player and Coach of the Year.
Four finalists beforehand introduced are Don Coryell within the teaching class, and Chuck Howley, Joe Klecko and Ken Riley within the senior class.