2011 NFL Hall of Fame Finalists Announced Sunday

On Sunday, the latest 15 modern-era players and contributors were named finalists for the 2011 NFL Hall of Fame class, joining a pair of senior nominees on the ballot. The Hall's selection committee will vote on this year's class on Feb. 5, 2011 in Dallas, a day prior to the Super Bowl. For a nominee to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, he must earn 80 percent of the committee's vote. Jerome Bettis, Marshall Faulk, Curtis Martin, Willie Roaf and Deion Sanders -- all in their first year of Hall of Fame eligibility -- were among the finalists. The complete list of 2011 Hall finalists include: Jerome Bettis, RB (1995-93 Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, 1996-2005 Pittsburgh Steelers) • Tim Brown, WR/KR (1988-2003 Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders, 2004 Tampa Bay Buccaneers) • Cris Carter, WR (1987-89 Philadelphia Eagles, 1990-2001 Minnesota Vikings, 2002 Miami Dolphins) • Dermontti Dawson, C (1988-2000 Pittsburgh Steelers) • Richard Dent, DE (1983-1993, 1995 Chicago Bears, 1994 San Francisco 49ers, 1996 Indianapolis Colts, 1997 Philadelphia Eagles) • Chris Doleman, DE/LB (1985-1993, 1999 Minnesota Vikings, 1994-95 Atlanta Falcons, 1996-98 San Francisco 49ers) • Marshall Faulk, RB (1994-98 Indianapolis Colts, 1999-2005 St. Louis Rams) • Charles Haley, DE/LB (1986-1991, 1999 San Francisco 49ers, 1992-96 Dallas Cowboys) • Cortez Kennedy, DT (1990-2000 Seattle Seahawks) • Curtis Martin, RB (1995-97 New England Patriots, 1998-2005 New York Jets) • Andre Reed, WR (1985-1999 Buffalo Bills, 2000 Washington Redskins) • Willie Roaf, OT (1993-2001 New Orleans Saints, 2002-05 Kansas City Chiefs) • Ed Sabol, Contributor (1964-1995 NFL Films) • Deion Sanders, CB/KR/PR (1989-1993 Atlanta Falcons, 1994 San Francisco 49ers, 1995-99 Dallas Cowboys, 2000 Washington Redskins, 2004-05 Baltimore Ravens) • Shannon Sharpe, TE (1990-99, 2002-03 Denver Broncos, 2000-01 Baltimore Ravens) The two senior nominees are: Chris Hanburger, LB (1965-78 Washington Redskins); and Les Richter, LB (1954-62) Los Angeles Rams. Names like Don Coryell, Roger Craig, Terrell Davis and Ray Guy did not make the cut from the semifinal round to the list of finalists. Your JGF, Marcelle

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