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Urlacher named a HOF semifinalist

Urlacher named a HOF semifinalist

The semifinalists include 25 players (12 offense and 13 defense) and two coaches. An eight-time Pro Bowl selection, Dawkins finished his Eagles career in 2008 as the franchise's all-time leader in games played (183) and interceptions (34).

In NFL history, only Jerry Rice has more receiving yards than Owen's 15,934.

The 27 Modern Era semifinalists will be reduced to 15 finalists in early January.

One of the greatest running backs in program history, James rushed for almost 3,000 yards and 32 touchdowns in three seasons (1996-98) for the 'Canes. To be elected, a finalist must get a minimum of 80 percent of the votes cast by the selection panel. The only players who've started more games for the team are Hall of Fame running back Walter Payton (184) and center Olin Kreutz (183). He became the first coach to win championships at the college and pro levels, and has since been joined in that club along with his successor Barry Switzer and Seattle coach Pete Carroll. During his induction weekend, Jones said Johnson deserves a spot alongside him in the Hall of Fame. He was named to five Pro Bowls and twice was First-Team All-Pro.




Joining them on the list of semifinalists are six who made it on their first years of eligibility: DB Ronde Barber, OG Steve Hutchinson, LB Ray Lewis, LB Brian Urlacher, WR Randy Moss and DL Richard Seymour. Law had 53 career interceptions, tied for 24th with Deion Sanders in National Football League history, plus six more in 13 playoff games.

Owens, who prepped at Benjamin Russell in Alexander City, has reached finalist status in both of his previous years of eligibility without being selected to take the final step into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

A nominated player or coach must have been retired for five consecutive seasons to be eligible.


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