Brett Favre, T.O., Alan Faneca Named Finalists for Pro Football Hall of Fame
The 15 modern era finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2016 were announced on Thursday. Not surprisingly, the most prominent name on the list of first-time nominees is Green Bay Packers legend Brett Favre.
After 16 seasons with the Packers, one with the Jets, and two with the Vikings, Favre retired in 2010 as the all-time NFL leader in passing yards, passing touchdowns, pass completions, and pass attempts. He’s also a Super Bowl champion and a three-time league MVP. There is absolutely no doubt that he will be voted into the Hall in his first year of eligibility.
Joining Favre as first-time finalists are wide receiver Terrell Owens and offensive lineman Alan Faneca. Owens played 16 seasons with five teams and is second all-time in receiving yards and third in receiving touchdowns. Faneca played 10 seasons with the Steelers, two with the Jets, and one with the Cardinals, and was a nine-time Pro Bowler and six-time First-Team All-Pro. Both will get in eventually, if not this year.
The other modern era finalists are Kurt Warner and the guy who blocked for him on the Greatest Show on Turf St. Louis Rams, Orlando Pace; former Bucs and Colts coach Tony Dungy; Colts receiver Marvin Harrison; legendary kicker Morten Anderson; running back Terrell Davis; running back Edgerrin James; Cardinals and Chargers coach Don Coryell; Broncos and Jets safety Steve Atwater; linebacker and defensive end Kevin Greene; Washington tackle Joe Jacoby; Bucs and Broncos safety and John Lynch.
Two senior finalists whose careers ended more than 25 years ago were also announced, as was one “contributor” finalist. The senior finalists are quarterback Ken Stabler and offensive lineman Dick Stanfel, both of whom passed away in 2015. The contributor finalist is Edward DeBartolo Jr., who owned the 49ers from 1977 to 2000.
Because the total number of inductees into the Hall is limited to eight per year, only five of the 15 modern era finalists will make the cut. Those five will be announced on February 6, the day before Super Bowl 50.
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