The NFL Hall of Fame nominees list was revealed. This NFL Hall of Fame nominees list includes 131 nominees, and serves as the first preliminary list of modern-era nominees for the next Hall of Fame vote. These nominees are all searching for a place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and they will all have their shot in the coming months. The list itself is a very interesting one, with some all-time-great like Jerry Rice and Emmitt Smith leading the way. Those should be the two easiest no-brainers in this selection process, and if they aren’t on the first ballot of every voter, then someone has some explaining to do. There are several other players that really deserve a slot as well, but this seems to be a tough class to get a foot-hold in.
The preliminary list of people for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame includes 131 players, coaches, and contributors from recent years in professional football. Leading the list of players (linked at end of article) are running back Emmitt Smith and wide receiver Jerry Rice, but they aren’t along in their goal of making it into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Also getting a nomination this year are wide receivers Tim Brown and Andre Reed, tight end Shannon Sharpe, John Randle, Chris Carter, Sterling Sharp, Herschel Walker, and even former commissioner Paul Tagliabue. These 131 football nominees join the two senior nominees that were already announced, cornerback Dick LeBeau and running back Floyd Little.
The way that the Pro Football Hall of Fame process is going to work, is that first this preliminary list is voted on in order to slim it own a bit. Hall of Fame voters will get to choose 25 semifinalists before a November 27th deadline, and then they will get to select 15 finalists by the January 7th, 2010 deadline. From there the final voting will take place on February 6th, 2010 to select the 2010 Pro Football Hall of Fame class. This is the day before the Super Bowl, and will allow some of the greatest people involved in the game of football to get another day in the spotlight. It’s definitely going to be interesting to see which of these stars of the game make the final list, and which ones are left out in the cold, because not everyone will make the final cut.
There is still a lot of time for posturing and press stories about these final nominees before the important voting stages, and that will give sports writers a chance to write up a new story about some of their favorites players form the past. I fully expect to see some more Jerry Rice retrospectives come to fruition, because many in the game of football consider him to be the best receiver of all time. From there, it’s anyone’s guess who will be joining Emmitt and Jerry on Hall of Fame induction day.
2010 HOF Story
2010 Preliminary Nominees List