CANTON, Ohio (CBSMiami) – The Pro Football Hall of Fame released its class of 2014 Modern-Era nominees and the list contains a lot of players who have spent some time in South Florida.
The list of 126 nominees will be whittled down to 25 candidates who will be named semifinalists and the semifinalist will be further reduced to 15 finalists in January. The Hall of Fame Selection Committee will then select the next Hall of Famers on the day before Super Bowl XLVIII.
Here’s the list of players by position:
- Quarterback – Drew Bledsoe, Randall Cunningham, Doug Flutie, Trent Green, Steve McNair, Phil Simms
- Running Backs – Shaun Alexander, Ottis Anderson, Tiki Barber, Jerome Bettis, Larry Centers, Roger Craig, Stephen Davis, Terrell Davis, Warrick Dunn, Eddie George, Priest Holmes, Dave Meggett, Eric Metcalf, Herschel Walker, Ricky Watters
- Wide Receivers – Tim Brown, Gary Clark, Mark Clayton, Henry Ellard, Marvin Harrison, Keyshawn Johnson, Keenan McCardell, Andre Reed, Sterling Sharpe, Jimmy Smith, Rod Smith
- Tight End – Mark Bavaro
- Offensive Line – Willie Anderson, Tony Boselli, Lomas Brown, Jim Covert, Jay Hilgenberg, Chris Hinton, Kent Hull, Joe Jacoby, Walter Jones, Mike Kenn, Jim Lachey, Don Mosebar, Tom Nalen, Nate Newton, Will Shields, Steve Wisniewski
- Defensive Line – Jerome Brown, Charles Haley, Ed “Too Tall” Jones, Dexter Manley, Charles Mann, Steve McMichael, Fred Smerlas, Michael Strahan, Ted Washington, Bryant Young
- Linebackers – Cornelius Bennett, Derrick Brooks, Tedy Bruschi, Kevin Greene, Ken Harvey, Clay Matthews, Karl Mecklenburg, Willie McGinest, Sam Mills, Darryl Talley, Zach Thomas
- Defensive Backs – Eric Allen, Steve Atwater, Joey Browner, Leroy Butler, Rodney Harrison, Albert Lewis, John Lynch, Sam Madison, Patrick Surtain, Tory Vincent, Everson Walls, Aeneas Williams, Darren Woodson
- Specialists – Morten Andersen, Gary Anderson, Sean Landeta, Nick Lowery
- Coaches – Bill Arnsparger, Don Coryell, Bill Cowher, Tony Dungy, Tom Flores, Jon Gruden, Mike Holmgren, Jimmy Johnson, Chuck Knox, Buddy Parker, Richie Petitbon, Dan Reeves, Lou Saban, Marty Schottenheimer, Clark Shaughnessy, Dick Vermeil
Looking at the list, Tim Brown, Marvin Harrison, Andre Reed, Walter Jones, Nate Newton, Will Shields, Too Tall Jones, Charles Haley, Cornelius Bennett, Derrick Brooks, Tedy Bruschi, Rodney Harrison, John Lynch, Jimmy Johnson, Tony Dungy and Don Coryell could be near the top of the list.