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28 Trendy-Period Gamers named as Semifinalists for Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame’s Class of 2023

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  • 5 first-year eligible candidates on checklist trimmed from 129 Nominees

CANTON, OHIO – 5 first-year eligible nominees are among the many 28 Trendy-Period Participant Semifinalists for the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame’s Class of 2023.

The checklist of candidates for election into the Corridor of Fame, which is able to happen early subsequent 12 months, additionally consists of 19 gamers who had been Semifinalists for the Class of 2022.

Trendy-Period Gamers making the reduce to Semifinalist of their first 12 months of eligibility are offensive linemen Jahri Evans and Joe Thomas, defensive lineman Dwight Freeney, linebacker James Harrison and defensive again Darrell Revis. Every final performed within the 2017 season.

To be thought of for election to the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame, a nominated particular person should not have participated as an lively participant for 5 consecutive seasons.

Henry Ellard, who retired following the 1998 season, reached the Semifinalist stage for the primary time. London Fletcher is also a first-time Semifinalist; he retired following the 2013 season. Albert Lewis, a Semifinalist in 2013 who additionally retired in 1998, superior to this stage for the second time. Each Ellard and Lewis are of their ultimate 12 months of eligibility as Trendy-Period Gamers.

The 28 Semifinalists might be decreased once more — to fifteen Finalists — earlier than the ultimate voting course of for the Class of 2023.

Class of 2023 Trendy-Period Participant Semifinalists

The next is the checklist of 2023 Trendy-Period Participant Semifinalists, together with their positions, years and groups. Additionally listed are the variety of instances and years the candidate has been named a Semifinalist since this discount vote was added to the Corridor of Fame’s Bylaws in 2004. (Observe: The Bylaws state the variety of Semifinalists shall be 25 – or a bigger quantity if gamers tie for the twenty fifth place.)

  • Eric Allen, CB – 1988-1994 Philadelphia Eagles, 1995-97 New Orleans Saints, 1998-2001 Oakland Raiders | (Instances as a Semifinalist: 3 – 2021-23)
  • Jared Allen, DE – 2004-07 Kansas Metropolis Chiefs, 2008-2013 Minnesota Vikings, 2014-15 Chicago Bears, 2015 Carolina Panthers | (Instances as a Semifinalist: 3 – 2021-23)
  • Willie Anderson, T – 1996-2007 Cincinnati Bengals, 2008 Baltimore Ravens | (Instances as a Semifinalist: 3 – 2021-23)
  • Ronde Barber, CB/S – 1997-2012 Tampa Bay Buccaneers | (Instances as a Semifinalist: 6 – 2018-2023)
  • Anquan Boldin, WR – 2003-09 Arizona Cardinals, 2010-12 Baltimore Ravens, 2013-15 San Francisco 49ers, 2016 Detroit Lions | (Instances as a Semifinalist: 2 – 2022-23)
  • Henry Ellard, WRs – 1983-1993 Los Angeles Rams, 1994-98 Washington Redskins, 1998 New England Patriots | (Instances as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2023)
  • Jahri Evans, G – 2006-2016 New Orleans Saints, 2017 Inexperienced Bay Packers | (Instances as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2023)
  • London Fletcher, LB – 1998-2001 St. Louis Rams, 2002-06 Buffalo Payments, 2007-2013 Washington Redskins | (Instances as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2023)
  • Dwight Freeney, DE – 2002-2012 Indianapolis Colts, 2013-14 San Diego Chargers, 2015 Arizona Cardinals, 2016 Atlanta Falcons, 2017 Seattle Seahawks, 2017 Detroit Lions | (Instances as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2023)
  • James Harrison, LB – 2002-2012, 2014-17 Pittsburgh Steelers, 2013 Cincinnati Bengals, 2017 New England Patriots | (Instances as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2023)
  • Rodney Harrison, S – 1994-2002 San Diego Chargers, 2003-08 New England Patriots | (Instances as a Semifinalist: 2 – 2021, 2023)
  • Devin Hester, PR/KR/WR – 2006-2013 Chicago Bears, 2014-15 Atlanta Falcons, 2016 Baltimore Ravens | (Instances as a Semifinalist: 2 – 2022-23)
  • Torry Holt, WRs – 1999-2008 St. Louis Rams, 2009 Jacksonville Jaguars | (Instances as a Semifinalist: 9 – 2015-2023)
  • Andre Johnson, WRs – 2003-2014 Houston Texans, 2015 Indianapolis Colts, 2016 Tennessee Titans | (Instances as a Semifinalist: 2 – 2022-23)
  • Albert Lewis, CB – 1983-1993 Kansas Metropolis Chiefs, 1994-98 Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders | (Instances as a Semifinalist: 2 – 2013, 2023)
  • Robert Mathis, DE/LB – 2003-2016 Indianapolis Colts | (Instances as a Semifinalist: 2 – 2022-23)
  • Darrelle Revis, CB – 2007-2012, 2015-16 New York Jets, 2013 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2014 New England Patriots, 2017 Kansas Metropolis Chiefs | (Instances as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2023)
  • Steve Smith Sr., WRs – 2001-2013 Carolina Panthers, 2014-16 Baltimore Ravens | (Instances as a Semifinalist: 2 – 2022-23)
  • Fred Taylor, RBs – 1998-2008 Jacksonville Jaguars, 2009-2010 New England Patriots | (Instances as a Semifinalist: 4 – 2020-23)
  • Joe Thomas, T – 2007-2017 Cleveland Browns | (Instances as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2023)
  • Zach Thomas, LB – 1996-2007 Miami Dolphins, 2008 Dallas Cowboys | (Instances as a Semifinalist: 5 – 2019-2023)
  • Hines Ward, WR – 1998-2011 Pittsburgh Steelers | (Instances as a Semifinalist: 7 – 2017-2023)
  • DeMarcus Ware, LB/DE – 2005-2013 Dallas Cowboys, 2014-16 Denver Broncos | (Instances as a Semifinalist: 2 – 2022-23)
  • Ricky Watters, RB – 1992-94 San Francisco 49ers, 1995-97 Philadelphia Eagles, 1998-2001 Seattle Seahawks | (Instances as a Semifinalist: 3 – 2020, 2022-23)
  • Reggie Wayne, W.R. – 2001-2014 Indianapolis Colts | (Instances as a Semifinalist: 4 – 2020-23)
  • Vince Wilfork, DT – 2004-2014 New England Patriots, 2015-16 Houston Texans | (Instances as a Semifinalist: 2 – 2022-23)
  • Patrick Willis, LB – 2007-2014 San Francisco 49ers | (Instances as a Semifinalist: 4 – 2020-23)
  • Darren Woodson, S – 1992-2003 Dallas Cowboys | (Instances as a Semifinalist: 7 – 2015, 2017, 2019-2023)

The checklist of Semifinalists, which was introduced reside Tuesady on NFL Community, was decreased from an preliminary group of 129 nominees introduced in September. It marks the most important variety of Semifinalists because the Corridor adopted the method of lowering the checklist of nominees to 25 (plus ties) in 2004.

What’s subsequent within the Choice Course of?

The following step within the Choice Course of comes when the Semifinalists are trimmed to fifteen Trendy-Period Participant Finalists. That checklist will increase to 19 Finalists with the inclusion of the really helpful Nominees of the Corridor of Fame’s Coach/Contributor Committee, Don Coryell; and Seniors Committee, Chuck Howley, Joe Klecko and Ken Riley.

The Corridor of Fame’s 49-person Choice Committee will choose the Class of 2023 upfront of Tremendous Bowl LVII in Glendale, Ariz. The category might be introduced reside on the “NFL Honors” telecast scheduled to air at 9 pm ET Feb. 9. Whereas there isn’t a set quantity for any class of enshrinees, the Bylaws for the Choice Committee present that between 4 and 9 new members might be chosen.

The Coach/Contributor and Seniors Finalists are voted “sure” or “no” for election on the annual choice assembly and should obtain a minimum of 80% assist from the Committee to be elected. The Trendy-Period Participant Finalists might be trimmed in the course of the assembly from 15 to 10, then from 10 to 5. The remaining 5 finalists might be voted on individually, “sure” or “no,” and should obtain the identical 80% constructive vote because the Coach/Contributor and Seniors Finalists to earn election to the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame.

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The Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame’s Class of 2023 might be enshrined subsequent August (anticipated date: Aug. 5) in Canton as a part of the 2023 Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls. Different occasions in the course of the week of festivities embody the Corridor of Fame Recreation (groups to be decided) and the Gold Jacket Dinner. For extra data, go to https://www.profootballhof.com/enshrinement/.

The Choice Course of aligns with the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame’s necessary Mission to “Honor the Best of the Recreation, Protect its Historical past, Promote its Values ​​and Have a good time Excellence Collectively.”

Trendy-Period Participant Semifinalists breakdown

OFFENSE – 12

RB (2): Fred Taylor, Ricky Watters

WR (7): Anquan Boldin, Henry Ellard, Torry Holt, Andre Johnson, Steve Smith Sr., Hines Ward, Reggie Wayne

OL (3): Willie Anderson, Jahri Evans, Joe Thomas
 

DEFENSE – 15

DB(6): Eric Allen, Ronde Barber, Rodney Harrison, Albert Lewis, Darrelle Revis, Darren Woodson

LB (5): London Fletcher, James Harrison, Zach Thomas, DeMarcus Ware (additionally DE), Patrick Willis

DL (4): Jared Allen, Dwight Freeney, Robert Mathis (additionally LB), Vince Wilfork
 

SPECIAL TEAMS – 1

Devin Hester (additionally WR)

Corridor of Fame Fan Vote introduced by Ford

The annual Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame Fan Vote introduced by Ford continues since its launch in September. Followers can vote as many instances as they need at www.profootballhof.com/fanvote to foretell the 5 Trendy-Period Gamers who might be elected to the Corridor of Fame as a part of the Class of 2023.

Followers who vote mechanically change into eligible for a number of sweepstakes prizes, together with a Grand Prize journey for 2 (2) to the 2023 Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls in Canton.

This marks the twelfth consecutive 12 months that Ford, the Official Vehicle of the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame, has invited followers to foretell the result of the annual Corridor of Fame class. (Observe: The end result of the fan vote doesn’t have an effect on any participant’s possibilities of being elected.)

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