Long-time coach Bill Parcells and former Chiefs offensive lineman Will Shields have advanced to the semifinal round of Hall of Fame voting. The Selection Committee has whittled the initial list of modern-era candidates from 105 down to 26.
The other 24 are, via NFL.com: safety Steve Atwater, running back Jerome Bettis, receiver Tim Brown, receiver Cris Carter, coach Don Coryell, running back Roger Craig, running back Terrell Davis, center Dermontti Dawson, owner Eddie DeBartolo, defensive end Chris Doleman, linebacker Kevin Greene, defensive end Charles Haley, defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy, running back Curtis Martin, linebacker Clay Matthews, linebacker Karl Mecklenburg, receiver Andre Reed, tackle Willie Roaf, safety Donnie Shell, Commissioner Paul Tagliabue, special-teamer Steve Tasker, cornerback Aeneas Williams, G.M. Ron Wolf, and G.M. George Young.
The list eventually will be cut to 15, who’ll be considered on the Saturday before the Super Bowl for induction. Up to five will make it, along with up to two candidates nominated by the Seniors Committee: cornerback Jack Butler and guard Dick Stanfel.