Three first-time eligible players and a coach were among the 15 finalists selected for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The group of first-timers includes linebacker Derrick Brooks, wide receiver Marvin Harrison and tackle Walter Jones, along with coach Tony Dungy.
The rest of the finalists include nine of last year’s 10 finalists who did not make the cut: Wide receivers Andre Reed and Tim Brown, running back Jerome Bettis, guard Will Shields, defensive ends Michael Strahan and Charles Haley, linebacker Kevin Greene and cornerback Aeneas Williams, along with owners Ed DeBartolo Jr.
Art Modell, the controversial owner who took the Browns to Baltimore, did not make the final cut to 25 this year after being a finalist last year.
Voting for no more than five of the modern-era finalists from the group of 15 will take place the day before the Super Bowl.
Kicker Morten Andersen and safety John Lynch are the other finalists.