Preliminary 2015 Hall of Fame ballot announced

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A high-profile rookie class including Chargers linebacker Junior Seau and Rams teammates Kurt Warner, Orlando Pace, Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt are among the preliminary nominees for the 2015 class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The Hall announced the list of 99 players and 14 coaches who will be considered for induction among the modern-era candidates, from which no more than five will be picked.

They will be joined on the ballot by seniors nominee Mick Tingelhoff, and two contributors, for a maximum class of eight.

The list is headlined by the five who were in the final 10 of last year’s voting but not elected: Linebacker Kevin Greene, defensive end Charles Haley, running back Jerome Bettis, guard Will Shields and wide receiver Marvin Harrison.

The group will be reduced to 25 semifinalists in November, and then to 15, which will be voted on the day before the Super Bowl.

Here’s a position-by-position look at the full ballot:

Quarterbacks: (4) – Randall Cunningham, Rich Gannon, Phil Simms, Kurt Warner.

Wide Receivers: (9) – Tim Brown (also KR), Isaac Bruce, Gary Clark, Henry Ellard (also PR), Marvin Harrison, Torry Holt, Sterling Sharpe, Jimmy Smith, Rod Smith.

Tight End: (1) – Mark Bavaro.

Running Backs: (14) – Shaun Alexander, Ottis Anderson, Tiki Barber, Jerome Bettis, Roger Craig, Stephen Davis, Terrell Davis, Eddie George, Priest Holmes, Edgerrin James, Daryl Johnston, Jamal Lewis, Herschel Walker (also KR), Ricky Watters.

Offensive Linemen: (23) – Willie Anderson (T), Tony Boselli (T), Jeff Bostic (C), Lomas Brown (T), Jim Covert (T), Bill Fralic (G/T), Jay Hilgenberg (C), Chris Hinton (G/T), Kent Hull (C), Joe Jacoby (T), Jon Jansen (T), Mike Kenn (T), Jim Lachey (T), Kevin Mawae (C/G), Mark May (G/T/C),Tom Nalen (C), Nate Newton (G), Orlando Pace (T), Chris Samuels (T), Mark Schlereth (G), Will Shields (G), Tra Thomas (T), Steve Wisniewski (G).

Defensive Linemen: (12) – Al “Bubba” Baker (DE), Jerome Brown (DT), Carl Hairston (DE/DT), Charles Haley (also LB), Jevon Kearse (DE), Dexter Manley (DE), Charles Mann (DE), Steve McMichael (DT/NT), Fred Smerlas (NT), Greg Townsend (DE), Ted Washington (DT/NT), Bryant Young (DE).

Linebackers: (13) – Cornelius Bennett, Tedy Bruschi, Kevin Greene (also DE), Ken Harvey, Clay Matthews, Willie McGinest (also DE), Karl Mecklenburg, Matt Millen, Sam Mills, Junior Seau, Chris Spielman, Darryl Talley, Zach Thomas.

Defensive Backs: (16) – Eric Allen (CB), Steve Atwater (S), Joey Browner (S), LeRoy Butler (S), Thomas Everett (S), Rodney Harrison (S), Ty Law (CB), Albert Lewis (CB), John Lynch (S), Terry McDaniel (CB), Tim McDonald (S), Frank Minnifield (CB), Shawn Springs (CB), Troy Vincent (CB/S), Everson Walls (CB), Darren Woodson (S).

Kickers/Punters: (5) – Morten Andersen (K), Gary Anderson (K), Jason Elam (K), Sean Landeta (P), Nick Lowery (K).

Special Teams/Position Players: (2) – Brian Mitchell (RB/PR/KR), Steve Tasker (also WR).

Coaches: (14) –Don Coryell, Bill Cowher, Tony Dungy, Tom Flores, Mike Holmgren, Jimmy Johnson, Chuck Knox, Buddy Parker, Richie Petitbon, Dan Reeves, Lou Saban, Marty Schottenheimer, Clark Shaughnessy, Dick Vermeil.

69 responses to “Preliminary 2015 Hall of Fame ballot announced

  1. Orlando Pace and Kurt Warner should be first ballot. Isaac Bruce in maybe 2 when they clear the log jam at receiver. And Torry Holt might make it. He had one of the best 10 year spans of any receiver. I think he would have had a better chance if he played 3 more healthy years. Go Rams! Maybe Kevin Greene might make it finally.

  2. 2016 we’re going to see Brett Favre and OchoUno (T.O.) in the Hall of Fame. WOW! Wanna see Mike Holmgren, Andy Reid and Marty Mornhinweg in the audience.

  3. Don Coryell should be in….period.
    He changed the game with his “Air Coryell” passing attack and the list of coaches that learned from him is long to say the least.

  4. Tim Brown
    Kevin Greene
    Junior Seau
    Orlando Pace
    Steve Atwater

    As a Bills fan, I’d like to see Hull and/or Tasker get in.

    No QBs or RBs of those nominees. A lot of good O-Linemen to choose from.

  5. Without Jerry Kramer, the Green Bay Packers do not win the Ice Bowl in 1967, do not get to their third consecutive championship, win their second consecutive Super Bowl, and do not get the Super Bowl trophy named after the greatest coach of all time: Vince Lombardi. Without Jerry Kramer, every team would be playing for the Landry Trophy, not the Lombardi Trophy. The fact that Jerry Kramer is not yet in the Hall of Fame, and is not even a Preliminary member, is so asinine and basically a crime against all that is good and decent in the NFL #Kramer4HOF

  6. Mike Holmgren before Tony Dungy. He actually turned two teams around and made it to three Super Bowls, winning one. Also was great as an offensive coordinator. Dungy turned aroun Tampa Bay but inherited a talented Colts team and only made it to one Super Bowl.

    Holmgren was better than Dungy!

  7. I feel like I know me some football pretty well
    I’ve heard of and know everyone one this list

    but who are Jon Jansen & Carl Hairsten?

  8. In deference to the tireless work of Chris Kluwe, the HOF committee will elect only punters and kickers into the hall in 2015.

  9. If I had to pick just one from each group:

    QB: Kurt Warner
    WR: Marvin Harrison
    TE: Mark Bavaro, I giess
    RB: Jerome Bettis
    OL: Orlando Pace
    DL: Steve McMichael
    LB: Junior Seau
    DB: John Lynch
    K/P: Gary Anderson
    ST: Steve Tasker
    But this is just a worthless internet comment, so I don’t even have to play by my own rules. I’m naming 2 coaches:
    Bill Cowher, Mike Holmgren.

  10. Clay has been pretty good but even as a Packer fan I don’t think he should be on the ballot just yet.

  11. Of all the players listed, which were consistently effective and or dominate. Which players were always in the upper echelon of the game. Frankly, there aren’t many in this list who did it:

    Junior Seau
    Will Shields
    Orlando Pace
    Sterling Sharpe

  12. Lots of great players who are deserving at some point, but here’s a half dozen at or near the top of my list: Warner, Holt, Bettis, Wisniewski, Shields, Greene.

  13. Lots of the names on that list probably don’t deserve to be in the Hall Of Fame (and they know it). This is their big moment – getting nominated.
    The NFL is diluting the significance by nominating 113. Why not just nominate 413?
    Hope that none of them has had any domestic violence issues. All will need to be examined carefully.

    Roger needs a distraction.

  14. This year, Seau. Couple years later, Tomlinson. A few more years, Antonio Gates. Few more years, Philip Rivers. Not long after that, probably Melvin Ingram if he keeps terrorizing QB’s like he did Russel Wilson last week.

    Canton, make room for some lightning!

  15. Marvin Harrison
    Jerome Bettis
    Joe Jacoby
    Junior Seau
    Don Coryell

    We’ll see if I’m right come next February.

  16. Lots of great players who are deserving at some point, but here’s a half dozen at or near the top of my list: Warner, Holt, Bettis, Wisniewski, Shields, Greene.

  17. The list is missing a few players that should be in… This is how the selection should go:

    1. Charles Haley
    2. Jim Marshall
    3. Ken Stabler
    4. Tim Brown
    5. Clay Matthews

    Contributors: Steve Sabol & Myron Cope

  18. How is it possible that MATT MILLEN is on the list?? He has four Super Bowl rings but his career was average at best.. at BEST! Tweleve years in the NFL and he had eleven sacks and nine interceptions.. one pro bowl.

    Is he seriously being nominated for his 0-16 season from 2008?

    The fact that this guy is even taking up a spot on the list of ninety-nine players under consideration is scandalous in itself.

  19. I wonder when Kenny Easley will ever be considered? It’s a shame. His short time in the NFL was one of the best. Even Ronnie Lott thinks so.

    Career history
    Seattle Seahawks (1981–1987)
    Career highlights and awards
    5× Pro Bowl (1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987)
    4× First-team All-Pro (1982, 1983, 1984, 1985)
    Second-team All-Pro (1987)
    NFL Defensive Player of the Year (1984)
    NFL 1980s All-Decade Team
    Seahawks ring of honor

    Seattle Seahawks 35th Anniversary Team
    Consensus All-American (1978, 1979, 1980)

  20. Man, is that a tough list to winnow down. Amazing how fine the line is between the really excellent and the greatest ever. Much as I hate the scandalous side-stepping of linemen, I look at Harrison, Brown, and Bettis and think they should be automatic. As should be another half dozen guys there. Time to open the door wider, NFL. Ten guys a year. Stay relevant.

  21. Joe Jacoby, and Brian Mitchell should be in Ritchie Petibone deserves to go in as a DC. Others that deserve to be in

    1.Kurt Warner
    2.Tim Brown
    3.Marvin Harrison
    4.Charles Haley
    5.Steve Atwater

  22. Will Shields in a 13 year career
    12× Pro Bowl (1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006)
    7× All-Pro (1997, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006)

    Sterling Sharpe in a 6 year career (the final season cut short by injury)
    5× Pro Bowl selection (1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994)
    5× AP First-Team All-Pro (1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994)
    Led NFL in receptions in 1989, 1992, and 1993
    Led NFL in receiving TDs in 1992 and 1994
    Consecutive games with at least 4 receptions: 34
    Games with at least 4 TD receptions: 2 – tied with Jerry Rice and Bob Shaw
    Games with 3 TD catches: 4

    Junior Seau 20 year career
    12× Pro Bowl (1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002)
    8× First-team All-Pro (1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996,1998, 2000)
    2× Second-team All-Pro (1997, 1999)

    All the others could be considered great players, but honestly not the greatest 1%.

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