Last night, the Pro Football Hall of Fame finally announced the semifinalists for the Class of 2017. We’re thrilled as we’ve been waiting on this since August. The year-round selection process is one the Hall does not take lightly. The list of semifinalists was reduced from 94 nominees to 26 semifinalists. The list is typically narrowed down to 25 finalists but this year we have 26 due to a tie.
Four of the players on the list are first-year eligible candidates – Brian Dawkins, Jason Taylor, LaDainian Tomlinson and Hines Ward. Chris Hinton, although previously eligible for the Hall, is a semifinalist for the first time. All other players on the 2017 list have been a semifinalist before. The group of semifinalists includes 24 players and two coaches.
Without further ado, here is the complete list of 2017 Modern-Era semifinalists, including their positions, years of participation and teams. Also listed are the number of times and years that each player has been a semifinalist.
Come January, the semifinalists are narrowed down to 15 Modern-Era Finalists. The inclusion of recommended nominees for the Hall of Fame’s Contributors and Seniors Committees will bring the list to 18. The 2017 Senior Finalist is Kenny Easley. The 2017 Contributor Finalists are Dallas Cowboys Owner, President & General Manager Jerry Jones (1989-present) and former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue (1989-2006).
The night before the Super Bowl in Houston, Texas, at the NFL Honors Awards show, the official Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2017 will be announced. We cannot wait to see who the finalists are so we can start preparing for our trip to Canton in August.
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You can see this year’s class inducted in person! Join us in 2017 for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend. This is one incredible weekend of football, family, and fun. Get exclusive access throughout the weekend to Hall of Fame sanctioned events including the Gold Jacket Ceremony, the Concert for Legends, the Class of 2017 Enshrinement Ceremony, and the Hall of Fame Game!