Although a pair of 1st-time eligible players – WR Jerry Rice and RB Emmitt Smith – will grab the most attention, it’s notable that 3 former Minnesota Vikings are among the 25 semifinalists being considered for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2010.
Those 3 players are WR Cris Carter, DE Chris Doleman and DT John Randle.
The Hall of Fame’s Selection Committee chose the 25 semifinalists from a list of 131 preliminary nominees, and the new list of 25 semifinalists will be whittled down via mail ballot to 15 finalists, with the results of the modern-era reduction vote to 15 finalists to be announced on January 7, 2010. Then the individuals nominated by the Hall of Fame’s Seniors Committee – Dick LeBeau and Floyd Little – will be added to that list to make for 17 finalists.
The Class of 2010 will be determined at the Selection Committee’s annual meeting on Saturday, February 6, in South Florida the day before Super Bowl XLIV. The election results will be announced at 4 p.m. CT during a 1-hour NFL Network special, live from the Super Bowl media headquarters.
For more details on the selection process, the credentials of the 25 semifinalists and information about a new aspect of the selection process that includes fan input, checkout the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s website by clicking here.
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