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Former Steelers among Canton semifinalists

CANTON, Ohio — Former Steelers center Dermontti Dawson and linebacker Kevin Greene were among the 25 semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Also included was Russ Grimm, currently the Arizona Cardinals' assistant head coach, who played for Southmoreland High School and Pitt. He also worked as a coach for the Steelers from 2000-06.

Dawson played from 1988-2000 for the Steelers, while Greene's tenure with the team ran from 1993-95.

There were four players selected in their first year of eligibility — 49ers receiver Jerry Rice, Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith, Raiders receiver Tim Brown and Cardinals and Rams defensive back Aeneas Williams.

Rice and Smith hold some of the NFL's biggest records. Smith is the league's all-time leading rusher with 18,355 yards for the Cowboys and Cardinals from 1990-2004. Rice is the all-time leading receiver with 1,549 catches for 22,895 yards with the 49ers, Raiders and Seahawks from 1985-2004.

The semifinalists include a coach, Don Coryell, and two contributors, Art Modell and former commissioner Paul Tagliabue.

The list will be reduced to 15 by Jan. 7. Steelers defensive coordinator and Dick LeBeau and Floyd Little have already been selected as finalists by the Seniors Committee.

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