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Pro Football Hall of Fame nominees include Ray Lewis, Randy Moss, Brian Urlacher

| Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, 10:03 a.m.
In this Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013 file photo, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis (52) holds up the Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the San Francisco 49ers 34-31 in the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game in New Orleans. Star linebackers Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher and game-breaking wide receiver Randy Moss are among 11 first-year eligible players for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
In this Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013 file photo, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis (52) holds up the Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the San Francisco 49ers 34-31 in the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game in New Orleans. Star linebackers Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher and game-breaking wide receiver Randy Moss are among 11 first-year eligible players for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
In this Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012 file photo, San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Randy Moss (84) celebrates his touchdown catch from quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) in the first quarter of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots in Foxborough, Mass. Star linebackers Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher and game-breaking wide receiver Randy Moss are among 11 first-year eligible players for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
In this Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012 file photo, San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Randy Moss (84) celebrates his touchdown catch from quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) in the first quarter of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots in Foxborough, Mass. Star linebackers Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher and game-breaking wide receiver Randy Moss are among 11 first-year eligible players for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
In this Monday, Nov. 19, 2012 file photo, Chicago Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher (54) and outside linebacker Lance Briggs (55) warm up before an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers in San Francisco. Star linebackers Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher and game-breaking wide receiver Randy Moss are among 11 first-year eligible players for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
In this Monday, Nov. 19, 2012 file photo, Chicago Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher (54) and outside linebacker Lance Briggs (55) warm up before an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers in San Francisco. Star linebackers Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher and game-breaking wide receiver Randy Moss are among 11 first-year eligible players for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

CANTON, Ohio — Star linebackers Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher and game-breaking wide receiver Randy Moss are among 11 first-year eligible players for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Also part of the 108 early nominees who are eligible for the first time, having been retired for five years when the class is chosen next February, are cornerback Ronde Barber, wideouts Donald Driver and Steve Smith (former Giant, Eagle and Ram), offensive linemen Steve Hutchinson, Matt Birk, and Jeff Saturday, and defensive linemen Richard Seymour and Kyle Vanden Bosch.

The roster of nominees consists of 53 offensive players, 38 defensive players, five special teams players and 12 coaches. Modern era nominees will be reduced to 25 semifinalists in November and, from there, to 15 finalists in January.

During Super Bowl week, 48 voters will discuss the finalists, plus senior nominees Robert Brazile and Jerry Kramer and contributors nominee Bobby Beathard. There is no set number for any class of enshrinees, though between four and eight new members will be selected.

Returning finalists from 2017 are receivers Isaac Bruce and Terrell Owens; center Kevin Mawae; tackles Tony Boselli and Joe Jacoby; guard Alan Faneca; safeties John Lynch and Brian Dawkins; cornerback Ty Law; and coach Don Coryell.

Enshrinement will be next August in Canton.

MODERN-ERA NOMINEES FOR THE PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2018

* Finalist in 2017. ** First year of eligibility.

QUARTERBACKS

Randall Cunningham

Rich Gannon

Donovan McNabb

Steve McNair

Phil Simms

RUNNING BACKS

Tiki Barber

Earnest Byner

Roger Craig

Corey Dillon

Eddie George

Edgerrin James

Lorenzo Neal

Fred Taylor

Herschel Walker (also KR)

Ricky Watters

WIDE RECEIVERS

*Isaac Bruce

**Donald Driver

Henry Ellard (also PR)

Torry Holt

Chad Johnson

**Randy Moss

*Terrell Owens

Sterling Sharpe

Jimmy Smith

Rod Smith

**Steve Smith

John Taylor

Hines Ward (Steeler)

TIGHT END

Mark Bavaro

Ben Coates

Ferrell Edmunds

Jay Novacek

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN

Willie Anderson (T)

**Matt Birk (C)

*Tony Boselli (T)

Lomas Brown (T)

Ruben Brown (G)

Ray Donaldson (C)

*Alan Faneca (G) (Steeler)

Bill Fralic (G/T)

Jay Hilgenberg (C)

Chris Hinton (G/T)

Kent Hull (C)

**Steve Hutchinson (G)

*Joe Jacoby (T)

Mike Kenn (T)

*Kevin Mawae (C/G)

Tom Nalen (C)

Nate Newton (G)

Bart Oates (C)

**Jeff Saturday (C)

Richmond Webb (T)

Steve Wisniewski (G)

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

La'Roi Glover (DT/NT)

Leonard Marshall (DE/DT)

Keith Millard (DT/NT/DE)

Leslie O'Neal (DE)

Michael Dean Perry (DT/DE)

Simeon Rice (DE)

**Richard Seymour (DT)

Neil Smith (DE)

Greg Townsend (DE/NT/LB)

**Kyle Vanden Bosch (DE)

Bryant Young (DT)

LINEBACKERS

Carl Banks

Cornelius Bennett

Tedy Bruschi

Seth Joyner

Ray Lewis

Greg Lloyd (Steeler)

Wilber Marshall

Clay Matthews

Willie McGinest (also DE)

Karl Mecklenburg

Sam Mills

Joey Porter (Steeler)

Darryl Talley

Zach Thomas

**Brian Urlacher

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Eric Allen (CB)

Steve Atwater (S)

**Ronde Barber (CB/S)

LeRoy Butler (S)

*Brian Dawkins (SS)

Rodney Harrison (S)

*Ty Law (CB)

Albert Lewis (CB)

*John Lynch (S)

Dennis Smith (S)

Everson Walls (CB)

Darren Woodson (S)

KICKERS/PUNTER

Gary Anderson (K) (Steeler)

Sean Landeta (P)

Nick Lowery (K)

SPECIAL TEAMS

Brian Mitchell (KR/PR also RB)

Steve Tasker (ST also WR)

COACHES

*Don Coryell

Bill Cowher (Steeler)

Tom Flores

Mike Holmgren

Jimmy Johnson

Chuck Knox

Buddy Parker (Steeler)

Richie Petitbon

Dan Reeves

Marty Schottenheimer

Clark Shaughnessy

Dick Vermeil

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