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Ex-Steelers Hines Ward, Alan Faneca among nominees for Pro Football Hall of Fame

| Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, 9:51 p.m.
Hines Ward celebrates a touchdown in Super Bowl XLV against the Green Bay Packers in Arlington, Texas, on Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011.
Hines Ward celebrates a touchdown in Super Bowl XLV against the Green Bay Packers in Arlington, Texas, on Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011.

Some familiar Steelers names are among the 108 nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame that were revealed Tuesday.

Guard Alan Faneca, a finalist the past two seasons, and wide receiver Hines Ward are among seven nominees who played or coached for the Steelers. Also on the list are linebackers Greg Lloyd and Joey Porter, kicker Gary Anderson and coaches Bill Cowher and Buddy Parker.

The nominees will be whittled to 25 semifinalists in November and 15 finalists in January.

The list of nominees includes 11 first-year eligible players, including linebackers Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher and wide receiver Randy Moss. The other first-timers are cornerback Ronde Barber, receivers Donald Driver and Steve Smith (of the Giants, Eagles and Rams), offensive linemen Steve Hutchinson, Matt Birk and Jeff Saturday and defensive linemen Richard Seymour and Kyle Vanden Bosch.

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 in addition to Faneca are receivers Isaac Bruce and Terrell Owens; center Kevin Mawae; tackles Tony Boselli and Joe Jacoby; safeties John Lynch and Brian Dawkins; cornerback Ty Law of Aliquippa; and coach Don Coryell.

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