CANTON, OHIO – The 15 Modern-Era Player Finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2020 include seven individuals who are finalists for the first time. The list is comprised of two first- year eligible players with safety Troy Polamalu and wide receiver Reggie Wayne. Five others – safety LeRoy Butler, wide receiver Torry Holt, linebackers Sam Mills and Zach Thomas, and defensive tackle Bryant Young – have been previously eligible for the Hall of Fame but this year marks their first time as finalists.
The 15 Modern-Era Player Finalists will be considered for election to the Hall of Fame when the Hall's Selection Committee meets on "Selection Saturday" in Miami the day before Super Bowl LIV. The full committee will elect five Modern-Era Players who must receive a minimum positive vote of 80 percent from the committee. The players will join 15 additional enshrinees to form the Class of 2020. A special Blue-Ribbon Panel will meet in early January to elect 10 Seniors (players who last played more than 25 years ago), three Contributors (an individual other than a player or coach) and two Coaches.
The Modern-Era Player Finalists were determined by a vote of the Hall's Selection Committee from a list of 122 nominees named in September that was reduced to 25 Semifinalists in late November.
The 2020 Modern-Era Player Finalists with their positions, years and teams:
- Steve Atwater, Safety – 1989-1998 Denver Broncos, 1999 New York Jets
- Tony Boselli, Tackle – 1995-2001 Jacksonville Jaguars
- Isaac Bruce, Wide Receiver – 1994-2007 Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams,
- 2008-09 San Francisco 49ers
- LeRoy Butler, Safety – 1990-2001 Green Bay Packers
- Alan Faneca, Guard – 1998-2007 Pittsburgh Steelers, 2008-09 New York Jets,
- 2010 Arizona Cardinals
- Torry Holt, Wide Receiver – 1999-2008 St. Louis Rams, 2009 Jacksonville Jaguars
- Steve Hutchinson, Guard – 2001-05 Seattle Seahawks, 2006-2011 Minnesota Vikings, 2012 Tennessee Titans
- Edgerrin James, Running Back – 1999-2005 Indianapolis Colts, 2006-08 Arizona Cardinals, 2009 Seattle Seahawks
- John Lynch, Free Safety – 1993-2003 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2004-07 Denver Broncos
- Sam Mills, Linebacker – 1986-1994 New Orleans Saints, 1995-97 Carolina Panthers
- Troy Polamalu, Safety – 2003-2014 Pittsburgh Steelers
- Zach Thomas, Linebacker – 1996-2007 Miami Dolphins, 2008 Dallas Cowboys
- Reggie Wayne, Wide Receiver – 2001-2014 Indianapolis Colts
- Bryant Young, Defensive Tackle – 1994-2007 San Francisco 49ers
HOF Finalist: 4 | Year of Eligibility: 6
Position: Wide Receiver
Ht: 6-0, Wt: 184
NFL Career: 1994-2007 Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, 2008-09 San Francisco 49ers
Seasons: 16, Games: 223
College: Santa Monica College (JC), Memphis Drafted: 2nd Round (33rd overall), 1994 Born: Nov. 10, 1972 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
First career catch was 34-yard touchdown play ... Breakout year in second season with career-high 119 catches for 1,781 yards and 13 TDS ... First player in NFL history with three straight games with 170 or more receiving yards (181 vs. Colts, 191 vs. Falcons, 173 vs. 49ers), 1995 ... Recorded first of three career 200-yard games in 1995 season finale ... Led NFL in receiving yards (1,338), 1996 ... Key offensive threat for "Greatest Show on Turf" ... Started in two NFL championship games and two Super Bowls ... Recorded six catches for 162 yards including 73-yard, game-winning touchdown reception in Rams' 23-16 Super Bowl XXXIV victory ... Retired as Rams' all-time leader in catches, receiving yards, and most yards from scrimmage ... Named All-Pro, 1999 ... Voted to four Pro Bowls (1997, 2000, 2001, 2002) ... Twelve seasons with 50 or more catches ... Racked up 1,000-yard seasons eight times ... Career numbers include 1,024 receptions for 15,208 yards (second most at time), and 91 touchdowns.
HOF Finalist: 1 | Year of Eligibility: 6
Position: Wide Receiver
Ht: 6-0, Wt: 200
NFL Career: 1999-2008 St. Louis Rams, 2009 Jacksonville Jaguars Seasons: 11, Games: 173
College: North Carolina State
Drafted: 1st Round (6th overall), 1999
Born: June 5, 1976 in Greensboro, North Carolina
Named team's Rookie of the Year after catching 52 passes for 788 yards and 6 TDs to help Rams to Super Bowl title ... Had 11 catches for 109 yards and 1 TD in Rams' 23-16 victory over Tennessee Titans in Super Bowl XXXIV ... Eight straight 1,000-yard receiving seasons (2000-07) ... Career-best 117 catches for 1,696 yards and 12 TDs in 2003 .... Had 10 games with 100 or more yards, 2003 ... Led NFL in receptions in 2003; Receiving yardage in 2000 and 2003 ... Recorded 80 or more catches in a season eight straight years ... Led Rams in receptions seven straight years (2002-08) ... Rams' leading receiving yardage leader a record nine times ... 920 career receptions for 13,382 yards and 74 TDs .... Named All-Pro, 2003; Second-Team All-Pro, 2006 ... All-NFC twice ... Voted to seven Pro Bowls ... Selected to NFL's All-Decade Team of the 2000s.