Chiefs among 122 Modern-Era nominees for 2020 Hall of Fame class

Jose Verdugo
Setiembre 13, 2019

The complete list of Modern Era nominees includes a total of 122 individuals.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame has announced the first round of modern-era nominees for the Hall of Fame class of 2020, and eight former Seattle Seahawks are among the 122 names.

Atwater spent 10 of his 11 National Football League seasons in Denver, where he recorded eight Pro Bowl nods and two first-team All-Pro selections. Willis was the 2007 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year and a five-time All-Pro selection.

The numbers are on James' side, however; according to the Hall of Fame, since 1970, 89.3 percent of all finalists eventually have been selected for induction. The mauling guard was a seven time Pro Bowler and a five-time All-Pro during his career, which spanned from 2001-2012.

Among the other notable first-time eligible Hall of Fame candidates are safety Troy Polamalu, defensive end John Abraham and wide receiver Reggie Wayne.

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San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch, who earned nine trips to the Pro Bowl as a safety for Tampa Bay and Denver, returns as a nominee after being a finalist in each of the past six years.

The class of 2020 will be selected February 1, the day before the Super Bowl. The field will be trimmed to 15 finalists in early January.

The Hall of Fame Board recently passed a one-year resolution to honor the NFL's Centennial Celebration through a 20-member Centennial Class. That group will include the five Modern-era players, 10 seniors (a player who has been retired more than 25 seasons) and three contributors (someone other than a player or coach) and two coaches. "The measure is meant to honor the NFL's Centennial Celebration through a special Centennial Class that will be comprised of 20 members in 2020".

According to the Hall of Fame, "The determination of the Seniors, Contributors and Coaches Finalists will be led by a special 25-person Centennial "Blue-Ribbon" panel who will review the backlog of deserving Seniors, Coaches and Contributors".

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