It’s a good week for Brett Favre. The former Packers QB will get his number retired in Green Bay Thanksgiving
night. Today he was named one of 25 modern-era semifinalists who remain in contention for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s 2016 class.
Favre, Steelers and Jets guard Alan Faneca and multi-team WR Terrell Owens are the three first-time eligible candidates to be named semifinalists. Jacksonville tackle Tony Boselli and the late Sam Mills, a linebacker for Carolina and New Orleans, also are semifinalists for the first time.
There are 15 offensive players, six defensive players and a special teams star among the 25 semifinalists. The remaining three are coaches.
The 15 finalists will be named in January. Voters will then meet during Super Bowl weekend and cull the list to 10 and then five. Those final five will need 80 percent yes votes to earn enshrinement. Two senior committee members – Dick Stanfel and Ken Stabler – already have been announced, as has one contributor, Edward DeBartolo Jr. Those three advance directly to the final vote, where they also will need 80 percent of the vote to be enshrined.
The finalists are: [Read more…]