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Willie Anderson, Shaun Alexander among Hall of Fame nominees
CINCINNATI (Marc Juszak) - Former Bengals offensive tackle Willie Anderson and Boone County High School legend running back Shaun Alexander are among 126 modern-era nominees for the 2014 Class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Super Bowl winning coaches Tony Dungy, Mike Holmgren and Jon Gruden are among 16 first-time eligible candidates, joined in that category by wide receiver Marvin Harrison, running back Warrick Dunn, quarterback Trent Green, offensive lineman Walter Jones, linebackers Derrick Brooks, Tedy Bruschi, Willie McGinest and Zach Thomas, and defensive backs Rodney Harrison, Sam Madison and Patrick Surtain.
The preliminary list will be pared down to 25 semifinalists, which will be announced in November. That group will be reduced to 15 modern-era finalists that will join two previously announced senior nominees -- defensive end Claude Humphrey and punter Ray Guy -- up for election.
The Selection Committee will decide on the class during its annual meeting in New York, the day before Super Bowl XLVIII.
Quarterback - Trent Green
Running Backs - Shaun Alexander, Warrick Dunn
Wide Receiver - Marvin Harrison
Offensive Linemen - Willie Anderson (T), Walter Jones (T)
Linebackers - Derrick Brooks, Tedy Bruschi, Willie McGinest (also DE), Zach Thomas
Defensive Backs - Rodney Harrison (S), Sam Madison (CB), Patrick Surtain (CB)
Coaches - Tony Dungy, Jon Gruden, Mike Holmgren
Quarterbacks - Drew Bledsoe, Randall Cunningham, Doug Flutie, Steve McNair, Phil Simms
Running Backs - Ottis Anderson, Tiki Barber, *Jerome Bettis, Larry Centers, Roger Craig, Stephen Davis, Terrell Davis, Eddie George, Priest Holmes, Dave Meggett (also PR/KR), Eric Metcalf (also WR/PR/KR), Herschel Walker, Ricky Watters
Wide Receivers - *Tim Brown (also KR), Gary Clark, Mark Clayton, Henry Ellard (also PR), Keyshawn Johnson, Keenan McCardell, *Andre Reed, Sterling Sharpe, Jimmy Smith, Rod Smith
Tight End - Mark Bavaro
Offensive Linemen - Tony Boselli (T), Lomas Brown (T), Jim Covert (T), Jay Hilgenberg (C), Chris Hinton (G/T), Kent Hull (C), Joe Jacoby (T), Mike Kenn (T), Jim Lachey (T), Don Mosebar (C), Tom Nalen (C), Nate Newton (G), *Will Shields (G), Steve Wisniewski (G)
Defensive Linemen - Jerome Brown (DT), *Charles Haley (DE/LB), Ed "Too Tall" Jones (DE), Dexter Manley (DE), Charles Mann (DE), Steve McMichael (DT/NT), Fred Smerlas (NT), *Michael Strahan (DE), Ted Washington (DT/NT), Bryant Young (DE)
Linebackers - Cornelius Bennett, *Kevin Greene (LB/DE), Ken Harvey, Clay Matthews, Karl Mecklenburg, Sam Mills, Darryl Talley
Defensive Backs - Eric Allen (CB), Steve Atwater (S), Joey Browner (S), LeRoy Butler (S), Albert Lewis (CB), John Lynch (S), Troy Vincent (S), Everson Walls (CB), *Aeneas Williams (CB/S), Darren Woodson (S)
Kickers/Punter - Morten Andersen (K), Gary Anderson (K), Sean Landeta (P), Nick Lowery (K)
Special Teams/Position Player - Brian Mitchell (also RB), Steve Tasker (also WR)
Coaches - Bill Arnsparger, Don Coryell, Bill Cowher, Tom Flores, Jimmy Johnson, Chuck Knox, Buddy Parker, Richie Petitbon, Dan Reeves, Lou Saban, Marty Schottenheimer, Clark Shaughnessy, Dick Vermeil
Contributors - K. S. (Bud) Adams, Jr., Bobby Beathard, Gil Brandt, Leo Carlin, Red Cashion, Jack Kent Cooke, Otho Davis, *Edward DeBartolo, Jr., Ron Gibbs, Jerry Jones, Eddie Kotal, Robert Kraft, Elmer Layden, Art McNally, *Art Modell, Bill Polian, Steve Sabol, Paul Tagliabue, Jim Tunney, Ron Wolf, George Young
*-On 2013 finalists list