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Jerry Rice, Emmitt Smith Among Hall of Fame Finalists

Jan 8, 2010 – 4:56 PM
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Jerry RiceThe pool of potential inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2010 was pared down from 25 to 15 on Friday, as the Hall of Fame announced the 15 modern-era candidates who will appear on this year's final ballot. Jerry Rice and Emmitt Smith led the pack of the final 15, while Terrell Davis, Ray Guy, Paul Tagliabue and Aeneas Williams were among those eliminated.

The Hall of Fame selection committee will meet on the day before the Super Bowl to select the class of 2010. Rice and Smith are considered locks, but there will be intense debate among football fans about who should comprise the rest of the class.

Finalists:
- Tim Brown, WR/KR – 1988-2003 Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders, 2004 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Cris Carter, WR – 1987-89 Philadelphia Eagles, 1990-2001 Minnesota Vikings, 2002 Miami Dolphins
- Don Coryell, Coach – 1973-77 St. Louis Cardinals, 1978-1986 San Diego Chargers
- Roger Craig, RB – 1983-1990 San Francisco 49ers, 1991 Los Angeles Raiders, 1992-93 Minnesota Vikings
- Dermontti Dawson, C – 1988-2000 Pittsburgh Steelers
- Richard Dent, DE – 1983-1993, 1995 Chicago Bears, 1994 San Francisco 49ers, 1996 Indianapolis Colts, 1997 Philadelphia Eagles
- Russ Grimm, G – 1981-1991 Washington Redskins
- Andre Reed, WR – 1985-1999 Buffalo Bills, 2000 Washington Redskins
- Charles Haley, DE/LB – 1986-1991, 1999 San Francisco 49ers, 1992-96 Dallas Cowboys
- Rickey Jackson, LB – 1981-1993 New Orleans Saints, 1994-95 San Francisco 49ers
- Cortez Kennedy, DT – 1990-2000 Seattle Seahawks
- John Randle, DT – 1990-2000 Minnesota Vikings, 2001-03 Seattle Seahawks
- Jerry Rice, WR – 1985-2000 San Francisco 49ers, 2001-04 Oakland Raiders, 2004 Seattle Seahawks
- Shannon Sharpe, TE – 1990-99, 2002-03 Denver Broncos, 2000-01 Baltimore Ravens
- Emmitt Smith, RB – 1990-2002 Dallas Cowboys, 2003-04 Arizona Cardinals
*Senior candidates Dick LeBeau and Floyd Little will also be on the final ballot.

Eliminated semifinalists:
- Cliff Branch, WR – 1972-1985 Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders
- Terrell Davis, RB – 1995-2001 Denver Broncos
- Chris Doleman, DE/LB – 1985-1993, 1999 Minnesota Vikings, 1994-95 Atlanta Falcons, 1996-98 San Francisco 49ers
- Kevin Greene, LB/DE – 1985-1992 Los Angeles Rams, 1993-95 Pittsburgh Steelers, 1996, 1998-99 Carolina Panthers, 1997 San Francisco 49ers
- Ray Guy, P – 1973-1986 Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders
- Lester Hayes, CB – 1977-1986 Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders
- Art Modell, Owner – 1961-1995 Cleveland Browns, 1996-2003 Baltimore Ravens
- Paul Tagliabue, Commissioner – 1989-2006 National Football League
- Steve Tasker, Special Teams/WR – 1985-86 Houston Oilers, 1986-1997 Buffalo Bills
- Aeneas Williams, CB/S – 1991-2000 Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals, 2001-04 St. Louis Rams
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