Modern-Era nominees for Pro Football Hall of Fame announced

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Among the group announced are 11 first-year eligible players, including Ray Lewis, Randy Moss, Brian Urlacher and Ronde Barber. Therefore, any individual who last played or coached in 2012 are eligible for the first time in 2018). In order to be eligible, the nominee needs to be at least five years removed from his last playing or coaching stint.

Lower Richland graduate Richard Seymour is one of 108 players and coaches who are modern era nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Another Vigor alumnus, former Houston Oilers linebacker Robert Brazile, is one of the two players nominated for the Class of 2018 by the Senior Selection Committee.

The former Georgia defensive lineman was the sixth overall pick by the Patriots in the 2001 NFL Draft and was with the franchise from 2001-2008.

An All-Rookie Team selection as a guard in 1983, Hinton was selected to six Pro Bowls and was named All-NFL several times as a left tackle from 1985 to 1989.

Saturday's early story included perseverance; despite being one of the top collegiate centers in the country coming out of North Carolina in 1998, he was not selected in that year's NFL Draft. He did play the final four seasons of his career with the Broncos and earned Pro Bowl honors in every one of them.

Hutchinson made seven Pro Bowls and was voted first-team All-Pro five times in his 12 National Football League seasons.

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There's never been a more productive wide receiver in Steelers history than Ward.

The list of 108 modern-era nominees will be trimmed to 25 semifinalists in November and 15 finalists in January with the Class of 2018 set to be unveiled the Saturday before Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was a finalist for the 2017 class and is widely regarded as one of the best interior offensive linemen of the modern era. Former General Manager Jim Finks is also in the Hall.

According to the Hall of Fame, 18 candidates will be presented to the 48-member selection committee on "Selection Saturday", which falls the day before Super Bowl Sunday.

Offensive linemen: Willie Anderson (T), Matt Birk (C), Tony Boselli (T), Lomas Brown (T), Ruben Brown (G), Ray Donaldson (C), Alan Faneca (G), Bill Fralic (G/T), Jay Hilgenberg (C), Chris Hinton (G/T), Kent Hull (C), Steve Hutchinson (G), Joe Jacoby (T), Mike Kenn (T), Kevin Mawae (C/G), Tom Nalen (C), Nate Newton (G), Bart Oates (C), Jeff Saturday (C), Richmond Webb (T), Steve Wisniewski (G). The selection process bylaws provide that four to eight inductees will be selected.

Linebackers: Carl Banks, Cornelius Bennett, Tedy Bruschi, Seth Joyner, Ray Lewis, Greg Lloyd, Wilber Marshall, Clay Matthews, Willie McGinest, Karl Mecklenburg, Sam Mills, Joey Porter, Darryl Talley, Zach Thomas, Brian Urlacher.

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