Pro Football Hall Of Fame Announces Class Of 2022 Semifinalists

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The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced its 26 semifinalists for the Class of 2022 on Wednesday.

The 26 modern-era players who are in the mix include 17 semifinalists from a year ago and 7 first-year eligible players. The first-year eligible players are Anquan Boldin, Devin Hester, Andre Johnson, Robert Mathis, Steve Smith, DeMarcus Ware, and Vince Wilfork, according to the Pro Football Hall of Fame release.

A first-time semifinalist this year is former Tennessee Titans running back Eddie George, who is in his third year of eligibility. Ricky Waters, meanwhile, is a semifinalist for the second time.

A total of 13 defensive players, 11 offensive players, and two special teamers make up the list. The most represented position is wide receiver, with 6 players including Steve Smith, Hines Ward, Reggie Wayne, and Torry Holt in the penultimate stage.

The group will be narrowed to 15 finalists before the final voting process takes place.

You can check out the 2022 Hall of Fame semifinalists below.

  • Cornerback Eric Allen – 1988-1994 Eagles, 1995-97 Saints, 1998-2001 Raiders
  • Defensive end Jared Allen, DE – 2004-07 Chiefs, 2008-2013 Vikings, 2014-15 Bears, 2015 Panthers
  • Tackle Willie Anderson, T – 1996-2007 Bengals, 2008 Ravens
  • Defensive back Ronde Barber, CB-S – 1997-2012 Buccaneers
  • Wide receiver Anquan Boldin – 2003-09 Cardinals, 2010-12 Ravens, 2013-15 49ers, 2016 Lions
  • Tackle Tony Boselli – 1995-2001 Jaguars
  • Safety LeRoy Butler – 1990-2001 Packers
  • Running back Eddie George – 1996-2003 Oilers/Titans, 2004 Cowboys
  • Kick returner Devin Hester – 2006-2013 Bears, 2014-15 Falcons, 2016 Ravens
  • Wide receiver Torry Holt – 1999-2008 Rams, 2009 Jaguars
  • Wide receiver Andre Johnson – 2003-2014 Texans, 2015 Colts, 2016 Titans
  • Defensive end Robert Mathis – 2003-2016 Colts
  • Linebacker Sam Mills – 1986-1994 Saints, 1995-97 Panthers
  • Defensive lineman Richard Seymour – 2001-08 Patriots, 2009-2012 Raiders
  • Wide receiver Steve Smith – 2001-2013 Panthers, 2014-16 Ravens
  • Wide receiver/special teamer Steve Tasker – 1985-86 Oilers, 1986-1997 Bills
  • Running back Fred Taylor – 1998-2008 Jaguars, 2009-2010 Patriots
  • Linebacker Zach Thomas – 1996-2007 Dolphins, 2008 Cowboys
  • Wide receiver Hines Ward – 1998-2011 Steelers
  • Defensive end DeMarcus Ware – 2005-2013 Cowboys, 2014-16 Broncos
  • Running back Ricky Watters – 1992-94 49ers, 1995-97 Eagles, 1998-2001 Seahawks
  • Wide receiver Reggie Wayne – 2001-2014 Colts
  • Defensive tackle Vince Wilfork – 2004-2014 Patriots, 2015-16 Texans
  • Linebacker Patrick Willis – 2007-2014 49ers
  • Safety Darren Woodson – 1992-2003 Cowboys
  • Defensive tackle Bryant Young – 1994-2007 49ers
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