Five former Chiefs players and coach Dick Vermeil are among the 94 modern-era candidates for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2017.
The nominees with Chiefs ties are cornerbacks Albert Lewis (1983-93) and Ty Law (2006-07), kickers Nick Lowery (1980-93) and Morten Andersen (2002-03) and defensive end Leslie O’Neal (1998-99). Vermeil was head coach during 2001-05 after leading the Eagles and Rams to Super Bowls.
Among several first-year eligible players are quarterback Donovan McNabb, running back LaDainian Tomlinson, wide receiver Hines Ward and defensive end Jason Taylor.
The list of modern era nominees will be trimmed to 25 semifinalists in November and to 15 finalists in January. The 15 finalists will be presented to the full 48-member Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee during its annual meeting on Feb. 4 in Houston. The committee will also vote separately on the senior finalist, safety Kenny Easley and two contributor finalists, Jerry Jones and Paul Tagliabue.
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Between four and eight new members will be selected.
Here are nominees by position:
QUARTERBACKS (7): Drew Bledsoe, Randall Cunningham, Doug Flutie, Donovan McNabb, Steve McNair, Phil Simms, Kurt Warner*
RUNNING BACKS (13): Shaun Alexander, Ottis Anderson, Tiki Barber, Larry Centers, Roger Craig, Terrell Davis*, Eddie George, Edgerrin James*, Daryl Johnston, Eric Metcalf (also WR/PR/KR), LaDainian Tomlinson, Herschel Walker (also KR), Ricky Watters
WIDE RECEIVERS (10): Isaac Bruce, Henry Ellard (also PR), Torry Holt, Chad Johnson, Derrick Mason (also KR/PR), Terrell Owens*, Sterling Sharpe, Jimmy Smith, Rod Smith, Hines Ward
TIGHT END (1): Mark Bavaro
OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (14): T Tony Boselli, C Ray Donaldson, G Alan Faneca*, C Jay Hilgenberg, G/T Chris Hinton, C Kent Hull, T Joe Jacoby*, T Mike Kenn, C Olin Kreutz, T Jim Lachey, C/G Kevin Mawae, C Tom Nalen, G Nate Newton, G Steve Wisniewski
DEFENSIVE LINEMEN (5): DE Leslie O’Neal, DE Simeon Rice, NT Fred Smerlas, DE Jason Taylor, DT Bryant Young (DT)
LINEBACKERS (11): Carl Banks, Cornelius Bennett, Tedy Bruschi, Seth Joyner, Levon Kirkland, Clay Matthews, Willie McGinest (also DE), Karl Mecklenburg, Sam Mills, Joey Porter, Zach Thomas
DEFENSIVE BACKS (16): CB Eric Allen, S Steve Atwater*, S Joey Browner, S LeRoy Butler, SS Brian Dawkins, S Rodney Harrison, CB Ty Law, CB Albert Lewis, S John Lynch*, CB Frank Minnifield, SS Bob Sanders, FS Darren Sharper, SS Dennis Smith, S Troy Vincent, CB Everson Walls, S Darren Woodson
KICKERS/PUNTER (4): K Morten Andersen*, K Gary Anderson, P Sean Landeta, K Nick Lowery
SPECIAL TEAMS (2): Brian Mitchell (KR/PR also RB), Steve Tasker (ST also WR)
COACHES (11): Don Coryell*, Bill Cowher, Tom Flores, Mike Holmgren, Jimmy Johnson, Chuck Knox, Buddy Parker, Richie Petitbon, Dan Reeves, Clark Shaughnessy, Dick Vermeil