LaDainian Tomlinson leads list of 2017 Pro Football Hall of Fame semifinalists

The Pro Football Hall of Fame may soon be welcoming another "LT."

LaDainian Tomlinson, the NFL MVP in 2006 (when he scored a single-season record 31 touchdowns), could receive a bust next to Lawrence Taylor after being revealed Wednesday as one of 26 semifinalists eligible for induction into Canton next year. Tomlinson, Brian Dawkins, Jason Taylor and Hines Ward are on the ballot for the first time. They will be under consideration along with 20 other players and two coaches after the Hall's original list of 94 nominees was reduced.

The next step in the selection process comes in January when the group is pared to 15 finalists. Former Seattle Seahawks safety Kenny Easley, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue will be considered separately as nominees from the Hall's contributors and seniors committees.

The Class of 2017, which can number between four and eight inductees, will be announced the night before Super Bowl LI in Houston.

Below is the list of 26 semifinalists:

•    Morten Andersen, K – 1982-1994 New Orleans Saints, 1995-2000, 2006-07 Atlanta Falcons, 2001 New York Giants, 2002-03 Kansas City Chiefs, 2004 Minnesota Vikings (Times as a Semifinalist: 5 – 2013-17)
•    Steve Atwater, S – 1989-1998 Denver Broncos, 1999 New York Jets (Times as a Semifinalist: 6 – 2012-17)
•    Tony Boselli, T – 1995-2001 Jacksonville Jaguars, 2002 Houston Texans (injured reserve) (Times as a Semifinalist: 2 – 2016-17)
•    Isaac Bruce, WR – 1994-2007 Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, 2008-09 San Francisco 49ers (Times as a Semifinalist: 3 – 2015-17)
•    Don Coryell, Coach – 1973-77 St. Louis Cardinals, 1978-1986 San Diego Chargers (Times as a Semifinalist: 9 – 2005, 2010-17)
•    Roger Craig, RB – 1983-1990 San Francisco 49ers, 1991 Los Angeles Raiders, 1992-93 Minnesota Vikings (Times as a Semifinalist: 9 – 2009-17)
•    Terrell Davis, RB – 1995-2001 Denver Broncos (Times as a Semifinalist: 11 – 2007-2017)
•    Brian Dawkins, S, 1996-2008 Philadelphia Eagles, 2009-2011 Denver Broncos (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2017)
•    Alan Faneca, G – 1998-2007 Pittsburgh Steelers, 2008-09 New York Jets, 2010 Arizona Cardinals (Times as a Semifinalist: 2 – 2016-17)
•    Chris Hinton, G/T – 1983-89 Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts, 1990-93 Atlanta Falcons, 1994-95 Minnesota Vikings (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2017)
•    Torry Holt, WR – 1999-2008 St. Louis Rams, 2009 Jacksonville Jaguars (Times as a Semifinalist: 3 – 2015-17)
•    Joe Jacoby, T – 1981-1993 Washington Redskins (Times as a Semifinalist: 7 – 2005, 2008, 2013-17)
•    Edgerrin James, RB – 1999-2005 Indianapolis Colts, 2006-08 Arizona Cardinals, 2009 Seattle Seahawks (Times as a Semifinalist: 3 – 2015-17)
•    Jimmy Johnson, Coach – 1989-1993 Dallas Cowboys, 1996-99 Miami Dolphins (Times as a Semifinalist: 4 – 2014-17)
•    Mike Kenn, T – 1978-1994 Atlanta Falcons | (Times as a Semifinalist: 3 – 2015-17)
•    Ty Law, CB – 1995-2004 New England Patriots, 2005, 2008 New York Jets, 2006-07 Kansas City Chiefs, 2009 Denver Broncos (Times as a Semifinalist: 3 – 2015-17)
•    John Lynch, FS – 1993-2003 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2004-07 Denver Broncos (Times as a Semifinalist: 5 – 2013-17)
•    Clay Matthews, LB – 1978-1993 Cleveland Browns, 1994-96 Atlanta Falcons (Times as a Semifinalist: 2 – 2012, 2017)
•    Kevin Mawae, C/G – 1994-97 Seattle Seahawks, 1998-2005 New York Jets, 2006-09 Tennessee Titans (Times as a Semifinalist: 3 – 2015-17)
•    Karl Mecklenburg, LB – 1983-1994 Denver Broncos (Times as a Semifinalist: 6 – 2012-17)
•    Terrell Owens, WR – 1996-2003 San Francisco 49ers, 2004-05 Philadelphia Eagles, 2006-08 Dallas Cowboys, 2009 Buffalo Bills, 2010 Cincinnati Bengals (Times as a Semifinalist: 2 – 2016-17)
•    Jason Taylor, DE – 1997-2007, 2009, 2011 Miami Dolphins, 2008 Washington Redskins, 2010 New York Jets (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2017)
•    LaDainian Tomlinson, RB – 2001-09 San Diego Chargers, 2010-11 New York Jets (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2017)
•    Hines Ward, WR – 1998-2011 Pittsburgh Steelers (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2017)
•    Kurt Warner, QB – 1998-2003 St. Louis Rams, 2004 New York Giants, 2005-09 Arizona Cardinals (Times as a Semifinalist: 3 – 2015-17)
•    Darren Woodson, S – 1992-2003 Dallas Cowboys (Times as a Semifinalist: 2 – 2015, 2017)


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