Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2011 semifinalists

ATLANTA - SEPTEMBER 19:  Matt Stewart #52 of the Atlanta Falcons tries to tackle Marshall Faulk #28 of the St. Louis Rams on September 19, 2004 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Craig Jones/Getty Images)

The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced the 26 modern-era semifinalists for its’ Class of 2011 during NFL Network’s NFL GameDay Morning prior to Week 12 action.

The 26 semifinalists were whittled down by way of mail ballot by the members of the Hall’s Selection Committee. That same committee will have another mail ballot to reduce the list to 15 finalists. Those finalists will be announced in early January 2011.

The Selection Committee will meet in North Texas on February 5, the day before Super Bowl XLV, to vote for the Class of 2011.

The two senior nominees for the Hall of Fame were previously announced: linebackers Chris Hanburger and Les Richter. Hanburger played for the Washington Redskins from 1965-78 and Richter played for the Los Angeles Rams from 1954-64.

The 2001 Modern-Era Semifinalists are:

  • Jerome Bettis, RB – 1993-95 Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, 1996-2005 Pittsburgh Steelers
  • 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
  • Terrell Davis, RB – 1995-2001 Denver Broncos
  • Dermontti Dawson, C – 1988-2000 Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Edward DeBartolo Jr., Owner – 1979-1997 San Francisco 49ers
  • Richard Dent, DE – 1983-1993, 1995 Chicago Bears, 1994 San Francisco 49ers, 1996 Indianapolis Colts, 1997 Philadelphia Eagles
  • Chris Doleman, DE/LB – 1985-1993, 1999 Minnesota Vikings, 1994-95 Atlanta Falcons, 1996-98 San Francisco 49ers
  • Marshall Faulk, RB – 1994-98 Indianapolis Colts, 1999-2005 St. Louis Rams
  • 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
  • Charles Haley, DE/LB – 1986-1991, 1999 San Francisco 49ers, 1992-96 Dallas Cowboys
  • Lester Hayes, CB – 1977-1986 Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders
  • Cortez Kennedy, DT – 1990-2000 Seattle Seahawks
  • Curtis Martin, RB – 1995-97 New England Patriots, 1998-2005 New York Jets
  • Art Modell, Owner – 1961-1995 Cleveland Browns, 1996-2003 Baltimore Ravens
  • Andre Reed, WR – 1985-1999 Buffalo Bills, 2000 Washington Redskins
  • Willie Roaf, T – 1993-2001 New Orleans Saints, 2002-05 Kansas City Chiefs
  • Ed Sabol, Contributor – 1964-1995 NFL Films
  • Deion Sanders, CB/KR/PR – 1989-1993 Atlanta Falcons, 1994 San Francisco 49ers, 1995-99 Dallas Cowboys, 2000 Washington Redskins, 2004-05 Baltimore Ravens
  • Shannon Sharpe, TE – 1990-99, 2002-03 Denver Broncos, 2000-01 Baltimore Ravens
  • Paul Tagliabue, Commissioner – 1989-2006 National Football League
  • Aeneas Williams, CB/S – 1991-2000 Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals, 2001-04 St. Louis Rams
  • George Young, Contributor – 1968-1974 Baltimore Colts, 1975-78 Miami Dolphins, 1979-1997 New York Giants, 1998-2001 National Football League

The Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee is comprised of:

  • Arizona — Kent Somers, Arizona Republic
  • Atlanta —Len Pasquarelli, The Sports Xchange
  • Baltimore — Scott Garceau, WMAR-TV
  • Buffalo — Mark Gaughan, Buffalo News
  • Carolina — Darin Gantt, Rock Hill Herald
  • Chicago — Dan Pompei, Chicago Tribune*
  • Cincinnati — Joe Reedy, Cincinnati Enquirer
  • Cleveland — Tony Grossi, Cleveland Plain Dealer
  • Dallas — Rick Gosselin, Dallas Morning News*
  • Denver — Jeff Legwold, Denver Post
  • Detroit — Tom Kowalski, Booth Newspapers
  • Green Bay — Cliff Christl, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • Houston — John McClain, Houston Chronicle*
  • Indianapolis — Mike Chappell, Indianapolis Star
  • Jacksonville — Sam Kouvaris, WJXT-TV
  • Kansas City — Bob Gretz, KCFootballReport.com
  • Miami — Edwin Pope, Miami Herald*
  • Minnesota — Sid Hartman, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune
  • New England — Ron Borges, Boston Herald*
  • New Orleans — Pete Finney, The Times-Picayune
  • New York (Giants) — Vinny DiTrani, Bergen Record
  • New York (Jets) — Gary Myers, New York Daily News
  • Oakland — Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
  • Philadelphia — Paul Domowitch, Philadelphia Daily News
  • Pittsburgh — Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  • St. Louis — Bernie Miklasz, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
  • San Diego — Nick Canepa, San Diego Union-Tribune
  • San Francisco — Nancy Gay, FOXSports.com
  • Seattle — Mike Sando, ESPN.com
  • Tampa Bay — Ira Kaufman, Tampa Tribune
  • Tennessee — David Climer, The Tennessean
  • Washington — David Elfin, AOL Sports/FanHouse
  • PFWA — Darryl Ledbetter, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • At Large — Howard Balzer, The Sports Xchange
  • At Large — Jarrett Bell, USA Today
  • At Large — John Clayton, ESPN/ESPN Magazine
  • At Large — John Czarnecki, FOXSports.com*
  • At Large — Dave Goldberg, AOL Sports/FanHouse*
  • At Large — Peter King, Sports Illustrated
  • At Large — Ira Miller, The Sports Xchange*
  • At Large — Len Shapiro, Miami Herald*
  • At Large — Vito Stellino, Florida Times-Union
  • At Large — Jim Trotter, Sports Illustrated
  • At Large — Charean Williams, Fort Worth Star-Telegram

* — Also serves on the Senior Selection Committee.

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