Tony Gonzalez, Ed Reed headline 25 Pro Football Hall of Fame semifinalists for 2019

The Pro Football Hall of Fame started with 103 candidates for the Class of 2019 and that list has officially been trimmed down to 25 semifinalists. 

The Hall of Fame announced the list of semifinalists on Tuesday and it’s loaded with players who are eligible for the first time, including cornerback Champ Bailey, tight end Tony Gonzalez and safety Ed Reed. 

The list also includes two other first-time semifinalists who have previously been nominated, but had not survived the initial cut in former NFL coach Tom Flores and former Dolphins linebacker Zach Thomas. 

On the opposite end of the spectrum, Steve Atwater and John Lynch will be hoping to get in after years of coming close. Atwater has been a semifinalist eight times, while Lynch has been named a semifinalist seven times. Of course, no one on the list has been kept out longer than offensive mastermind Don Coryell, who was named a semifinalist for the 11th time.  

The announcement of the HOF semifinalists is the second step in the process to select the next inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. On Jan. 3, the Hall of Fame selection committee will be asked to trim the semifinalists list down to 15 finalists. There will also be two contributor finalists (Pat Bowlen and Gil Brandt), along with one finalist from the seniors committee (Johnny Robinson), which will bring the total number of finalists to 18.

From that total, voting rules from the Hall of Fame stipulate that at least four people get inducted each year, with a maximum of eight.

To be inducted, a finalist needs to receive at least 80 percent support from the 48-person selection committee. The 2018 Pro Football Hall of Fame class will be announced during a CBS television special that will air Feb. 2 from Atlanta, one day before Super Bowl LIII.

Here’s the complete list of semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2019

  • Steve Atwater, S – 1989-1998 Denver Broncos, 1999 New York Jets(Times as a Semifinalist: 8 – 2012-19)
  • Champ Bailey, CB – 1999-2003 Washington Redskins, 2004-2013 Denver Broncos | (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2019)
  • Ronde Barber, CB/S – 1997-2012 Tampa Bay Buccaneers(Times as a Semifinalist: 2 – 2018-19)
  • Tony Boselli, T – 1995-2001 Jacksonville Jaguars, 2002 Houston Texans (injured reserve) | (Times as a Semifinalist: 4 – 2016-19)
  • Isaac Bruce, WR – 1994-2007 Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, 2008-09 San Francisco 49ers(Times as a Semifinalist: 5 – 2015-19)
  • LeRoy Butler, S – 1990-2001 Green Bay Packers(Times as a Semifinalist: 2 – 2018-19)
  • Don Coryell, Coach – 1973-77 St. Louis Cardinals, 1978-1986 San Diego Chargers(Times as a Semifinalist: 11 – 2005, 2010-19)
  • Alan Faneca, G – 1998-2007 Pittsburgh Steelers, 2008-09 New York Jets, 2010 Arizona Cardinals | (Times as a Semifinalist: 4 – 2016-19)
  • Tom Flores, Coach – 1979-1987 Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders, 1992-94 Seattle Seahawks(Times as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2019)
  • Tony Gonzalez, TE – 1997-2008 Kansas City Chiefs, 2009-2013 Atlanta Falcons(Times as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2019)
  • Torry Holt, WR – 1999-2008 St. Louis Rams, 2009 Jacksonville Jaguars | (Times as a Semifinalist: 5 – 2015-19)
  • Steve Hutchinson, G – 2001-05 Seattle Seahawks, 2006-2011 Minnesota Vikings, 2012 Tennessee Titans(Times as a Semifinalist: 2 – 2018-19)
  • Edgerrin James, RB – 1999-2005 Indianapolis Colts, 2006-08 Arizona Cardinals, 2009 Seattle Seahawks | (Times as a Semifinalist: 5 – 2015-19)
  • Jimmy Johnson, Coach – 1989-1993 Dallas Cowboys, 1996-99 Miami Dolphins | (Times as a Semifinalist: 6 – 2014-19)
  • 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: 5 – 2015-19)
  • John Lynch, FS – 1993-2003 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2004-07 Denver Broncos | (Times as a Semifinalist: 7 – 2013-19)
  • Clay Matthews, LB – 1978-1993 Cleveland Browns, 1994-96 Atlanta Falcons | (Times as a Semifinalist: 3 – 2012, 2017, 2019)
  • Kevin Mawae, C/G – 1994-97 Seattle Seahawks, 1998-2005 New York Jets, 2006-09 Tennessee Titans | (Times as a Semifinalist: 5 – 2015-19)
  • Karl Mecklenburg, LB – 1983-1994 Denver Broncos | (Times as a Semifinalist: 8 – 2012-19)
  • Sam Mills, LB – 1986-1994 New Orleans Saints, 1995-97 Carolina Panthers(Times as a Semifinalist: 2 – 2016, 2019)
  • Ed Reed, FS – 2002-2012 Baltimore Ravens, 2013 New York Jets, 2013 Houston Texans | (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2019)
  • Richard Seymour, DE/DT – 2001-08 New England Patriots, 2009-2012 Oakland Raiders | (Times as a Semifinalist: 2 – 2018-2019)
  • Zach Thomas, LB – 1996-2007 Miami Dolphins, 2008 Dallas Cowboys | (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2019)
  • Hines Ward, WR – 1998-2011 Pittsburgh Steelers | (Times as a Semifinalist: 3 – 2017-19)
  • Darren Woodson, S – 1992-2003 Dallas Cowboys (Times as a Semifinalist: 3 – 2015, 2017, 2019)