129 Modern-Era Nominees Announced for Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2023

The list will be reduced to 25 semi-finalists in November; 15 finalists to be announced early January CANTON, OHIO – Nine players in their first year of eligibility are on the list of 129 Modern-Era nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2023.

Those first on the list include running back Chris Johnson, offensive linemen Jahri Evans and Joe Thomas, defensive lineman Dwight Freeney, linebackers NaVorro Bowman and James Harrison, defensive backs Kam Chancellor and Darrelle Revis, and punter Shane Lechler.

The list of nominees consists of 67 offensive players, 50 defensive players and 12 players from special teams. The list of modern-era nominees will be reduced to 25 semifinalists in November and from there to 15 finalists whose names will be announced in early January.

Modern Era Nominees for Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2023 *Finalist in 2022. Underline indicates first year of eligibility. (Players must have last played at least five full seasons ago to be eligible for nomination. Therefore, anyone who last played in 2017 will be eligible for the first time in 2023.)

QUARTER BACKS (6): Randall Cunningham, Jake Delhomme, Jeff Garcia, Dave Krieg, Donovan McNabb, Steve McNair.

RUNNING BACKS (17): Shaun Alexander, Mike Alstott (FB), Tiki Barber, Larry Centers (FB), Corey Dillon, Warrick Dunn, Eddie George, Priest Holmes, Steven Jackson, Chris Johnson, Vonta Leach (FB), Jamal Lewis , Lorenzo Neal (FB), Eric Metcalf (also WR/PR/KR), Fred Taylor, Ricky Watters, Brian Westbrook.

WIDE RECEIVERS (20): Anquan Boldin, Troy Brown (also PR/KR), Donald Driver, Henry Ellard (also PR), Irving Fryar, *Devin Hester (also PR/KR), *Torry Holt, Joe Horn, Chad Johnson , *Andre Johnson, Derrick Mason, Muhsin Muhammad, Andre Rison, Jimmy Smith, Rod Smith, Steve Smith Sr., Hines Ward, *Reggie Wayne, Wes Welker, Roddy White.

TIGHT ENDS (3): Dallas Clark, Ben Coates, Wesley Walls.

ATTACKING LINEMEN (21): *Willie Anderson (T), Matt Birk (C), Lomas Brown (T), Ruben Brown (G), Jahri Evans (G), D’Brickashaw Ferguson (T), Kevin Glover (C/ G), Jordan Gross (T), Olin Kreutz (C), Nick Mangold (C), Logan Mankins (G), Tom Nalen (C), Nate Newton (G/T), Jeff Saturday (C), Mark Schlereth ( G/C), Chris Snee (T), Joe Thomas (T), Brian Waters (T), Richmond Webb (T), Erik Williams (T), Steve Wisniewski (D).

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN (14): John Abraham (DE, also LB), *Jared Allen (DE), Dwight Freeney (DE), La’Roi Glover (DT/NT), Casey Hampton (DT/NT), Robert Mathis (DE ), Leslie O’Neal (DE), Simeon Rice (DE), Clyde Simmons (DE/DT), Justin Smith (DE), Neil Smith (DE), Justin Tuck (DE), Vince Wilfork (DT/NT), Kevin Williams (DT/DE).

LINEBACKERS (17): Jessie Armstead, Cornelius Bennett, NaVorro Bowman, Lance Briggs, Chad Brown, Tedy Bruschi, James Farrior, London Fletcher, James Harrison, Seth Joyner, Willie McGinest (also DE), Takeo Spikes, Pat Swilling (also DE ), *Zach Thomas, *DeMarcus Ware, *Patrick Willis, Al Wilson.

DEFENSIVE BACKS (19): Eric Allen (CB), *Round Barber (CB/S), Dre’ Bly (CB), Kam Chancellor (S), Nick Collins (S), Antonio Cromartie (CB), Merton Hanks (S ), Rodney Harrison (S), Albert Lewis (CB), Terry McDaniel (CB), Tim McDonald (S), Darrelle Revis (CB), Allen Rossum (CB), Asante Samuel (CB), Bob Sanders (S), Charles Tillman (CB), Troy Vincent (CB), Adrian Wilson (Z), Darren Woodson (Z).

POINTS/KICKERS (10): Gary Anderson (K), Jason Elam (K), Jeff Feagles (P), Jason Hanson (K), John Kasay, (K), Sean Landeta (P), Shane Lechler (P), Ryan Longwell (K), Pat McAfee (P), Matt Turk (P).

SPECIAL TEAMS (2): Josh Cribbs (KR/PR also WR), Brian Mitchell (KR/PR also RB).

Nineteen finalists will be presented to the full 49-member Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee at its annual meeting to elect the Class of 2023. Those candidates will include 15 Modern-Era Players finalists and recently named Seniors finalists Joe Klecko, Chuck Howley and Ken Riley and coach/contributor finalist Don Coryell.

The selection committee will meet early next year (at a date to be determined) prior to Super Bowl LVII. While there is no set number for any class of anchors, the bylaws of the selection process dictate that between four and nine new members will be selected.

The Senior Finalists and Coach/Contributor Finalist will be voted “yes” or “no” for election at the annual selection meeting and must receive at least 80% support from the Committee to join the Class of 2023. The Modern-Era Finalists will be trimmed during the meeting from 3 to 10, then from 10 to 5 o’clock. The remaining five finalists will be individually voted “yes” or “no”, and must receive the same 80% positive vote as the seniors and coach/contributor to win election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

This year’s reduction votes and ballots for the selection meetings are processed through an online voting platform developed by the firm of EY specifically for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

EY also oversaw the election process for the Centennial Class of 2020, Class of 2021 and Class of 2022.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2023 will be established in August 2023. For the most up-to-date information on the annual Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls, visit

Hall of Fame Fan Vote presented by Ford The annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Fan Vote presented by Ford launched today. Fans can vote as many times as they like to predict the five Modern-Era players who will be elected to the Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2023. (This fan vote is for entertainment purposes only and plays no role in the overall results for the Pro Football Hall of Fame election.)

Fans who vote are automatically eligible for sweepstakes prizes, including a trip with the top prize for two (2) to the 2023 Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls in Canton.

This marks the 13th consecutive year that Ford, the official car of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, has invited fans to predict the results of the annual Hall of Fame class. More than 25 million votes have been cast in the last ten years.


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