From 108 to 27 to 15. The list of candidates for the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2018 continues to shrink.
The Hall of Fame whittled down the list of candidates for the Class of 2018 to 15 all-time greats Tuesday. The process started with. In November, Now there are 15 finalists. The modern-era list is headlined by a pair of inside linebackers in Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher and a pair of receivers in Randy Moss and Terrell Owens.
Here's the entire list:
- Ray Lewis -- linebacker for the Ravens
- Brian Urlacher -- linebacker for the Bears
- Edgerrin James -- running back for the Colts, Cardinals, and Seahawks
- Randy Moss -- wide receiver for the Vikings, Raiders, Patriots, Titans, and 49ers
- Terrell Owens -- wide receiver for the 49ers, Eagles, Cowboys, Bills, and Bengals
- Isaac Bruce -- wide receiver for the Rams and 49ers
- John Lynch -- safety for the Buccaneers and Broncos
- Brian Dawkins -- defensive back for the Eagles and Broncos
- Ty Law -- defensive back for the Patriots, Jets, Chiefs, and Broncos
- Everson Walls -- defensive back for the Cowboys, Giants, and Browns
- Tony Boselli -- tackle for the Jaguars
- Joe Jacoby -- tackle and guard for the Redskins
- Steve Hutchinson -- guard for the Seahawks, Vikings, and Titans
- Alan Faneca -- guard and tackle for the Steelers, Jets, and Cardinals
- Kevin Mawae -- center and guard for the Seahawks, Jets, and Titans
The list grows to 18 when you include:
- Bobby Beathard ( )
- Robert Brazile ( )
- Jerry Kramer (seniors committee finalist)
Back in August, our John Breech:
- Terrell Owens
- Ray Lewis
- Alan Faneca
- John Lynch
- Don Coryell
Four of those five guys are still alive, with Coryell getting left out. Owens is the biggest name on that list consideringand Lynch, the current general manager of the 49ers, is also a notable name considering how well things are going for him lately. Earlier this season, and as a result, the 49ers appear to be on the rise with their new franchise quarterback. Now, he has a chance to be named a Hall of Famer.
The 2018 class will be announced the day before Super Bowl LII. Anywhere between 4-8 people will gain entrance into the Hall of Fame.
So, who ya got?