Peyton Manning is only one step away from having his place in history solidified in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
Manning, one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, is one of 15 modern-era finalists for the Hall, the league announced Tuesday.
Manning, former Raiders and Packers defensive back Charles Woodson, former Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson, and former Chiefs and Vikings defensive end Jared Allen are the only finalists in their first year of eligibility to make the cut from the list of the initial 25 candidates.
Those four are joined by two other first-time finalists in former Browns linebacker Clay Matthews Jr. — who is in his final year of eligibility — and former Buccaneers cornerback Ronde Barber, who is in his fourth year of eligibility.
The full list of finalists includes:
Jared Allen, DE – 2004-07 Kansas City Chiefs, 2008-2013 Minnesota Vikings, 2014-15 Chicago Bears, 2015 Carolina Panthers
Ronde Barber, CB/S – 1997-2012 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tony Boselli, OT – 1995-2001 Jacksonville Jaguars, 2002 Houston Texans
LeRoy Butler, S – 1990-2001 Green Bay Packers
Alan Faneca, G – 1998-2007 Pittsburgh Steelers, 2008-09 New York Jets, 2010 Arizona Cardinals
Torry Holt, WR – 1999-2008 St. Louis Rams, 2009 Jacksonville Jaguars
Calvin Johnson, WR – 2007-2015 Detroit Lions
John Lynch, S – 1993-2003 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2004-07 Denver Broncos
Peyton Manning, QB – 1998-2011 Indianapolis Colts, 2012-15 Denver Broncos
Clay Matthews Jr., LB – 1978-1993 Cleveland Browns, 1994-96 Atlanta Falcons
Sam Mills, LB – 1986-1994 New Orleans Saints, 1995-97 Carolina Panthers
Richard Seymour, DE/DT – 2001-08 New England Patriots, 2009-2012 Oakland Raiders
Zach Thomas, LB – 1996-2007 Miami Dolphins, 2008 Dallas Cowboys
Reggie Wayne, WR – 2001-2014 Indianapolis Colts
Charles Woodson, CB/S – 1998-2005, 2013-15 Oakland Raiders, 2006-2012 Green Bay Packers
Who missed the cut in making Hall of Fame?
The 10 modern-era semifinalists who did not make the cut include:
Eric Allen, CB – 1988-1994 Philadelphia Eagles, 1995-97 New Orleans Saints, 1998-2001 Oakland Raiders
Willie Anderson, T – 1996-2007 Cincinnati Bengals, 2008 Baltimore Ravens
Cornelius Bennett, LB – 1987-1995 Buffalo Bills, 1996-98 Atlanta Falcons, 1999-2000 Indianapolis Colts
Rodney Harrison, S – 1994-2002 San Diego Chargers, 2003-08 New England Patriots
Steve Tasker, ST/WR – 1985-86 Houston Oilers, 1986-1997 Buffalo Bills
Fred Taylor, RB – 1998-2008 Jacksonville Jaguars, 2009-2010 New England Patriots
Hines Ward, WR – 1998-2011 Pittsburgh Steelers
Patrick Willis, LB – 2007-2014 San Francisco 49ers
Darren Woodson, S – 1992-2003 Dallas Cowboys
Bryant Young, DT – 1994-2007 San Francisco 49ers
All 15 finalists will have their cases heard by the 48-person selection committee, which will convene virtually on Jan. 19 to wither the list to 10 and then to five.
From there, those five — along with two contributors (former Raiders coach Tom Flores and former Steelers scout Bill Nunn) and a senior nominee (former Cowboys receiver Drew Pearson) — will be voted on individually, with a minimum of 80 percent of the vote needed for enshrinement.
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