Former Colts stars Saturday, James nominated for Pro Football Hall of Fame

Former Colts stars Saturday, James nominated for Pro Football Hall of Fame

Former Colts stars Saturday, James nominated for Pro Football Hall of Fame

The great Indianapolis Colts center on Tuesday was one of five former Colts players named to a list of 108 players and coaches who made the initial cut as Modern-Era nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2018. Former Washington Redskins general manager Bobby Beathard is the contributor nominee.

In Hinton's final three seasons in Indianapolis, he enjoyed blocking for future Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson, who joined the Colts in October 1987 in a three-team trade that also included the Los Angeles Rams and the Buffalo Bills. He played in four straight Super Bowls with the Bills and was a Pro Bowl selection in each of those seasons.

That group will be whittled to 25 semifinalists in November and 15 finalists in January. Another nominee, defensive end Simeon Rice spent one season with the Colts. He started 92 of 94 games with the Colts before finishing his career in Atlanta and Minnesota. All in all, there are 108 players and coaches on the list, including such prominent National Football League names as Donovan McNabb, Steve McNair, Tiki Barber, Randy Moss, Terrell Owens, and Ray Lewis. From there, 15 finalists will be named in January and the final vote will take place February 3.

The voting for the Class of 2017 will be conducted at the 48-member Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee's annual meeting, which will be held in Minneapolis on February 3, the day before Super Bowl LII.

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The Selection Committee will meet on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, in Minneapolis to elect the Class of 2018. However, the most logical explanation seems to be a pretty classic case of identity confusion, where the Giants' Steve Smith was forgotten while the accolades of the Panthers' Steve Smith, with his name right there on the ballot, caused the nominators to forget about that pesky five-year rule. The selection process bylaws provide that four to eight inductees will be selected.

Quarterbacks: Randall Cunningham, Rich Gannon, Donovan McNabb, Steve McNair, Phil Simms.

Linebackers: Carl Banks, Cornelius Bennett, Tedy Bruschi, Seth Joyner, Ray Lewis, Greg Lloyd, Wilber Marshall, Clay Matthews, Willie McGinest, Karl Mecklenburg, Sam Mills, Joey Porter, Darryl Talley, Zach Thomas, Brian Urlacher.

Kickers/punters: K Gary Anderson, P Sean Landeta, K Nick Lowery.

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