The 15 finalists have been named for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2023.
Probably the most notable of the group are three first-timers on the ballot, they usually are expected to generate numerous buzz.
Offensive tackle Joe Thomas, who was voted to the Pro Bowl 10 times over his profession with the Cleveland Browns, is taken into account considered one of the favorites to be voted in. He’s a six-time, first-team All-Pro selection, making him one of the vital achieved players within the group.
Thomas played all 11 of his seasons with the Browns, though he was never in a position to make it to the playoffs, let alone secure the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Cleveland had a winning record only once during his time there, ending 10-6 in the course of the 2007 season.
Aug 9, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Cleveland Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas (73) against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field.
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Recent York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis is one other first-timer, and his coverage skills are legendary at this point in NFL history.
A seven-time Pro Bowler, Revis was a four-time first-team All-Pro during his 11-year profession that began in Recent York. The Jets drafted Revis 14th overall out of Pitt, and he immediately brought that “Revis Island” energy to the secondary.
Revis ended up playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for one season after leaving the Jets, after which in 2014, he was in a position to win a Super Bowl with the Recent England Patriots. Revis would return to the Jets for 2 more seasons in 2015 and 2016 before ending his profession with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2017.
If Thomas or Revis were voted into the Hall, they might join Calvin Johnson as members in Canton that were drafted in the highest 14 of their respective class.
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – DECEMBER 27: Darrelle Revis #24 of the Recent York Jets reacts within the third quarter against the Recent England Patriots during their game at MetLife Stadium on December 27, 2015, in East Rutherford, Recent Jersey.
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Finally, among the many first-timers is Indianapolis Colts great Dwight Freeney, who was a seven-time Pro Bowl selection and was first-team All-Pro thrice in his profession. Freeney was key within the Colts’ Super Bowl-winning team in the course of the 2006 season, and he was a menace on the line of defense every yr he played within the league.
Freeney played 11 seasons with the Colts before bouncing around at the tip of his playing days. After the 2012 season, Freeney joined the then-San Diego Chargers for 2 years followed by the Arizona Cardinals (2015), Atlanta Falcons (2016) and the Detroit Lions and Seattle Seahawks – each within the 2017 campaign. Freeney finished his profession with 125.5 sacks and 350 combined tackles in 218 games.
One other notable is cornerback Albert Lewis, who has waited an extended time to achieve the finalist stage, having played his final game in 1998.
Here’s the remaining of the list:
– Defensive end Jared Allen
– Tackle Willie Anderson
– Cornerback Ronde Barber
– Wide receiver/returner Devin Hester
– Wide receiver Torry Holt
– Wide receiver Andre Johnson
– Linebacker Zach Thomas
– Defensive end DeMarcus Ware
– Wide receiver Reggie Wayne
– Linebacker Patrick Willis
– Safety Darren Woodson
FILE – Former Indianapolis Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney speaks during his Ring of Honor induction ceremony during halftime of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins in Indianapolis on Nov. 10, 2019. Freeney is a finalist in his first yr of eligibility for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s class of 2023.
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Of that group, only Woodson didn’t make it as a finalist last yr.
The Hall of Fame board will meet soon to debate who shall be an element of this yr’s class. They’re allowed to decide on as much as five modern-era finalists.
The Class of 2023 shall be announced on Feb. 9 in the course of the NFL Honors show.
Scott Thompson is a sports author for Fox News Digital.