Published: Thu, November 22, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Tony Gonzalez and Ed Reed highlight 2019 NFL Hall of Fame semifinalists

Tony Gonzalez and Ed Reed highlight 2019 NFL Hall of Fame semifinalists

Synonymous with the Lambeau Leap, Butler was a versatile centerpiece of defensive coordinator Fritz Shurmur's defense during the Packers' Super Bowl XXXI championship run.

Flores compiled a record of 83-53 in nine seasons with the Raiders, and was the first Latino head coach in National Football League history. Thomas' career ended in 2008.

Semifinalists who are in their first year of eligibility for the hall are Tony Gonzalez, Ed Reed and Champ Bailey.

Atwater and Mecklenburg have now been named semifinalists on eight occasions, Lynch (7) and Law (5) have also represented the Broncos at the semifinalist stage on several occasions. Atwater is a semifinalist for the eighth consecutive year and Johnson is a semifinalist the third year in a row. Bruce ranks fifth all-time with 15,208 receiving yards. Former Raiders cornerback Albert Lewis, guard Steve Wisniewski, and cornerback Eric Allen also missed the cut.

This group - Robinson, Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen and Cowboys personnel director Gil Brandt - will be voted on separately, and like all finalists must receive 80 percent positive vote from the full selection committee on February 2, the day before the Super Bowl.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame's current bylaws stipulate that between four and eight new members will be selected each year. Butler was not included as one of the finalists past year.

Tony Boselli again is a step closer to the Hall of Fame.

The list of semifinalists will be reduced to 15 modern-era finalists on January 3.

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