Gonzalez, Reed, Bailey 1st-time eligible finalists for Hall of Fame

Champ Bailey, Ed Reed, Tony Gonzalez among finalists for Pro Football HOF

Champ Bailey, Ed Reed, Tony Gonzalez among finalists for Pro Football HOF

Another lock should be Ed Reed as the former Baltimore Raven was the prototypical ball-hawking safety, making 64 interceptions in his career and being voted to the Pro Bowl nine times.

A first-round draft pick of the Chiefs in 1997, Gonzalez went into the team's Ring of Honor in a ceremony at halftime of the Chiefs' 29-28 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers at Arrowhead Stadium on December 13. Seymour was named to the NFL's All-Decade Team for the 2000s.

Following Gonzalez, Bailey, and Reed, the list is made up of Steve Atwater, Tony Boselli, Isaac Bruce, Don Coryell, Alan Faneca, Tom Flores, Steve Hutchinson, Edgerrin James, Ty Law, John Lynch, Kevin Mawae, and Richard Seymour.

Gonzalez, a 14-time Pro Bowl all-star selection in his 17 National Football League seasons, set tight end career records with 1,325 catches for 15,127 yards.

Mawae played four of his 16 seasons with Seattle, from 1994-1997.

There will be five modern-day players elected in. Law went into the Patriots Hall of Fame in 2014.

NEW ORLEANS - President Donald Trump has signed legislation awarding former New Orleans Saints and Washington State football player Steve Gleason the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor awarded by Congress. The Hall of Fame announced today that former safety Ed Reed is a finalist for the 2019 class.

The 2019 class of inductees will be announced February 2 in Atlanta during week-long festivities leading up to the Super Bowl. No matter: he holds the career record for tight ends with 1,325, second only overall to Jerry Rice, and gained more than 15,127 yards while scoring 111 touchdowns.

Seymour started eight games with the Raiders in 2012 before a hamstring injury cut his final season short, wrapping up a stellar career as one his generation's top defensive linemen.

This year's class doesn't have a headliner on the scale of, say, Brett Favre, but the three first-year players have strong resumes.

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