Published: Sat, January 05, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Atwater a finalist for Pro Football Hall of Fame

Atwater a finalist for Pro Football Hall of Fame

During that final year with FOX, he was inducted into both the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Ring of Honor. Those five finalists are voted on by the committee, and a player must receive at least 80% "yes" votes to make it into the Hall of Fame.

Lynch will face a tough road to earn election this year due to some competition at his position.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame has trimmed the nominees for the class of 2019 to 15 finalists, and all four with Seattle Seahawks connections remain in the running.

The Class of 2019 will be announced during the NFL Honors show at 9 p.m. ET on February 2, the night before Super Bowl LIII.

Three-time Super Bowl champion and defensive end Richard Seymour, along with twelve-time Pro Bowler and cornerback Champ Bailey. Butler was also a four-time Pro-Bowler and a member of the 1990s All-Decade Team.

Seymour and Flores were eligible before but are finalists for the first time.

Former Cowboys executive Gil Brandt and Broncos owner Pat Bowlen previously were chosen as 2019 finalists as contributors, and former Kansas City Chiefs player Johnny Robinson is a finalist as a senior candidate. The inductions will be made on August 3 in Canton. Part of the NFL's all-decade team for the 2000s, Hutchinson worked alongside Jones, center Robbie Tobeck, right guard Chris Gray, and right tackle Sean Locklear to pave the way for Shaun Alexander's MVP season in 2005, when the Seahawks running back rushed for 1,880 yards, averaged 5.1 yards per carry, and scored 28 touchdowns, which was then an National Football League record. The legendary tight end was inducted into the Chiefs' Hall of Fame on December 13. He was teammates with third-time Finalist Ty Law, a 10-year Patriot who had 10 interceptions for the 2005 Jets, and second-time Finalist S Steve Atwater, who followed 10 Denver seasons with 1999 in the Jets secondary.

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