02/12/2021

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Andre Johnson, DeMarcus Ware among 26 semifinalists for Pro Football Hall of Fame’s class of 2022

7 initially-yr suitable gamers, like Andre Johnson and DeMarcus Ware, have been amongst the 26 modern day period semifinalists named for the Pro Football Corridor of Fame’s course of 2022.

The semifinalists, 26 in all mainly because of a tie in the voting, will be trimmed to 15 finalists following month. The course of 2022, which can incorporate up to five modern day-period gamers, will be formally introduced Feb. 10 during NFL Honors.

Johnson, a seven-time Pro Bowl selection, and Ware, a 9-time Pro Bowl selection, just about every played their previous recreation in 2016 and have been in their initially yr of eligibility. Also amongst this year’s semifinalists and in their initially yr of eligibility have been Anquan Boldin, Devin Hester, Robert Mathis, Steve Smith and Vince Wilfork.

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The other semifinalists are: Eric Allen, Jared Allen, Willie Anderson, Ronde Barber, Tony Boselli, LeRoy Butler, Eddie George, Torry Holt, Sam Mills, Richard Seymour, Steve Tasker, Fred Taylor, Zach Thomas, Hines Ward, Ricky Watters, Reggie Wayne, Patrick Willis, Darren Woodson and Bryant Youthful.

Jared Allen, Barber, Boselli, Butler, Holt, Mills, Seymour, Thomas and Wayne have been all finalists previous yr. Boselli has been a finalist five situations, and Seymour has been a finalist 3 situations.

Youthful was a finalist in 2020.

Amongst this year’s semifinalists, Hester and Tasker are largely becoming viewed as mainly because of their distinctive teams enjoy, but they are amongst 8 gamers on the record who played vast receiver.

Smith is presently eighth in job acquiring yards Wayne is tenth, Johnson 11th, Boldin 14th, Holt sixteenth and Ward 27th.

Ware, who completed his job with 3 several years with the Denver Broncos immediately after 9 with the Dallas Cowboys, is 13th in job sacks at 138.5. Jared Allen, who is a semifinalist for the next time, is sixteenth with 136 job sacks.

Dick Vermeil, selected by the seniors committee, is previously a finalist as a mentor Cliff Department is the seniors finalist and Art McNally is a finalist as a contributor. All 3 have been picked previously this yr.

Inductions at the Corridor of Fame in Canton, Ohio, will be in early August.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.