Colts' Edgerrin James, Jeff Saturday among Pro Football Hall of Fame nominees


Two former Indianapolis Colts stars will be up for induction to the Pro Football Hall of Fame next year. Legends such as Randy Moss and Ray Lewis were two of the 11 first-year eligible players on the list, but a different first-year nominee is bound to raise some eyebrows.

Steve Smith Sr., who Carolina Panthers fans and Baltimore Ravens fans alike have cherished throughout his 16-year, 1,000-catch and almost 15,000-yard career with both teams, is not actually eligible since he just retired last year (he's now an NFL Network analyst).

Lower Richland graduate Richard Seymour is one of 108 players and coaches who are modern era nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The Selection Committee will meet on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 in Minneapolis, elect the Class of 2018. He also was an All-Pro in 1988 before Buffalo's Super Bowl run, played in 206 games and appeared in another Super Bowl with the Falcons.

An All-Rookie Team selection as a guard in 1983, Hinton was selected to six Pro Bowls and was named All-NFL several times as a left tackle from 1985 to 1989. The three-time Associated Press All-Pro defensive end played the bulk of his 13-year National Football League career for the Kansas City Chiefs and retired with 104.5 sacks. He was named to the Pro Bowl nine times during his career and was an All Pro six times.

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The current list will be further pared to 25 semifinalists in November by the selection committee - we are a member - and to 15 finalists in January. Of the 18 finalists, 15 will be comprised of those from the list in addition to Senior Finalists Robert Brazile and Jerry Kramer, as well as Contributor Finalist Bobby Beathard. He was a finalist for the 2017 class and is widely regarded as one of the best interior offensive linemen of the modern era.

The voting for the Class of 2017 will be conducted at the 48-member Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee's annual meeting, which will be held in Minneapolis on February 3, the day before Super Bowl LII.

A second-round draft choice of the Colts in 1980, Donaldson became one of the most dependable offensive linemen in franchise history, starting 152 straight games at center from 1981 to 1991 before breaking his leg during a September 1991 game against the Los Angeles Raiders. Another nominee, defensive end Simeon Rice spent one season with the Colts. "While there is no set number for any class of enshrinees, the selection process by-laws provide that between four and eight new members will be selected".

Linebackers: Carl Banks, Cornelius Bennett, Tedy Bruschi, Seth Joyner, Ray Lewis, Greg Lloyd, Wilber Marshall, Clay Matthews, Willie McGinest, Karl Mecklenburg, Sam Mills, Joey Porter, Darryl Talley, Zach Thomas, Brian Urlacher.