Former Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez named Hall of Fame finalist

Former Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez named Hall of Fame finalist

Former Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez named Hall of Fame finalist

Gonzalez, who spent 12 of his 17 National Football League seasons with the Chiefs, earned 14 Pro Bowl selections, made six All-Pro teams and was chosen to the NFL's All-Decade Team (2000s). He was taken in the first round of the 1999 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins.

Gonzalez, a 14-time Pro Bowl selection; Bailey, a 12-time Pro Bowl selection; and Reed, a nine-time Pro Bowl selection, give this year's list of finalists a different feel.

Last February, Ray Lewis, Brian Urlacher, and Randy Moss were all selected for the Pro Football Hall of Fame when each was in his first year of eligibility. He was an eight-time Pro Bowl selection and was named an All-Pro three times.

Other finalists include Steve Atwater, Champ Bailey, Tony Boselli, Isaac Bruce, Tom Flores, Tony Gonzalez, Steve Hutchinson, Ty Law, John Lynch, Kevin Mawae, Ed Reed and Richard Seymour.

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Hall of Fame. The committee will meet before the Super Bowl to vote, and the 2019 class will be announced the night before the big game.

Law made five Pro Bowls and was a member of the 2000s All-Decade team. His 15,610 total yards from scrimmage ranks 11th all-time among running backs, and is more than Hall of Fame backs Eric Dickerson, Jerome Bettis and Jim Brown.

He's the greatest running back in Colts history, and leads the franchise in career rushing yards (9,226), rushing touchdowns (64), rushing yards per game average (96.1), rushing yards in a single season (1,709 in 2000) and most seasons with 1,000 rushing yards (five).

If Reed is chosen for induction, he would become the third Hall of Famer who spent the majority of his career with the Ravens. Coryell, who coached the high-powered offenses of the Cardinals and Chargers in the 1970s and '80s, is a five-time finalist.

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