Troy Polamalu, Reggie Wayne highlight finalists for Hall of Fame

Troy Polamalu, Reggie Wayne highlight finalists for Hall of Fame

Troy Polamalu, Reggie Wayne highlight finalists for Hall of Fame

Former San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Bryant Young was among the 15 Pro Football Hall of Fame finalists announced today by the NFL.

It is the first time in his 14 years of eligibility that he has been named a finalist.

Young was a four-time Pro Bowl selection for the 49ers and was named to the National Football League 1990s All-Decade Team.

During Hutchinson's final season in Seattle, the Seahawks scored a league-high and franchise-record 452 points, on their way to a 13-3 record and an eventual trip to Super Bowl XL. All told, Polamalu played in three Super Bowls, winning twice. He was a seven-time Pro Bowler, five-time All-Pro, and a key cog in one of the most dominant defenses of the 2010s.

Faneca later went on to play two seasons with the Jets and one with the Cardinals.

Safety LeRoy Butler (Packers 1990-2001), wide receiver Torry Holt (Rams 1999-2008; Jaguars 2009), linebacker Sam Mills (Saints 1986-94; Panthers 1995-97), linebacker Zach Thomas (Dolphins 1996-2007; Cowboys 2008) and defensive tackle Bryant Young (49ers 1994-2007) also were named finalists for the first time, though all five previously had been eligible.

Willis was among the 25 players listed as modern-era semifinalists in November, but didn't make the recently trimmed-down list. That is a special selection in celebration of the NFL's 100th season.

Safety Troy Polamalu and wide receiver Reggie Wayne are the only first-time eligible candidates named as finalists on Thursday.

The class of 2020 will be introduced during NFL Honors, when The Associated Press announces its NFL individual awards winners, on the evening of February 1 on Fox.

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