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Pro Football HOF announces initial Class of 2019

Pro Football HOF announces initial Class of 2019

The Steelers are well represented among the nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2019. To this day, Mitchell holds National Football League records for most total return yards, most all-purpose yards in a single decade, combined return yards in the postseason, and many other return records.

Voting by the 48-member Hall of Fame panel will be held February 2, the day before the Super Bowl, in Atlanta.

Linebacker London Fletcher, cornerback Champ Bailey, running back Clinton Portis, and special teams ace Brian Mitchell highlight the list of players who contributed significantly in Washington.

Joining Gonzalez on the list of nominees are former Chiefs' defensive end Neil Smith (1988-96), cornerback Albert Lewis (1983-1993), defensive end Leslie O'Neal (1998-99), cornerback Ty Law (2006-07), quarterback Dave Krieg (1992-93) and head coaches Marty Schottenheimer (1989-98) and Dick Vermeil (2001-05).

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The list of 102 will be narrowed down to 25 semifinalists in November. After that, the 18 finalists will be presented to the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee during its annual meeting the day before the Super Bowl.

He spent his final five seasons with Atlanta, finishing with 111 touchdown catches and 15,127 yards receiving.

Reeves, Barber, Walker and Brown are all close, but it's likely that only Barber would go into the Hall of Fame as a Giant is he were to receive such an honor. That group will be enshrined in Canton, Ohio on Saturday, August 3, 2019.