Hall of Fame announces 122 nominees for class of 2020

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Troy Polamalu is the top first-year eligible candidate for the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2020. (Photo: DON WRIGHT, AP)

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — First-time eligible candidates Troy Polamalu and Patrick Willis are among 122 modern-era nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s class of 2020.

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FILE – Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne celebrates a touchdown reception in the second half against the Chicago Bears in an NFL football game in Indianapolis, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

The newly eligible players have a heavy defensive emphasis. Joining the Steelers’ hard-hitting safety and 49ers bone-crunching linebacker for consideration are linemen Justin Smith and John Abraham, and linebacker Lance Briggs. The other two in their initial year of eligibility are receiver Reggie Wayne and running back Maurice Jones-Drew.

Finalists from 2019 who did not get enough support to be among the five modern-era players selected are receiver Isaac Bruce; running back Edgerrin James; offensive linemen Alan Faneca, Tony Boselli and Steve Hutchinson; defensive lineman Richard Seymour; and safeties John Lynch and Steve Atwater.

The nominees include 63 offensive players, 43 defensive players and 16 special teamers.

The class of 2020 will be selected in Feb. 1, 2020, the day before the Super Bowl.

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