The NFL released its list of 17 finalists for the Pro Football Hall Of Fame today, including former Raider Tim Brown. Brown spent all but one season of his 17-year career with the Raiders, including the first seven years in Los Angeles. Brown, a nine-time Pro Bowler, ranks fourth all-time with 1,094 receptions, and is sixth all-time with 100 receiving touchdowns. This is Brown's second year of Hall of Fame eligibility.â†µ
To be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, finalists must receive a minimum of 80 percent support from the 44-member selection committee. The committee will meet on February 5, the day before the Super Bowl. First-time candidates on the list of finalists are Jerome Bettis, Marshall Faulk, Curtis Martin, Willie Roaf, and Deion Sanders.â†µ
Bettis spent the first two seasons of his career in Los Angeles, before the Rams moved to St. Louis. He ranks fifth all-time with 13,662 rushing yards, and is 10th all-time with 91 rushing touchdowns. The other Hall of Fame finalist with Los Angeles ties is Les Richter, a linebacker for the Rams from 1954-1962. Richter is one of two candidates selected by the senior committee, "which reviews the qualifications of players whose careers took place more than 25 years ago."â†µ
The Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees will be announced at 4 p.m. PST on NFL Network on February 5.