The 15 Modern-Era Finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019 includes five individuals who are finalists for the first time. The list includes three first-year eligible players with cornerback Champ Bailey, tight end Tony Gonzalez and safety Ed Reed. Two others, coach Tom Flores and defensive lineman Richard Seymour, have been previously eligible for the Hall of Fame but this year marks their first time as finalists.
The 15 Modern-Era Finalists will be considered for election to the Hall of Fame when the Hall’s Selection Committee meets on “Selection Saturday” in Atlanta the day before Super Bowl LIII to elect the new class. The Modern-Era Finalists were determined by a vote of the Hall’s Selection Committee from a list of 103 nominees that was earlier reduced to 25 semifinalists, during the year-long selection process.
The 2019 Modern-Era Finalists with their positions, years and teams:
The 15 Modern-Era Finalists join three other finalists to comprise 18 finalists under consideration for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019.
One Senior Finalist was announced in August 2018 by the Seniors Committee that reviews the qualifications of those players whose careers ended more than 25 years ago.
Two Contributor Finalists, also announced in August, were selected by the Hall of Fame’s Contributors Committee that considers persons, other than players and coaches, who made outstanding contributions to professional football.
To be elected, a finalist must receive a minimum positive vote of 80 percent during the annual selection meeting.