Darrelle Revis headlines first-time Hall of Fame candidates

Jets shutdown cornerback Darrelle Revis, six-time All-Professional offensive lineman Joe Thomas, and speedy move rusher Dwight Freeney headline the checklist of 9 first-year eligible gamers picked among the many 129 nominees for the 2023 class of the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame.

The opposite first-year eligibles are working again Chris Johnson, offensive lineman Jahri Evans, linebackers NaVorro Bowman and James Harrison; defensive again Kam Chancellor and punter Shane Lechler.

The 9 new candidates mixed for 52 Professional Bowl berths, 30 first-team All-Professional picks, with 5 of the 9 successful Tremendous Bowls and 5 making an all-decade workforce. Johnson additionally received an Offensive Participant of the 12 months award in 2009 and Harrison was picked as high defensive participant in 2008.

Revis, who additionally got here out within the 2007 draft, moved round rather more, spending time with the Jets, Tampa Bay, New England and Kansas Metropolis.

His greatest play got here with the Jets the place he was a first-team All-Professional from 2009-11 and completed second in Defensive Participant of the 12 months voting in 2009 when he repeatedly shut down high receivers by sending them to “Revis Island.”

Darrelle Revis
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Revis spent one yr in New England, serving to the Patriots win the Tremendous Bowl within the 2014 season.

Thomas was one of many high tackles within the league over a sturdy 11-year profession that noticed him chosen first-team All-Professional six occasions and second workforce two different occasions. He had a streak of 10,363 consecutive performs whereas taking part in for the Browns his whole profession.

Freeney spent most of his 16-year profession in Indianapolis the place his velocity off the sting and dominant spin transfer led to 125¹/₂ profession sacks. He anchored a protection that complemented a high-powered offense led by Peyton Manning and helped the Colts win the Tremendous Bowl following the 2006 season.

The checklist might be decreased to 25 semifinalists in November and to fifteen finalists in January earlier than the choice committee discusses and chooses the category of 2023 that might be enshrined in August.

The 15 finalists might be trimmed to 10 after which 5 throughout the choice assembly early subsequent yr. The ultimate 5 candidates might want to get 80 p.c of the votes from the panel to get into the Corridor.

The roster of nominees consists of 67 offensive gamers, 50 defensive gamers and 12 particular teamers.

Finalists from 2022 re-nominated for subsequent yr are defensive finish Jared Allen, deal with Willie Anderson, defensive again Ronde Barber, returner Devin Hester, receivers Torry Holt, Andre Johnson and Reggie Wayne; linebackers Zach Thomas and Patrick Willis; and edge rusher DeMarcus Ware.

The committee can even take into account former Chargers and Cardinals coach Don Coryell within the teaching class and three senior candidates: Tremendous Bowl V MVP Chuck Howley and All-Professional defenders Jets nice Joe Klecko and Ken Riley.

In addition they will get in in the event that they get assist from not less than 80% of voters in January.

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