By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
Former Patriots greats Ty Law and Richard Seymour are on the list of finalists for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The Hall announced the ex-Pats cornerback and defensive end as part of the list of finalists on Thursday.
Here’s the complete list of 15 modern-era finalists:
Tony Boselli, T (1995-2001 Jacksonville Jaguars, 2002 Houston Texans)
Isaac Bruce, WR (1994-2007 Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, 2008-09 San Francisco 49ers)
Alan Faneca, G (1998-2007 Pittsburgh Steelers, 2008-09 New York Jets, 2010 Arizona Cardinals)
Tony Gonzalez, TE (1997-2008 Kansas City Chiefs, 2009-2013 Atlanta Falcons)
Steve Hutchinson, G (2001-05 Seattle Seahawks, 2006-2011 Minnesota Vikings, 2012 Tennessee Titans)
Edgerrin James, RB (1999-2005 Indianapolis Colts, 2006-08 Arizona Cardinals, 2009 Seattle Seahawks
Kevin Mawae, C/G (1994-97 Seattle Seahawks, 1998-2005 New York Jets, 2006-09 Tennessee Titans)
Steve Atwater, S (1989-1998 Denver Broncos, 1999 New York Jets)
Champ Bailey, CB (1999-2003 Washington Redskins, 2004-2013 Denver Broncos)
Ty Law, CB (1995-2004 New England Patriots, 2005, 2008 New York Jets, 2006-07 Kansas City Chiefs, 2009 Denver Broncos)
John Lynch, FS (1993-2003 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2004-07 Denver Broncos)
Ed Reed, FS (2002-2012 Baltimore Ravens, 2013 New York Jets, 2013 Houston Texans)
Richard Seymour, DE/DT (2001-08 New England Patriots, 2009-2012 Oakland Raiders)
Don Coryell, Coach (1973-77 St. Louis Cardinals, 1978-1986 San Diego Chargers)
Tom Flores, Coach (1979-1987 Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders, 1992-94 Seattle Seahawks)
In addition, former Chiefs safety Danny Robinson (who played from 1960-71) is a Senior Finalist. Ex-Broncos owner Pat Bowlen, and former Cowboys VP of player personnel & longtime NFL.com contributor Gil Brandt, are Contributor Finalists.
Each finalist much earn at least 80 percent positive votes at the annual selection meeting. This is Law’s second year as a finalist, while its Seymour’s first.
At this point, Ed Reed, Champ Bailey, and Tony Gonzalez are the only locks to be inducted in 2019. All three of them are no-doubt first-ballot choices. Everyone else has had to wait or may need to keep waiting. But Law and Seymour both deserve to get in eventually, and they’re obviously close.
It would be cool to see Law, in particular, inducted alongside one of his peers at cornerback in Bailey.
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