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A New England Patriots helmet bearing a decal with the number 40 of the late Pat Tillman rests between a player's shoes during a game against the Arizona Cardinals at Sun Devil Stadium on September 19, 2004 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

A New England Patriots helmet bearing a decal with the number 40 of the late Pat Tillman rests between a player’s shoes during a game against the Arizona Cardinals at Sun Devil Stadium on September 19, 2004 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

The initial list of candidates for the Patriots Hall of Fame are out, thanks to a report from the nomination committee meeting by voting member Phil Perry of NBC Sports Boston.

Perry details the conversations from the nomination committee meeting on Thursday, which included passionate discussions on the candidacy of former Patriots head coach Bill Parcells and receiver Randy Moss. Those two were part of a 13-person list of nominees discussed at the meeting, which will be whittled down to three finalists to join the late Leon Gray for induction in the class of 2019.

Here are the 13 players/coaches discussed as nominees for the Patriots Hall of Fame:

DL Julius Adams
DE Larry Eisenhower
HC Chuck Fairbanks
S Tim Fox
TE Russ Francis
S Rodney Harrison
S Fred Marion
S Lawyer Milloy
WR Randy Moss
HC Bill Parcells
DE Richard Seymour
RB Mosi Tatupu
LB Mike Vrabel

Perry also revealed his ballot of three finalists, and all three came from the early years of the Bill Belichick era: Harrison, Seymour, and Vrabel.

If Moss and Parcells can’t gain enough support to become finalists, the aforementioned three players arguably make the most sense. Parcells has been a finalist before, along with Fairbanks and Marion. This would be Vrabel’s fourth straight year as a finalist and Seymour’s third.

The latter could be on the verge of getting a gold jacket in Canton for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, so a red jacket at the Patriots Hall of Fame shouldn’t be far behind either.

Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Follow him on Twitter @mattdolloff or email him at matthew.dolloff@bbgi.com.