On Tuesday morning, the Pro Football Hall of Fame kicked off another induction cycle. In the first step of choosing the Class of 2024, the Hall revealed the list of modern-era nominees to be considered for the class.
This year’s initial group includes 173 players, a significant increase from the 129 initial nominees last year. That group is made up of 94 offensive players, 64 defensive players, and 17 specialists. In the coming months the selection committee will narrow this list down to a smaller group of semifinalists, followed by a group of 19 finalists. That group will then go to the final round of voting, with the official Class of 2024 – which will be between four and nine individuals – being revealed leading up to the Super Bowl in February.
Of the 173 initial nominees this year, 29 spent at least some time with the New England Patriots. That’s up from 24 last year, even though former Patriot Darrelle Revis is no longer on the list after getting inducted as part of the Class of 2023 (on his first ballot). In fact, none of the former Patriots under consideration are first-ballot candidates this year – although a few are back on the ballot after not being included in recent years.
From franchise cornerstones to guys who just came through for a cup of coffee and never even put on the uniform, here is a look at all 29 former Patriots under consideration this year. Will any become the 11th former Patriot to be enshrined in Canton?