Colts legend Edgerrin James named Hall of Fame semifinalist

Atwater, Lynch and Mecklenburg are all members of the Broncos' Ring of Fame, and all five who were named semifinalists this year were also semifinalists last year, along with Terrell Davis, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame this year. The next step is to reduce that number to 15 modern-era finalists in January and the Selection Committee will name the Class of 2018 on the eve of Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis. Both were on the list of finalists a year ago, but did not make the 2017 class to the dismay of Eagles fans.

- Barber is the only player in National Football League history to finish his career with at least 45 interceptions and at least 25 sacks.

Hutchinson was a seven-time Pro Bowl guard and five-time All-Pro first-teamer.

This is the sixth straight year that Lynch has made it to the group of semifinalists, beginning with his first year of eligibility in 2013. He spent his entire 16-year career with the Bucs, playing in a team record 241 games.

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The Hall's 48 selectors, composed of writers, broadcasters and ex-players, will vote once more next month to reduce the list of 27 to 15 modern-era finalists, then meet on February 3, the day before Super Bowl LII, to discuss each of the finalists and select the 2018 class.

"If you overplay him, he's going to make you look ridiculous", said former 5x First-Team All-Pro and 7x Pro Bowl Miami Dolphins inside linebacker Zach Thomas of Edgerrin James, as the running back he least enjoyed facing. Rice has been Hall of Fame-eligible since 2013 but this is the first time he has been named a semi-finalist. He ranks third in franchise history with his 69.5 sacks as a Buccaneer, and his 122.0 career sacks are the second-most for any Hall-eligible player who is not already enshrined.

Butler played at Lee High before attending Florida State.