Published: Thu, November 22, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Tony Gonzalez and Ed Reed highlight 2019 NFL Hall of Fame semifinalists

Tony Gonzalez and Ed Reed highlight 2019 NFL Hall of Fame semifinalists

The Hall of Fame Selection Committee will hold their annual meeting on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019.

Flores, 81, and former Miami linebacker Zach Thomas are the only previously eligible individuals who were voted as semifinalists for the first time. He made the Pro Bowl each season from 1996-2000 and was named to the NFL's All-Decade team of the 1990s.

To be eligible for election to the Hall of Fame, a nominated player or coach must not have participated as an active player or coach for five consecutive seasons.

The list of semifinalists was reduced from an initial group of 103 nominees announced in September.

Former Ravens safety Ed Reed was included in the list of Modern-Era Semifinalists for Pro Football Hall of Fame consideration, which was announced yesterday.

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He'll represent the 39th District, which is based in northern Orange County and was once considered Republican holy ground. It's about equally divided between Republicans, Democrats and independents, as it is with Asians, Hispanics and whites.

The year-round selection process aligns with the Pro Football Hall of Fame's important Mission to "Honor the Heroes of the Game, Preserve its History, Promote its Values and Celebrate Excellence EVERYWHERE". There will also be two contributor finalists (Pat Bowlen and Gil Brandt), along with one finalist from the seniors committee (Johnny Robinson), which will bring the total number of finalists to 18. He was a finalist past year for the second time.

The list of semifinalists will be reduced to 15 modern-era finalists on January 3.

The list for the modern-era class of 2019 began at 102 and has been whittled down to 25.

The 2019 Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony will be held next August 3 in Canton, Ohio.

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