Published: Fri, January 04, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Champ Bailey, Ed Reed, Tony Gonzalez among finalists for Pro Football HOF

Champ Bailey, Ed Reed, Tony Gonzalez among finalists for Pro Football HOF

Former Chiefs tight end Tony Gonzalez has been named a Pro Football Hall of Fame finalist for the 2019 class.

This is Seymour's first time making the final 15, from which a maximum of five can be elected.

The last Georgia player inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame was running back Terrell Davis, who went in after a stellar career with the Denver Broncos.

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Also being considered for induction are senior committee nominee Johnny Robinson, a star safety for Dallas/Kansas City from 1960-71, and contributors finalists Gil Brandt, former personnel director for the Cowboys and now the NFL's top draft consultant, and Broncos owner Pat Bowlen. Between four and eight new members will be selected.

The 2019 class of inductees will be announced February 2 in Atlanta during week-long festivities leading up to the Super Bowl.

The Class of 2019 will be officially enshrined into the Hall of Fame during the spectacular Enshrinement Ceremony held inside Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium at Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village in Canton on Saturday, Aug. 3. He made seven Pro Bowls, including two with the Oakland Raiders. Like Bailey, Seymour was also a member of the NFL's All-Decade team in the 2000's. He finished his career in 1999 after his lone season with the New York Jets. His 15,610 total yards from scrimmage ranks 11th all-time among running backs, and is more than Hall of Fame backs Eric Dickerson, Jerome Bettis and Jim Brown. He was a key player during the Buccaneers' Super Bowl run in 2002 on one of the best defenses of the era. He finished his career with 1,325 receptions, which ranks second in National Football League history, to go along with 15,127 receiving yards and 111 touchdowns. Atwater started 166 games in his career - he missed only five games in 10 seasons in Denver - and recorded 1,180 tackles and 24 interceptions.

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