To commemorate the league's 100th season this year's class will have a record number of members, including five modern-era players, 10 senior inductees, three contributors, and two coaches.
It's also noteworthy that three other players who are among this year's 15 finalists spent very brief periods with the Patriots: WRs Tory Holt (April-August 2010) and Reggie Wayne (August-September 2015), along with safety John Lynch (August-September 2008).
It is Lynch's seventh time as a finalist, Faneca's fifth time and the fourth time for Boselli, Bruce and James.
Lynch had been named to the Pro Bowl nine times and made All-Pro twice.
Wayne and James were teammates with the Colts for five seasons.
The fact Shell isn't already in the Hall of Fame is confounding but likely had to do with time.
As part of the NFL's Centennial Celebration through a special Centennial Class there will include 20 members in 2020. In Super Bowl XXXIV, his 73-yard touchdown catch and run led the Rams to a 23-16 victory over the Tennessee Titans. He made four Pro Bowls and led the National Football League with 1,338 receiving yards in 1996.
In his 12-year careeer, Seymour had 57.5 sacks, 39 of which came in his eight seasons with the Patriots. One name on the list who we are all excited to see if former Pittsburgh Steelers safety Donnie Shell. Mills finished his career with the expansion-team Carolina Panthers, joining their coaching staff after his playing days were over. He had 122 tackles for that team at age 37. Former Jacksonville Jaguars tackle Tony Boselli is the only other offensive lineman.
Faneca also helped protect quarterback Ben Roethlisberger en route to Pittsburgh's Super Bowl XL win in 2005.
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