Colts' Edgerrin James, Jeff Saturday among Pro Football Hall of Fame nominees

Randall Craig
September 17, 2017

The Modern-Era nominees will be trimmed to 25 semifinalists in November and then to 15 finalists in January.

Saturday was the anchor of the Colts' offensive line from 1999 until 2011.

He made the Pro Bowl and was named a first-team All-Pro during his first season for his return prowess, scoring two kick return touchdowns and taking one punt to the house. In his career, James was named to four Pro Bowls and rushed for 12,246 yards, which ranks 11th on the all-time list.

The announcement of next year's inductees takes place during Super Bowl weekend, which will be the first weekend in February 2018.

-Frank Cooney, founder and publisher of The Sports Xchange and, is in his sixth decade covering football and third decade as a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

For a healthy part of Hutchinson's career with the Seattle Seahawks and Minnesota Vikings, he was arguably the game's best guard (though, a strong case could be made for Alan Faneca, too).

When you think of Steve Smith, the first football player that nearly surely comes to mind is the former Carolina Panthers wide receiver who made five Pro Bowls and racked up 1,000-yard seasons like nothing.

During Super Bowl week, voters will discuss each candidate along with additional senior nominees Robert Brazile and Jerry Kramer and contributor nominee Bobby Beathard.

Bennett, who prepped at Ensley and played at Alabama, has been an annual member of the nominee list, but Anderson, who prepped at Vigor and played at Auburn, has been missing from the past two Modern-Era nominee lists after appearing previously on it. Induction will held next August in Canton, Ohio.

Quarterbacks: Randall Cunningham, Rich Gannon, Donovan McNabb, Steve McNair, Phil Simms.

Wide receivers: Isaac Bruce, Donald Driver, Henry Ellard, Torry Holt, Chad Johnson, Randy Moss, Terrell Owens, Sterling Sharp, Jimmy Smith, Rod Smith, Steve Smith, John Taylor, Hines Ward.

According to the Hall of Fame, "a$3 ny fan may nominate any qualified person who has been connected with pro football in any capacity simply by writing to the Pro Football Hall of Fame".

Vanden Bosch is on the ballot for the first time.

Kickers/punter: Gary Anderson (K), Sean Landeta (P), Nick Lowery (K).

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