The pool of nominees for the 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame class was trimmed from 113 to 26, and two former New England Patriots made the cut.
Cornerback Ty Law and linebacker Junior Seau were among the semifinalists, which were announced Tuesday night on NFL Network’s “Gold Jacket Semifinalists” special. There were supposed to be 25 candidates, but a tie resulted in 26. Those 26 will be cut to 15 in early January, and the Class of 2015 will be selected Jan. 31.
Law, who was inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame in August, spent the first 10 seasons of his 15-year career with New England. His 53 career interceptions are tied for 24th all time with Hall of Famer Deion Sanders. Law also is a five-time Pro Bowl pick and three-time Super Bowl champ.
Seau was a longtime San Diego Charger but spent the final four seasons of his 20-year career with the Patriots. He made a whopping 12 Pro Bowls and is a member of the Chargers Hall of Fame. Seau committed suicide on May 2, 2012.
Law and Seau are both in the first year of their Hall of Fame eligibility.
Here are the rest of this year’s semifinalists:
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