The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced Saturday the 17 finalists for induction as part of the Hall’s Class of 2012.
Part of that group are former Chiefs offensive linemen Will Shields and Willie Roaf.
By moving into the finalist group, Shields and Roaf get “in the room” which means the merits of their induction will be discussed by the Hall of Fame’s Selection Committee on Saturday, February 4 when the final voting meeting is held in Indianapolis. This is the day before the Super Bowl.
Those finalists who receive enough votes for induction will be announced at 4:30 p.m. that Saturday in a special program on the NFL Network.
This was the first season where Shields was eligible for the Hall, give seasons after his retirement. It’s the second consecutive year where Roaf has been eligible; last year, he was also a finalist.
The class of 2012 will be the 50th class to be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Voting and Hall rules state the class must be at least four new members, and as many as seven. There can be no more than five modern-era inductees.
Here are the other finalists:
- CB Jack Butler and G Dick Stanfel.
- Running backs â€“ Jerome Bettis, Curtis Martin.
- Wide receiver â€“ Tim Brown, Cris Carter, Andre Reed.
- Offensive line â€“ C Dermontti Dawson.
- Defensive line â€“ Chris Doleman, Kevin Greene, Charles Haley, Cortez Kennedy.
- Secondary â€“ Aeneas Williams.
- Coach â€“ Bill Parcells.
- Owner â€“ Edward DeBartolo, Jr.