A special Blue-Ribbon Panel comprised of many members of the overall Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee, Hall of Famers, coaches, football executives and several leading historians has scrutinized the merits of nearly 300 candidates nominated for consideration as part of the Hall's special Centennial Class of 2020. The group of nominees has been reduced to a list of finalists that will be debated in a meeting in early January and voted on by the Blue-Ribbon Panel to elect the 15-member "Centennial Slate" to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Those new enshrinees will be revealed in the days following the vote.
The following finalists will be deliberated by the Blue-Ribbon Panel in January from which 10 Seniors, three (3) Contributors and two (2) Coaches will be elected to the Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2020.
COACHES (8 FINALISTS) - Coaches who last coached more than five seasons ago
Bill Cowher - 1992-2006 Pittsburgh Steelers
CONTRIBUTORS (10 FINALISTS) - An individual other than a player or coach
Bud Adams, Owner - 1960-2013 Houston Oilers/Tennessee Oilers/Titans
Ralph Hay, Owner - 1918-1922 Canton Bulldogs
Frank "Bucko" Kilroy, Scout/General Manager/Executive - 1960-61 Philadelphia Eagles, 1962-64 Washington
Art McNally, Official/Administrator - 1959-2015 National Football League
Clint Murchison, Founder/Owner - 1960-1983 Dallas Cowboys
Steve Sabol, Administrator/President - 1964-2012 NFL Films
Seymour Siwoff, Owner/President - 1952-2019 Elias Sports Bureau
Paul Tagliabue, Commissioner - 1989-2006 National Football League
SENIORS (20 FINALISTS) - A player who last played more than 25 seasons ago
Cliff Branch, WR - 1972-1985 Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders
Jimbo Covert, T - 1983-1990 Chicago Bears
Bobby Dillon, S - 1952-59 Green Bay Packers
LaVern Dilweg, E - 1926 Milwaukee Badgers, 1927-1934 Green Bay Packers
Randy Gradishar, LB - 1974-1983 Denver Broncos
Cliff Harris, S - 1970-79 Dallas Cowboys
Cecil Isbell, TB/DB/HB - 1938-1942 Green Bay Packers
Alex Karras, DT - 1958-1962, 1964-1970 Detroit Lions
Tommy Nobis, LB - 1966-1976 Atlanta Falcons
Drew Pearson, WR - 1973-1983 Dallas Cowboys
Donnie Shell, S - 1974-1987 Pittsburgh Steelers
Duke Slater, T - 1922 Milwaukee Badgers, 1922-25 Rock Island Independents, 1926-1931 Chicago Cardinals
Ed Sprinkle, DE/LB/E - 1944-1955 Chicago Bears
Al Wistert, OT/DT/G - 1943 Phil-Pitt, 1944-1951 Philadelphia Eagles
The remainder of the one-time 20-person Class of 2020 will include five Modern-Era Players who will be elected from 15 finalists by the full Selection Committee on "Selection Saturday," the eve of Super Bowl LIV in Miami. The list of the Modern-Era Player finalists will be announced on Jan. 2, 2020.
ENSHRINEMENT FOR CLASS OF 2020
The entire 20-person Class of 2020 will be on hand for the 2020 Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls. The group of Modern-Era players along with contributors and coaches will be formally enshrined on Saturday, Aug. 8. The 10 seniors will take center stage in the once-in-every-other-lifetime Centennial Celebration in Canton on Sept. 16-19, 2020 when they are enshrined in the Hall of Fame.
The Centennial Celebration will feature a multi-day schedule of events celebrating the NFL's 100th Birthday party including the dedication of the new Centennial Plaza in downtown Canton near the site where the NFL was founded; and a black-tie Centennial Spectacular to kick off the league's next century in Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium showcasing thousands of NFL Legends who built the game in attendance along with world-class performances from a variety of music icons.
Specific details and ticket information will be announced shortly after the unveiling of the "Centennial Slate." For more information, visit www.profootballhof.com/enshrinement/.