Chicago Bears legend Devin Hester moved one step closer to becoming a Hall of Famer.
On Wednesday, the Pro Football Hall of Fame revealed 15 modern-era finalists for the Class of 2023.
Hall of Fame Company
The 14 finalists joining Hester are:
Jared Allen, defensive end
Willie Anderson, offensive tackle
Ronde Barber, defensive back
Dwight Freeney, defensive end/outside linebacker
Torry Holt, receiver
Andre Johnson, receiver
Albert Lewis, cornerback
Darrelle Revis, cornerback
Joe Thomas, offensive tackle
Zach Thomas, linebacker
DeMarcus Ware, linebacker/defensive end
Reggie Wayne, receiver
Patrick Willis, linebacker
Darren Woodson, safety
Road To Canton
Hester was determined to be a finalist after the Hall of Fame’s Selection Committee whittled down its list of 28 semi-finalists. However, there’s still work left to do before the NFL’s best return man in its history is to be enshrined in Canton, Ohio.
The Selection Committee’s next step in this process is to trim down its list of finalists to 10 and then to five. From there, finalists must receive 80 percent of the votes required for enshrinement.
The Bears lead the NFL with 30 Hall of Famers. The 2023 class is set to be announced on Feb 9. Ahead of Super Bowl LVII. The class will then be recognized in Canton, Ohio in August of 2023.
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