Dent not among finalists

Richard Dent played 15 seasons in the National Football League, has a Super Bowl XX MVP to his credit and is the <!--Default NodeId For Chicago is 115,2005--><A HREF=>Chicago</A> Bears all-time sack leader with 124.5, but the DE is not among the finalists to be considered for enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Twelve former players, a coach, and two administrators make up the 15-man list of finalists who will be considered for election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame as members of the Class of 2003.

The former players include running back Marcus Allen, defensive ends Elvin Bethea and Claude Humphrey, linebackers Harry Carson and Randy Gradishar, offensive linemen Joe DeLamielleure, Bob Kuechenberg, and Gary Zimmerman, cornerback Lester Hayes, wide receivers James Lofton and Art Monk, and quarterback Ken Stabler. The coach is Hank Stram, the recommended nominee of the Hall's Seniors Committee. And the two administrators joining the list of finalists are Buffalo Bills founder/owner Ralph Wilson and former New York Giants general manager George Young.

Carson, Hayes, Kuechenberg, Lofton, Monk, Stabler, and Wilson have all been finalists in previous years. Although they have been eligible prior to this year, this is the first time that Bethea, DeLamielleure, Gradishar, Humphrey, Stram, and Young have been finalists. Allen and Zimmerman are first-time eligible candidates.

From this year's list, five players - Bethea, Carson, Gradishar, Hayes, and Kuechenberg - spent their entire NFL career with just one team.

The modern-era finalists were determined by a vote of the Hall's 39-member Board of Selectors. The board will meet in San Diego, California on Saturday, January 25, 2003, to elect the Hall of Fame Class of 2003.

Enshrinement of the Class of 2003 will take place at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, on Sunday, August 3, 2003.

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