Hayes, Brown finalists for HOF

Oakland Raider Legends Bob Brown and Lester Hayes are among the 15 finalists who will be considered for election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame when the Hall's Board of Selectors meet in Houston, Texas on Saturday, January 31.

Joining Brown, who was an offensive lineman for the Raiders from 1971-73 and Hayes, who played cornerback for the Raiders 1977-1986, are quarterback John Elway, running back Barry Sanders, defensive ends Richard Dent, Carl Eller, and Jim Marshall; linebacker Harry Carson; Bob Kuechenberg, Rayfield Wright, and Gary Zimmerman; safety Cliff Harris; and wide receivers Bob Hayes and Art Monk. The team/league administrator is George Young.

To be elected, a finalist must receive a minimum positive vote of 80 percent.

Listed alphabetically, the 15 finalists with their positions, teams, and years follow:

Bob Brown - Tackle - 1964-1968 Philadelphia Eagles, 1969-1970 Los Angeles Rams, 1971-1973 Oakland Raiders

Lester Hayes - Cornerback - 1977-1986 Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders

Harry Carson - Linebacker - 1976-1988 New York Giants

Richard Dent - Defensive End - 1983-1993, 1995 Chicago Bears, 1994 San Francisco 49ers, 1996 Indianapolis Colts, 1997 Philadelphia Eagles

Carl Eller - Defensive End - 1964-1978 Minnesota Vikings, 1979 Seattle Seahawks

John Elway - Quarterback - 1983-1998 Denver Broncos

Cliff Harris - Safety - 1970-1979 Dallas Cowboys

Bob Hayes - Wide Receiver - 1965-1974 Dallas Cowboys, 1975 San Francisco 49ers

Bob Kuechenberg - Guard - 1970-1984 Miami Dolphins

Jim Marshall - Defensive End - 1960 Cleveland Browns, 1961-1979 Minnesota Vikings

Art Monk - Wide Receiver - 1980-1993 Washington Redskins, 1994 New York Jets, 1995 Philadelphia Eagles

Barry Sanders - Running Back - 1989-1998 Detroit Lions

Rayfield Wright - Tackle - 1967-1979 Dallas Cowboys

George Young - General Manager/Administrator - 1968-1974 Baltimore Colts,

1974-1978 Miami Dolphins, 1979-1997 New York Giants, 1998-2001 National Football League

Gary Zimmerman - Tackle - 1986-1992 Minnesota Vikings, 1993-1997 Denver Broncos


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