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:
Lester Hayes - Cornerback - 1977-1986 Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders
Harry Carson - Linebacker - 1976-1988 New York Giants
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
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