Eller, Marshall H.O.F. Finalists

Former Vikings defensive stalwarts Carl Eller and Jim Marshall are among the 15 finalists for the 2004 NFL Hall of Fame induction.

For more than a decade, Vikings fans could be assured of one thing -- Jim Marshall would be on one end of the defensive line when a game started and Carl Eller would be on the other.

The pair is together again, as both were named finalists for the 2004 Hall of Fame induction. The players selected, anywhere from four of the finalists to seven, will be announced Jan. 31 in Houston as part of the Super Bowl buildup.

Also among the 15 finalists is Gary Zimmermann, who spent 1986-92 with the Vikings after being traded for when the World League folded. He finished his career with the Broncos, winning a Super Bowl in his final season.

Eller has been a finalist before and will face some stiff competition. Two first-time eligible players -- Broncos QB John Elway and Lions RB Barry Sanders -- are locks for unanimous selection, which could reduce anyone else's chances. To get elected into the Hall of Fame, a player must get 80 percent of the votes (32 of 39 votes cast). Voters can select up to seven candidates, but only those who reach the minimum number of votes are selected.

The other 10 finalists are OT Bob Brown, LB Harry Carson, DE Richard Dent, S Cliff Harris, WR Bob Hayes, CB Lester Hayes, G Bob Keuchenberg, WR Art Monk, OT Rayfield Wright and Giants General Manager George Young.

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