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LinkTight end Tony Gonzalez, safety Ed Reed, center Kevin Mawae and cornerbacks Champ Bailey and Ty Lawwere all selected Saturday as the modern-era inductees for the class. Gonzalez, Reed and Bailey all were picked in their first year of eligibility.
One senior finalist, safety Johnny Robinson, and two contributor finalists, Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen and former Dallas Cowboys executive Gil Brandt, also made the cut to join the class.
The first cut of finalists was from 15 to 10. The five eliminated from consideration at that point were Isaac Bruce, Don Coryell, Tom Flores, John Lynch and Richard Seymour.
LinkThe final 10 finalists were reduced to five. Removed at that point were Steve Atwater, Tony Boselli, Alan Faneca, Steve Hutchinson and Edgerrin James.