The Pro Football Hall of Fame on Wednesday released the list of nominees for the Class of 2021. Former Patriots receivers were nominated for the Hall of Fame. The class of 2021 is comprised of 130 players. There are 14 first-year eligible players, including quarterback Peyton Manning, running back Steven Jackson; wide receivers Calvin Johnson, Wes Welker, and Roddy White; tight end Heath Miller; offensive linemen D’Brickashaw Ferguson and Logan Mankins; defensive linemen Jared Allen, Justin Tuck, and Kevin Williams; linebacker Jerod Mayo; and defensive backs Charles Tillman and Charles Woodson.
The roster of nominees has 65 offensive players, 49 defensive players, and 16 special teams players. This list will drop to 25 semifinalists in 25. In January, the list will have just 15 finalists.
Eight quarterbacks made the nominations, including Drew Bledsoe, Randall Cunningham, Jake Delhomme, Jeff Garcia, Dave Krieg, Manning, Donovan McNabb, and Steve McNair. There are 17 running backs, including Shaun Alexander, Mike Alstott (FB), Tiki Barber, Earnest Byner, Larry Centers, Corey Dillon, Warrick Dunn, Eddie George, Priest Holmes, Steven Jackson, Jamal Lewis, Eric Metcalf (also WR/KR/PR), Glyn Milburn (also WR/KR/PR), Lorenzo Neal (FB), Fred Taylor, Herschel Walker (also KR), and Ricky Watters.
Patriots receivers to make the Hall of Fame
Thirteen wide receivers made the nominations, too. Donald Driver, Henry Ellard, Torry Holt, Calvin Johnson, Chad Johnson, Derrick Mason, Muhsin Muhammad, Jimmy Smith, Rod Smith, Hines Ward, Reggie Wayne, Wes Welker, and Roddy White were nominated.
The Selection Committee will meet Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021 in Tampa, Fla., to elect the Class of 2021. There isn’t a set number for the class of enshrines, but there will probably be 4-8 new members.
The Senior Finalist, Contributor Finalist, and Coach Finalist are voted “yes” or “no” for election at the annual selection meeting. They have to receive at least 80 percent support from the Committee to be elected. The number of Modern-Era Finalists will go from 15 to 10, and then from 10 to 5. The remaining five finalists will be voted on individually. They have to get 80% positive vote as the Senior, Contributor, and Coach Finalists be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.