Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Thomas, Revis, Freeney among Hall of Fame finalists

Joe Thomas, Darrell Revis and Dwight Freeney are finalists for the 2023 class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The selection committee will consider 15 players of the modern era this month. The list includes last year’s Finals Day stars Marcus Ware, Patrick Willis, Zach Thomas and Andre Johnson.

Six other previous finalists were announced on Wednesday. Jared Allen, Willie Anderson, Ronde Barber, Devin Hester, Torry Holt and Reggie Wayne return for this episode.

Defensive backs Albert Lewis and Darren Woodson reached this stage for the first time since Lewis and Woodson reached the semifinals six times in 2013.

Up to five former players from the modern era will be selected for the August ceremony in Canton, Ohio. The class will be announced on February 9 at the NFL Honors, the all-star television show at which the Associated Press reveals the individual awards for the 2022 season.

The committee will consider former Chargers and Cardinals coach Don Coryell and three senior candidates in the coaching category: Super Bowl V MVP Chuck Holley and All-Pro defensive backs Joe Klecko and Ken Riley.

Joe Thomas was one of the best tackles in the league in a durable 11-year career that earned him six first-team All-Pros and two second-team All-Pros. He achieved a 10,363 consecutive snap streak with the Browns throughout his career.

Revis, who was also drafted in 2007, moved around the league, spending time with the Jets, Tampa Bay, New England and Kansas City.

His best stint was with New York when he was a first-team All-Pro from 2009–11 and finished second in Defensive Player of the Year voting in 2009 by blocking receivers and sending them to “Revis Island”.

Revis spent one year with New England and helped the Patriots win the Super Bowl in the 2014 season.

Freeney spent his nearly 16-year career with Indianapolis, using his speed and commanding spin to finish with 125 1/2 sacks. He anchored a defense complemented by a Peyton Manning-led offense to help the Colts win the Super Bowl in 2006.

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