The 55th Pro Football Hall of Fame candidate list was released.
Former San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson leads the list of first-year eligibles for the Hall of Fame’s 2017 class.
Tomlinson, the 2006 league’s most valuable player, was a five times Pro Bowl selection and six-time All-Pro across 11 seasons with the Chargers and New York Jets. His career rushing yards(13684 yards) ranks fifth in the league history, and touchdowns (162) ranks third.
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Every player whose rushing yards and touchdowns ranked ahead of Tomlinson has been selected for the Hall of Fame. In addition to Tomlinson, the list of first-year eligibles contains safety Brian Dawkins, defensive end Jason Taylor, quarterback Donovan McNabb, running back Shaun Alexander, and wide receiver Hines Ward and Chad Johnson.
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Candidates include some of the 2016 shortlisted players, such as Kurt Warner, Terrell Davis, Terrell Owens, John Lynch, John Lynch and Don Coryell.
This year’s roster includes 45 offensive players, 32 defensive players, six special team players, and 11 coaches. The list, which includes 94 candidates, will be reduced to 25 in November and 15 finalists in next January.
The 15 men and senior candidate Kenny Easley and Jerry Jones with great contribution and Paul Tagliabue will be determined who will ultimately be inducted into the Hall of Fame by the 48-member committee.