Ex-Colts Harrison, James, Dungy make Hall of Fame’s cut to 25 modern-era nominees
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (November 24, 2015) – The Pro Football Hall of Fame list of 25 modern-era semifinalists for the Class of 2016 has a definite Indianapolis Colts flavor.
Marvin Harrison, Edgerrin James and Tony Dungy survived the latest reduction from 108 candidates to 25, which was announced Tuesday evening on NFL Network.
Still to come is a cut to the final 15 in January. The Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee – we are a voting member – meets February 6 in San Francisco to determine the Class of 2016. Along with the 15 modern-era candidates, the committee will consider the merits of contributor Edward DeBartolo Jr. and senior candidates Ken Stabler and Dick Stanfel.
The third time might be a charm for Harrison and Dungy. They made the cut to 15 in each of the last two years, their first years of eligibility. Harrison reached the final 10 on each occasion but fell short as selectors opted for receivers Andre Reed (Class of 2014) and Tim Brown (’15). Dungy advanced to the final 10 last year.
Harrison, James and Dungy represent three of the more accomplished and decorated individuals in the Colts’ Indy era.
Harrison owns Colts’ career records with 1,102 receptions, 14,580 yards and 128 touchdowns. Those figures rank No. 3, No. 7 and No. 5, respectively, in NFL history. His 143 receptions in 2002 remain a league single-season record.
James is the Colts’ all-time leader with 9,226 rushing yards, 2,188 attempts, 64 rushing touchdowns and 49 100-yard games. He posted the top two single-game performances in club history with 219 yards against Seattle in 2000 and 204 yards against Chicago in ’04.
James ranks No. 11 in NFL history with 12,246 yards after stints with Arizona and Seattle. Twelve of the league’s top 14 all-time rushers already are in the Hall of Fame. The exceptions are James and LaDainian Tomlinson, who is not yet eligible for consideration.
Dungy is the winningest coach in Colts history (92-33 in seven seasons) and led the franchise to its first world championship in three decades with a 29-17 victory over the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI after the 2006 season. His teams won at least 10 games in each of his seven seasons and at least 12 in the final six.
The list of 25 modern-era candidates (* — denotes Class of 2015 finalist):