Pro Football Hall of Fame Unveils List of Finalists for 2021 Class

by Joe Rutland

Peyton Manning and Charles Woodson were among finalists named on Tuesday for the 2021 Class for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Others named as finalists include John Lynch, LeRoy Butler, Jared Allen, and Richard Seymour. Also on the list are Clay Matthews, Sam Mills, Zach Thomas, and Alan Faneca. Meanwhile, Tony Boselli, Torry Holt, Calvin Johnson, Reggie Wayne, and Ronde Barber also are on the list.

The finalists will be considered for induction into the Hall of Fame when the Hall’s Selection Committee meets virtually on Jan. 19.

Peyton Manning Has Case For Hall of Fame Entry

Peyton Manning won a Super Bowl with the Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos. His body of work in the National Football League, though, is far and wide.

Manning makes the finalist list in his first year of eligibility. The 6-5, 230-pound quarterback out of Tennessee played for the Indianapolis Colts between 1998-2011 and Denver between 2012-15. He played in 266 games throughout his 18-season career.

With Indianapolis, he played 14 seasons with 4,000-plus yards passing. Manning made four Super Bowl appearances, two of which turned into victories.

When Manning retired in 2015, he held NFL and team records for career passing yards (71,490) and career passing touchdowns (539).

For his career, Manning had 6,125 completions on 9,380 attempts for 71,940 yards and 539 touchdowns. He earned Pro Bowl honors 14 times (2000-01, 2003-2011, 2013-15). Manning received first-team All-Pro honors seven times and second-team All-Pro honors three times. He was named The Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player five times (2003, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2013). He also landed on the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 2000s.

Charles Woodson Takes Career To Hall of Fame Doorstep

Charles Woodson proved to be a dominating force on defense throughout his 18-season career as a cornerback/safety in the NFL.

He, like Manning, is a finalist in his first year of eligibility.

The 6-1, 210-pound first-round draft choice in the 1998 NFL Draft played for Oakland and Green Bay.

Woodson came into the league and earned The Associated Press’ Defensive Rookie of the Year award. Also, he intercepted at least one pass in each of his 18 pro seasons.

Woodson totaled 65 career interceptions, which tied for fifth in NFL history. He finished fourth in NFL history for passes defended with 183. He twice led the league in interceptions with nine in 2009 and seven in 2011.

In 2014, he became the first player in NFL history with 50 career interceptions and 20 sacks. Woodson forced 33 fumbles and recovered 18 of them. He was the AP Defensive Player of the Year in 2009. Woodson is a member of the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1990s. He was elected to nine Pro Bowls. Woodson appeared in Super Bowl XXXVII with Oakland in a 48-21 loss to Tampa Bay.

In turn, he contributed two tackles in Green Bay’s 31-25 victory over Pittsburgh in Super Bowl XLV. Additionally, Woodson is one of two players to win the Heisman Trophy, AP Rookie of the Year, AP Player of the Year, and a Super Bowl title in his career.

H/T: Pro Football Hall of Fame

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