The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced the list of 2012 nominees on Tuesday. Not among them were Raider greats Ken Stabler, Ray Guy, Cliff Branch, and Jim Plunkett, though several former Raider players did make the list.
Making the list are former Raiders Tim Brown, Todd Christensen, Steve Wisniewski, Tom Flores, Eric Allen, and Albert Lewis.
The complete list of nominees for the Class of 2012 includes 103 candidates. From that list of nominees, the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee will choose 25 candidates who will advance as semifinalist nominees. The list of 25 semifinalists will be announced in mid-November, then will be further reduced by a mail ballot to 15 modern-era finalists and announced in early January.
The final list of nominees considered for election will consist of the 15 modern-era finalists and the two senior nominees, former Pittsburgh Steelers defensive back Jack Butler and former Detroit Lions guard Dick Stanfel, who were selected this last month by the Hall of Fame’s Senior Selection Committee.
Here is the entire list of nominees for the Class of 2012:
First-year Eligible Nominees
Quarterback – Drew Bledsoe
Running Backs – Tiki Barber, Stephen Davis
Wide Receivers – Keyshawn Johnson, Rod Smith
Offensive Lineman – Will Shields (G)
Defensive Back – Troy Vincent (S)
Kicker – Mike Vanderjagt
Coaches – Bill Cowher, Bill Parcells, Marty Schottenheimer
QUARTERBACK – Phil Simms
RUNNING BACKS – Jerome Bettis, Larry Centers, Roger Craig, Terrell Davis, Eddie George, Curtis Martin, Brian Mitchell (also KR/PR), Gerald Riggs, Herschel Walker, Ricky Watters
WIDE RECEIVERS – Tim Brown, Cris Carter, Gary Clark, Mark Clayton, Henry Ellard, Andre Reed, Sterling Sharpe, Jimmy Smith
TIGHT ENDS – Todd Christensen, Frank Wycheck
OFFENSIVE LINEMEN – Tony Boselli (T), Lomas Brown (T), Jim Covert (T), Dermontti Dawson (C), Joe Fields (C), Jay Hilgenberg (C), Chris Hinton (G/T), Kent Hull (C), Joe Jacoby (T), Mike Kenn (T), Jim Lachey (T), Willie Roaf (T), Steve Wisniewski (G)
DEFENSIVE LINEMEN – Dave Butz ((DE/DT), Chris Doleman (DE/LB), Carl Hairston (DE/DT), Charles Haley (DE/LB), Ed “Too Tall” Jones (DE), Cortez Kennedy (DT), Joe Klecko (DE/DT/NT), Dexter Manley (DE), Charles Mann (DE), Fred Smerlas (NT)
LINEBACKERS – Cornelius Bennett, Kevin Greene (LB/DE), Ken Harvey, Clay Matthews, Karl Mecklenburg, Sam Mills
DEFENSIVE BACKS – Eric Allen (CB), Steve Atwater (S), Joey Browner (S) LeRoy Butler (S), Kenny Easley (S), Albert Lewis (CB), Donnie Shell (S), Aeneas Williams (CB/S), Darren Woodson (S)
PUNTERS/KICKERS – Gary Anderson (K), Nick Lowery (K), Reggie Roby (P)
SPECIAL TEAMS/POSITION PLAYER – Steve TaskerCOACHES – Bill Arnsparger, Bud Carson, Don Coryell, Tom Flores, Jimmy Johnson, Chuck Knox, Chuck Mather, Buddy Parker, Dan Reeves, Clark Shaughnessy, Dick Vermeil
CONTRIBUTORS – K. S. (Bud) Adams, Bobby Beathard, Gil Brandt, Leo Carlin, Jack Kent Cooke, Otho Davis, Ed DeBartolo, Jr., Ron Gibbs, Jim Kensil, Eddie Kotal, Art McNally, Art Modell, Steve Sabol, Paul Tagliabue, Burl Toler, Sr., Jim Tunney, Ron Wolf, George Young