Bears Great Brian Urlacher A Nominee For Pro Football Hall Of Fame


The only players who've started more games for the Bears are Hall of Fame running back Walter Payton (184) and center Olin Kreutz (183).

Cornelius Bennett, linebacker, Buffalo Bills 1987-1995, Atlanta Falcons 1996-1998, Indianapolis Colts 1999-2000: Bennett entered the National Football League as the second selection of the 1996 draft. The Steve Smith who had modest career totals of 2,641 yards and 12 touchdowns.

The 108 modern-era finalists include 53 offensive players, 38 defensive players, five special-teamers and 12 coaches. After leaving Miami after the 2000 season, Webb played his final two seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals (2001-2002).

Former Vikings Randy Moss, Matt Birk and Steve Hutchinson are among the 11 first-year eligible players to make the Pro Football Hall of Fame's list of 108 modern-era nominees for the Class of 2018, the Hall announced Tuesday night.

Between four and eight of those finalists will be inducted into the hall of fame next August.

The list will be trimmed down to 25 semifinalists in November and then 15 finalists in January. McNair is one of five quarterbacks who will be considered this time.

Jerry Kramer (G, 1958-68) has already been nominated as a finalist from the Senior Committee. That viewpoint worked against Terrell Owens - another uber-talented, yet occasionally disruptive locker-room force - who has been denied entry into Canton twice by the Hall of Fame gatekeepers. Former Washington Redskins general manager Bobby Beathard is the contributor nominee.

A six-time Pro Bowler, two times First Team All-Pro and one-time Second Team All-Pro Selection, Saturday played in 211 games over his National Football League career, starting 202.

When you think of Steve Smith, the first football player that nearly surely comes to mind is the former Carolina Panthers wide receiver who made five Pro Bowls and racked up 1,000-yard seasons like nothing.

Donaldson also had successful stops in Seattle (1993 and 1994) and Dallas (1995 and 1996) after his days in Indianapolis were over, earning Pro Bowl selections with the Cowboys both seasons. The selection committee will meet on February 3 in Minneapolis, a day before Super Bowl LII, to select the class of 2018. However, the most logical explanation seems to be a pretty classic case of identity confusion, where the Giants' Steve Smith was forgotten while the accolades of the Panthers' Steve Smith, with his name right there on the ballot, caused the nominators to forget about that pesky five-year rule. Jacoby has the resume: Three Super Bowl rings, four Pro Bowl selections and member of the NFL's all-decade team of the 1980s.