Brian Urlacher A First-Ballot Candidate For Football Hall Of Fame!

Brian Urlacher A First-Ballot Candidate For Football Hall Of Fame!

Steve Smith Sr., who Carolina Panthers fans and Baltimore Ravens fans alike have cherished throughout his 16-year, 1,000-catch and almost 15,000-yard career with both teams, is not actually eligible since he just retired last year (he's now an NFL Network analyst).

The Pro Football Hall of Fame may have made an unfortunate error of mistaken identity. The selection committee will also determine that day if former Redskins general manager Bobby Beathard has enough of the vote to enter the Hall of Fame. The receiver was out of the league in 2012, ending his career with 2,641 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns. He started all 16 games in ten of his seasons with Indianapolis. The selection process bylaws provide that four to eight inductees will be selected. There are 21 offensive linemen on the ballot this year.

The all-time leading receiver of the Green Bay Packers is now a nominee for the greatest individual honor in his sport. He was the team's starting center by 2000, and the rest, as they say, is history. It also includes center Ray Donaldson and guard/tackle Chris Hinton.

The lesser-known Smith was selected by the Giants in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He made one Pro Bowl, was a Super Bowl champ, and he led the NFC in receptions in 2009. In 14 National Football League seasons, Bennett collected 71.5 sacks, seven interceptions, 31 forced fumbles, 27 fumble recoveries and three defensive touchdowns - one each via blocked field goal return, fumble return and interception return. He started 92 of 94 games with the Colts before finishing his career in Atlanta and Minnesota. The modern era nominees will be reduced to 25 semifinalists in November and then to 15 finalists in January.

Nike unveils Cleveland Cavaliers' new "Statement Edition" uniforms
The Cavs will wear debut these jerseys on the court at Quicken Loans Arena when they play the Charlotte Hornets on November 24. Teams like Boston, Chicago and Cleveland will wear black uniforms with team-specific details to show strength and power.

In addition to the nominees listed above, Jerry Kramer has already been nominated as a senior selection to the Hall, but in order for him to be inducted, he still needs 80 percent of the ballots to be included.

The Selection Committee will meet on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minn.to elect the Class of 2018.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2018 will be formally enshrined into Canton in August.

Thirteen men who played at Alabama high schools and colleges are members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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