Pro Football Hall of Fame announces 2019 modern-era semifinalists

Ed Reed (left), Tony Gonzalez (middle) and Champ Bailey
Ed Reed (left), Tony Gonzalez (middle) and Champ Bailey (Getty Images)

The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced its list of 25 modern-era semifinalists for the 2019 class Tuesday.

Notable players on that list include tight end Tony Gonzalez, cornerback Champ Bailey and safety Ed Reed, all first-time candidates 

London Fletcher, who was among the first round of 91 player and 11 coaching nominees, did not make the cut.

Gonzalez played 17 years in the NFL with the Chiefs and Falcons and finished second all time with 1,325 career receptions. Reed finished seventh all time with 64 career interceptions and Bailey finished with 52 picks over 15 seasons.

The other semifinalists include Steve Atwater, Ronde Barber, Tony Boselli, Isaac Bruce, Leroy Butler, Don Coryell, Alan Faneca, Tom Flores, Torry Holt, Steve Hutchinson, Edgerrin James, Jimmy Johnson, Ty Law, John Lynch, Clay Matthews, Kevin Mawae, Karl Mecklenburg, Sam Mills, Richard Seymour, Zach Thomas, Hines Ward and Darren Woodson.

The list will be cut down to 15 in January, then 10 and eventually five. The class of 2019 will be announced during the “NFL Honors” nationally broadcast award show next year.