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Brett Favre named Hall of Fame finalist

Canton's 2016 class will be announced on Super Bowl weekend


Former Packers QB Brett Favre has officially made it to the next stage, being named a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2016 on Thursday.

Favre is one of 15 modern-era finalists whose credentials will be debated by the Hall of Fame selection committee on Super Bowl weekend. Two senior nominees and one contributor candidate will also be considered.

No more than five modern-era finalists can be inducted in a given year. The senior nominees and contributor candidate are considered separately. The full class of inductees for the summer of 2016 will be announced the night before Super Bowl 50.

This is the first year Favre is eligible for the Hall of Fame, having retired five years ago. He retired with virtually every major NFL career passing record. His marks for TD passes and passing yards have since been surpassed by Peyton Manning.

Favre was inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame this past summer. He also became the sixth player in franchise history to have his jersey number retired and placed on the Lambeau Field facade in the north end zone.

Modern-era semifinalists (15)

QB - Brett Favre, Kurt Warner

RB - Terrell Davis, Edgerrin James

WR - Marvin Harrison, Terrell Owens

OL - Alan Faneca, Joe Jacoby, Orlando Pace

LB - Kevin Greene

DB - Steve Atwater, John Lynch

K - Morten Andersen

Coach - Don Coryell, Tony Dungy

Senior nominees (2)

QB Ken Stabler

G Dick Stanfel

Contributor candidate (1)

Edward DeBartolo, Jr.

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