10 notable first-timers eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame


On Saturday, eight new people were announced as the Class of 2019 for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. As reported by ESPN, they were cornerbacks Champ Bailey and Ty Law, safeties Ed Reed and Johnny Robinson, tight end Tony Gonzalez, center Kevin Mawae, and contributors Gil Brandt and Pat Bowlen.

Many new players who have been out of the league for five years will now be eligible to be enshrined for the first time for the Class of 2020. Here are ten notable former players (listed in alphabetical order) who are in their first year of eligibility that made quite the impact while playing.


John Abraham, DE (Jets 2000-05, Falcons 2006-12, Cardinals 2013-14)

A former first round pick by the Jets, Abraham‘s 133.5 career sacks rank 12th all-time. The five-time Pro Bowler reached double figures in sacks eight different seasons including a career-high of 16.5 in 2008.

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Lance Briggs, LB (Bears 2003-14)

Briggs was a catalyst along with Brian Urlacher for the excellent defenses that Chicago possessed in the mid-to-late 2000‘s. He was named to seven straight Pro Bowl rosters from 2005-11. He intercepted 16 passes in his career while returning five for touchdowns.

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