Lewis, Urlacher, Moss, Seymour among hall semifinalists

Lewis, Urlacher, Moss, Seymour among hall semifinalists

He played for them for 13 years. Twenty-seven modern-era semifinalists (from an initial pool of 108) have moved on to the next round of the selection process, with a cut-down to 15 finalists coming in January, followed by the selection of the gold-jacket recipients.

The election for the class of 2018 will be held February 3, the day before the Super Bowl, in Minneapolis.

It's the seventh time Atwater has been a semifinalist.

Lynch is a semifinalist for the sixth straight year, and is likely to be a finalist for the fifth year in a row.

Other first-year eligible candidates are Ronde Barber, Ray Lewis, Brian Urlacher and Richard Seymour. Rice has been Hall of Fame-eligible since 2013 but this is the first time he has been named a semi-finalist.

Edgerrin James #32 of the Indianapolis Colts watches from the bench during an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins played on December 5, 1999 at Pro Player Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. He also caught a touchdown from Brady late in the fourth quarter of the Pats' loss to the Giants in Super Bowl XLII. He was a nine-time Pro Bowl player and six-time All-Pro (including four times on the first team). He started 215 consecutive games to end his career, including an National Football League record 200 straight at cornerback.

A former first-round pick in Arizona, Rice was a free agent acquisition in 2001 after he spent five seasons with the Cardinals. In the NFL's all-time ranks, Owens is eighth in receptions (1,078), second in receiving yards (15,934) and third in receiving touchdowns (153). He was the NFL's best pass-rusher for a sustained period, almost a decade, as he led the league with 101.5 sacks from 1998 to 2005.

He made the Pro Bowl eight times and was a four time All Pro selection. Rice was not only the NFL's sack king for almost a decade, he was also dominant in the postseason, with seven sacks in five playoff games for the Buccaneers.

The three are hoping to join former Bucs players Derrick Brooks, Tim Brown, Randall McDaniel, Warren Sapp, Lee Roy Selmon and Steve Young in the Hall, along with former coach Tony Dungy and executive Ron Wolf.