Tony Gonzalez and Ed Reed highlight 2019 NFL Hall of Fame semifinalists

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The final 25 includes three first-year eligible players: Cornerback Champ Bailey, tight end Tony Gonzalez and safety Ed Reed. The other two, Tom Flores and Edgerrin James, both saw time in Seattle but are known for their successes elsewhere.

Clay Matthews Jr., the father of the Packers' six-time Pro Bowl linebacker, also was selected as a semifinalist for the third time (2012, 2017, 2019). Of course, no one on the list has been kept out longer than offensive mastermind Don Coryell, who was named a semifinalist for the 11th time. The class of 2019 will be announced during the "NFL Honors" nationally broadcast award show next year.

The list will be whittled down once again on January 3, and from those 15 remaining finalists, the Hall of Fame class will be announced on February 2, the day before the Super Bowl.

Former Cowboys executive Gil Brandt and Broncos owner Pat Bowlen previously were chosen as finalists as contributors, and former Kansas City Chiefs player Johnny Robinson is a finalist as a senior candidate. He won Super Bowl XXXI and was named to four All-Pro teams, four Pro Bowl teams and the 1990's All-Decade Team. No more than five Modern-Era Finalists can be elected in a given year.

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The selection meeting will be February 2, the day before the Super Bowl, in Atlanta.

Many think Reed will be inducted to the Hall of Fame next summer and join fellow Ravens Jonathan Ogden and Ray Lewis in Canton, Ohio.

Tony Gonzalez will have a shot at making the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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