Elway, Barry Sanders highlight finalists for Hall of Fame
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Elway played his entire career with the Denver
The other finalists announced Wednesday were wide receivers Art Monk and Bob Hayes; defensive ends Richard Dent, Carl Eller and Jim Marshall; linebacker Harry Carson; guard Bob Kuechenberg; safety Cliff Harris; cornerback Lester Hayes; tackles Bob Brown and Gary Zimmerman; tackle Rayfield Wright; and general manager/administrator George Young.
Carson, a former New York
A player needs to be retired for at least five years to be eligible for Hall of Fame consideration. Non-players have no mandatory retirement period, but coaches must be done working before becoming eligible.
After a 2003 class of running back Marcus Allen, defensive end Elvin Bethea, guard Joe DeLamielleure, wide receiver James Lofton and coach Hank Stram, there are currently 221 members of the Hall of Fame.