Running backs Curtis Martin, Jerome Bettis and Marshall Faulk are among 26 semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s class of 2011.
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Star cornerback Deion Sanders also is on the list. All of them are in their first year of eligibility.
Top receivers Cris Carter, Tim Brown and Andre Reed are among the semifinalists, along with tight end Shannon Sharpe; running backs Roger Craig and Terrell Davis; offensive linemen Willie Roaf and Dermontti Dawson; defensive linemen/linebackers Charles Haley, Chris Doleman and Kevin Greene; punter Ray Guy; and former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue.
The list will be cut to 17, including senior committee nominees Chris Hanburger and Les Richter. Between four and seven enshrinees will be announced Feb. 5, the day before the Super Bowl.