On January 5, 2023, the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced the names of the modern era finalists for the 2023 class of the Hall of Fame.  Three of the finalists are making the list in their first year of eligibility – Dwight Freeney, Darrelle Revis, and Joe Thomas.

Finalists are chosen by a vote from the Hall of Fame’s selection committee.  The 15 finalists were chosen from an original list of 129 nominees which was reduced to 28 semifinalists in November.

Also to be added to the list of finalists for consideration for entry into the Pro Football Hall of Fame are senior finalists Chuck Howley, Joe Klecko, and Ken Riley.  Don Coryell has been nominated from the contributor or coach category.

The newest class of Hall of Famers will be announced during the “NFL Honors” on February 9.

A player may be eligible for nomination in the Hall of Fame five years after retirement from full play or coaching.  The Senior and Contributor categories will be selected separately.  In the Modern Era, up to five players may be selected for induction and must earn a minimum of 80 percent of the votes from the Committee.

The Modern Era finalists nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame are:

Defensive End Jared Allen who played for the Kansas City Chief, Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears, and Carolina Panthers

Offensive Tackle Willie Anderson who played for the Cincinnati Bengals and the Baltimore Ravens

Defensive Back Ronde Barber who played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Defensive End Dwight Freeney who played for the Indianapolis Colts, San Diego (now Los Angeles) Chargers, Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Detroit Lions, and Seattle Seahawks

Punt Returner, Kick Returner, and Wide Receiver Devin Hester who played for the Chicago Bears, Atlanta Falcons, Baltimore Ravens, and the Seattle Seahawks

Wide Receiver Torry Holt who played for the St. Lous (now Los Angeles) Rams and Jacksonville Jaguars

Wide Receiver Andre Johnson who played for the Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, and Tennessee Titans

Cornerback Albert Lewis who played for the Kansas City Chiefs and the Los Angeles/Oakland (now Las Vegas) Raiders

Cornerback Darrelle Revis who played for the New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New England Patriots, and Kansas City Chiefs

Left Tackle Joe Thomas who played for the Cleveland Browns

Linebacker Zach Thomas who played for the Miami Dolphins and Dallas Cowboys

Linebacker DeMarcus Ware who played for the Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos

Wide Receiver Reggie Wayne who played for the Indianapolis Colts

Linebacker Patrick Willis who played for the San Francisco 49ers

Safety Darren Woodson who played for the Dallas Cowboys