Former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jerome Bettis and linebacker Kevin Greene were among the 15 modern era finalists announced on Thursday evening for the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2015.
This will make the fifth straight year that Bettis has made it to the final 15. The Notre Dame product rushed for 10,571 yards with the Steelers and registered 13,662 career yards. He was voted to the Pro Bowl six times and ended his career with a championship in Super Bowl XL in his hometown of Detroit, Michigan.
Greene has been a finalist the last three years and a semifinalists several times. He played 15 seasons in the NFL, and in his three seasons with the Steelers he had 35.5 sacks and two Pro Bowl selections. Greene finished his career with 160 sacks, 26 fumble recoveries and five interceptions.
The other modern-day finalists are linebacker Junior Seau, quarterback Kurt Warner, tackle Orlando Pace, kicker Morten Andersen, wide receiver Tim Brown, head coach Don Coryell, running back Terrell Davis, head coach Tony Dungy, linebacker-defensive end Charles Haley, wide receiver Marvin Harrison, head coach Jimmy Johnson, safety John Lynch, and guard Will Shields. The senior nominee for 2012 is center Mick Tingelhoff and thesppecial contributors are Bill Polian and Ron Wolf.
The class of 2015 will be announced Jan. 31 in Phoenix during “NFL Honors.” Inductions will take place in August in Canton, Ohio.