Atwater a finalist for Pro Football Hall of Fame

Sherman Parsons
January 5, 2019

It was announced on Thursday that Lynch was one of 15 finalists for the Hall's Class of 2019.

Three-time Super Bowl champion and defensive end Richard Seymour, along with twelve-time Pro Bowler and cornerback Champ Bailey.

In addition, previously announced finalists Johnny Robinson (seniors finalist), and Pat Bowlen and Gil Brandt (contributors) will be voted on by the Board of Selectors separately on a "yes" or "no" ballot.

A maximum of eight new members can be elected, five from the modern-era group.

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The Class of 2019 will be officially enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame during the spectacular Enshrinement Ceremony held inside Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton on Saturday, Aug. 3.

Atwater was selected by the Broncos 20th overall in the first round of the 1989 draft and earned the nickname "Smiling Assassin" because of his big hits. He also went on to appear in seven Pro-Bowls. Considered one of the game's best cover cornerbacks, he had a career-high 10 interceptions in 2006.

Gonzalez, a 14-time Pro Bowl player and six-time All-Pro tight end with the Chiefs and Falcons, retired as the NFL's second all-time leader in receptions with 1,325. He picked off 53 passes in his 15-year National Football League career.

Lynch played free safety for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1993 until 2003 and then for the Denver Broncos from 2004 until 2007. He is seventh all time with 64 interceptions. The initial list included former Rams head coach Dick Vermeil, wide receivers Torry Holt, Isaac Bruce and Henry Ellard, linebacker London Fletcher, defensive lineman La'Roi Glover, and offensive line coach Jim Hanifan. Boselli was named to five Pro Bowls and is a HOF finalist for the third year in a row.

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