On Monday, the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced the 113 modern-era nominees that make up this year’s preliminary candidates for the Class of 2011.
Steve Atwater, Terrell Davis, Karl Mecklenburg, Shannon Sharpe and Louis Wright are the former Broncos players among the names, and Dan Reeves is a candidate to head to Canton as a coach.
Sharpe was among the 17 finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2010 — the class in which fellow Ring of Famer Floyd Little joined the Hall.
From here, 25 semifinalists will be chosen by the Hall of Fame selectors — a list which will be announced in mid-November.
The semifinalists will be reduced to 15 modern-era finalists that will be announced in early January. Two senior nominees — former Washington Redskins linebacker Chris Hanburger and former Los Angeles Rams linebacker Les Richter — round out the finalists.
The actual voting for the Class of 2011 will be conducted at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee’s annual meeting, which will be held on Saturday, February 5, 2011 — the day before Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium in North Texas.
That evening, the class will be announced.
While there is no set number for any class of enshrinees, the selection process by-laws provide that between four and seven new members will be selected.
Click here for a full list of the preliminary nominees, which include first-year eligible candidates the likes of Deion Sanders, Jerome Bettis, Marshall Faulk, Curtis Martin, Jimmy Smith, Willie Roaf and coach Dick Vermeil.