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Pro Football Hall of Fame 2017 finalists: LaDainian Tomlinson headlines list of 15

We’re getting closer to a new group of inductees.

12_05_04-SAN DIEGO,CA- The Denver Broncos play against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. ABOVE: Kenoy Kenndey tries to bring down LaDainian Tomlinson .PHOTO BY HELEN H. RICHARDSON Photo By Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images

The finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2017 were announced on Tuesday evening, and they were headlined by former San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson, and Terrell Owens.

Tomlinson is fifth all-time in NFL rushing yards with 13,684. He’s only bested by Curtis Martin, Barry Sanders, Walter Payton, and Emmitt Smith. He also holds the NFL’s single-season record for touchdowns in a season with 28 in 2006.

Joining Tomlinson on the finalist list for the first time were defensive end Jason Taylor, safety Brian Dawkins, offensive lineman Tony Boselli, wide receiver Isaac Bruce, cornerback Ty Law, and offensive lineman Kevin Mawae.

Running back Terrell Davis was named a finalist for a third time, as well as quarterback Kurt Warner. Offensive linemen Alan Faneca and Joe Jacoby also received nods, along with safety John Lynch.

Davis played just seven NFL seasons, but helped lead the Broncos to a Super Bowl in 1998, in a season where he rushed for 2,008 yards and 21 touchdowns. He became just the fourth player in NFL history to accomplish such a feat. Warner led the St. Louis Rams’ Greatest Show on Turf, leading the Rams to a Super Bowl in 1999, and being named first-team All-Pro twice with the Rams.

Kicker Morten Anderson, and head coach Don Coryell were named as well.

The list of finalists is at 15, after being trimmed down from the 26 that were announced as semifinalists back in November.

The finalists named will join Senior Finalist Kenny Easley and 2017 Contributor Finalists Jerry Jones and Paul Tagliabue when the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee meets to vote the day before Super Bowl LI.

Here is a full list of the finalists:

Pro Football Hall of Fame 2017 finalists

Name Postition Team
Name Postition Team
Brian Dawkins S Eagles, Broncos
Jason Taylor DE Dolphins, Washington, Jets
LaDainian Tomlinson RB Chargers, Jets
Morten Andersen K Saints, Falcons, Giants, Chiefs, Vikings
Don Coryell Coach Cardinals, Chargers
Kurt Warner QB Rams, Giants, Cardinals
Terrell Davis RB Broncos
Isaac Bruce WR Rams, 49ers
Terrell Owens WR 49ers, Eagles, Cowboys, Bills, Bengals
Tony Boselli OT Jaguars, Texans
Alan Faneca G Steelers, Jets, Cardinals
Joe Jacoby OT Washington
Ty Law CB Patriots, Jets, Chiefs, Broncos
John Lynch S Buccaneers, Broncos
Kevin Mawae C Seahawks, Jets, Titans