Defensive lineman Bryant Young is a finalist for the first time, while linebacker Patrick Willis did not make it in his first year of eligibility. Five other former National Football League greats made their first appearance as finalists.
FYI, Bruce has a 16-YEAR career in the pros. with 1,024 receptions (13th all-time), 15,208 receiving yards (5th all-time) and 91 TDs (12th all-time).
Safety LeRoy Butler (Packers 1990-2001), wide receiver Torry Holt (Rams 1999-2008; Jaguars 2009), linebacker Sam Mills (Saints 1986-94; Panthers 1995-97), linebacker Zach Thomas (Dolphins 1996-2007; Cowboys 2008) and defensive tackle Bryant Young (49ers 1994-2007) also were named finalists for the first time, though all five previously had been eligible.
Inductees to the 2020 class will be announced at the NFL Honors awards show in February the day before the Super Bowl.
During his 12 seasons with Green Bay, Butler became the first defensive back in National Football League history to eclipse 20 interceptions and 20 sacks, finishing his career with 38 interceptions, 20½ sacks in 181 regular-season games.
Hutchinson seems like the likeliest of the pair to gain Hall of Fame status this winter, having finished as a finalist in each of the past two years. All told, Polamalu played in three Super Bowls, winning twice.
This is the second year as a finalist for Seymour. Champ Bailey and Ed Reed were first-time finalists when they were chosen for the Class of 2019. The group will include five Modern-Era players to come from the list in addition to 10 seniors (a player who has been retired for more than 25 seasons), three contributors (an individual other than a player or coach) and two coaches.