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Peyton Manning, Charles Woodson among modern-era nominees for Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2021

Pro Football Hall of Fame Class, NFL, Peyton Manning, Charles Woodson

The Pro Football Hall of Fame has announced that Peyton Manning and Charles Woodson will be headlining the modern-era nominees for the NFL class of 2021, via Twitter.

It is easy to see who the two clear-cut first ballot inductees are in this year’s nominees. Manning retired as one of the most decorated players in NFL history as a two-time Super bowl champion, five-time MVP, and 10-time All-Pro. He currently ranks third all-time with 71,490 yards and 539 touchdown passes.

His success with both the Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos have helped set a new precedent for elite quarterbacks hoping to end their careers on their own terms.

Woodson is another shoe-in to be enshrined in Canton give his impressive resume as an eight-time NFL All-Pro, one-time Defensive Player of the Year and Super Bowl champ. He enjoyed stellar stints with both the Oakland Raiders and Green Bay Packers before finishing his career ranked fifth in league history with 65 picks and second with 11 pick-sixes.

There is plenty of speculation regarding whether or not Johnson will get in during his first year of eligibility. While there is no question that he was one of the most dominant pass-catchers of his time, retiring after just nine season could hurt his caae. Regardless, he was still named to four All-Pro teams and led the NFL in receiving yards twice.

The list of 130 nominees will be trimmed down to 25 in November before the final 14 is announced in January. The induction ceremony is currently scheduled to take place on Aug. 8, 2021.