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Pro Football Hall of Fame tweaks process to induct more NFL coaches

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The Pro Football Hall of Fame is changing the way it selects NFL Hall of Famers. NFL coaches will benefit for the next four years.

The tweaks will allow coaches to have their own category from now on. Last Friday, the Pro Football Hall of Fame Board of Trustees approved the change in the selection process. By 2021, there should be 15 modern-era players as finalists with five as the maximum elected. In addition, there will also be one coach finalist, one senior finalist, and one contributor finalist through the selection of the class of 2024.

The difference here is that NFL coaches were lumped in with the other finalists in previous years. There were also one or two senior, and one or two contributor finalists, with those numbers alternating each year, with three candidates combined annually. Therefore, there should be four former coaches that will be inducted into the Hall of Fame over the next four years. Moreover, the most likely to be considered are the five former coaches who were considered but ultimately voted down in this year’s Class of 2020: Don Coryell, Tom Flores, Mike Holmgren, Dan Reeves and Dick Vermeil.

The total number of finalists being considered at the selection committee meeting the day before the Super Bowl will remain at 18, and the maximum number of new NFL Hall of Famers selected will remain at eight as well. In addition, a candidate must receive at least 80% approval to earn election.

Saleem Choudhry, the Hall’s vice president of museum/exhibit services, explained the shift and its effect on future NFL recipients of pro football’s highest individual honor:

“The move came from the notion that coaches deserved their own path, like seniors and contributors, to be considered by the full selection committee.”

This NFL news came from what transpired during the blue-ribbon panel’s selection of the Centennial Class of 2020.

The Hall of Fame also announced that ESPN NFL sideline reporter Lisa Salters and Hall of Fame general manager Bill Polian will be replacing two sportswriters who are leaving the committee, Ira Miller and Vito Stellino.