Colts’ Chris Hinton, Edgerrin James semifinalists for Hall of Fame Class of 2017
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A pair of Indianapolis Colts from different eras are among the 26 semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2017.
Running back Edgerrin James, who became the franchise’s career rushing leader during a seven-year career that spanned 1999-2005, and offensive lineman Chris Hinton, whose Colts career included time in Baltimore and Indianapolis, made the latest cut from 94 candidates.
James is in his third year of eligibility and has been a semifinalist each time. He was among the 15 modern-era finalists a year ago. Hinton is a semifinalist for the first time.
The next step in the selection process is in January when the semifinalists are trimmed to 15. The Class of 2017 will be determined Feb. 4 in Houston when the Selection Committee – we are a voting member – holds its annual meeting.
James and Hinton will attempt to extend the Colts’ current run of success in gaining entrance into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
In August, Marvin Harrison and Tony Dungy were inducted as part of the Class of 2016. Bill Polian was included in the Class of 2015 and Marshall Faulk in the Class of 2011.
James won two league rushing titles and was voted to four Pro Bowls during his Colts career. He holds all-time club records with 9,226 yards, 2,188 attempts and 64 rushing TDs, and set single-game (219) and single-season (1,709) rushing marks.
James’ 12,246 career rushing yards rank No. 12 in NFL history while his 15,610 total yards from scrimmage rank No. 15.
Hinton was selected by Denver with the fourth overall pick in the 1983 draft, then was part of a trade with Baltimore that delivered John Elway to the Broncos. He was with the Colts during their final season in Baltimore and their first six in Indianapolis.
Hinton’s 13-year career included stints with Atlanta and Minnesota and saw him start 172 of 177 games. He was one of the most versatile offensive linemen of his time, having been selected to a total of seven Pro Bowl at three positions: left tackle, right tackle and left guard.
Joining James and Hinton on the list of semifinalists are placekicker Morten Andersen, safety Steve Atwater, offensive tackle Tony Boselli, wide receiver Isaac Bruce, coach Don Coryell, running back Roger Craig, running back Terrell Davis, safety Brian Dawkins, guard Alan Faneca, wide receiver Torry Holt, offensive tackle Joe Jacoby, coach Jimmy Johnson, offensive tackle Mike Kenn, cornerback Ty Law, safety John Lynch, linebacker Clay Matthews, center/guard Kevin Mawae, linebacker Karl Mecklenburg, wide receiver Terrell Owens, defensive end Jason Taylor, running back LaDainian Tomlinson, wide receiver Hines Ward, quarterback Kurt Warner and safety Darren Woodson.