The Pro Football Hall of Fame’s list of preliminary nominees for the 2013 Hall of Fame was announced today, and a pair of former Seahawks players and coaches have made the list.
Those four individuals are running back Ricky Watters, who played in Seattle from 1998-2001, and defensive tackle Sam Adams, who was drafted by the Seahawks with the eighth overall pick out of Texas A&M in the 1994 NFL Draft and who played in Seattle until 1999, along with former head coach and Seahawks Ring of Honor inductee Chuck Knox, who went 80-63 in nine seasons in Seattle (1983-91), and former head coach Tom Flores (1991-94).
The complete list of candidates for the Class of 2013 consists of 127 nominees comprised of 89 players, 14 coaches and 24 contributors. The Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee will choose 25 candidates from this list of 127 to advance as semifinalist nominees, and those 25 will be reduced by a mail ballot to 15 modern-era finalists. The Hall of Fame Class of 2013 will be selected from that list of 15, in addition to two senior nominees.
Earlier this year we saw former Seahawks defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Kennedy had established himself as one of the game’s premier interior defensive linemen through 11 seasons in Seattle (1990-2000).
The voting for the Class of 2013 is set for February 2, 2013 – the day before Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans, La. There is no set number of players, coaches, and contributors for any class, but according to selection process by-laws, it is required that between four and seven new members be selected each year.