LeRoy Butler left off Pro Football Hall of Fame finalist ballot

Jo Caldwell
January 5, 2019

Tony Gonzalez is one step closer to landing in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Lynch will face a tough road to earn election this year due to some competition at his position.

Three former Arizona Cardinals were announced as modern-era finalists for the 2019 Pro Football Hall of Fame on Thursday.

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Hall of Fame. The committee will meet before the Super Bowl to vote, and the 2019 class will be announced the night before the big game. It's the sixth time the former Buccaneer and Bronco has been named a finalist.

It is the second time Atwater has been a finalist for the Hall. In his career, James was named to four Pro Bowls and rushed for 12,246 yards, which ranks 13th on the all-time list.

The Class of 2019 will be officially enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame during the spectacular Enshrinement Ceremony held inside Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton on Saturday, Aug. 3.

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The Senior Finalist is S Johnny Robinson, and the two Contributor Finalists are former Cowboys vice president of player personnel Gil Brandt and Broncos owner Pat Bowlen.

A first-round draft pick of the Chiefs in 1997, Gonzalez went into the team's Ring of Honor in a ceremony at halftime of the Chiefs' 29-28 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers at Arrowhead Stadium on December 13. He led the league in interceptions twice, including 1998 with New England, and also made the All-2000s team. Considered one of the game's best cover cornerbacks, he had a career-high 10 interceptions in 2006. He also was a finalist in 2016 and has been a semifinalist the past eight years.

Fellow cornerback Bailey played 15 seasons with Washington and Denver and was a three-time All-Pro. The legendary tight end was inducted into the Chiefs' Hall of Fame on December 13.

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