Safety Troy Polamalu, wide receiver Reggie Wayne and linebacker Patrick Willis are first-year eligible players among the 25 semifinalists of the modern era for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Also on the list, which will be cut to 15 on Jan. 2, are previous finalists John Lynch, Steve Atwater, Tony Boselli, Steve Hutchinson, Isaac Bruce, Edgerrin James and Alan Faneca.
Five former players will be elected to the class of 2020 on Feb. 1, the day before the Super Bowl. They will be inducted into the Canton, Ohio, shrine in August.
The hall also will induct 10 senior candidates, three contributors and two coaches in a special centennial class in 2020.
There are 14 defensive players, 10 on offense, and one special-teamer, Steve Tasker, who also played wide receiver for Buffalo.
Four players make the semifinals for the first time: linebacker Carl Banks, running backs Fred Taylor and Ricky Watters, and defensive tackle Bryant Young. Every other semifinalist for 2020 has gotten this far before.
There are six defensive backs in the group: Polamalu, Lynch, Atwater, Ronde Barber, LeRoy Butler and Darren Woodson.
Five receivers make the list: Wayne, Bruce, Torry Holt, Hines Ward, and Tasker. There also are five linebackers: Willis, Banks, Clay Matthews, Sam Mills and Zach Thomas.
Hutchinson, Faneca and Boselli are the offensive linemen. Taylor, Watters and James are the running backs. Defensive linemen are Young, Richard Seymour and Simeon Rice.
The semifinalists, in alphabetical order:
• Steve Atwater, safety
• Carl Banks, linebacker
• Ronde Barber, cornerback/safety
• Tony Boselli, tackle
• Isaac Bruce, wide receiver
• LeRoy Butler, safety
• Alan Faneca, guard
• Torry Holt, wide receiver
• Steve Hutchinson, guard
• Edgerrin James, running back
• John Lynch, safety
• Clay Matthews, linebacker
• Sam Mills, linebacker
• Troy Polamalu, safety
• Simeon Rice, defensive end
• Richard Seymour, defensive end/defensive tackle
• Steve Tasker, wide receiver/special teamer
• Fred Taylor, running back
• Zach Thomas, linebacker
• Hines Ward, wide receiver
• Ricky Watters, running back
• Reggie Wayne, wide receiver
• Patrick Willis, linebacker
• Darren Woodson, safety
• Bryant Young, defensive tackle