Pro Football HoF announces 2022 semifinalists; Steve Smith, DeMarcus Ware among first-timers

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By , Audacy Sports

Just days after the Baseball Hall of Fame unveiled its 2022 ballot, including Alex Rodriguez and David Ortiz among the newly eligible candidates, the Pro Football Hall of Fame followed suit regarding its 26 semifinalists for the modern-era players.

Among the 26 are 13 defensive stars, 11 offensive standouts and two special teams greats. Only 15 of the 26 will make it through the next round of cuts, at which point the final round of voting will occur to select the 2022 class. And out of those 26, seven of the names — all very recognizable — are first-time eligible candidates, a handful of whom seem like surefire electees on their initial go-around.

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