Harrison a first time HOF semifinalist, Ward for 7th time

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Former Steelers linebacker James Harrison and wide receiver Hines Ward are two of the 28 modern-era semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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Harrison is a first time semifinalist. He played a majority of his career in Pittsburgh and played his last season in 2017 with the New England Patriots.

The two-time Super Bowl champion was the Defensive Player of the year in 2008. Is a five-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro.

He finished his career with 84.5 sacks, 80.5 of those with the Steelers.

Harrison is currently the Steelers all-time sack holder.

It’s the seventh straight year that Ward has made it to the semifinals.

The powerful receiver had 1,000 career catches for 12,083 yards and 85 touchdown. He won two Super Bowls and was the MVP of Super Bowl XL against the Seattle Seahawks.

The list of 28 players will be reduced to 15 finalists and then the Hall of Fame Selection Committee will meet early next year to decide the players that will go into Canton in 2022.

The enshrinement ceremony will be next August.

Ward played his entire career in Pittsburgh from 1998-2011.

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