The Pro Football Hall of Fame has just released their list of semifinalists for next year’s enshrinement and five 49ers have made the list.
- Roger Craig, RB – 1983-1990 San Francisco 49ers, 1991 Los Angeles Raiders, 1992-93 Minnesota Vikings
- Edward DeBartolo, Jr., Owner – 1979-2000 San Francisco 49ers
- Chris Doleman, DE/LB – 1985-1993, 1999 Minnesota Vikings, 1994-95 Atlanta Falcons, 1996-98 San Francisco 49ers
- Kevin Greene, LB/DE – 1985-1992 Los Angeles Rams, 1993-95 Pittsburgh Steelers, 1996, 1998-99 Carolina Panthers, 1997 San Francisco 49ers
- Charles Haley, DE/LB – 1986-1991, 1999 San Francisco 49ers, 1992-96 Dallas Cowboys
All five were semifinalists last year.
Craig was recently inducted into the 49ers Hall of Fame on November 12 with wide receiver R.C. Owens. With the 49ers, Craig helped lead the 49ers to three Super Bowl wins and was the first running back to achieve 1,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards in the same season.
DeBartolo was enshrined into the 49ers team Hall of Fame in 2009 and has gained support of many of his former players to be recognized by the Hall of Fame. Hall of Famers Joe Montana, Fred Dean and Jerry Rice were all presented into the Pro Football Hall of Fame by DeBartolo. As owner of the 49ers, he watched over five Super Bowl winning teams.
Haley is considered one of the best pass rushers in the league and helped the 49ers win two Super Bowls in the 1980s. Both Doleman and Greene helped the 49ers become the top ranked defense in 1997.
For the entire list, visit this link.
The list of 26 semifinalists will be reduced by mail ballot to 15 modern-era finalists. That list increases to 17 finalist nominees with the inclusion of the two recommended candidates of the Hall of Fame’s Seniors Committee. The Seniors Committee nominees, who were announced in August, are cornerback Jack Butler, Pittsburgh Steelers (1951-59) and guard Dick Stanfel, Detroit Lions (1952-55); Washington Redskins (1956-58).
The results of the modern-era reduction vote to 15 finalists will be announced in early January, 2012.
To be considered for election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, a nominated player or coach must not have participated as an active player or coach for five consecutive seasons. A contributor, who is a nominee who has made outstanding contributions to pro football in capacities other than playing and coaching, may still be active in his pro football career.
The Class of 2012 will be determined at the Selection Committee’s annual meeting on Saturday, February 4, in Indianapolis, Indiana the day before Super Bowl XLVI. The election results will be announced during a one-hour NFL Network special, live from the Super Bowl media headquarters.Although there is no set number of Enshrinees for any Hall of Fame Class, the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s current ground rules do stipulate that between four and seven new members will be selected each year. No more than five modern-era nominees can be elected in a given year and a class of six or seven Enshrinees can only be achieved if one or both senior nominees are elected.