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Pro Football Hall of Fame names 17 finalists

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This has been making the rounds, so I figured I'd post it as well.  The Pro Football Hall of Fame has narrowed down the eligible candidates for the 2010 class to 17 finalists.  Among the finalists are five ex-49ers, including WR Jerry Rice, RB Roger Craig, DE/OLB Charles Haley, LB Rickey Jackson, and DE Richard Dent.

Rice is obviously not a shocker, but this group is also notable because it's the first time Roger Craig has made it to the finalist stage in his 12 years of eligibility.  As 49ers fans know, he was the kind of all-purpose rushing/receiving back emulated by the likes of Marshall Faulk and Ladanian Tomlinson.  His rushing numbers alone are certainly not enough to get him into the Hall.  But when you factor in his all-around game, he is certainly worthy of entry into the Hall of Fame.

The other finalists are after the jump.

Tim Brown - Wide Receiver/Kick Returner

Cris Carter - Wide Receiver

Don Coryell - Coach

Dermonti Dawson - Center

Russ Grimm - Guard

Cortez Kennedy - Defensive Tackle

Dick LeBeau* - Cornerback

Floyd Little* - Running Back

John Randle - Defensive Tackle

Andre Reed - Wide Receiver

Shannon Sharpe - Tight End

Emmitt Smith - Running Back

*=Senior Nominees