Randy Moss was a brief member of the San Francisco 49ers, but his time with the team will always have him linked with the franchise. On Tuesday, the Pro Football Hall of Fame announce 108 modern-era nominees for the Class of 2018, and Moss is the highest profile name on that list.
It’s his first year of eligibility, along with Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher and Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive back Ronde Barber. Moss only spent one year with the 49ers, the year they lost in Super Bowl XLVII.
There are other 49ers connections on the list, however. Former 49ers receiver Terrell Owens, who missed out on making it in his first year because the process is stupid and broken, is once again a nominee. Current 49ers general manager John Lynch is also once again a nominee, with both the players above making it to the final 15 a year ago, and Lynch reportedly making the final ten.
Other players who played for the 49ers appearing on the list include Roger Craig, Bryant Young and Isaac Bruce. The former two were hugely important to the franchise and should make it while the latter was obviously more important as a member of the Rams franchise, though he was well-loved in his short time in San Francisco as well.
The 108 nominees will be reduced to 25 semifinalists in November, then to 15 finalists in January. In February, the selection committee will make the final decision on who makes it. Check out the full list here.