DAVIE–The list of finalists for the upcoming Pro Football Hall of Fame class shrunk to 15 tonight, and former Dolphins star Jason Taylor remains on course for induction.
Taylor made the cut, along with LaDainian Tomlinson, Kurt Warner and others, on the strength of a 15-year career in which he set a Miami franchise record with 131 sacks. His 139.5 total sacks rank No. 7 all-time.
This is his first year of eligibility after retiring from the Dolphins following the 2011 season. Taylor spent 1997 through 2007, plus the 2009 and ’11 seasons with Miami. He also played for the Redskins in 2008 and the Jets in ’10.
The semifinalist list was at 26 before tonight. Former Dolphins and University of Miami coach Jimmy Johnson was among those who didn’t make the cut.
The final vote comes next month at the Super Bowl, when the 48 electors will cast their ballot. The panel will elect 4-8 Hall of Famers, and a player must get 80 percent approval to be inducted.
Here is the full list of finalists:
Morten Andersen, kicker, Saints/Falcons/Giants/Chiefs/Vikings
Tony Boselli, offensive tackle, Jaguars/Texans
Isaac Bruce, wide receiver, Rams/49ers
Don Coryell, coach Cardinals/Chargers
Terrell Davis, running back, Broncos
Brian Dawkins, safety, Eagles/Broncos (Philadelphia Eagles, 1996-2008; Denver Broncos, 2009-2011)
Alan Faneca, guard, Steelers/Jets/Cardinals
Joe Jacoby, offensive tackle. Redskins
Ty Law, cornerback, Patriots/Jets/Chiefs/ Broncos
John Lynch, safety, Buccaneers/Broncos
Kevin Mawae, center, Seahawks/Jets/Titans
Terrell Owens, wide receiver, 49ers/Eagles/Cowboys/Bills/Bengals
Jason Taylor, defensive end, Dolphins/Redskins/Jets
LaDainian Tomlinson, running back, Chargers/Jets
Kurt Warner, quarterback, Rams/Giants/Cardinals
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