Fletcher, Bailey named to initial 2019 Hall of Fame nominees list

Fletcher, Bailey named to initial 2019 Hall of Fame nominees list

Nine former Bills players are listed among the 102 nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2019, the Hall of Fame announced on Thursday. He ranks second in National Football League history with 1,325 receptions and is the Chiefs' career record holder for receptions (916) and receiving yards (10.940). Bailey, who also dabbled on offense, had 52 career picks, made three All-Pro teams and, yes, also was on the all-decade team of 2000-2010.

The list includes 47 offensive players, 39 defensive players, five special teams players and 11 coaches.

Additionally, Gonzalez's 1,325 career receptions are second to only Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice (1,549) for the most in NFL history.

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The 102 modern nominees gets cut to 25 in November before 15 more are shaved off in January before the Super Bowl.

Fletcher, a fan-favorite and a longtime captain, played the last seven years of his career in Washington, where he was a Pro Bowler for four straight seasons from 2009-2012. The finalists will consist of 15 modern-era finalists, along with the senior finalist, Johnny Robinson, and the contributor finalists, Pat Bowlen and Gil Brandt. While there is no set number for any class of enshrinees, the selection process by-laws provide that between four and eight new members will be selected.

The 2019 Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony will be held next August in Canton, Ohio.

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