Former Patriots among 2019 HOF nominees

The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced Thursday that 102 former players and coaches have been nominated for the 2019 class. The list will be whittled down to 25 in November and to 15 finalists in January.

The roster of nominees has 47 offensive players, 39 defensive players, five special-teams players and 11 coaches. The list of former Broncos already in the Hall of Fame includes John Elway, Shannon Sharpe, Floyd Little, Terrell Davis and Gary Zimmerman. The selection committee will meet on February 2, 2019, at the Super Bowl in Atlanta to elect the class. Four-to-eight new members will be selected. Senior Finalist Johnny Robinson, who spent his entire career with the Texans/Chiefs franchise from 1960-71, and Contributor Finalists Pat Bowlen and Gil Brandt will also be included in the voting. 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.

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. The Modern-Era Finalists will be trimmed during the meeting from 15 to 10 and then from 10 to 5.

Outside of those four, Banks and Feagles are close and arguably deserving, but Banks continues to be overlooked for reasons we can't comprehend and it's an extreme tall order for punters to become enshrined - Ray Guy is the only National Football League punter in the Hall of Fame as of 2018.