The Pro Football Hall of Fame just announced its list of 26 semifinalists for the Class of 2012 and we’ve got some NFC South ties.
Former New Orleans offensive tackle Willie Roaf has the strongest ties to the division, even though he left the Saints just as the NFC South was created. Roaf, who finished his career with Kansas City, narrowly missed election last year.
Then, we’ve got some other guys that weren’t primarily NFC South players, but spent small parts of their careers playing for teams in the division.
That includes former Carolina linebacker Kevin Greene and former Atlanta linebacker Clay Matthews and Falcons defensive end/linebacker Chris Doleman. After that you have to scrape for guys with NFC South ties.
Receiver Tim Brown finished his career with Tampa Bay. Longtime front-office leader Ron Wolf is best known for his work in Green Bay, but he did spend a few years with the Buccaneers in the 1970s.
Oh, there also is Bill Parcells, who almost coached the Buccaneers -- twice.
The semifinalists came after voters narrowed the list from 105 preliminary nominees. The list will again be reduced to 15 finalists in January and the final voting will take place the day before the Super Bowl.