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Initial Hall of Fame results at 5 p.m. ET

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The Pro Football Hall of Fame selection process has ended after seven-plus hours of mostly invigorating discussion.

Those of us on the committee are free to release what we know -- the names of the five remaining candidates -- once the announcement show begins on NFL Network at 5 p.m. ET.

The five remaining candidates are not necessarily Hall of Famers yet because each had to receive at least 80 percent approval in yes-no voting -- conducted as the meeting ended. We do not know results of the voting and we do not know results of the voting on the seniors-committee nominees.

I'll blog analysis here at 5 p.m. ET. The final results will be announced during the NFL Network show at about 5:25 p.m. ET.