Elway, Sanders among 67 nominated for Pro Football Hall of Fame

Updated: October 8, 2003, 8:28 PM ET

CANTON, Ohio -- John Elway and Barry Sanders, both in their first year of eligibility, are among 67 players and contributors nominated for election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

From that list of 67, selectors will choose 23 semifinalists who will be added to two carry-over candidates from last year. Former New York Giants linebacker Harry Carson and team and league executive George Young are automatic finalists because they finished in the top six in the voting last year.

The list of 25 semifinalists will be announced in early November. That will be reduced to 15 finalists by a mail vote. The selectors will then vote on Jan. 31, 2004 -- the day before the Super Bowl in Houston -- to select between three and six new members of the Hall.

The list of 67 nominees also includes coaches Jimmy Johnson, Chuck Knox and Don Coryell and NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue.

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