THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- Former Rams wide receivers Isaac Bruce and Tory Holt were among 26 semifinalists for the 2017 Pro Football Hall of Fame class, joining ex-quarterback Kurt Warner, a finalist each of the last two years.
Bruce, Holt and Warner, who teamed up to form The Greatest Show on Turf and won Super Bowl XXXIV, emerged from an original field of 94 nominees.
In early January, their group will will be trimmed to 15. The selection committee will then meet for a final vote on the eve of Super Bowl LI, with a finalist from the veterans' committee (safety Kenny Easley) and two others from the contributors' committee (Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue) joining the final 15.
Warner is the likeliest among the Rams trio to be enshrined, even though he didn't start his first NFL game until age 28. Warner compiled 2,662 completions, 32,305 passing yards, 208 touchdowns and 128 interceptions from 1999 to 2009. He was NFL and Super Bowl MVP in his first full season. Two years later, he won another MVP and led the Rams to another Super Bowl, this time a loss to the Patriots. Seven years after that, he led the Arizona Cardinals to the Super Bowl, joining Craig Morton and Peyton Manning as the only quarterbacks to guide two franchises to the Super Bowl.
It gets a little trickier with Bruce and Holt.
Bruce had the longevity, but Holt had the greater impact.
Holt was a Pro Bowler seven times, was voted All Pro in 2003 and finished with 920 catches, 13,382 receiving yards and 74 touchdowns in a career that spanned 11 seasons. He spent 10 of those years with the Rams and holds an NFL record with six consecutive seasons of at least 1,300 receiving yards. Holt also posted the most receiving yards in a decade, with 12,594 in the 2000s.
Bruce, who spent 14 of his 16 seasons with the Rams, ranks fourth all-time in receiving yards (15,208), 12th in receptions (1,024) and 12th in touchdowns (91), while making the Pro Bowl four times. But he and Holt will join a list that includes Terrell Owens and Hines Ward, so once again, it will be tough. Bruce and Holt have not made it past the semifinal stage in either of their last two tries.
Eighty-percent approval is required for enshrinement, with no fewer than four and no more than eight selected annually. Inductions will be in August at the Canton, Ohio, shrine. Warner, Bruce and Holt are looking to join former teammates Marshall Faulk and Orlando Pace in the Hall. A full list of the semifinalists can be viewed here.