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Hall of Fame finalist: Kevin Greene

The Pro Football Hall of Fame's 2015 class will be announced on Jan. 31. The Rams' Kevin Greene is one of 18 finalists.

Of the former Rams who spent the most years of their career in horns, Kevin Greene is the only one to have spent most of that time with the Los Angeles version of the team and the only one who is not a first-time nominee. In fact, Greene came up just short of enshrinement last year, when he made it to the round of 15 finalists for the third consecutive year only to miss out.

Greene's case to get in, though, is hard to deny. He finished his career with 160 sacks (third most in NFL history), posted 10 seasons with at least 10 sacks (third most in NFL history), and was a five-time Pro Bowl selection, a three-time first-team All Pro and a member of the NFL All-Decade team for the 1990s.

The three players surrounding Greene on the all-time sack list -- Bruce Smith, Reggie White and Chris Doleman -- are already in Canton, and it seems like it's probably just a matter of time for Greene. With another pass-rusher out of the way after Michael Strahan was inducted last year, the path appears to be a little clearer for Greene, but this is a pretty star-studded ballot when it comes to first-time nominees.

Greene deserves to go in but, as in the past three years, the question seems to be more a matter of when than if.