Kurt Warner, Orlando Pace among former Rams up for Hall of Fame

EARTH CITY, Mo. -- The Pro Football Hall of Fame unveiled its list of the 108 modern-era nominees for induction in 2016 on Wednesday night.

It's a list that once again includes a variety of former St. Louis Rams, some of whom nearly earned election in the most recent class. That group includes offensive tackle Orlando Pace, quarterback Kurt Warner and pass-rusher Kevin Greene. That trio all came up just short of landing in Canton this past year after making the list of finalists and figures to be on the short list of the top candidates this year.

Other Rams who figure to be in the conversation are receivers Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce.

But selection is never guaranteed and it figures to be tough considering some of the new additions to the group this year. Quarterback Brett Favre headlines the list and is probably a lock to make it. That could make it tough on Warner, as the selection committee has had an aversion to doubling down on the same position in the same year recently.

Receiver Terrell Owens adds to a logjam at wideout that also includes Marvin Harrison, which could make it hard on Bruce and Holt to advance further than they did a year ago.

Pace and Greene seem like the best bets among former Rams after narrow misses in the 2015 class. Pace will get stiff competition from newcomer Alan Faneca but Greene seems to be the best option among the returning pass-rushers after Charles Haley went in this year.

The group will be narrowed to 25 semifinalists in November and 15 finalists in January. The 2016 Hall of Fame class will be chosen Feb. 6, the night before the Super Bowl.


A roundup of Wednesday's Rams stories appearing on ESPN.com. ... In the Ram-blings, we opened the day with the news that the local markets won't be presenting at October's owners meetings. ... For now, the Rams are sticking to their modified practice schedule. ... The Rams have had big wins before but now must find a way to string them together. ... Rams coach Jeff Fisher said the Rams will probably stick with their normal captains against the Washington Redskins. ... Rams running back Tre Mason appears to be ready to return this week in Washington.


ESPN NFL Nation columnist Kevin Seifert offers a good take on how decisions are made with officials in the NFL.

St. Louis football legend Dan Dierdorf offered thoughts on the Rams and the future of football in St. Louis.

Mike Clay offered this week's fantasy tips, including a mention of the Rams' receiver situation.

At 101sports.com, Bernie Miklasz writes that a delay in making presentations to the owners could be good for the home markets.

At stltoday.com, Jim Thomas writes that Tavon Austin and Aaron Donald earned NFC player of the week awards.