Monday, December 18, 2017
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

How Pro Football Hall of Fame voting works

How Hall of Fame voting works

Selection committee: 46 people, including one media representative from each NFL city (two from New York), the president of the Pro Football Writers of America and 13 at-large delegates.

Nominees: 126 were named in September, reduced to 25 semifinalists in November, and 17 finalists (including two senior nominees) in January.

Meeting: Starting this morning, a representative for each finalist presents the case for inclusion (Tampa Tribune's Ira Kaufman will present Derrick Brooks, Tony Dungy and John Lynch). A discussion follows.

Votes: The first vote reduces the field to 10. The second reduces it to five. The final vote is yes or no. A finalist must receive 80 percent (37 votes) for entry. A maximum of five inductees.

Announcement: 6 p.m. Go to tampabay.com/sports. Inductees will be introduced during tonight's NFL Honors, which airs at 8 on Ch. 13.

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