2023 Pro Football Hall of Fame Class Semifinalists: Torry Holt, Joe Thomas, Darren Woodson Make the Cut

The 2023 Pro Football Hall of Fame Class has been announced. See who's made the list for the first time and who may finally be inducted after years of waiting.

The 2023 Pro Football Hall of Fame Class semifinalists were announced just in time to celebrate Thanksgiving. Getting introduced is just one of the first steps in getting inducted, with a cut-down date of finalists announced in December or early 2023.

Some players — seven, to be exact — have been nominated for the first time since their retirement, while others, such as Torry Holt, Darren Woodson, and Hines Ward, have been named a semifinalist at least seven times now. A total of 29 nominees are listed below.

Semifinalists for the 2023 Pro Football Hall of Fame Class

  • CB Eric Allen
    Times as a Semifinalist: 3 – 2021-23
    Philadelphia Eagles | 1988-1994
    New Orleans Saints| 1995-97
    Oakland Raiders | 1998-2001
  • DE Jared Allen
    Times as a Semifinalist: 3 – 2021-23
    Kansas City Chiefs | 2004-07
    Minnesota Vikings | 2008-2013
    Chicago Bears | 2014-15
    Carolina Panthers | 2015
  • T Willie Anderson
    Times as a Semifinalist: 3 – 2021-23
    Cincinnati Bengals | 1996-2007
    Baltimore Ravens | 2008
  • CB/S Ronde Barber
    Times as a Semifinalist: 6 – 2018-2023
    Tampa Bay Buccaneers | 1997-2012
  • WR Anquan Boldin
    Times as a Semifinalist: 2 – 2022-23
    Arizona Cardinals | 2003-09
    Baltimore Ravens | 2010-12
    San Francisco 49ers | 2013-15
    Detroit Lions | 2016
  • WR Henry Ellard
    Times as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2023
    Los Angeles Rams | 1983-1993
    Washington Redskins | 1994-98
    New England Patriots | 1998
  • G Jahri Evans
    Times as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2023
    New Orleans Saints | 2006-2016
    Green Bay Packers | 2017
  • LB London Fletcher
    Times as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2023
    St. Louis Rams | 1998-2001
    Buffalo Bills | 2002-06
    Washington Redskins | 2007-2013
  • DE Dwight Freeney
    Times as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2023
    Indianapolis Colts | 2002-2012
    San Diego Chargers | 2013-14
    Arizona Cardinals | 2015
    Atlanta Falcons | 2016
    Seattle Seahawks, Detroit Lions  | 2017
  • LB James Harrison
    Times as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2023
    Pittsburgh Steelers | 2002-2012, 2014-17
    Cincinnati Bengals | 2013
    New England Patriots | 2017
  • S Rodney Harrison
    Times as a Semifinalist: 2 – 2021, 2023
    San Diego Chargers | 1994-2002
    New England Patriots | 2003-08
  • PR/KR/WR Devin Hester
    Times as a Semifinalist: 2 – 2022-23
    Chicago Bears | 2006-2013
    Atlanta Falcons | 2014-15
    Baltimore Ravens | 2016
  • WR Torry Holt
    Times as a Semifinalist: 9 – 2015-2023
    St. Louis Rams | 1999-2008
    Jacksonville Jaguars  | 2009
  • WR Andre Johnson
    Times as a Semifinalist: 2 – 2022-23
    Houston Texans | 2003-2014
    Indianapolis Colts | 2015
    Tennessee Titans | 2016
  • CB Albert Lewis
    Times as a Semifinalist: 2 – 2013, 2023
    Kansas City Chiefs | 1983-1993
    Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders | 1994-98
  • DE/LB Robert Mathis
    Times as a Semifinalist: 2 – 2022-23
    Indianapolis Colts | 2003-2016
  • CB Darrelle Revis
    Times as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2023
    New York Jets | 2007-2012, 2015-16
    Tampa Bay Buccaneers | 2013
    New England Patriots | 2014
    Kansas City Chiefs | 2017
  • WR Steve Smith Sr.
    Times as a Semifinalist: 2 – 2022-23
    Carolina Panthers | 2001-2013
    Baltimore Ravens | 2014-16
  • RB Fred Taylor
    Times as a Semifinalist: 4 – 2020-23
    Jacksonville Jaguars | 1998-2008
    New England Patriots | 2009-2010
  • T Joe Thomas
    Times as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2023
    Cleveland Browns | 2007-2017
  • LB Zach Thomas
    Times as a Semifinalist: 5 – 2019-2023
    Miami Dolphins | 1996-2007
    Dallas Cowboys | 2008
  • WR Hines Ward
    Times as a Semifinalist: 7 – 2017-2023
    Pittsburgh Steelers | 1998-2011
  • LB/DE DeMarcus Ware
    Times as a Semifinalist: 2 – 2022-23
    Dallas Cowboys | 2005-2013
    Denver Broncos | 2014-16
  • RB Ricky Watters
    Times as a Semifinalist: 3 – 2020, 2022-23
    San Francisco 49ers | 1992-94
    Philadelphia Eagles | 1995-97
    Seattle Seahawks  | 1998-2001
  • WR Reggie Wayne
    Times as a Semifinalist: 4 – 2020-23
    Indianapolis Colts | 2001-2014
  • DT Vince Wilfork
    Times as a Semifinalist: 2 – 2022-23
    New England Patriots | 2004-2014
    Houston Texans | 2015-16
  • LB Patrick Willis
    Times as a Semifinalist: 4 – 2020-23
    San Francisco 49ers | 2007-2014
  • S Darren Woodson
    Times as a Semifinalist: 7 – 2015, 2017, 2019-2023
    Dallas Cowboys | 1992-2003

Why 29 Semifinalists in the 2023 Class?

Typically, the list of semifinalists is cut down to 25, a process the NFL adopted in 2004. However, if there are ties for the 25th nominee, all those that tied are included in the semifinalists’ list.

When Will the 2023 Pro Football Hall of Fame Class Be Announced?

Of this list of 29 semifinalists, a total of 15 modern-era finalists will be announced at a later date. Then a list of four to nine former players will be chosen to be a part of the 2023 Pro Football Hall of Fame Class and announced at the 2023 NFL Honors on Feb. 9, just prior to Super Bowl LVII kicking off in Glendale, Arizona.

Who Are the First-Year Semifinalists, and Who’s Been Nominated the Most in the 2023 Class?

The first-year semifinalists nominated are Joe Thomas, James Harrison, Darrelle Revis, Henry Ellard, London Fletcher, Jahri Evans, and Dwight Freeney. Of that group, Thomas, Harrison, Revis, Evans, and Freeney are in their first year of eligibility for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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Of the list announced, no player has been named a semifinalist more than former Rams and Jaguars WR Torry Holt. Holt was a key cog in what’s deemed the “Greatest Show on Turf,” a Rams squad that won the Super Bowl in the 1999-2000 season.

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