Brett Favre was among the 108 modern-day nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2016 announced Wednesday night.
Favre leads a strong list of first-time nominees, which includes Terrell Owens, one of the league’s most prolific and dynamic receivers for most of his 15 pro seasons, and Alan Faneca, an elite blocker who made six All-Pro teams at guard in his 13 seasons.
Other first-year-eligible nominees are safety Lawyer Milloy; running backs Brian Westbrook and Clinton Portis; place-kicker John Carney; and linebackers Keith Bulluck and Mike Vrabel.
Already nominated by the seniors committee are Ken Stabler and Dick Stanfel. The 2016 contributor candidate is former 49ers owner Edward DeBartolo, Jr.
The nominees consist of 93 players (51 on offense, 33 on defense, 9 from special teams) and 15 coaches. They will be trimmed to 25 semifinalists in November and, from there, to 15 finalists in January.
Voting will culminate the night before the Super Bowl. While there is no set number for any class of enshrinees, the selection process bylaws provide that between four and eight new members will be selected.
Finalists from 2015 who are on the ballot are place-kicker Morten Andersen; coaches Don Coryell, Tony Dungy and Jimmy Johnson; running back Terrell Davis; linebacker-defensive end Kevin Greene; wide receiver Marvin Harrison; safety John Lynch; tackle Orlando Pace; and quarterback Kurt Warner.