Coryell makes to Hall of Fame semi-finalist list
Legendary coach Don Coryell, who led the Chargers from 1978-1986 and the St. Louis Cardinals from 1973-1977, is one of 26 semifinalists in the running for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2012.
The list includes two candidates eligible for the first time: coach Bill Parcells and guard Will Shields.
A press release noted that Parcells, “although technically a first-year eligible candidate …. has been a finalist twice before (2001, 2002) following his announced retirement as head coach of the New York Jets in 1999.”
At the time the Hall of Fame By-laws did not require a coach to be retired the now mandatory five seasons. Parcells returned to coach the Dallas Cowboys in 2003 and the five-year waiting period was in effect when he retired from coaching in 2006.
The semifinalist list is usually limited to 25, this year there are 26 resulting from a tie for the final position.
Also on the list are four other previously eligible candidates: Steve Atwater, Clay Matthews, Karl Mecklenburg and longtime contributor Ron Wolf who have made it to the semifinalist’s list for the first time. Each of the remaining 20 nominees on the Selection Committee’s list has been a semifinalist at least once prior to this year.
To see the full list of semifinalists go to www.profootballhof.com/.
Source: San Diego Chargers
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