Pro Football Hall of Fame

2023 Pro Football Hall of Fame preparing to narrow down list of finalists, which currently includes Darrelle Revis, Dwight Freeney


2023 Pro Football Hall of Fame finalists

A total of fifteen former NFL standouts have been named 2023 finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. 

They include 3 first-time nominees, including former Jets and Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis, Cleveland Browns tackle Joe Thomas and Defensive End Dwight Freeney, who dominated linemen for well over a decade for the Indianapolis Colts.

The slate of candidates in the Modern-Era Player category will be considered when the Hall of Fame’s Selection Committee meets virtually prior to Super Bowl LVII. The Class of 2023 will be unveiled publicly Feb. 9 during the “NFL Honors presented by Invisalign” broadcast from Phoenix on NFL Network, NBC and Peacock. The players, along with their positions, years and teams are:

  • Jared Allen, Defensive End – 2004-07 Kansas City Chiefs, 2008-2013 Minnesota Vikings, 2014-15 Chicago Bears, 2015 Carolina Panthers
  • Willie Anderson, Offensive Tackle – 1996-2007 Cincinnati Bengals, 2008 Baltimore Ravens
  • Ronde Barber, Cornerback/Safety – 1997-2012 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    • Ronde Barber’s achievements in the NFL are numerous. He was a five-time Pro Bowl selection (2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008) and a three-time first-team All-Pro (2001, 2004, 2005). Barber was also named to the NFL 2000s All-Decade Team and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Ring of Honor.
    • One of Barber’s most significant accomplishments was his role in the Buccaneers’ Super Bowl XXXVII victory in 2003. He recorded an interception and a sack in the game, helping the team defeat the Oakland Raiders 48-21. Barber’s performance in the Super Bowl cemented his legacy as one of the greatest players in Buccaneers history.
  • Dwight Freeney, Defensive End/Outside Linebacker – 2002-2012 Indianapolis Colts, 2013-14 San Diego Chargers, 2015 Arizona Cardinals, 2016 Atlanta Falcons, 2017 Seattle Seahawks, 2017 Detroit Lions
  • Devin Hester, Punt Returner/Kick Returner/Wide Receiver – 2006-2013 Chicago Bears, 2014-15 Atlanta Falcons, 2016 Baltimore Ravens
  • Torry Holt, Wide Receiver – 1999-2008 St. Louis Rams, 2009 Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Andre Johnson, Wide Receiver – 2003-2014 Houston Texans, 2015 Indianapolis Colts, 2016 Tennessee Titans
  • Albert Lewis, Cornerback – 1983-1993 Kansas City Chiefs, 1994-98 Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders
  • Darrelle Revis, Cornerback – 2007-2012 New York Jets, 2013 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2014 New England Patriots, 2015-16 New York Jets, 2017 Kansas City Chiefs
    • He was one of the best defensive players in the league during his prime and is widely regarded as one of the greatest cornerbacks of all time.
    • Revis continued to improve in his third year, recording six interceptions, 58 tackles, and one forced fumble. He was again named to the Pro Bowl and First-Team All-Pro, and was also voted as the AFC Defensive Player of the Month in December.
    • In 2010, Revis had what many consider to be his best season. He recorded zero interceptions but was still regarded as one of the best defensive players in the league due to his lockdown coverage skills. He was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Year and was also named to the Pro Bowl and First-Team All-Pro.
  • Joe Thomas, Offensive Tackle – 2007-2017 Cleveland Browns
    • Joe Thomas’s consistency and excellence on the field earned him a number of NFL records and accolades. He was named to the NFL 2010s All-Decade Team, and he holds the record for the most consecutive snaps played by an offensive lineman in NFL history, at 10,363 snaps. He also set the record for the most consecutive Pro Bowl selections by an offensive lineman, at ten.
    • In addition to his individual achievements, Joe Thomas is widely regarded as one of the best offensive linemen in NFL history. His combination of size, strength, technique, and intelligence made him nearly unbeatable on the field, and his leadership and work ethic made him a respected teammate and role model. After his retirement, Thomas was inducted into the Cleveland Browns Ring of Honor and the Wisconsin Athletics Hall of Fame.
  • Zach Thomas, Linebacker – 1996-2007 Miami Dolphins, 2008 Dallas Cowboys
    • Zach Thomas quickly made an impact with the Dolphins, starting all 16 games as a rookie in 1996. He finished the season with an impressive 154 tackles, which earned him the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award.
    • Over the next decade, Zach Thomas continued to be a dominant force on the Dolphins’ defense. He was selected to the Pro Bowl seven times and was named first-team All-Pro five times. He also helped lead the Dolphins to the playoffs five times during his career, including a trip to the AFC Championship Game in 2000.
  • DeMarcus Ware, Linebacker/Defensive End – 2005-2013 Dallas Cowboys, 2014-16 Denver Broncos
    • He spent the majority of his career with the Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos and was known for his explosive pass-rushing abilities, dominance on the field, and consistency in the league. 
    • Ware’s impressive college career caught the attention of NFL scouts, and he was selected by the Dallas Cowboys with the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft. In his rookie season, he played in all 16 games and recorded 58 tackles, eight sacks, and two forced fumbles. His performance earned him a spot on the NFL All-Rookie team.
    • Over the next nine seasons, Ware established himself as one of the premier pass rushers in the NFL. He played in seven Pro Bowls and was named to the All-Pro team four times. His most dominant season came in 2008 when he recorded a career-high 20 sacks and was named the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year.
  • Reggie Wayne, Wide Receiver – 2001-2014 Indianapolis Colts
  • Patrick Willis, Linebacker – 2007-2014 San Francisco 49ers
  • Darren Woodson, Safety – 1992-2003 Dallas Cowboys