The NFL's all-time leading rusher appears to be a lock in his first year of eligibility.
Smith won three Super Bowls with the Cowboys. He rushed for 18,355 yards and 164 touchdowns. He also caught 515 passes and scored on 19 receptions. Smith was the league MVP in 1993.
In addition to Smith, former Cowboys defensive end and North Texan Charles Haley is a finalist. Haley won three Super Bowls with Cowboys and an NFL-record five Super Bowls in 13 seasons. He finished his career with 100.5 sacks
Dallas native and former Oakland Raiders wide receiver Tim Brown also is up for the honor. Brown played 16 seasons for the Raiders and one for Tampa Bay and was a superb kick returner, as well as a dangerous wideout. As a rookie in 1988, Brown led the NFL in kickoff returns, return yards and yards per return. When he retired, he stood fifth in total yards with 19,682.
Candidates must get 80 percent of the vote to make the Hall. The final announcement will be made on Feb. 6.