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Former Dallas Cowboys Terrell Owens, Everson Walls Among 15 Hall of Fame Finalists

Former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens and cornerback Everson Walls are among the 15 modern-era finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2018.

Owens, a three-time finalist, played three seasons for the Cowboys, along with stints with the San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals.

Walls made the final round for the first time in his 20th year of eligibility. He played nine seasons for the Cowboys from 1981-89 and was a four-time Pro Bowl selection.

They join linebackers Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher, receivers Randy Moss and Isaac Bruce, running back Edgerrin James, safeties John Lynch and Brian Dawkins, cornerback Ty Law, guards Steve Hutchinson and Alan Faneca, center Kevin Mawae and tackles Joe Jacoby and Tony Boselli for consideration.

The seniors committee has nominated guard Jerry Kramer and linebacker Robert Brazile. The contributor's nominee is Bobby Beathard, a former general manager and administrator for five franchises. The finalists were announced Tuesday.

Voting by the Hall of Fame selectors will be Feb. 3 in Minneapolis. Inductions will be in August at the Canton, Ohio, shrine.

The modern-era finalists were determined by a vote of the selection committee from a list of 108 nominees that was earlier reduced to 27 semifinalists during a year-long process.

Kramer was a mainstay of the great Green Bay offensive lines from 1948-68 and is famous for his block that led Bart Starr into the end zone for the winning touchdown in the Ice Bowl 50 years ago. Brazile was an outstanding linebacker with the Houston Oilers from 1975-84.

Beathard helped build championship winners and contenders in Kansas City, Atlanta, Miami, Washington and San Diego from 1966-1999.

This is the second year as a finalist for Bruce, Boselli, Dawkins, James, Law and Mawae.

In addition to Owens in their third try are Faneca and Jacoby. Lynch is in his fifth year as a finalist. Jacoby, like Walls, is also in his 20th year.

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