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Former Patriots Vince Wilfork, Richard Seymour among semifinalists for Pro Football Hall of Fame

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Richard Seymour was inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame in October. © Mary Schwalm Richard Seymour was inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame in October.

The NFL released the names of the 26 modern-era semifinalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2022, and the list includes two former defensive linemen for the Patriots.

Defensive end Richard Seymour is a semifinalist for the fifth straight season. He has been a finalist for the last two years. The three-time Super Bowl champion played eight seasons in New England before spending the last four years of his career with the Raiders. He was inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame in October.

Joining him as a semifinalist is his former linemate, defensive tackle Vince Wilfork. In 11 seasons in New England, Wilfork appeared in four Super Bowls, winning two of them. He finished his career with the Hoston Texans before retiring after the 2016 season.

Retiring Vince Wilfork is honored by Patriots and Bill Belichick

The list will be reduced to 15 finalists before the final voting process begins for the Class of 2022.

Here are the other semifinalists:

Eric Allen, CB – 1988-1994 Philadelphia Eagles, 1995-97 New Orleans Saints, 1998-2001 Oakland Raiders | (Times as a semifinalist: 2 – 2021-22)

· Jared Allen, DE – 2004-07 Kansas City Chiefs, 2008-2013 Minnesota Vikings, 2014-15 Chicago Bears, 2015 Carolina Panthers | (Times as a semifinalist: 2 – 2021-22)

· Willie Anderson, T – 1996-2007 Cincinnati Bengals, 2008 Baltimore Ravens | (Times as a semifinalist: 2 – 2021-22)

· Ronde Barber, CB-S – 1997-2012 Tampa Bay Buccaneers | (Times as a semifinalist: 5 – 2018-2022)

· Anquan Boldin, WR – 2003-09 Arizona Cardinals, 2010-12 Baltimore Ravens, 2013-15 San Francisco 49ers, 2016 Detroit Lions | (Times as a semifinalist: 1 – 2022)

· Tony Boselli, T – 1995-2001 Jacksonville Jaguars, 2002 Houston Texans (injured reserve) | (Times as a semifinalist: 7 – 2016-2022)

· LeRoy Butler, S – 1990-2001 Green Bay Packers | (Times as a semifinalist: 5 – 2018-2022)

· Eddie George, RB – 1996-2003 Houston Oilers/Tennessee Oilers-Titans, 2004 Dallas Cowboys | (Times as a semifinalist: 1 – 2022)

· Devin Hester, PR-KR-WR – 2006-2013 Chicago Bears, 2014-15 Atlanta Falcons, 2016 Baltimore Ravens | (Times as a semifinalist: 1 – 2022)

· Torry Holt, WR – 1999-2008 St. Louis Rams, 2009 Jacksonville Jaguars | (Times as a semifinalist: 8 – 2015-2022)

· Andre Johnson, WR – 2003-2014 Houston Texans, 2015 Indianapolis Colts, 2016, Tennessee Titans | (Times as a semifinalist: 1 – 2022)

· Robert Mathis, DE-LB – 2003-2016 Indianapolis Colts | (Times as a semifinalist: 1 – 2022)

· Sam Mills, LB – 1986-1994 New Orleans Saints, 1995-97 Carolina Panthers | (Times as a semifinalist: 5 – 2016, 2019-2022)

· Steve Smith, WR – 2001-2013 Carolina Panthers, 2014-16 Baltimore Ravens | (Times as a semifinalist: 1 – 2022)

· Steve Tasker, ST-WR – 1985-86 Houston Oilers, 1986-1997 Buffalo Bills | (Times as a semifinalist: 9 – 2004, 2008-2010, 2012-13, 2020-22)

· Fred Taylor, RB – 1998-2008 Jacksonville Jaguars, 2009-2010 New England Patriots | (Times as a semifinalist: 3 – 2020-22)

· Zach Thomas, LB – 1996-2007 Miami Dolphins, 2008 Dallas Cowboys | (Times as a semifinalist: 4 – 2019-2022)

· Hines Ward, WR – 1998-2011 Pittsburgh Steelers | (Times as a Semifinalist: 6 – 2017-2022)

· DeMarcus Ware, LB-DE – 2005-2013 Dallas Cowboys, 2014-16 Denver Broncos | (Times as a semifinalist: 1 – 2022)

· Ricky Watters, RB – 1992-94 San Francisco 49ers, 1995-97 Philadelphia Eagles, 1998-2001 Seattle Seahawks | (Times as a semifinalist: 2 – 2020, 2022)

· Reggie Wayne, WR – 2001-2014 Indianapolis Colts | (Times as a semifinalist: 3 – 2020-22)

· Patrick Willis, LB – 2007-2014 San Francisco 49ers | (Times as a semifinalist: 3 – 2020-22)

· Darren Woodson, S – 1992-2003 Dallas Cowboys | (Times as a semifinalist: 6 – 2015, 2017, 2019-2022)

· Bryant Young, DT – 1994-2007 San Francisco 49ers | (Times as a semifinalist: 3 – 2020-22)

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