The voting for the Pro Football Hall of Fame is taking place this morning, with an announcement expected at 2 p.m. Pacific Time.
This year’s list of 15 finalists include two shoo-ins, with receiver Jerry Rice and running back Emmitt Smith likely making the final five.
The rest of the list includes receivers Tim Brown and Cris Carter, coach Don Coryell, running back Roger Craig, center Dermontti Dawson, defensive end Richard Dent, offensive lineman Russ Grimm, linebacker Charles Haley, linebacker Rickey Jackson, defensive tackle John Randle, receiver Andre Reed, tight end Shannon Sharpe and former Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy.
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Kennedy made the final 15 for the second straight season, and is in Miami as a guest of the New Orleans Saints, where he served as a scout for a short time after his playing career was over.
The two nominees of the Seniors Committee, Dick LeBeau and Floyd Little, also will be voted on today. Nominees need 80 percent of the vote from the 44-member panel to get in.
Former TNT writer, ESPN’s Mike Sando will represent Kennedy today.
Will Lewis continues his ascension up the ranks of the Seahawks management chain. The Seahawks promoted Lewis to vice president/football operations. Lewis had previously held the title of pro personnel director.
Pro scout Tag Ribary was promoted to director of pro personnel, and the team hired Trent Kirchner, a pro scout for the Carolina Panthers who served as a communications intern for the Seahawks in 2000, as assistant director of pro personnel. Mike Holmgren talked with KJR’s Mitch Levy about his transition to his new job as head of football operations of the Cleveland Browns and why it didn’t work out in Seattle in this audio link.
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll talked to KJR’s Mike Gastineau about the work he’s put in the first month on the job and the future of Walter Jones in this audio link.
Seahawks offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates joined KJR’s Dick Fain to talk about the change offensively in this audio link.
Seahawks running backs coach Sherman Smith talks to KJR’s Ian Furness about his return to the organization in this audio link.