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Former Colts James, Hinton Miss Cut as 2017 Finalists for HOF

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On Tuesday night, the NFL announced the 15 modern-era finalists for the 2017 class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

On the ballot of 26 semifinalists were former Indianapolis Colts players, running back Edgerrin James (1999-2005) and offensive guard Chris Hinton (1983-1989). Both missed the cut as finalists.

For his 11-year career, James compiled 3,028 carries for 12,246 yards (4.0 avg) and 80 touchdowns to go along with 433 receptions for 3,364 yards (7.8 avg) and 11 touchdowns. His carries are seventh in NFL history, rushing yards are 12th, rushing touchdowns are 19th, total yards from scrimmage are 14th and total touchdowns are 29th. He was the 1999 Offensive Rookie of the Year, won two rushing titles, is a four-time Pro-Bowler, two-time First-Team All-Pro, two-time Second-Team All-Pro and is a member of the 2000's All-Decade Team.

Hinton is a seven-time Pro-Bowler and three-time All-Pro. He started 172 of 177 career games.

The 15 modern-era finalists are as follows:

First-year eligible players, safety Brian Dawkins, edge defender Jason Taylor and running back LaDainian Tomlinson. Also making the cut was quarterback Kurt Warner, running back Terrell Davis, wide receiver Isaac Bruce, wide receiver Terrell Owens, offensive tackle Tony Boselli, offensive guard Alan Faneca, offensive tackle Joe Jacoby, cornerback Ty Law, safety John Lynch, center Kevin Mawae, owner Jerry Jones and former commissioner Paul Tagliabue.

The PFHOF Selection Committee will vote on the enshrinees on the night before the 2017 Super Bowl, Saturday, February 4, and four to eight players will be announced during the "NFL Honors" show later that night. The class will actually be enshrined on Saturday, August 5.


Jake Arthur is the AFC South Newsdesk Manager, Assistant Director of NFL Content and a Featured Analyst for Pro Football Spot. He is also a member of the Professional Football Writers of America. Follow @JakeArthurPFS on Twitter as well as on FacebookGoogle+ and FanCred.

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