Tue, 26 Jan 2021

Sam Mills named 2021 semifinalist for Pro Football Hall of Fame

Carolina Panthers
26 Nov 2020, 20:44 GMT+10

Darin Gantt

CHARLOTTE - Legendary Panthers linebacker Sam Mills was a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame for the first time last year, and has taken another step toward returning to that discussion Tuesday.

Mills was one of the 25 semifinalists named for the Class of 2021 after preliminary voting by the Hall's selection committee.

Making the final 15 was a significant step for Mills last year, in his 17th year of eligibility.

He was recognized for his leadership of a dominant defense in New Orleans, along with his work building the foundation of the Panthers franchise in its first three years. He also excelled in the USFL, earning his shot and eventually establishing himself as one of his generation's top inside linebackers.

The list of 25 will be reduced to 15 in the coming weeks, and will be discussed and voted on the week before Super Bowl LV in Tampa, Fla.

The semifinalists also include some high-profile first-year eligibles, including Peyton Manning, Charles Woodson, Calvin Johnson, and Jared Allen (who finished his career with the Panthers in 2015).

The full list of 25 semifinalists is as follows:

Eric Allen, CB - 1988-1994 Philadelphia Eagles, 1995-97 New Orleans Saints, 1998-2001 Oakland Raiders | (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 - 2021) Jared Allen, DE - 2004-07 Kansas City Chiefs, 2008-2013 Minnesota Vikings, 2014-15 Chicago Bears, 2015 Carolina Panthers | (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 - 2021) Willie Anderson, T - 1996-2007 Cincinnati Bengals, 2008 Baltimore Ravens | (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 - 2021) Ronde Barber, CB/S - 1997-2012 Tampa Bay Buccaneers | (Times as a Semifinalist: 4 - 2018-2021) Cornelius Bennett, LB - 1987-1995 Buffalo Bills, 1996-98 Atlanta Falcons, 1999-2000 Indianapolis Colts | (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 - 2021) Tony Boselli, T - 1995-2001 Jacksonville Jaguars, 2002 Houston Texans (injured reserve) | (Times as a Semifinalist: 6 - 2016-2021) LeRoy Butler, S - 1990-2001 Green Bay Packers | (Times as a Semifinalist: 4 - 2018-2021) Alan Faneca, G - 1998-2007 Pittsburgh Steelers, 2008-09 New York Jets, 2010 Arizona Cardinals | (Times as a Semifinalist: 6 - 2016-2021) Rodney Harrison, S - 1994-2002 San Diego Chargers, 2003-08 New England Patriots | (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 - 2021) Torry Holt, WR - 1999-2008 St. Louis Rams, 2009 Jacksonville Jaguars | (Times as a Semifinalist: 7 - 2015-2021) Calvin Johnson, WR - 2007-2015 Detroit Lions | (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 - 2021) John Lynch, FS - 1993-2003 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2004-07 Denver Broncos | (Times as a Semifinalist: 9 - 2013-2021) Peyton Manning, QB - 1998-2011 Indianapolis Colts (injured reserved 2011), 2012-15 Denver Broncos | (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 - 2021) Clay Matthews, LB - 1978-1993 Cleveland Browns, 1994-96 Atlanta Falcons | (Times as a Semifinalist: 5 - 2012, 2017, 2019-2021) Sam Mills, LB - 1986-1994 New Orleans Saints, 1995-97 Carolina Panthers | (Times as a Semifinalist: 4 - 2016, 2019-2021) Richard Seymour, DE/DT - 2001-08 New England Patriots, 2009-2012 Oakland Raiders | (Times as a Semifinalist: 4 - 2018-2021) Steve Tasker, ST/WR - 1985-86 Houston Oilers, 1986-1997 Buffalo Bills | (Times as a Semifinalist: 8 - 2004, 2008-2010, 2012-13, 2020-21) Fred Taylor, RB - 1998-2008 Jacksonville Jaguars, 2009-2010 New England Patriots | (Times as a Semifinalist: 2 - 2020-21) Zach Thomas, LB - 1996-2007 Miami Dolphins, 2008 Dallas Cowboys | (Times as a Semifinalist: 3 - 2019-2021) Hines Ward, WR - 1998-2011 Pittsburgh Steelers | (Times as a Semifinalist: 5 - 2017-2021) Reggie Wayne, WR - 2001-2014 Indianapolis Colts | (Times as a Semifinalist: 2 - 2020-21) Patrick Willis, LB - 2007-2014 San Francisco 49ers | (Times as a Semifinalist: 2 - 2020-21) Charles Woodson, CB/S - 1998-2005, 2013-15 Oakland Raiders, 2006-2012 Green Bay Packers | (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 - 2021) Darren Woodson, S - 1992-2003 Dallas Cowboys | (Times as a Semifinalist: 5 - 2015, 2017, 2019-2021) Bryant Young, DT - 1994-2007 San Francisco 49ers | (Times as a Semifinalist: 2 - 2020-21)

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