Reed, Tasker among HOF semifinalists

The Pro Hall of Fame released its list of 25 semifinalists for the class of 2010.

The only players with strong AFC East ties are both Buffalo Bills: receiver Andre Reed and special-teamer Steve Tasker.

Reed has the best chance to make it eventually, but it won't happen this year. Between four and seven new members are enshrined each year, and Reed must stand in line behind that's getting longer, especially at his position.

First-year candidates include all-time touchdown leader Jerry Rice, NFL rushing king Emmitt Smith, receiver Tim Brown and safety Aeneas Williams. Players who have been on the cusp in the past include receiver Cris Carter, who played one season for the Miami Dolphins, and pass-catching tight end Shannon Sharpe.

Carter and Reed both finished in the Board of Electors' top 10, but didn't make the cut. Reed wasn't in the top 10.

The list of 25 will be pared down to 15 modern-era candidates -- plus Seniors Committee nominees Dick LeBeau and Floyd Little -- and announced Jan. 7.

The class of 2010 will be revealed the day before Super Bowl XLIV.