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Sunday, January 9, 2011
HOF finalists named

By Bill Williamson

The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced 17 finalists for election in 2011. The vote will be held in February.

Just three players with AFC West ties are on the list, while four people with AFC West ties were eliminated.

Here are the finalists who spent to a big portion of their careers in the AFC West:

Tim Brown, wide receiver: Raiders, 1988-2003

Willie Roaf, tackle: Chiefs, 2002-05

Shannon Sharpe, tight end: 1990-99, 2002-03 Broncos

Oakland punter Ray Guy, Oakland cornerback Lester Hayes, former San Diego coach Don Coryell and Denver running back Terrell Davis did not make the cut from the semifinalist list of 26.

I wouldn’t be surprised if any of the three AFC West players get enshrined, with perhaps Sharpe having the best chance in his third year of eligibility. The candidacy of the four AFC West men who were eliminated took a big hit. All four will have difficulty getting elected.