2012 HOF ballot has NFC South ties

September, 28, 2011
9/28/11
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The Pro Football Hall of Fame just announced its list of first-year-eligible candidates for the Class of 2012 and it includes two guys with NFC South ties.

Receiver Keyshawn Johnson, who played for Tampa Bay and Carolina, and running back Stephen Davis, who spent part of his career with Carolina, are among 11 players and coaches on the ballot for the first time.

There are 103 candidates for the Class of 2012 and that list will be narrowed to 25 in mid-November. In January, the list will be reduced to 15 finalists. The day before the Super Bowl will be the final vote and somewhere between four and seven candidates will be selected for induction.

My guess is that neither Davis nor Johnson will make it on the first ballot, but they may have a chance to get in down the road. Feel free to share your thoughts on their chances at the Hall of Fame in the comments section below.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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