HOF's seniors panel picks '12 finalists

Updated: August 24, 2011, 6:18 PM ET
Associated Press

CANTON, Ohio -- Defensive back Jack Butler and offensive lineman Dick Stanfel, members of the NFL's All-Decade Team for the 1950s, have been named by the Pro Football Hall of Fame's seniors committee as finalists for election into with the Class of 2012.

Butler and Stanfel will join 15 modern-era candidates on the list of finalists from which the class will be selected. The selection meeting will be held on Feb. 4, the day before the Super Bowl in Indianapolis.

To be elected, they must each receive the same 80-percent voting support that is required of all finalists. The Hall's selection committee can elect a maximum of two senior candidates and five modern-era candidates for a class no smaller than four or larger than seven.

Butler, a cornerback out of St. Bonaventure, played nine seasons with the Steelers from 1951-59. Stanfel, a guard from San Francisco, was named to five Pro Bowls.


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