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Broncos bench Russell Wilson; Packers suspend Alexander for coin-flip snafu

Broncos bench Russell Wilson; Packers suspend Alexander for coin-flip snafu


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🏈 Good morning to everyone but especially …

THE PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME MODERN-ERA FINALISTS

Fifteen former NFL stars took their next step toward Canton. The Pro Football Hall of Fame revealed its modern-era finalists who will be under consideration for the Class of 2024. Their year of eligibility is in parentheses.

  • Eric Allen, CB (18th year)
  • Jared Allen, DE (4th year)
  • Willie Anderson, OT (11th year)
  • Jahri Evans, G (2nd year)
  • Dwight Freeney, LB (2nd year)
  • Antonio Gates, TE (1st year)
  • Rodney Harrison, S (11th year)
  • Devin Hester, PR/KR/WR (3rd year)
  • Torry Holt, WR (10th year)
  • Andre Johnson, WR (3rd year)
  • Julius Peppers, DE (1st year)
  • Fred Taylor, RB (9th year)
  • Reggie Wayne, WR (5th year)
  • Patrick Willis, LB (5th year)
  • Darren Woodson, S (16th year)

Listen, these guys were all awesome. So were the 10 semifinalists who missed the cut. Picking between these 15 players will give every voter a headache. I’m glad I don’t have to choose … although if Gates and Peppers aren’t Hall of Famers, I don’t know who is.

👍 Honorable mentions

😕 And not such a good morning for …

RUSSELL WILSON AND THE DENVER BRONCOS

The Broncos are benching Russell Wilson. They can call it a football decision, and a difficult one at that. Sean Payton can say that he hopes Jarrett Stidham provides a “spark,” that his team is “desperately trying to win” and somehow rescues the season.

In reality, it’s the end of the line for Wilson in Denver, a stunning fall from grace after a supposed match made in heaven under two…

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