INDIANAPOLIS — Former Colts Peyton Manning, Reggie Wayne and Cornelius Bennett. Three NFL greats who were named Tuesday as Pro Football Hall of Fame semifinalists.
There are 25 players now in the running for the Hall of Fame in 2021. In January, the number will be reduced to 18. Enshrinement comes next August in Canton, Ohio.
Peyton Manning is in his first year of eligibility and there is no doubt he will get the call to Canton in 2021.
Manning was the number one overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft, out of Tennessee. After playing for Indianapolis and Denver, Manning retired following the 2015 season. His accomplishments include:
- 2007 Super Bowl championship with Colts.
- Five time Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player
- #3 all-time NFL touchdown passes: 539
- #3 all-time NFL passing yards: 71,940
Reggie Wayne spent his entire 14-year career with the Colts, playing 211 games with Indianapolis and ranks high in a number of categories:
- #10 all-time NFL reception yards: 14,345
- #25 all-time NFL reception touchdowns: 82
- #10 all-time NFL receptions: 1,070
- Six-time Pro Bowl selection
Cornelius Bennett played his final two seasons in Indianapolis. Bennett's resume includes:
- Five-time Pro Bowl selection
- Two-time AFC Defensive Player of the Year