February 26, 2024

Hall of Fame: Andre Johnson, Julius Peppers, Dwight Freeney headline Class of 2024

The Pro Football Hall of Fame introduced the Class of 2024 on Thursday evening throughout NFL Honors.

The latest members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame are defensive finish/exterior linebacker Dwight Freeney, linebacker Randy Gradishar, kick returner/punt returner/large receiver Devin Hester, large receiver Andre Johnson, defensive deal with/nostril deal with Steve McMichael, defensive finish/linebacker Julius Peppers and linebacker Patrick Willis.

Six of the seven inductees beforehand had been knowledgeable of their election when a Hall of Famer knocked on their door. McMichael and his spouse, Misty, obtained the information in a cellphone name from his former Bears teammate Richard Dent.

The Hall’s 50-person choice committee met nearly in January to conduct the annual vote.

McMichael and Gradishar had been elected as seniors candidates. The different senior candidate, Art Powell, and the coach/contributor candidate, Buddy Parker, didn’t obtain the 80 p.c approval needed for election.

Peppers was the one modern-era candidate chosen in his first 12 months of eligibility, with tight finish Antonio Gates not making it in his first 12 months.

Defensive finish Jared Allen, offensive deal with Willie Anderson, offensive guard Jahri Evans, security Rodney Harrison, receiver Torry Holt, working again Fred Taylor, receiver Reggie Wayne and security Darren Woodson had been the opposite finalists who didn’t it.

The Hall of Fame’s membership, together with the newly elected class, now stands at 378.

The seven members of the Class of 2024 can be enshrined Saturday, Aug. 3, at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton. Enshrinement tickets will go on sale within the coming weeks.