Seven former 49ers were announced Thursday among the 102 modern-era nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2019.
The list includes Jeff Garcia, who joins four other quarterbacks – Randall Cunningham, Dave Krieg, Donovan McNabb and Steve McNair – to be nominated. Garcia, currently an analyst on NBC Sports Bay Area, was a four-time Pro Bowl selection in his 11-year NFL career. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in three consecutive seasons with the 49ers (2000-2002). Garcia is the last 49ers quarterback to earn a trip to the Pro Bowl.
The other former 49ers to be nominated for the Hall of Fame are running back Ricky Watters, wide receiver Isaac Bruce, tight end Brent Jones, defensive lineman Bryant Young, linebacker Takeo Spikes and safety Tim McDonald.
San Francisco general manager John Lynch, a nine-time Pro Bowl player with Tampa Bay and Denver in his 15-year career, returns as a nominee. He has advanced as a finalists in the top 15 for the past five years.
There are four first-year eligible players among the nominees: tight end Tony Gonzalez, linebacker London Fletcher, cornerback Champ Bailey and safety Ed Reed.
Former 49ers running back Roger Craig, who is more than 25 years removed from his NFL career, is no longer eligible as a modern-era finalist.
The list of modern-era nominees will be reduced to 25 semifinalists in November. In January, the list will be narrowed to 15 finalists.
The 48-member selection committee will consider 18 finalists to be among the four to eight individuals elected into the Hall of Fame during a meeting on the day before Super Bowl 53 in Atlanta. The 15 modern-era finalists will be joined by the senior finalist, Johnny Robinson, and the contributor finalists, Pat Bowlen and Gil Brandt.
Modern Era Nominees
*Finalist in 2018; (Players and coaches must have last played or coached at least five full seasons to be eligible for nomination. Therefore, any individual who last played or coached in 2013 are eligible for the first time in 2019).
QUARTERBACKS (5) — Randall Cunningham, Dave Krieg, Jeff Garcia, Donovan McNabb, Steve McNair
RUNNING BACKS (14) — Shaun Alexander, Tiki Barber, Earnest Byner, Larry Centers, Corey Dillon, Eddie George, *Edgerrin James, Darryl Johnston, Eric Metcalf (WR/KR/PR), Clinton Portis, Fred Taylor, Herschel Walker (also KR), Chris Warren, Ricky Watters
WIDE RECEIVERS (9) — *Isaac Bruce, Gary Clark, Henry Ellard (also PR), Torry Holt, Chad Johnson, Derrick Mason, Sterling Sharpe, Rod Smith, Hines Ward
TIGHT ENDS (4) — Mark Bavaro, Tony Gonzalez, Brent Jones, Jay Novacek
OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (15) — Willie Anderson (T), *Tony Boselli (T), Lomas Brown (T), Ray Donaldson (C), *Alan Faneca (G), Chris Hinton (G/T), Kent Hull (C), *Steve Hutchinson (G), Mike Kenn (T), Olin Kreutz (C), *Kevin Mawae (C/G), Tom Nalen (C), Chris Samuels (T), Richmond Webb (T), Steve Wisniewski (G)
DEFENSIVE LINEMEN (7) — La’Roi Glover (DT/NT), Russell Maryland (DT), Leslie O’Neal (DE), Simeon Rice (DE), Richard Seymour (DT), Neil Smith (DE), Bryant Young (DT)
LINEBACKERS (14) — Carl Banks, Cornelius Bennett, Tedy Bruschi, London Fletcher, Seth Joyner, Wilber Marshall, Clay Matthews, Willie McGinest (also DE), Karl Mecklenburg, Sam Mills, Chris Spielman, Takeo Spikes, Darryl Talley, Zach Thomas
DEFENSIVE BACKS (18) — Eric Allen (CB), Steve Atwater (S), Champ Bailey (CB), Ronde Barber (CB/S), Bill Bates (S), LeRoy Butler (S), Nick Collins (S), Thomas Everett (S), Rodney Harrison (S), *Ty Law (CB), Albert Lewis (CB), *John Lynch (S), Tim McDonald (S), Ed Reed (FS), Dennis Smith (S), Troy Vincent (CB), Adrian Wilson (S), Darren Woodson (S)
PUNTERS/KICKER (3) — Jason Elam (K), Jeff Feagles (P), Sean Landeta (P)
SPECIAL TEAMS (2) — Brian Mitchell (KR/PR also RB), Steve Tasker (ST also WR)
COACHES (11) — Don Coryell, Bill Cowher, Tom Flores, Jim Hanifan, Mike Holmgren, Jimmy Johnson, Richie Petitbon, Dan Reeves, Marty Schottenheimer, Clark Shaughnessy, Dick Vermeil