The finalists are in for the 2011 Pro Football Hall Of Fame Class, and one former Washington Redskins player is among the nominees.
Linebacker Chris Hanburger is one of the two senior finalists nominated, along with Les Richter of the Los Angeles Rams. There are a total of 17 finalists this year, and each must receive at least 80% of the vote to be confirmed. The other finalists are Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown, Cris Carter, Dermontti Dawson, Richard Dent, Chris Doleman, Marshall Faulk, Charles Haley, Cortez Kennedy, Curtis Martin, Andre Reed, Willie Roaf, Ed Sabol, Deion Sanders, and Shannon Sharpe.
Hanburger played his entire 14-year career with the Redskins after being selected in the 18th round of the 1965 NFL Draft. He was named to the Pro Bowl nine times and was voted the NFC Defensive Player of the Year in 1972, the same year that he helped lead the Redskins to the Super Bowl.
If confirmed, Hanburger would be the third former Redskin in two years to enter the Hall Of Fame. Darrell Green and Art Monk were elected together in 2009 and Russ Grimm joined them last year.