Pro Football Hall of Fame clarifies confusing Steve Smith nomination

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The Pro Football Hall of Fame has announced its list of 108 modern-day nominees for the class of 2018. Fueled by a rare combination of size, speed and toughness, he was voted to eight Pro Bowls, was named NFL Rookie of the Year in 2000 and was selected NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2005.

From the initial list of Modern Era nominees, the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee will choose 25 semifinalists, who will be announced in late November.

Driver, the franchise's all-time leading receiver with 10,137 yards, is one of 11 first-time nominees. The Baltimore Ravens initially signed him as a free agent that April, but waived him less than two months later. He was the team's starting center by 2000, and the rest, as they say, is history. Boselli was a semi-finalist past year, Smith is eligible as a former Pro Bowl player and Taylor was nominated for the first time.

He made the Pro Bowl and was named a first-team All-Pro during his first season for his return prowess, scoring two kick return touchdowns and taking one punt to the house.

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The lesser-known Smith was selected by the Giants in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft. That was Holmgren's final season in Green Bay. In 14 National Football League seasons, Bennett collected 71.5 sacks, seven interceptions, 31 forced fumbles, 27 fumble recoveries and three defensive touchdowns - one each via blocked field goal return, fumble return and interception return.

For a healthy part of Hutchinson's career with the Seattle Seahawks and Minnesota Vikings, he was arguably the game's best guard (though, a strong case could be made for Alan Faneca, too).

And what else but mistaken identity explains Smith's presence on the list of 108 nominees for induction into next year's class, alongside players like Randy Moss, Brian Urlacher and Richard Seymour?

The full list will be reduced to 18 finalists by Super Bowl week and presented to the full 48-member Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee on selection Saturday.

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The Selection Committee will meet on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 in Minneapolis, elect the Class of 2018.

Of the 11 players ahead of James on the rushing charts, 10 have bronze busts in Canton, Ohio. Jacoby has the resume: Three Super Bowl rings, four Pro Bowl selections and member of the NFL's all-decade team of the 1980s.

This is probably one of the many reasons Steve Smith Sr. started putting Smith Sr. on the back of his jersey.

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