The NFL has announced the 2021 Pro Football Hall of Fame nominees, with Peyton Manning, Calvin Johnson, and Charles Woodson presumed to have the best chances of being inducted.
Manning is all but a lock to be inducted. The quarterback played 18 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos and is considered to be one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, revolutionizing the position and bringing to it a cerebral facet that changed the way quarterback is played.
Manning won one Super Bowl championship apiece in Indianapolis and Denver, was named the NFL league MVP five times, and put up record-setting numbers in just about every statistical category.
Wide receiver Calvin Johnson played only nine seasons, all with the lowly Detroit Lions, but was the most dominant wide receiver in the league for the majority of his career, catching 731 passes for 11,619 yards, and 83 touchdowns.
Defensive back Woodson was a nine-time Pro Bowler, four-time first-team and four-time second-team All-Pro. He was also named NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2009, was a two-time NFL interceptions leader, and won a Super Bowl with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The selection committee will meet on February 6, 2021, to make a decision on which players will make it into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2021.