Jacoby named semifinalist for Hall of Fame

Former Washington Redskins tackle Joe Jacoby is a semi-finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Joe Jacoby missed the cut for the Pro Football of Fame's list of 15 finalists for the 2013 class. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Joe Jacoby missed the cut for the Pro Football of Fame’s list of 15 finalists for the 2013 class. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Jacoby made the cut when the initial list of 126 nominees was trimmed to 25 modern-era semifinalists announced late Wednesday. Jacoby played for the Redskins between 1981 and ’93 and was part of the famed “Hogs” offensive lines that were a foundation of those teams’ success. If elected, he would join guard Russ Grimm in representing the Hogs in the Hall of Fame.

The 25 semifinalists include Marvin Harrison, Tony Dungy, Walter Jones and Derrick Brooks, who made the cut in their first year of Hall of Fame eligibility. Jimmy Johnson and Steve Wisniewski are first-time semi-finalists who previously had been eligible for consideration.

The other semifinalists announced Wednesday are Morten Andersen, Steve Atwater, Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown, Don Coryell, Roger Craig, Terrell Davis, Edward DeBartolo Jr., Kevin Greene, Charles Haley, John Lynch, Karl Mecklenburg, Andre Reed, Will Shields, Michael Strahan, Paul Tagliabue, Aeneas Williams and George Young.

The list of modern-era semifinalists is to be cut to 15 finalists Jan. 8. They’ll be joined by seniors committee nominees Ray Guy and Claude Humphrey. The media members who serve as Hall of Fame voters will elect four to seven candidates during a meeting scheduled for Feb. 1, the day before the Super Bowl, in New York.

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