Quarterbacks Dan Marino and Steve Young and wide receiver Michael Irvin are among nine first-time nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue and several former Washington Redskins also are among the 89 nominees on the preliminary ballot.
Among the former Redskins are wide receiver Art Monk, who was one of 15 finalists last season; tackle Joe Jacoby; guard Russ Grimm; quarterback Doug Williams; running back Gerald Riggs; cornerback Lemar Parrish; and wide receiver Henry Ellard. Monk, Jacoby and Grimm all played on the Redskins' Super Bowl-winning teams of the '80s and '90s while Williams was the most valuable player of Super Bowl XXII, tying a then-record with four touchdown passes. Parrish spent most of his career with the Cincinnati Bengals and Ellard with the Los Angeles Rams.
Marino, who holds the career records for yards passing, completions and touchdown passes, spent his entire 17-season career with the Miami Dolphins. Young, who began his career in the USFL, played first in the NFL for Tampa Bay, then starred with San Francisco, setting the record for touchdown passes in a Super Bowl with six in the 1995 game.
Irvin starred for the Dallas teams that won three Super Bowls in four seasons in the 1990s.
Other first-time nominees include Dan Reeves, who in 23 years as a head coach led Denver to three Super Bowls and Atlanta to another; guard Nate Newton, who played with Irvin on the Dallas Super Bowl teams; defensive lineman Charles Haley, who was on Super Bowl winners with both San Francisco and Dallas; the late Derrick Thomas, who starred at linebacker for Kansas City; Kevin Greene, a pass-rushing star with several teams; and safety Steve Atwater, who starred for Denver in the 1980s and '90s.
The list of 89 will be narrowed first to 25 semifinalists and then to 13 finalists. The 13 finalists will be joined by Bennie Friedman and Fritz Pollard, who were chosen last summer as the nominees of the old-timers committee.
A maximum of six can be elected in final voting on Feb. 5. Inductions are next summer.
-- From News Services