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Former Colts Tony Dungy, Marvin Harrison, and Edgerrin James Named Semifinalists for Hall of Fame

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The list of 26 Modern Era semifinalists for the Hall of Fame Class of 2015 has several Colts ties, as former Colts Tony Dungy, Marvin Harrison, and Edgerrin James all made the cut.

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The Pro Football Hall of Fame is the greatest individual recognition that an NFL player can attain, and in the Class of 2015 Modern Era semifinalists, there are plenty of Colts connections.  Former Colts head coach Tony Dungy, wide receiver Marvin Harrison, and running back Edgerrin James are among those who made the cutdown from 112 nominees to 26 semifinalists.  Later, the list will be narrowed down to 15 finalists before the class is announced.  Furthermore, former Colts general manager Bill Polian is one of two contributor finalists for the Hall of Fame.

Dungy was the Colts' head coach from 2002-2008 an 85-27 record (.759) while winning five division titles, an AFC Championship, and Super Bowl XLI.  Previously, he served as the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, building them from worst in the league to contender.  Harrison played with the Colts for his entire career, from 1996-2008, and ranks among the best all-time in terms of catches (1,102), receiving yards (14,580), and receiving touchdowns (128).  He was a model of consistency throughout his career.  James played for the Colts from 1999-2005 and he ranks eleventh on the all-time rushing list with 12,246 yards and nineteenth on the all-time list with 80 touchdowns.  He was a terrific receiving threat as well and in three different seasons with the Colts he totaled more than 2,000 total yards from scrimmage.  He is one of eight first-time eligible players to make the cut.  All three - Dungy, Harrison, and James - are members of the Colts Ring of Honor, and you can read more on their Hall of Fame qualifications in an earlier article I wrote.

I don't have much doubt that all three are deserving (as is Bill Polian), but when they would get in the Hall of Fame is the big question.  For Marvin Harrison, it will assuredly come this year after the selection committee botched it a year ago by keeping him out.  For Dungy, he will likely get in at some point, though I'd be prepared to wait a couple more years before we see him get in.  He too, like Harrison, was a finalist last year.  I think Edge's case will only get stronger as time goes on, and I think he'll probably have to wait a bit, but I do think he'll eventually get in.  And Polian will likely get in this year, as the contributor section does not count toward the number of Modern Era members put in.  He definitely deserves it and is considered by many to be the greatest football executive of all time.

Ultimately, it's good for these former Colts who did so much for the franchise to be recognized, even if it's just another step on the way toward what is hopefully a Hall of Fame selection.  There's still a long ways to go, but former Colts Tony Dungy, Marvin Harrison, and Edgerrin James are all among the 26 semifinalists for the Hall of Fame Class of 2015.