The preliminary list of modern era candidates features 130 retired players, including 10 2020 finalists, Clay Matthews Jr. and Chris Spielman.

Record-setting quarterback Peyton Manning, longtime Pro Bowl defensive back Charles Woodson and electrifying receiver Calvin Johnson are among the modern-era nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2021.

The list of nominees is comprised of 130 players. Among the group announced Wednesday are 14 first-year eligible players, including Manning, Woodson and Johnson. Other first-year eligible players are running back Steven Jackson; wide receivers Wes Welker and Roddy White; tight end Heath Miller; offensive linemen D’Brickashaw Ferguson and Logan Mankins; defensive linemen Jared Allen, Justin Tuck and Kevin Williams; linebacker Jerod Mayo; and defensive back Charles Tillman.

Ten 2020 finalists return as candidates for the Class of 2021 — receivers Torry Holt and Reggie Wayne, offensive tackle Tony Boselli, guard Alan Faneca , defensive tackles Richard Seymour and Bryant Young, linebackers Sam Mills, and Zach Thomas, and safeties LeRoy Butler and John Lynch.

Also in the mix is former Massillon Tigers star Chris Spielman, who enjoyed a Pro Bowl career as a linebacker with Detroit and Buffalo before retiring prior to the start of the 1999 season with the Cleveland Browns.

Longtime Browns star linebacker Clay Matthews Jr. is a candidate once again. He was a semifinalist for the Class of 2020.

Other former Browns on the list include Michael Dean Perry, Josh Cribbs, Earnest Byner, Eric Metcalf, Lomas Brown, Willie McGinest, Jamal Lewis, Jake Delhomme and Jeff Garcia.

Also on the list is Cleveland native London Fletcher.

BREAKING: The Modern-Era nominees for the Class of 2021 have been unveiled. The list is comprised of 130 players. Among the group are 14 first-year eligible players.

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The roster of nominees consists of 65 offensive players, 49 defensive players and 16 special teams players. The list of modern-era nominees will be reduced to 25 semifinalists in November and, from there, to 15 finalists in January.

The Hall of Fame already has announced the finalists in its other three categories for the Class of 2021 — contributor Bill Nunn, senior Drew Pearson and coach Tom Flores. Those three men were each announced as finalists last month.

They will be joined by 15 modern-era finalists.

The meeting to elect the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2021 is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 6, in Tampa, where the Super Bowl is scheduled to be played the next day.

A maximum of five modern-era players will be chosen when the 48-member selection committee meets the Saturday before the Super Bowl in Tampa, Florida.

Enshrinement at the Hall in Canton will take place next August, when members of the 2020 class and a special centennial class also will enter the football shrine. The 2020 class could not be enshrined due to the coronavirus pandemic and will be honored next summer.

That class has players Steve Atwater, Isaac Bruce, Harold Carmichael, Jimbo Covert, Bobby Dillon, Cliff Harris, Winston Hill, Steve Hutchinson, Edgerrin James, Alex Karras, Troy Polamalu, Donnie Shell, Duke Slater, Mac Speedie and Ed Sprinkle; coaches Bill Cowher and Jimmy Johnson; and contributors Steve Sabol, Paul Tagliabue and George Young.


*Finalist in 2020. (Players and coaches must have last played or coached at least five full seasons to be eligible for nomination. Therefore, any individual who last played or coached in 2015 is eligible for the first time in 2021.)

QUARTERBACKS (8): Drew Bledsoe, Randall Cunningham, Jake Delhomme, Jeff Garcia, Dave Krieg, Peyton Manning, Donovan McNabb, Steve McNair

RUNNING BACKS (17): Shaun Alexander, Mike Alstott (FB), Tiki Barber, Earnest Byner, Larry Centers, Corey Dillon, Warrick Dunn, Eddie George, Priest Holmes, Steven Jackson, Jamal Lewis, Eric Metcalf (also WR/KR/PR), Glyn Milburn (also WR/KR/PR), Lorenzo Neal (FB), Fred Taylor, Herschel Walker (also KR), Ricky Watters

WIDE RECEIVERS (13): Donald Driver, Henry Ellard (also PR), *Torry Holt, Calvin Johnson, Chad Johnson, Derrick Mason, Muhsin Muhammad, Jimmy Smith, Rod Smith, Hines Ward, *Reggie Wayne, Wes Welker, Roddy White

TIGHT ENDS (7): Dallas Clark, Ben Coates, Keith Jackson, Brent Jones, Heath Miller, Jeremy Shockey, Wesley Walls

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (20): Willie Anderson (T), Matt Birk (C), *Tony Boselli (T), Lomas Brown (T), Ruben Brown (G), *Alan Faneca (G), D’Brickashaw Ferguson (T), Kevin Glover (C/G), Jordan Gross (T), Kent Hull (C), Olin Kreutz (C), Logan Mankins (G), Tom Nalen (C), Chris Samuels (T), Jeff Saturday (C), Chris Snee (G), Brian Waters (G), Richmond Webb (T), Erik Williams (T), Steve Wisniewski (G)

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN (15): John Abraham (DE also LB), Jared Allen (DE), Ray Childress (DT/DE), La’Roi Glover (DT/NT), Casey Hampton (DT/NT), Leslie O’Neal (DE), Michael Dean Perry (DT/DE), Simeon Rice (DE), *Richard Seymour (DT), Justin Smith (DE), Neil Smith (DE), Greg Townsend (DE/LB/DT/NT), Justin Tuck (DE), Kevin Williams (DT), *Bryant Young (DT)

LINEBACKERS (16): Cornelius Bennett, Lance Briggs, Tedy Bruschi, London Fletcher, Seth Joyner, Clay Matthews Jr., Jerod Mayo, Willie McGinest (also DE), *Sam Mills, Joey Porter, Chris Spielman, Takeo Spikes, Pat Swilling (also DE), Darryl Talley, *Zach Thomas, Patrick Willis

DEFENSIVE BACKS (18): Eric Allen (CB), Ronde Barber (CB/S), *LeRoy Butler (S), Nick Collins (S), Merton Hanks (S), Rodney Harrison (S), James Hasty (DB), Albert Lewis (CB), *John Lynch (S), Tim McDonald (S), Allen Rossum (DB), Asante Samuel (DB), Bob Sanders (S), Charles Tillman (CB), Troy Vincent (CB), Adrian Wilson (S), Charles Woodson (CB/S), Darren Woodson (S)

PUNTERS/KICKERS (12): David Akers (K), Gary Anderson (K), Jason Elam (K), Jeff Feagles (P), Jason Hanson (K), John Kasay (K), Sean Landeta (P), Ryan Longwell (K), Nick Lowery (K), Reggie Roby (P), Rohn Stark (P), Matt Turk (P)

SPECIAL TEAMS (4): Josh Cribbs (KR/PR also WR), Mel Gray (PR/KR also WR), Brian Mitchell (KR/PR also RB), Steve Tasker (ST also WR)