Former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher was named a Pro Football Hall of Fame nominee late Tuesday.
Four of Buffalo's six nominees played for the Bills in the early 1990s, an era in which the team appeared in the Super Bowl in four consecutive years.
While the Giants' Steve Smith will not be inducted into the Hall of Fame, the other Smith has a good chance of making it ... when he is eligible several years down the road.
Everyone makes mistakes, but how could one confuse USC product Steve Smith, who played six seasons in the National Football League, with "Mr".
And what else but mistaken identity explains Smith's presence on the list of 108 nominees for induction into next year's class, alongside players like Randy Moss, Brian Urlacher and Richard Seymour? The list will be reduced to 25 semifinalists in November and 15 finalists in January.
Hutchinson, Moss, Lewis and Urlacher are virtual locks to be semifinalists, as are returning nominees Terrell Owens and Ty Law (Michigan). He retired with more than 12,000 rushing yards and 80 touchdowns, while amassing more than 3,300 receiving yards and 11 more scores. Download our Lions Xtra app for free on Apple and Android!
Owens, who prepped at Benjamin Russell in Alexander City, has reached finalist status in both of his previous years of eligibility without being selected to take the final step into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
He made the Pro Bowl and was named a first-team All-Pro during his first season for his return prowess, scoring two kick return touchdowns and taking one punt to the house.
Barber played his entire 16-year career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, collecting five Pro Bowl nods, three first-team all-pro selections and 2000s all-decade team recognition along the way.
No, the Steve Smith listed among this year's nominees is the former New York Giants receiver who, despite winning Super Bowl XLII and earning a Pro Bowl nod in 2009, is far from Hall of Fame pedigree. There is no set number for any class of enshrinees, though between four and eight new members will be selected. Lynch was also a nine-time Pro Bowler, and he's the only Hall-eligible player with at least nine Pro Bowls and a Super Bowl title who is not already enshrined in Canton.