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Hall of Fame: Boselli among semifinalists


JACKSONVILLE – Tony Boselli moved a step closer to the Hall of Fame Tuesday night.

Boselli, perennial Pro Bowl left tackle for the Jaguars in the 1990s and the team's cornerstone selection in its first NFL Draft, on Tuesday was among 27 semifinalists named for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2018.

It marked the third consecutive year Boselli has been a Hall semifinalist. He was a finalist last year for the first time. Boselli, the No. 2 overall selection by the Jaguars in the 1995 NFL Draft, played with the Jaguars from 1995-2001. He made the Pro Bowl each season from 1996-2000 and was named to the NFL's All-Decade team of the 1990s.

Two other longtime Jaguars players, running back Fred Taylor (1998-2007) and wide receiver Jimmy Smith (1995-2005) were on the list of nominees for the 2018 class but did not make the semifinalist list.

Wide receiver Torry Holt, who played for the St. Louis Rams from 1999-2008 before finishing his career with the Jaguars in 2009, also was named a Hall semifinalist.

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