Hall of Fame: Jones-Drew a modern-era nominee

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Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew runs for yardage against the Arizona Cardinals during the first half of an NFL football game in Jacksonville, Fla., Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013.(AP Photo/Stephen Morton)

JACKSONVILLE – Maurice Jones-Drew is on the Hall of Fame list.

So are Tony Boselli, Fred Taylor and Jimmy Smith.

Jones-Drew, a running back for the Jaguars from 2006-2013 and one of the top players in the franchise's 25-year history, has been named a modern-era nominee for the 2020 Pro Football Hall of Fame class. It's the first year of Hall eligibility for Jones-Drew, who retired from the NFL following a 2014 season he spent with Oakland.

Jones-Drew rushed for 8,167 yards and 68 touchdowns in nine NFL seasons, and was a three-time Pro Bowl selection following the 2009-2011 seasons. He was a first-team All-Pro selection in 2010-2011.

Boselli, who played for the Jaguars from 1995-2001, was a Pro Bowl selection following the 1996-2000 seasons. He has been a Hall finalist the last three years and a semifinalist the last four.

Taylor, who played for the Jaguars from 1998-2008 and for New England from 2009-2010, rushed for 11,695 yards and 66 touchdowns in 13 NFL seasons. He was a Pro Bowl selection following the 2007 season.

Smith, who played for the Jaguars from 1995-2005 and for Dallas from 1992-1993, caught 862 passes for 12,287 yards and 67 touchdowns in 13 NFL seasons. He was a Pro Bowl selection following the 1997-2001 seasons.

Wide receiver Torry Holt, who played for the Jaguars in 2009 and for the St. Louis Rams from 1999-2008, also is a modern-era nominee. He caught 920 passes for 13,382 yards and 74 touchdowns in 11 NFL seasons.

According to the Hall, the modern-era players list will be reduced to 25 semifinalists in November and to 15 finalists in early January 2020. The finalists will then be presented to the full 48-member Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee during its annual meeting on "Selection Saturday," the day before Super Bowl LIV.

The Hall this year will include five modern-era players in addition to 10 seniors (a player who has been retired for more than 25 seasons), three contributors (an individual other than a player or coach) and two coaches.

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