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Identity thief Pro Football Hall of Fame nominates 'wrong' Steve Smith

Moss and linebacker Brian Urlacher are potential first-year inductees, but not a sure thing.

Well, that's what happened when readers took a look at the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2018 nominee list, which was released Tuesday.

That group includes some of the biggest stars of the Titans era (1999-present) as well as some who played only briefly in Tennessee.

That list of 108 will be cut down to 25 semifinalists in November and then down to 15 finalists in January.

He'll have stiff competition, but I know he's worth it! That Steve Smith only retired after the 2016 season, and isn't eligible for the Hall of Fame until at least five years after his career ended.

Two years later, Smith hauled in 88 receptions for 1,110 yards and seven scores, and in 2005, he led the National Football League in receptions (103), receiving yards (1,563) and receiving touchdowns (12).

Butler, Sharpe, Driver and Holmgren are all members of the Packers Hall of Fame.

-Frank Cooney, founder and publisher of The Sports Xchange and NFLDraftScout.com, is in his sixth decade covering football and third decade as a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

However, that doesn't make it any less fun to compare Smith's career stats with those of fellow first-year nominees Driver and Moss. In his career, James was named to four Pro Bowls and rushed for 12,246 yards, which ranks 11th on the all-time list.

In addition to the nominees listed above, Jerry Kramer has already been nominated as a senior selection to the Hall, but in order for him to be inducted, he still needs 80 percent of the ballots to be included. He started 188 of 197 games in Indy, was named to six Pro Bowls and was part of the Super Bowl XLI championship squad. The Class of 2018 will be determined February 3 in Minneapolis, the day before Super Bowl LII.

According to the Hall of Fame, "a$3 ny fan may nominate any qualified person who has been connected with pro football in any capacity simply by writing to the Pro Football Hall of Fame".

Donaldson also had successful stops in Seattle (1993 and 1994) and Dallas (1995 and 1996) after his days in Indianapolis were over, earning Pro Bowl selections with the Cowboys both seasons. The class - between four and eight members - will then be announced at the NFL Honors event that evening.

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