Pro Football Hall of Fame semifinalists feature five Patriots

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What started as 108 hopefuls has now been dwindled down to 27 semifinalists.

On Tuesday night, the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced the next round of contenders for its Class of 2018; and the list includes five former New England Patriots.

Cornerback Ty Law made it down to the top-15 in last year’s voting and hopes to make it all the way this year. Law played for New England from 1995-2004 and was inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame in 2014.

In both of their first years of eligibility, defensive lineman Richard Seymour and wide receiver Randy Moss have made the cut down to 27.

Seymour played for the Patriots from 2001-2008 and was named to the 2000s All-Decade team.

Moss seems to be a favorite this year to get a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He owns the single-season touchdown-reception record with 23 in 2007 and is ranked 15th all-time in catches with 982, third in receiving yards with 15,292 and second in touchdown catches with 156. He played for the Patriots from 2007-2010.

And even though they only spent a short time on the team, other former Patriots on the list include strong safety John Lynch and wide receiver Torry Holt.

In the coming weeks, 48 Hall of Fame selectors will cut the current list of 27 down to just 15. Of those remaining, five will lock their spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, when voting happens on Feb. 3.

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