Three former 49ers on list of first-year nominees for Hall of Fame

The SportsXchange

Former San Francisco 49ers players Larry Allen, Ted Washington and Bryant Young were among the 13 first-year modern-era candidates nominated for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2013.

Allen, a guard, and defensive linemen Bryant and Washington join six other former 49ers players - running back Roger Craig, linebacker Kevin Greene, defensive end Charles Haley, running back Ricky Watters, defensive end Charles Mann and defensive lineman Fred Smerlas - as well as Eddie DeBartolo Jr. on the full list of 127 nominees -- which includes 89 players, 14 coaches and 24 contributors.

The list will be narrowed to 25 candidates who are named semifinalists in November. That list is reduced to 15 modern-era finalists announced in the month leading up to the Super Bowl in New Orleans, where the Class of 2013 is announced in a live press conference on Feb. 2, 2013.
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