A one-time expansion of the Pro Football Hall of Fame class to celebrate the NFL's 100th anniversary was thought to give Patriots owner Robert Kraft a good shot at being enshrined in Canton in the summer of 2020.
The Hall of Fame announced its finalists for the "Centennial Slate" of candidates this week and while Kraft didn't make it, a former Patriots executive did.
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Frank "Bucko" Kilroy, who served for 36 years (1971-2007) as Patriots player personnel director, general manager and vice president and drafted such Pats greats as John Hannah, Steve Grogan, Russ Francis and Mike Haynes, is among the finalists.
Kraft could face discipline from the NFL after his solicitation of prostitution case is resolved in Florida.
Fifteen of the "Centennial Slate" Finalists - 10 Senior nominees, three contributors and two coaches - will be part of the expanded class that will also include the usual five "Modern Era" players. Last year, former Patriots cornerback Ty Law was inducted and former Pats defensive lineman Richard Seymour was a Modern Era finalist, but did not get in.
Seymour is again among the semifinalists for induction in 2020 and is expected to be among the 15 finalists announced on Jan. 2.