The initial nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2024 were released on Tuesday morning. Several players with Lions ties are amongst the 173 names, including some who are eligible for the first time.
Haloti Ngata and T.J. Lang are part of the group of first-year nominees who spent some time in Detroit. Ngata played defensive tackle in Detroit from 2015-2017, while Lang — a Detroit-area native — finished his offensive guard career in 2017-2018 with the Lions.
Returning nominees who have playing roots in Detroit include:
OT Lomas Brown
WR Herman Moore
CB Dre Bly, the Lions current DBs coach as well
WR Anquan Boldin
K Jason Hanson
QB Jeff Garcia
DE Dwight Freeney
Coach Buddy Parker is one of the Senior Finalists as well, which was previously announced.
The selection committee whittles the list down to 25 semifinalists in November.