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Favre heads list of Pro Football Hall of Fame nominees

AFP, LOS ANGELES

Former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre reacts after throwing a touchdown pass in Green Bay, Wisconsin, on Sept. 23, 2007.

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Former Green Bay Packers great Brett Favre heads the list of 15 modern-era finalists who are being considered for election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year.

Favre is one of three first-year eligible nominees, along with wide receiver Terrell Owens and guard Alan Faneca.

The selection committee is to meet in San Francisco on the eve of Super Bowl 50 next month to elect the Class of 2016.

No more than five modern-era finalists can be inducted in a given year.

This is the first year Favre is eligible, having retired five years ago with virtually every major NFL career passing record.

His marks for touchdown passes and passing yards have since been surpassed by Peyton Manning.

Last year, Favre was inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame and became the sixth player in Packers history to have his jersey number retired.

Named the NFL Most Valuable Player three straight times from 1995 to 1997, Favre started in five NFC championship games and led the Packers to a victory in Super Bowl 31 after the 1996 season.

Favre, 46, was a second-round pick of the Atlanta Falcons in the 1991 NFL Draft. A year later, Favre was traded to the Packers. He stayed in Green Bay until 2007 before playing one season with the New York Jets and two with the Minnesota Vikings before retiring.

Owens played for five teams in 16 NFL seasons, reaching the Super Bowl with the 2004 Philadelphia Eagles.

He ranks second in yards receiving with 15,934 and third in touchdown receptions with 153.

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