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Longtime Dolphins star Jason Taylor headlines Hall of Fame finalists

Taylor among first-year eligible candidates to be named finalist

Jason Taylor is carried off the field after his final game against the New York Jets at Sun Life Stadium on Jan. 1, 2012. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Jason Taylor is carried off the field after his final game against the New York Jets at Sun Life Stadium on Jan. 1, 2012. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – First-year eligible candidates LaDainian Tomlinson, Jason Taylor and Brian Dawkins are among 15 modern-era finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Also making the finals are Morten Andersen, Tony Boselli, Isaac Bruce, Don Coryell, Terrell Davis, Alan Faneca, Joe Jacoby, Ty Law, John Lynch, Kevin Mawae, Terrell Owens and Kurt Warner.

Previously selected as a finalist by the veterans committee is former Seattle safety Kenny Easley.

In the contributors' category, the nominees are former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

Taylor spent his first 11 seasons with the Miami Dolphins. He was a six-time Pro Bowl selection and was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2006.

After a season with the Washington Redskins, Taylor returned to the Dolphins in 2009. He spent the 2010 season with the rival New York Jets, but he returned to Miami to play his final season in 2011.

The class of 2017 will be elected on Feb. 4, the day before the Super Bowl in Houston. Inductions will be Aug. 5 in Canton, Ohio.