Ray Lewis, Edgerrin James among finalists for Pro Football Hall of Fame

Former Hurricanes stars vying to become 2018 inductees


CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Former University of Miami stars Ray Lewis and Edgerrin James are among 18 finalists for the 2018 class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The NFL announced the 15 modern-era finalists Tuesday night.

Lewis was a three-year starter at linebacker for the Hurricanes from 1993-95. The two-time All-American led the Big East Conference in tackles as a sophomore in 1994 and a junior in 1995.

He was also the 1995 runner-up for the Butkus Award, given to the nation's top linebacker in college football.

Lewis, one of four first-year eligible nominees, became the 26th overall pick of the Baltimore Ravens in the 1996 NFL draft. The 13-time Pro Bowl player spent his entire 17-year career in Baltimore, leading the Ravens to a pair of Super Bowl victories and being named the MVP of the 2001 Super Bowl.

James ranks third on Miami's all-time rushing list with 2,960 yards and 32 touchdowns. The fourth overall pick of the Indianapolis Colts in the 1999 draft. James was named NFL offensive rookie of the year and was the league's rushing leader in each of his first two seasons.

The four-time Pro Bowl running back spent 11 seasons in the NFL with the Colts, Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks.

Lewis and James are both members of Miami's Sports Hall of Fame.

A final vote to elect the new class will take place the day before the Super Bowl in Minneapolis.