Redskins well represented in Hall of Fame class of 2019 nominees

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According to the official release: "Eighteen finalists will be presented to the full 48-member Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee during its annual meeting on "Selection Saturday", the day before Super Bowl LIII".

Gonzalez, who spent 12 of his 17 National Football League seasons with the Chiefs, was one of 102 modern era nominees for the Class of 2019 announced on Thursday.

Other notable players and coaches on the list that have played for the Redskins include wide receiver Gary Clark, running back Shaun Alexander, quarterback Donovan McNabb, offensive tackle Chris Samuels, running back Larry Centers, wide receiver Henry Ellard, running back Earnest Byner, linebacker Wilber Marshall, running back and returner Eric Metcalf, and head coach Marty Schottenheimer. The list will be whittled down to 25 in November and to 15 finalists in January. Senior Finalist Johnny Robinson, who spent his entire career with the Texans/Chiefs franchise from 1960-71, and Contributor Finalists Pat Bowlen and Gil Brandt will also be included in the voting.

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But now they can celebrate a recent Pro Football Hall of Fame update. While there is no set number for any class of enshrinees, the selection process by-laws provide that between four and eight new members will be selected. The finalists will go from 15 to 10, and then down to five.

It all adds up to quite the resume, making Gonzalez one of just four former players to be nominated for the 2019 class in their first year of eligibility. That means Denver will be a prime candidate to play in next year's Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio.

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