Former Destrehan High School, Miami and Baltimore Ravens star Ed Reed is among four first-year eligible players for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's 2019 class.
Reed, a five-time All-Pro and nine-time Pro Bowl selection, was joined as a first-year eligible by Tony Gonzalez, Champ Bailey and London Fletcher when the list of 102 modern-era nominees named by a 48-person panel was released Thursday.
The announcement came just two days after Reed, who won a Super Bowl ring with the Ravens in February 2013, just a few miles down river from his hometown in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, turned 40.
The Hall of Fame committee will pare the list to 25 semifinalists in November and reduce that to 15 finalists who will vote on the new class Feb. 2 — the day before Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta.
Four to eight new members will be elected.
One of the top safeties in the game during his 12-year career, Reed was the 2004 Defensive Player of the Year and was a member of the all-decade team for the 2000s.
He led the NFL in interceptions three times and finished with 64 interceptions — including touchdown returns of 106 and 107 yards.
Gonzalez retired in 2013 after 17 pro seasons in which he had 1,325 receptions, second to Jerry Rice on the career list. A college basketball and football star at California, he was drafted 13th overall by the Chiefs in 1997 and played a dozen seasons in Kansas City. Gonzalez spent his final five seasons with Atlanta, finishing with 111 touchdown catches and 15,127 yards receiving. He made six All-Pro teams and was a member of the all-decade team for 2000-10.
Bailey began his career with Washington in 1999 as the seventh overall draft choice. He moved to Denver in 2004, and led the NFL in interceptions with 10 in 2006. Bailey, who also dabbled on offense, had 52 career picks, made three All-Pro teams and, yes, also was on the all-decade team of 2000-2010.
Fletcher became a starting linebacker in St. Louis in 1999 and won a Super Bowl. A rare undrafted player to be nominated for the Hall of Fame, he missed only one start from 1999-2013 with the Rams, Bills and Redskins. Fletcher made four Pro Bowls and finished his career with 1,380 tackles, 23 interceptions and 39 sacks.
Eight finalists from 2018 who weren't included in that induction class are also on the list. The group includes former LSU offensive linemen Alan Faneca and Kevin Mawae.
The roster of nominees has 47 offensive players, 39 defensive players, five special teams players and 11 coaches.
A senior committee nominee, former LSU and Kansas Chiefs safety Johnny Robinson, and two contributors — Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen and former Dallas Cowboys executive Gil Brandt — will also go directly on the February ballot for a total of 18 finalists.
Eight men with Louisiana ties are included on the list of modern-era nominees.
Former New Orleans Saints stars Sam Mills and La'Roi Glover top the list, which also includes New Orleans natives Neil Smith and Richie Petitbon.
Former Saints cornerback Eric Allen, Grambling star Albert Lewis, Plaquemine native and former UL-Lafayette standout Brian Mitchell and former Tulane coach Clark Shaughnessy are also on the list.