Isaac Bruce Is Hall of Fame Finalist Again, 'Let the Numbers Speak'

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The 49ers had two legendary defensive players among the NFL's semifinalists for the 2020 Pro Football Hall of Fame class, but only one made the cut down to 15 finalists.

This is the third time Atwater has been a finalist and the seventh time Lynch, who is now the general manager of the San Francisco 49ers, has been named a finalist.

Inductees to the 2020 class will be announced at the NFL Honors awards show in February the day before the Super Bowl.

Former 49ers running back Roger Craig is one of 20 finalists for 10 spots to be made available for players whose playing careers ended at least 25 years ago.

These 15 will be considered for selection on February 1 in Miami.

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They are joined by past finalists Broncos/Jets safety Steve Atwater; Jaguars tackle Tony Boselli; Rams/49ers receiver Isaac Bruce; Steelers/Jets/Cardinals guard Alan Faneca; Seahawks/Vikings/Titans guard Steve Hutchinson; Colts/Cardinals/Seahawks running back Edgerrin James; Buccaneers/Broncos safety John Lynch; and Patriots/Raiders defensive lineman Richard Seymour.

The Stanford alum has served as 49ers general manager for the past three seasons.

During his five seasons in Seattle, Hutchinson was a three-time Pro-Bowler and three-time All-Pro, partnering with Hall of Fame left tackle Walter Jones to help create the best offensive line in franchise history.

During his 12 seasons with Green Bay, Butler became the first defensive back in National Football League history to eclipse 20 interceptions and 20 sacks, finishing his career with 38 interceptions, 20½ sacks in 181 regular-season games.

The group of modern-era players along with contributors and coaches will be formally enshrined on Saturday, Aug. 8, in Canton, Ohio. The 10 seniors will have their own inductions the week of September 16-19.

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