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Kurt Warner Heads List of Former Arizona Cardinals on Hall of Fame Nominee List

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The NFL announced their Hall of Fame nominee list and the Arizona Cardinals have a few connections

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The initial Hall of Fame nominee list for the class of 2017 has been released by the NFL.

The list of nominees consists of 45 offensive players, 32 defensive players, six special teams players and 11 coaches. The Modern-Era nominees will be trimmed to 25 semifinalists in November and, from there, to 15 finalists in January.

Among those nominated arw a number of former Arizona Cardinals and St. Louis Cardinals players and coaches.

Kurt Warner is the obvious first name, after being a finalist in his first year of eligibility, Warner ran into a stiff group of competition.

This year will be no different, but he is joined by a bevy of other players and a coach from Cardinals history.

Larry Centers is on the initial list, it will be a longshot, but for Cardinals fans, in a very dark history, Centers was a ray of light.

Alan Faneca and Joey Porter both had a cup of coffee with the Cardinals, Faneca is a returning finalist.

Seth Joyner is a finalist, his best years were in Philadelphia, but he had a nice three year run in the desert.

Simeon Rice is a finalist... He is one of the better players the Arizona Cardinals drafted in the 90's. Unfortunately most of his time and success was spent in Tampa Bay.

Maybe the one that makes the least amount lf sense from a point of, how the heck is he not in the Hall of Fame yet? Don Coryell is back on the nominee list after being a finalist last year.

The first cut will be in November where the list will be trimmed to 25, then in January to 15 before the committee makes their decision in February.

Good luck to all the former Cardinals.