4 Pro Football Hall of Fame finalists have ties to Louisiana

4 Pro Football Hall of Fame finalists have ties to Louisiana
Denver Broncos’ Peyton Manning (18) in action against the Carolina Panthers during the NFL Super Bowl 50 football game Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan) (Source: Gregory Payan)

CANTON, Ohio (WAFB) - Four of the 15 finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s class of 2021 have ties to Louisiana.

Quarterback Peyton Manning, who is in his first year of eligibility, was born in New Orleans. He played for 18 seasons for the Colts (14 seasons) and the Broncos (4 seasons). He won two Super Bowls, one with each team. Manning won five AP MVP awards and was a 14-time Pro Bowl selection. For his career, he threw for 71,940 yards and 539 touchdowns.

Guard Alan Faneca was also born in New Orleans and played his college football at LSU. He played in the NFL for 13 seasons on three different teams (Steelers, Jets, and Cardinals). He won Super Bowl XL with the Steelers. He was a six-time first-team All-Pro and nine-time Pro Bowl selection.

Linebacker Sam Mills spent nine seasons with the New Orleans Saints. He was a five-time Pro Bowl selection and was named first-team All-Pro in 1996. After the Saints, he played for the Carolina Panthers. In 12 seasons in the NFL, he finished his career with 1,319 tackles, 20.5 sacks, 11 interceptions, and one touchdown. He died of intestinal cancer in 2005.

Wide receiver Reggie Wayne was born in New Orleans. He played all 14 seasons of his career with the Colts. He was a six-time Pro Bowl selection and won a Super Bowl with the Colts. He finished his career with 1,070 catches for 14,345 yards and 82 touchdowns.

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