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Rice, Smith among 17 finalists for Hall

Updated: January 9, 2010, 2:22 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- If ever two players seemed like locks to make the Pro Football Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility, Jerry Rice and Emmitt Smith would be the choices.

Rice retired as the NFL's career receiving leader, and Smith finished as the top rusher. They were among 17 finalists announced Friday for the Hall of Fame, including two senior nominees. The voting for entry into the shrine by a 44-member panel will take place Feb. 6, the day before the Super Bowl. The Class of 2010 ...

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