CANTON, Ohio. — Former Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning has been named a finalist for the 2021 class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton.
This is Manning’s first year of eligibility for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
During his career he amounted five NFL Most Valuable Player Awards, still a record today, and two Super Bowl titles, one with the Colts in 2006 and the other with the Denver Broncos during his final NFL season in 2015.
Manning was drafted first overall by the Colts in 1998 and went on to collect 14 seasons in which he passed for over 4,000-yards and at one point was the league’s all-time leading passer with 71,940 yards.
Manning joins former Colts wide receiver, Reggie Wayne, on this year’s list of 15 finalists for the Hall of Fame. This is Wayne’s second year as a finalist. He spent his entire 14-year career with the Colts and was part of the 2006 Super Bowl-winning team with Manning.
Manning and Wayne are joined this year by former Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson, current 49ers general manager and NFL linebacker John Lynch, and former Raiders and Packers defensive back Charles Woodson, among others, as finalists for the 2021 class.
Voting on the entrants to the hall will be conducted later this month, with the inductees announced during Super Bowl week.
Inductions are scheduled for next August when the 2020 class and a special centennial class also will be enshrined after the COVID-19 pandemic forced postponement of those ceremonies last summer.