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Randy Moss, Steve Hutchinson Named Finalists for Pro Football Hall of Fame

Vikings Ring of Honor member Randy Moss and former Vikings guard Steve Hutchinson were named finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Tuesday night.

The dynamic wide receiver, who spent seven-plus of his 14 total NFL seasons with the Vikings, was one of 15 finalists announced from a group of 25 semifinalists.

He ranks second all-time with 156 receiving touchdowns, third with 15,292 receiving yards and is 15th in league history with 982 receptions.

Moss was drafted by the Vikings with the 21st pick in the 1998 NFL Draft, and caught a rookie-record 17 touchdowns as Minnesota went 15-1 and reached the NFC Championship.

He scored on the 16th play of his professional career, hauling in a 48-yard touchdown catch. More than 40 percent of Moss' career touchdown catches (66 of them) went for 30-plus yards. His highlight reel of touchdowns that went for 40-plus yards includes 46 plays.

Moss ranks second in Vikings history in catches (587), yards (9,316) and touchdowns (92).

Moss was inducted to the Vikings Ring of Honor at halftime of Minnesota's season-opening win against New Orleans on Monday Night Football.

Both Moss and Hutchinson are in their first years of eligibility for the Hall of Fame.

Hutchinson made 89 of his 169 career starts in Purple and played with the Vikings from 2006 to 2011.

The seven-time Pro Bowler and five-time First-Team All-Pro selection was a leader on an offense that averaged 135 rushing yards per game during Hutchinson's time with the Vikings. He also helped Minnesota reach the 2009 NFC title game.

Former Vikings running back Roger Craig also was a Modern-Era semifinalist, but he did not make the finalist list. He played in Minnesota in 1992 and 1993 and had 515 rushing yards and five touchdowns with the Vikings.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee will meet in Minneapolis on Feb. 3 to determine the Class of 2018.

The Class of 2018 will be announced during NFL Honors, a two-hour primetime awards show that will air on NBC. The show will be taped from 5 to 7 p.m. (CT) at the Cyrus Northrop Memorial Auditorium at the University of Minnesota.

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