Most football fans know them better as Super Bowl MVPs, but both Hines Ward and Terrell Davis had stellar careers at Georgia, too. Wednesday night, the pair were named semifinalists for Pro Football Hall of Fame induction in 2017.
Among the other 24 semifinalists: Former San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson, former St. Louis Rams quarterback Kurt Warner, and former San Francisco 49ers receiver Terrell Owens.
The list of 26 will be whittled down to a list of finalists in January, and then a short list of inductees in February.
Davis began his college career at Long Beach State in 1990, but left for Georgia two years later when the football program folded. He proved to be an apt runner and receiver, combining for 2,186 total yards and 18 touchdowns from scrimmage.
Selected by the Denver Broncos in the sixth round of the 1995 NFL Draft, he went on to post arguably the greatest season ever by a pro running back in 1998, when he rushed for 2,008 yards 21 touchdowns while leading the Broncos to their second straight Super Bowl victory (he won his first and only Super Bowl MVP award the season before).
Ward was also an MVP; he caught 5 passes for 123 yards and a touchdown to help the Pittsburgh Steelers win the Super Bowl following the 2005 season.
More than a decade before, Ward began his college career at Georgia, where he did a little bit of everything. The Rex, Ga., native finished with 1,965 receiving yards, 1,063 rushing yards and 918 passing yards as Bulldog.