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Peyton Manning, Charles Woodson lead nominees for Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2021

Two-time Super Bowl champion Peyton Manning is leading this year's pack of nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
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File-This Jan. 8, 2011, file photo shows Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning (18) in action during the second quarter of an NFL AFC wild card football playoff game in Indianapolis. Members of a special panel of 26 selected all of them for the position as part of the NFL's celebration of its 100th season. All won league titles except Marino. All are in the Hall of Fame except Brady and Manning, who are not yet eligible. On Friday, Dec. 27, 2019, quarterback was the final position revealed for the All-Time Team. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh,File)

INDIANAPOLIS — Two-time Super Bowl champion Peyton Manning is leading this year's pack in nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, according to NFL.com.

This is the first time the former Colts and Broncos quarterback has been nominated. 

Among other first-year headliners are former Packers and Raiders defensive back Charles Woodson, Super Bowl winner and nine-time Pro Bowler and Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson.  Other notables include Patriots guard Logan Mankins, cornerback Charles Tillman and former Chiefs and Vikings player Jared Allen.

Former Colts players Reggie Wayne, Jeff Saturday and Bob Sanders are also nominated. Wayne was a finalist for the 2020 class but didn't make the final cut. To see the full list of nominees, click here.

According to NFL.com, to be considered for election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, a nominated individual must not have participated as an active player for five consecutive seasons. 

In 2020, former Colts running back Edgerrin James was inducted into the Hall of Fame. Other Colts hall-of-famers include Tony Dungy, Bill Polian, George Young, Marvin Harrison, Eric Dickerson, Richard Dent and Marshall Faulk. 

The list of 130 nominees for the 2021 class will be cut down to 25 in November and then 15 in January. 

The induction ceremony will take place on Aug. 8, 2021.