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Tiki Barber reaches semifinalist stage for Pro Football Hall of Fame

TIKI-BARBER-TOUCHDOWN

Tiki Barber, whose 15,632 yards from scrimmage rank 15th in NFL history and lead any player who has worn a Giants uniform in the franchise's 99 seasons by more than 6,000 yards, has reached the semifinalist stage for the Pro Football Hall of Fame for the first time since he retired.

On Tuesday, the Pro Football Hall of Fame revealed 25 Modern-Era Player Semifinalists for the Class of 2024. 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.

View the best photos from the career of Giants running back Tiki Barber.

The list of Semifinalists was reduced from an initial group of 173 nominees announced in September. The next step in the selection process comes when the list is trimmed further – to 15 Modern-Era Player Finalists.

That list increases to 19 Finalists overall with the inclusion of the recommended Nominees of the Hall of Fame's Coach/Contributor Committee, Buddy Parker; and its Seniors Committee, Randy Gradishar, Steve McMichael and Art Powell. The Hall of Fame's 50-person Selection Committee will select the Class of 2024 in advance of Super Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas.

The class will be announced live on the "NFL Honors" telecast scheduled to air Feb. 8. While there is no set number for any class of enshrinees, the bylaws for the Selection Committee provide that between four and nine new members will be selected.

The Coach/Contributor and Seniors Finalists are voted "yes" or "no" for election at the annual selection meeting and must receive at least 80% support from the Committee to be elected. The Modern-Era Player Finalists will be trimmed during the meeting from 15 to 10, then from 10 to five. The remaining five finalists will be voted on individually, "yes" or "no," and must receive the same 80% positive vote as the Coach/Contributor and Seniors Finalists to earn election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Barber joined the Giants as a second-round draft choice (No. 26 overall) out of the University of Virginia in 1997. When he retired following his 10th season in 2006, his name was all over the franchise's record book. Barber owns the Giants career marks for rushing attempts (2,217), rushing yards (10,449), and yards from scrimmage (15,632). His 67 total touchdowns are second only to Hall of Famer Frank Gifford.

Barber's 38 100-yard games were twice as many as No. 2 Joe Morris and his nine 100-yard games in 2004 set another record. Barber broke the longest run from scrimmage in Giants history (95 yards at Oakland on Dec. 31, 2005) and his 55 rushing touchdowns were another one of his records that was later broken by Brandon Jacobs.

A threat everywhere on the field, Barber finished his career second on the franchise's all-time receptions list with 586. His 101.5 yards from scrimmage per game is the best average in Giants history by more than 20 yards (minimum 100 games played). When he hung up the cleats, Barber had four of the top five Giants seasons in rushing yards, including a record 1,860 yards in 2005, when he was named first-team All-Pro. Barber also made three consecutive Pro Bowls from 2004 to 2006.

In the 2002 season finale against the rival Eagles, Barber recorded 276 yards from scrimmage, a single-game franchise record that stood until Saquon Barkley bested it by three yards nearly 17 years later to the day.

MODERN-ERA PLAYER SEMIFINALISTS BREAKDOWN

OFFENSE – 13

RB (4): Tiki Barber, Eddie George, Fred Taylor, Ricky Watters

WR (6): Anquan Boldin, Torry Holt, Andre Johnson, Steve Smith Sr., Hines Ward, Reggie Wayne

TE (1): Antonio Gates

OL (2): Willie Anderson, Jahri Evans

DEFENSE – 11

DB (3): Eric Allen, Rodney Harrison, Darren Woodson

LB (3): London Fletcher, James Harrison, Patrick Willis

DL (5): Jared Allen, Dwight Freeney, Robert Mathis (also LB), Julius Peppers, Vince Wilfork

SPECIAL TEAMS – 1

Devin Hester (also WR)

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