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Willie Anderson among 25 modern era semifinalists for Hall of Fame

This is Anderson’s first time as a semifinalist.

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The Pro Football Hall of Fame revealed their 25 modern era semifinalists for the class of 2021, and one Bengals legend made the cut.

Former Bengals right tackle Willie Anderson is one of three offensive lineman to make the cut this year. The other two are Former Jaguars left tackle Tony Boselli and former Steelers left guard Alan Faneca. Each of them return for the sixth year in a row as semifinalists.

This is Anderson’s first time as a modern era semifinalist in his eighth year of eligibility. Anderson retired after the 2008 season, which was his only year not with the Bengals.

Anderson spent 12 of his 13 seasons with the Bengals and is widely regarded as the greatest right tackle of his time. He made four straight Pro Bowls from 2003-2006 and was a three-time All-Pro during that stretch as well.

It may be a tall task for Anderson to get inducted over guys like Boselli and Faneca, who have been semifinalists more often than Anderson, but it’s refreshing to see a Bengals great from the Marvin Lewis era and the lost decade of the 1990s mentioned with sure-fire future Hall of Fame players like Peyton Manning and Charles Woodson.