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Willie Anderson named finalist for Pro Football Hall of Fame

Anderson is one step closer to the Hall of Fame.

Bengals Willie Anderson Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images

Former Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle Willie Anderson has been named one of 15 modern-era finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2022, it was announced Thursday.

Anderson, now in his ninth year of eligibility for induction, is a finalist for the first time. The 2022 class will be announced during NFL Honors, which airs live on Thursday, February 10th at 9 pm ET on ABC.

Consistently one of the game’s best right tackles throughout his career, Anderson played for the Bengals from 1996-2007, then spent one season in Baltimore before retiring. He was a four-time All-Pro selection and four-time Pro Bowl selection.

If you want to read more about Anderson, check out his Bengals Ring of Honor profile from our own John Sheeran.

Here is a list of the 15 modern-era finalists.