Former Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle Willie Anderson was named Wednesday as a semifinalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2022.
Anderson, who played 12 of his 13 National Football League seasons for the Bengals, is one of 26 modern-era semifinalists. Fifteen finalists will be announced in January.
Anderson, a Bengal from 1996 to 2007 who finished his career with the Baltimore Ravens, was a semifinalist for Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2021 consideration, but he was not one of 15 modern-era player finalists named this past January.
From Anderson via Twitter, responding to a congratulatory tweet from the Bengals:
In May, Anderson was among 17 nominees for the Bengals' Ring of Honor.
Earlier this year, Anderson explained that he believes Marvin Lewis should be hired by a NFL team looking to rebuild, insisting that "very few can do the rebuild he had to do with the Bengals."
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