Former Titans running back Eddie George, tight end Frank Wycheck and owner Bud Adams are again on the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s preliminary list of 131 nominees.
The candidates will be whittled down to a list of finalists and the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2010 will announced during the week of the Super Bowl with enshrinement to follow in Canton, Ohio, in August.
Also, kicker Gary Anderson, who spent the final two seasons of an NFL career that stretched from 1982-2004, as well as former Houston Oilers coach Bum Phillips and ex-Oilers defensive lineman Ray Childress are among the nominees.
George, the 1996 Heisman Trophy winner from Ohio State, is the Titans franchise's all-time leading rusher with 10,009 yards from 1996-2003. He was the Houston OIlers' first-round pick in the 1996 draft and quickly became the workhorse running back for Jeff Fisher's teams. That included a career-best 1,509 yards rushing during the 2000 season. George was enshrined in the Titans' Ring of Honor last season.
Wycheck retired after the 2003 season with 505 career receptions, which ranked fourth all-time among tight ends at the time of his retirement. Wycheck also was enshrined into the Titans Ring of Honor last season.
Adams, the founder and owner of the Oilers/Titans, was a co-founder of the American Football League that is celebrating its 50th anniversary this season. Fellow AFL co-founder Ralph Wilson of the Buffalo Bills was part of the 2009 Pro Football Hall of Fame Class.
This year’s list is headlined by likely first ballot Hall of Fame candidates Jerry Rice and Emmitt Smith.