They won't all make it, of course -- and maybe none of them will -- but 10 former Patriots are included in the list of 108 first-time-eligible players for possible induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Randy Moss, who played for New England from 2007-10, is the biggest name on the list. He's joined by 10 other players who played all or part of their careers with the Pats -- defensive backs Ty Law and Rodney Harrison, linebackers Tedy Bruschi and Willie McGinest, defensive end Richard Seymour, tight end Ben Coates, wide receiver Chad Johnson (previously known as Chad Ochocinco) and running backs Corey Dillion and Fred Taylor,
The roster of nominees consists of 53 offensive players, 38 defensive players, 5 special teams players and 12 coaches. Modern era nominees will be reduced to 25 semifinalists in November and, from there, to 15 finalists in January.
During Super Bowl week, 48 voters will discuss the finalists, plus senior nominees Robert Brazile and Jerry Kramer and contributors nominee Bobby Beathard. There is no set number for any class of enshrinees, though between four and eight new members will be selected.
Star linebackers Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher are among the biggest names on the list. Also part of the 108 early nominees who are eligible for the first time, having been retired for five years when the class is chosen next February, are cornerback Ronde Barber, wideouts Donald Driver and Steve Smith (former Giant, Eagle and Ram), offensive linemen Steve Hutchinson, Matt Birk and Jeff Saturday, and defensive lineman Kyle Vanden Bosch.
Returning finalists from 2017 are receivers Isaac Bruce and Terrell Owens; center Kevin Mawae; tackles Tony Boselli and Joe Jacoby; guard Alan Faneca; safeties John Lynch and Brian Dawkins; cornerback Ty Law; and coach Don Coryell.
Enshrinement will be next August in Canton.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.