4 Palm Beach County residents among Hall of Fame semifinalists

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Former NFL receiver Anquan Boldin and ex-running back Fred Taylor are among the modern day semifinalists for next year’s Pro Football Hall of Fame class.

Boldin and Taylor join receiver Devin Hester and defensive tackle Vince Wilfork as Palm Beach County residents under consideration to join the Class of 2023.

All four were semi-finalists in 2022.

Boldin was a star receiver who spent 14 seasons in the NFL.

A quarterback at Pahokee High School, Boldin moved to wide receiver at Florida State and became a second-round pick for the Arizona Cardinals in 2003. The three-time Pro Bowl player was named Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year in 2015 and helped the Baltimore Ravens win a Super Bowl to close out the 2012 season.

Arizona Cardinals receiver Anquan Boldin scores TD vs Minnesota Vikings in 2009

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Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Anquan Boldin sprints for a touchdown as Minnesota Vikings safety Tyrell Johnson falls down during the first half of Sunday, December 6, 2009 in Glendale, Ariz.

Born and raised in Riviera Beach, Hester spent 11 seasons in the NFL.

An all-purpose standout player at Suncoast Community High School, Hester played at the University of Miami before becoming a second-round pick for the Chicago Bears in 2006. The four-time Pro Bowl player holds the NFL record for most all-time combined punt and kickoff return for touchdowns.

Chicago Bears kicking returner Devin Hester in 2013

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Chicago Bears punt returner Devin Hester seeks running space during a game against the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, December 1, 2013, in Minneapolis.

Born and raised in Pahokee, Taylor played at Glades Central Community High School and then the University of Florida.

Drafted by the Jaguars with the ninth overall pick in 1998, Taylor holds 42 franchise records, including career rushing yards (11,271) and total touchdowns in a season (18 in 1998). He spent 11 of his 13 NFL seasons in Jacksonville before retiring.

Taylor is a four-time semifinalist vying to become the second player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame as a member of the Jaguars. Tony Boselli, who was introduced earlier this yearis the first and only Jacksonville player in the room.

Jacksonville Jaguars running back on Fred Taylor in 2008

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Jacksonville Jaguars running back Fred Taylor carries the ball in the first quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, October 28, 2007, in Tampa, Fla.

Wilfork, who was born in Boynton Beach and attended Santaluces Community High School, was a defensive tackle who spent 13 seasons in the NFL.

The two-time Super Bowl champion played college football at Miami and was selected in the first round of the 2004 draft by the New England Patriots, making five Pro Bowl appearances and playing 11 of his 13 NFL seasons.

Vince Wilfork holds the New England Patriots jersey with Robert Kraft as he announces his retirement

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New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and former New England Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork display a jersey during a press conference at Gillette Stadium, Wednesday, August 9, 2017, in Foxborough, Massachusetts, where Wilfork announced his retirement from the NFL.

The 28 modern semifinalists for the class of 2023 will be narrowed down to 15 finalists in January.

Modern Era Semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2023

  • Eric Allen, cornerback
  • Jared Allen, defensive end
  • Willie Anderson, offensive tackle
  • Round Barber, corner back
  • Anquan Boldin, wide receiver
  • Henry Ellard, wide receiver
  • Jahri Evans, offensive guard
  • London Fletcher, linebacker
  • Dwight Freeney, defensive end
  • James Harrison, linebacker
  • Rodney Harrison, security
  • Devin Hester, kick returner/wide receiver
  • Torry Holt, wide receiver
  • Andre Johnson, wide receiver
  • Albert Lewis, cornerback
  • Robert Mathis, defensive end/linebacker
  • Darrelle Revis, cornerback
  • Steve Smith Sr., wide receiver
  • Fred Taylor, running back
  • Joe Thomas, offensive tackle
  • Zach Thomas, linebacker
  • Hines Ward, wide receiver
  • DeMarcus Ware, linebacker/defensive end
  • Ricky Watters, running back
  • Reggie Wayne, wide receiver
  • Vince Wilfork, defense tackle
  • Patrick Willis, linebacker
  • Darren Woodson, security

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