Hall finalists named
Aikman and the late White were among 15 finalists for the Hall of Fame announced Wednesday, joining Thurman Thomas and Warren Moon as finalists in their first year of eligibility. Three to six of the finalists will be selected for the class of 2006, which will be announced Feb. 4, the day before the Super Bowl in Detroit. Enshrinement will be the weekend of Aug. 5-6. CINCINNATI – Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer had surgery on two knee ligaments torn during last weekend’s playoff loss to Pittsburgh and is expected to be ready for the start of the 2006 season. The operation was Tuesday in Houston, and he will begin rehabilitation this week in Southern California, the team said. ALAMEDA – The Oakland Raiders interviewed their first candidate to replace fired coach Norv Turner when they met with Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Al Saunders. SAN DIEGO – Drew Brees let the secret slip during a conference call that the San Diego Chargers would like to sign him to a long-term deal. Brees had his torn right labrum repaired last week. NEW ORLEANS – NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue expects the New Orleans Saints to play all of their home games at the Superdome next season. Tagliabue also sought to reassure the community during a visit to the city that the NFL is not moving the Saints back for a single season to make the league appear sympathetic to victims of Hurricane Katrina. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CANTON, Ohio – Reggie White dominated on defense while Troy Aikman was leading the Dallas Cowboys to three Super Bowl titles. Now two of the 1990s best players could be entering the Pro Football Hall of Fame together. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa AnitaAikman quarterbacked Dallas to Super Bowl titles between the 1992-1995 seasons. He was one of the league’s most accurate passers and his 90 wins in the ’90s make him the winningest starting quarterback of any decade. “If I were to be selected for induction, it would be the most meaningful individual achievement of my athletic career,” Aikman said in a statement. White, who died on Dec. 26, 2004, went to two Super Bowls with Green Bay and was elected to 13 consecutive Pro Bowls as a member of the Packers and Eagles. Thomas was a star running back for the Buffalo Bills, when they won four consecutive AFC titles from 1990-93. Moon threw for nearly 50,000 yards in the NFL after starting his career in the Canadian Football League. The two seniors candidates, former Dallas offensive tackle Rayfield Wright and former Oakland coach and current broadcaster John Madden, were chosen by a committee last August and went straight to the finals. The other 13 finalists were selected from a list of 25 semifinalists.