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Goldberg, Thomas get nod from Seniors Committee

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Subhed: Goldberg starred for Chicago Cardinals; Thomas for Chiefs

Marshall Goldberg and Emmitt Thomas were selected by the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Seniors Committee as finalists for the Class of 2008.

The news came Thursday, the same day the Hall announced that its bylaws had changed, increasing the minimum number of enshrinees per class to four, from three, and the maximum from six to seven.

Goldberg, a two-way performer for the Chicago Cardinals, played pro football from 1939-1943 and after World War II from 1946-48.

In 1947, Goldberg teamed with Hall of Famer Charley Trippi to help the Cardinals win the NFL title, the franchise’s last league title. His best season came in 1941, when he rushed for a career-best 427 yards, tied for the league lead with seven interceptions, averaged 19.6 yards on his 16 receptions and also led the NFL in kickoff returns.

Thomas starred for 13 seasons (1966-78) as a defensive back for the Kansas City Chiefs and had 58 interceptions. His career interception total remains fourth among cornerbacks. He had one pick to help Kansas City’s victory in Super Bowl IV.  A five-time Pro Bowler, he led the NFL in 1974 with a career-high 12.

Goldberg and Thomas will join 15 modern-era finalists from which the Class of 2008 will be selected. The selection meeting is Feb. 2, the day before Super Bowl XLII. To be elected, a finalist must receive 80 percent voting support.

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