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Former Bears players Lance Briggs signs autographs at the Civic Center. See more photos at herald-review.com

CHICAGO — Former Bears linebacker Lance Briggs is one of 122 modern-era player nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2020.

The list, released Thursday, includes only players whose careers ended less than 25 seasons ago.

Briggs was a seven-time Pro Bowl selection in 12 seasons with the Bears (2003-14). A third-round draft pick in 2003, he had 16 interceptions, 16 forced fumbles, six return touchdowns, 15 sacks and 1,174 tackles in 173 games in that span.

He was ranked 29th on the Tribune's list of the 100 best Bears players of all time.

Center Olin Kreutz, who was No. 26 on the Tribune's list, is among the other former Bears on the list of nominees.

Briggs reacted to the news on Twitter on Thursday afternoon with a photo of a gold jacket.

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The group will be reduced to 25 semifinalists in November and 15 finalists in early January. The finalists will be presented to the 48-member selection committee the day before the Super Bowl.

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Here's the full list of modern-era nominees from the Hall of Fame website:

--Finalist in 2019.

Quarterbacks (7) -- Randall Cunningham, Jake Delhomme, Boomer Esiason, Jeff Garcia, Jeff Hostetler, Dave Krieg, Donovan McNabb.

Running Backs (19) -- Shaun Alexander, Mike Alstott (FB), Tiki Barber, Earnest Byner, Larry Centers, Corey Dillon, Eddie George, Priest Holmes, --Edgerrin James, Daryl Johnston (FB), Thomas Jones, Maurice Jones-Drew, Eric Metcalf (also WR/KR/PR), Lorenzo Neal (FB), Clinton Portis, Fred Taylor, Herschel Walker (also KR), Chris Warren, Ricky Watters.

Wide Receivers (12) -- --Isaac Bruce, Gary Clark, Donald Driver, Henry Ellard (also PR), Torry Holt, Chad Johnson, Derrick Mason, Muhsin Muhammad, Jimmy Smith, Rod Smith, Hines Ward, Reggie Wayne.

Tight Ends (6) -- Dallas Clark, Ben Coates, Keith Jackson, Brent Jones, Jeremy Shockey, Wesley Walls.

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Offensive Linemen (19) -- Willie Anderson (T), Matt Birk (C), --Tony Boselli (T), Lomas Brown (T), Ray Donaldson (C), --Alan Faneca (G), Kevin Gogan (G/T), Jordan Gross (T), Chris Hinton (G/T), Kent Hull (C), --Steve Hutchinson (G), Lincoln Kennedy (T/G), Olin Kreutz (C), Chris Samuels (T), Jeff Saturday (C), Brian Waters (G), Richmond Webb (T), Erik Williams (T), Steve Wisniewski (G).

Defensive Linemen (11) -- John Abraham (DE also LB), La'Roi Glover (DT/NT), Casey Hampton (DT/NT), Chester McGlockton (DT), Leslie O'Neal (DE), Simeon Rice (DE), --Richard Seymour (DT), Justin Smith (DE), Neil Smith (DE), Greg Townsend (DT/NT), Bryant Young (DT).

Linebackers (17) -- Carl Banks, Cornelius Bennett, Lance Briggs, Tedy Bruschi, James Farrior, London Fletcher, Seth Joyner, Wilber Marshall, Clay Matthews, Willie McGinest (also DE), Sam Mills, Chris Spielman, Takeo Spikes, Darryl Talley, Zach Thomas, Jessie Tuggle, Patrick Willis.

Defensive Backs (15) -- Eric Allen (CB), --Steve Atwater (S), Ronde Barber (CB/S), LeRoy Butler (S), Nick Collins (S), Merton Hanks (S), Rodney Harrison (S), Albert Lewis (CB), --John Lynch (S), Terry McDaniel (CB), Tim McDonald (S), Troy Polamalu (SS), Bob Sanders (S), Troy Vincent (CB), Darren Woodson (S).

Punters/Kickers (11) -- David Akers (K), Gary Anderson (K), Jason Elam (K), Jeff Feagles (P), Jason Hanson (K), Sean Landeta (P), Ryan Longwell (K), Nick Lowery (K), Reggie Roby (P), Rohn Stark (P), Matt Turk (P).

Special Teams (5) -- Johnny Bailey (PR/KR also RB), Josh Cribbs (KR/PR also WR), Mel Gray (PR/KR also WR), Brian Mitchell (KR/PR also RB), Steve Tasker (ST also WR).

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