Brown, Wisniewski semifinalists for Pro Football Hall of Fame

Brown, Wisniewski semifinalists for Pro Football Hall of Fame
November 21, 2013, 4:30 pm
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Tim Brown has been a finalist each of the past four years, but has yet to get his call for enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. (AP)

Former Raiders receiver Tim Brown and offensive guard Steve Wisniewski were named among 25 semifinalists for enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

A total of 15 finalists will be announced on Jan. 8, 2014.

Brown has been a finalist each of the past four years, while this is Wisniewski’s first appearance on the semifinal list.

Brown’s omission has been surprising. He ranks No. 5 all-time with 19,682 all-purpose yards. He played 17 seasons – all but one with the Raiders – and 14,934 receiving yards and 100 touchdowns.

Wisniewski -- a lifetime Raider who played for the team from 1989-2001 -- was a five-time All-Pro selection and an eight time Pro Bowler. He was also named to the NFL’s All-Decade team in the 1990’s.

49ers running back Roger Craig, who spent a short stint with the Raiders, is also a semifinalist.

Legendary Raiders punter Ray Guy was nominated by the senior selection committee and automatically move on to the final round. Senior-selection committee nominees are typically enshrined.