The official list of 2013 Pro Football Hall of Fame nominees has been released, and former Detroit Lions offensive tackle Lomas Brown was one of 89 players nominated for enshrinement.
After being selected with the sixth overall pick out of Florida, Brown played 11 seasons with the Lions and was a six-time Pro Bowler from 1985 to '95. Though his accomplishments both on and off the field in the city of Detroit are worthy enough of this nomination, Brown miraculously went on to play for four more organizations over a six-year period before retiring in 2002.
Facing what would appear to be long odds to be among the handful of players actually inducted, Brown may have a hard time standing out from a number of accomplished offensive lineman like Larry Allen, Tony Boselli and Jonathan Ogden for the nomination. In addition, Brown will also have to compete with a bevy of first-time nominees on defense including John Lynch, Warren Sapp and Michael Strahan.
The full list of 127 players, coaches and contributors will be cut down to 25 names in November and then dropped down to 15 finalists by January. Even though the Hall of Fame does not have a set number of inductees on a year-to-year basis, it's likely that somewhere from four to seven men will be chosen at the official election meeting on Feb. 2.