As general manager of the Green Bay Packers, Ron Wolf built a Super Bowl winner by hiring Mike Holmgren as head coach, trading for quarterback Brett Favre, signing defensive end Reggie White in free agency, and assembling a string of talented draft classes. Before that, he served as the architect for a Raiders team that won a championship in Oakland and another in Los Angeles. For his efforts, Wolf now stands just one round of cuts away from entering the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame's selection committee whittled the candidates for the Class of 2015 down to 26 modern-era semifinalists (players and coaches whose careers ended after 1989) and three senior and contributor nominees. Those who are eligible as a result of that vote are Seniors Finalist Mick Tingelhoff (a center for the Vikings during the 1960s and 70s) and Contributor Finalists Wolf and Bill Polian, who served as GM for the Bills, Panthers, and Colts.
The modern-day semifinalists will be reduced to 15 in January before a final vote. Of that final group, a maximum of five can enter the Hall of Fame in 2015. As for the senior and contributor nominees, they are voted on in a separate process. Each one could potentially earn induction for this class.
To earn a bust in Canton, all candidates must receive at least 80 percent support from the committee.