Former Colts stars Saturday, James nominated for Pro Football Hall of Fame

Jeff Saturday is a nominee for the Pro Football Hall of Fame for the first time.
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CANTON, Ohio (WTHR) - Two former Indianapolis Colts stars will be up for induction to the Pro Football Hall of Fame next year.

While running back Edgerrin James returns to the ballot for the fourth time, center Jeff Saturday was nominated for the first time, the hall of fame announced Tuesday.

Saturday played 14 seaons in the NFL, including his first 13 years in Indianapolis after he went undrafted in the 1998 NFL Draft. He started all 16 games in ten of his seasons with Indianapolis.

James spent the first seven years of his 11-year NFL career in Indianapolis. He retired with more than 12,000 rushing yards and 80 touchdowns, while amassing more than 3,300 receiving yards and 11 more scores.

Chris Hinton, who played six seasons at left tackle for the Colts, is also a nominee, as is Ray Donaldson, a center who played nine seasons with the Indianapolis Colts after four years with the team in Baltimore. Linebacker Cornelius Bennett, who played the last two of his 14 seasons with the Colts, was also nominated.

Nominees for induction must have played their last game at least five years ago. Of the 108 players and coaches announced as nominees Tuesday, 18 will be picked as finalists, who will be put up for a vote by the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee the day before Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis.

Between four and eight of those finalists will be inducted into the hall of fame next August.

Fans are encouraged to vote for their favorite nominees by visiting nfl.com/hofvote.