CANTON, Ohio (AP) -Emmitt Thomas, who had 58 interceptions for Kansas City, and Marshall Goldberg, a standout two-way player for the Chicago Cardinals in the 1940s, were picked Thursday for the Pro Football Hall of Fame ballot.
The Hall's seniors committee chose them to be among the 17 candidates. The other finalists have not yet been selected.
A maximum of six can be elected when voting takes place Feb. 2, a day before the Super Bowl.
``I thought there was no way I'd ever get a chance,'' Thomas said. ``Just to be mentioned with these guys who are already in is a great honor. Whatever comes from it, it's still a great honor.''
Thomas was a cornerback for the Chiefs for 13 years. He is now the secondary coach for the Atlanta Falcons, and has spent the last 26 seasons as an assistant coach for six NFL teams.
Thomas, signed by Kansas City in 1966 as a free agent from Bishop College, played with the Chiefs when they beat Minnesota 23-7 in the 1970 Super Bowl. That team included Hall of Famers Len Dawson, Buck Buchanan, Willie Lanier, Bobby Bell and Jan Stenerud and was coached by Hall member Hank Stram.
Since his retirement, Thomas has coached for the Cardinals, Redskins, Eagles, Packers, Vikings and Falcons. He was interviewed several times during the 1990s for head coaching jobs.
Goldberg, a college star at Pitt in the late 1930s, played for the Cardinals for eight seasons and retired in 1948.
In 77 games, he rushed for 1,644 yards and 11 touchdowns, and excelled as a defensive back, intercepting 19 passes. He led the league in kickoff returns in 1941 and 1942 and occasionally returned punts and threw passes.
Goldberg died in 2006 at the age of 88.

NFL Top Stories

Thumbnail Redskins vs. Eagles Pick Can the Washington Redskinsfind themselves in another high-scoring battle when they face the Philadelphia Eagles...
Thumbnail Jets vs. 49ers Pick   Will Bryce Petty and the Jets struggle to score this weekend when they visit the 49ers at 4:05PM ET?
Thumbnail Raiders vs. Chiefs Prediction Will the Raiders get their revenge on their AFC West rivals the Chiefs tonight on Thursday Night Football?
Thumbnail Vikings vs. Jaguars Pick The Minnesota Vikings hope to cure their offensive woes when they meet the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday at 1PM ET?
Thumbnail Titans vs. Broncos Pick Will the under cash when the Titans host the Broncos this Sunday at 1:00PM ET in Nashville?

NFL Team Pages