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Robert Kraft, Stanley Morgan named semifinalists for Hall of Fame

The next stage in the process will be revealed on July 27.

Robert Kraft
Robert Kraft at the Sports Business Awards in May, 2022. Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images

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Also on Thursday, the United States women’s soccer team officially qualified for the 2023 World Cup with a 5-0 win over Jamaica.

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And on Sunday, the Renegades play the Minnesota Vixen in the championship game of the 2022 Women’s Football Alliance season. Boston is attempting to win its fourth straight title. The game kicks off at 2 p.m. and will be shown on ESPN 2.

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Some familiar names among Hall of Fame semifinalists: In an announcement on Thursday, the Pro Football Hall of Fame revealed the 54-person list of semifinalists to potentially be enshrined in 2023.

Among those listed are Patriots owner Robert Kraft, longtime wide receiver Stanley Morgan, and former general manager Francis “Bucko” Kilroy.

Kraft, who has been owner and CEO of the Patriots since 1994 and has overseen the team’s 21st century dynasty, was listed in the “coach/contributor” category. After New England hosted just one home playoff game in team history prior to Kraft’s ownership, the Patriots have since played in 10 Super Bowls (winning six).

If he is voted in, Kraft would become the 16th owner in the Hall of Fame.

Morgan, who played for the Patriots from 1977-1989 and averaged an incredible 19.2 yards per catch, was listed under the “Seniors” player category. He made four Pro Bowls in his career, all with New England. He remains the team’s all-time leader in receiving yards (10,352).

Kilroy was a six-time All-Pro guard during a lengthy playing career with the Eagles. After retiring, he became first an assistant coach and then a scout for several teams. He served as Patriots general manager from 1979-1982 and team vice president from 1983-1993.

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The next step in the process comes on July 27, when the Hall of Fame selection committees narrow down the list again from 54 to 24.

Trivia: Of the names in the top-10 of the Patriots’ all-time receiving yards list, one stands out purely because of his listed position. Unlike the others, this player — who totaled 4,589 career receiving yards — scored most of his career points as a kicker. Name that player.

(Answer at the bottom).

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