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Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle Willie Anderson (71) gets ready to block during an NFL game against the San Diego Chargers on Nov. 23, 2003, at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. (AP Photo)
already is a member of the Mobile Sports Hall of Fame. On Wednesday night, he'll learn if he'll have the opportunity to join the Pro Football Hall of Fame as part of its Class of 2014.Willie Anderson attends the Mobile Sports Hall of Fame induction banquet on April 21, 2011. (Press-Register file)
The former Vigor High School star is one of 126 modern-era nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's 2014 selections. That list will be trimmed to 25 semifinalists, whose names will be revealed on the NFL Network's "The First Cut" at 9 p.m. CST Wednesday.
Anderson is in his first year of eligibility for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. After being selected out of Auburn with the 10th pick of the 1996 NFL Draft, Anderson spent the next 12 seasons playing offensive tackle for the Cincinnati Bengals. He ended his NFL career with the Baltimore Ravens in the 2008 season.
Anderson played in 195 NFL games, making 116 straight starts at one point. He was a first-team All-Pro pick in 2004, 2005 and 2006 and was a member of the AFC Pro Bowl team every season from 2004 through 2007.
While at Vigor, Anderson was an all-state selection in 1991 and 1992.
Other players with state connections on the list of 126 modern-era nominees are Alabama running back Shaun Alexander, Alabama linebacker Cornelius Bennett, Auburn running back Stephen Davis, Auburn linebacker Kevin Greene and Aliceville High School offensive tackle Walter Jones.
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