Before naming Reed as a member of the Hall's 2019 class, the group discussed Reed's candidacy for a blazing two minutes, 20 seconds - the shortest for any modern-era finalist this season - at Saturday's selection meeting. Mawae was also a member of the NFL's All-Decade Team of the 2000s. Gonzalez had the longest career out of the three first-ballot inductees.
The greatest running back in Colts history, James holds the franchise record for career rushing yards (9,226), career rushing touchdowns (64) and rushing yards per game (96.1).
Bailey was a 12-time Pro Bowl pick who racked up 52 interceptions in 15 seasons with the Washington Redskins (1999-2003) and Broncos (2004-13).
When his pro career was all said and done, the cornerback was a five-time Pro Bowl selection (1998, 2001-03, 2005), a two-time first-team All-Pro (1998, 2003), a two-time National Football League interceptions leader (1998, 2005), and was named to both the National Football League 2000s All-Decade Team and the New England Patriots Hall of Fame. In his 16 seasons, Mawae was a part of a line that blocked for a 1000-yard rusher 13 times, names that include Curtis Martin, Travis Henry and Chris Johnson (rushed for 2000 yards in 2009).
Gonzalez was a 14-time Pro Bowler and six-time All-Pro who redefined the tight end position. Senior finalists are determined by the Seniors Committee, which reviews the qualifications of those players whose careers ended more than 25 years ago.
Robinson was a seven-time Pro Bowl player and a six-time All-Pro who won three AFL titles with the Chiefs and Dallas Texans.
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Drafted in the first round by the Redskins out of Georgia, Bailey would ultimately become most famous for being a part of the rare National Football League blockbuster trade (pre-salary cap explosion anyway), with the Redskins shipping him to Denver in exchange for Clinton Portis.
Law started in four different AFC Championship Games and had the famous score against the Rams to help kick off the Patriots dynasty during the 2002 Super Bowl.
Serving as vice president of personnel, Brandt helped develop new scouting and managment systems, many of which are still used today. After playing running back his first two seasons, Robinson moved to saftey. The Texans became the Chiefs, and the Chiefs became Super Bowl champions.