Clay Matthews, Josh Cribbs, Eric Metcalf among 130 modern era nominees for 2021 Hall of Fame class

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The Browns have plenty of fan favorites on the list of modern era nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2021.

Clay Matthews Jr., Josh Cribbs, Eric Metcalf and Earnest Byner are among the 130 players to make the initial cut for the NFL’s greatest individual honor. It’s the first step in a four-step process that leads up to the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2021 enshrinement, which is set for Aug. 8, 2021, in Canton.

Matthews has reached the semifinal stage of Hall of Fame voting on multiple occasions, including last year. Considered one of the league’s best linebackers and most durable players, Matthews, a three-time All-Pro and four-time Pro Bowler, played in 278 games — the 17th most in NFL history — and amassed 1,561 tackles from 1978-93. The longtime Browns linebacker was inducted into the Browns’ Ring of Honor last year, becoming the first player to receive the honor without first making the Hall of Fame.

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