It's the first time since he was first eligible in 2007 that Allen has made it through to the semifinals.
General manager John Lynch, former defensive tackle Bryant Young and former linebacker Patrick Willis are among the 25 Modern-Era Player Semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2021.More news: North Yorkshire to go into Tier 2 after lockdown
The 25 semifinalists will be reduced to 15 before the Hall of Fame selection committee chooses between four and eight finalists to be enshrined in 2021. The Pro Football Hall of Fame admits four to eight new Hall of Famers each year.
Also on the voting ballot in the coaching category is Tom Flores; in the contributors category is Bill Nunn; and in the seniors category is Drew Pearson. He was a quarterback on the All-Decade Team of the 2000s. He played in three Super Bowls, winning two - one with the Colts and the other with Denver. Allen, who played with the Saints from 1995-97, played the majority of his career with the Philadelphia Eagles and ended his career with the Raiders.More news: NL, PEI impose new travel rules, bursting Atlantic bubble
The former North Carolina State University standout and 1999 sixth overall pick made an immediate impact as a rookie with the Rams, posting 52 receptions for 788 yards and six touchdowns to help them to a Super Bow title.
Lauded for his exceptional talent, playmaking abilities and outstanding leadership, Woodson was selected to four consecutive Pro Bowls (2008-11) while with the Packers and led the league in interceptions in 2009 and 2011.More news: Stewart's dominance leads Storm to 2nd WNBA title in 3 years
Manning, a two-time Super Bowl victor and five-time NFL Most Valuable Player, who played 17 seasons in the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos is among those newly eligible, along with former Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson and prolific pass rusher Jared Allen. Johnson was considered a shoo-in for the Hall of Fame before he chose to abruptly retire in 2015.