Former Green Bay Packers linebacker Dave Robinson is one step closer to enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Robinson, a 71-year-old who played from 1963-72 with the Packers before spending 1973-74 with the Washington Redskins, was named Wednesday as one of the two senior finalists for the Class of 2013. Defensive tackle Curley Culp, 66, is the other nominee. He played for the Kansas City Chiefs, Houston Oilers and Detroit Lions from 1968-81.
The Hall of Fame began the process of selecting senior nominees, originally known as old-timer candidates, in 1972. A senior nominee is a player whose career ended at least 25 years ago.
The name changed to senior nominees in 1990, and the Hall went from one nominee to two in 2004. Selection as a senior nominee doesn't guarantee enshrinement; Robinson and Culp still must receive the required 80 percent of the vote modern-era candidates need for induction.
The nominees were chosen by a seniors committee comprised of nine members ...