With a rare lean toward defense, the Pro Football Hall of Fame's class of 2023 features two of the best cornerbacks in league history, one of the all-time sack leaders, and a linebacker who frustrated some of the game's best quarterbacks on his way to multiple 100-tackle seasons.

Cornerbacks Ronde Barber and Darrelle Revis, outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware and linebacker Zach Thomas were all selected for enshrinement, as was tackle Joe Thomas, a 10-time Pro Bowl selection with the Cleveland Browns. It marks the first time since the league's AFL-NFL merger in 1970 that four of the maximum five slots in a modern-era class have been defensive players.
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In 2021, three of the modern-era enshrinees were defensive players (LeRoy Butler, Richard Seymour, and Bryant Young) and the fourth defensive player in the class -- Sam Mills -- had been a seniors committee finalist.  

Pro Football Hall Of Fame Class Of 2023

Ronde Barber, CB Buccaneers (1997-2012)
Don Coryell, head coach Cardinals (1973-77); Chargers (1978-86)
Chuck Howley, LB Bears (1958-59); Cowboys (1961-73)
Joe Klecko, DT Jets (1977-87); Colts (1988)
Darrelle Revis, CB Jets (2007-12, 2015-16); Bucs (2013); Patriots (2014); Chiefs (2017)
Ken Riley, CB Bengals (1969-83)
Joe Thomas, LT Browns (2007-17)
Zach Thomas, LB Dolphins (1996-2007); Cowboys (2008)
DeMarcus Ware, LB Cowboys (2005-13); Broncos (2014-16)

The nine-member class will be formally enshrined in early August in Canton, Ohio.

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