Andre Johnson, one of the premier pass catchers to ever step on the football field, is one step closer to being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
On Thursday, the selection committee announced the 15 finalists for its Hall of Fame Class of 2022. So, what's next?
The Hall of Fame selection committee will reveal the Class of 2022 during the week leading up to Super Bowl LVI in Los Angeles. The class will be announced live on the "NFL Honors" program on Feb. 10. There is no set number for any class of enshrines, but the Committee's current ground rules do stipulate that between 4-8 new members will be selected each year. Every candidate must receive at least 80 percent approval of the Selection Committee at the annual meeting before he can be elected.
Johnson, a two-time All-Pro and seven-time Pro Bowler made the cut in his first year of eligibility. Last week, Johnson was announced as part of the 26 semifinalists, reduced from a group of 123 nominees.
The most prolific receiver in Houston Texans franchise history, Johnson was a first-round draft pick (No. 3 overall) in the 2003 NFL Draft. In his 12 seasons with Houston (2003-14), Johnson became the Texans all-time leading receiver with 1,012 receptions for 13,597 yards and 64 touchdowns. Johnson reached many career milestones as a Texan, including becoming the second-fastest player to reach both 13,000 yards and 1,000 receptions, doing so in 160 and 168 games, respectively.