The Pro Football Hall of Fame is adding a contributor category for nomination next year.
The addition was announced Wednesday, after being approved by the Hall's bylaws for the selection committee. The new category has the potential of increasing the number of annual inductees to eight.
The proposal to add a contributor category was first raised on Friday, a day before the 2014 seven-member class was inducted.
Hall of Fame president David Baker said there was a need to add the category to address what had become a backlog of qualified candidates, including commissioners, owners and general managers.
There are currently only 19 contributors enshrined, and only nine of whom were inducted over the past 46 years.
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