(Canton, OH) — Several nominees headline the 2024 Pro Football Hall of Fame ballot. The NFL announced its list of candidates on Tuesday and Julius Peppers is one of nine first-year eligible players up for induction. The Carolina Panthers legend racked up 159-and-a-half sacks in his 17-year career, which ranks fourth all-time. Chargers great Antonio Gates is also a first time nominee. Other first-year candidates include former Broncos wide receiver Brandon Marshall, Packers pass catcher Jordy Nelson and Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles. The list of 173 nominees will be trimmed to 25 semifinalists in November.