Top 10 NFL Players Not in the Hall of Fame

The Top Ten
1 Ken Anderson

One of the top three QBs pretty much every year he played. Had the stats and the records, but played in a small market and in the shadow of others like Staubach, Stabler, young Montana, Fouts, Griese, and more. Anderson may only have the one MVP but was consistently great and played for some bad Bengals teams while still showing greatness.

Was a terrific QB and leader. He has waited in line long enough. I've always felt that once Stabler is elected, he would be nominated from the Senior Pool shortly thereafter.

Kenny Anderson has better stats than 75% of the QBs of his day and when you take into consideration that he was the highest completion and highest sacked QB of his day that alone shows how good he was.

Ken Anderson played from 1971 to 1986! He could have been a Joe Montana if Bill Walsh had not gone to the 49ers. In his career he through 197 touchdown passes

2 Randy Gradishar

He was an amazing player but unfortunately the Broncos inflated Gradishar's statistics and there's no way to calculate how many tackles he actually had. The Broncos once tallied that he had 350 tackles in a season. Deserves HoF but I can see why the committee hasnt voted him in already

Lesser LB's are in the HOF. If he wasn't making the tackle, he was nearby, when the play wasn't downfield. It took Ray Lewis 17 seasons to pass Gradishar's tackles... in 10 seasons. Some say he wasn't a hard hitter, but Dorsett and Payton said he gave them the hardest hits ever. Regardless, he was the best ever at bringing the opponent down.

Gradishar has more tackles than anyone in the Hall of Fame. He was part of the Orange Crush defense

Only player to average 200 tackles a season for his Career! Who else has even had 200 tackles in a season once?

3 Ottis Anderson

Ottis Anderson was actually pretty good. He got over 10,000 yards. I think anyone with over 10,000 yards should one day get enshrined to Canton

One of my favorite players, but is only in the Hall of Very Good!

I am a Giants fan loving ottis Anderson vote for ottis

Seems to have been forgotten but was SB MVP

4 Sterling Sharpe

Sharpe also achieved in spite of playing with a terrible crop of QBs. Everyone remembers him playing with Favre starting part-way through the '92 season, but that was an outlier. Here was the norm--starting QBs for the Packers during Sharpe's pre-Favre tenure ('88-'92): Randy Wright, Don Majkowski, Anthony Delwig, Blair Kiel, and Mike Tomczak. Majkowski had one Cinderella season, but apart from that was a very average QB. The rest are worse. One more compelling reason to put the man in Canton.

Numbers stack up to Michael Irving's matter of fact came Into the league with maybe the best W.r group ever and at the time of his injury he was killing these dudes in all major stats two broke the all time reception in a season record setting in and coming back and breaking his own record

Enough said already, the greatest of all time if he wasn't injured. When he was playing no one, sorry Jerry Rice, no one compared to Sterling.

He was as dominant as Rice despite rarely ever practicing due to nagging injuries.

5 Neil Smith

Without a doubt, probably being discriminated because of his concussion statements

Yes! Neil smith Deserve to go in the Hall of Fame! Hands Down!

Neil Smith has many DE's in line before he gets considered.

Surprised he hasn't received more consideration

6 Steve Atwater Stephen Dennis Atwater nicknamed "Smiling Assassin" is a former American football player who spent most of his career playing free safety for the Denver Broncos.

Fierce hitter, but would have liked to have seen more interceptions on his resume. Was fairly unique during the time he played and spawned in the box safeties like Rodney Harrison and Troy Polamalu.

Amazing in Tecmo Super Bowl. Not to mention eight pro bowl appearances and two rings. Sounds like hall of fame material to me.

Played Safety like a fierce a hitter as Lott or Polamalu who will walk right into HOF.

Who else could solo tackle Christian Okoye successfully... I'll wait

7 Tony Boselli

Dominant for a short period of time. I'm against putting Boselli in but Terrell Davis, Gale Says, Bob Waterfield, and Arnie Weinmeister have already been enshrined so its only fair Boselli gets in to.

I understand his career was cut short by injury... Anyone who saw him just toy with and completely shut down HOF DEs like bruce smith and future hof like jason taylor know that if he had styed healthy he probably would have gone down as the BEST OT in the history of football.

Was a dominating period for a short time. Tackle version of Sterling Sharpe and Terrell Davis.

Short career hurts, but he is the best Jaguar

8 John Lynch John Terrence Lynch, Jr. is a former American football strong safety who played fifteen seasons in the National Football League and is a current color commentator for the Fox network's coverage of the NFL.

2017 should be John Lynch's year. Super Bowl champion, made the pro bowl in his 15TH YEAR, nine time pro bowler, 3 First team All-pro, AND Defensive back of the year in 2000.

He was a huge factor on the Bucaneer defense that won the Super Bowl along with Derrick Brooks, Warren Sapp, and Ronde Barber. This year his only compitetion at defensive back is Brian Dawkins.

Safeties just don't get the respect

He played from 1993 to 2007. He was amazing.

9 Jim Marshall

Plain and simple either record, starts or fumble recoveries, is enough in and of itself. When I found out he wasn't in; my first thought was what did he do wrong besides the wrong way run? It is insane to believe that one incident is the reason and if there is something other than that I surly can't find it.

127 (unofficial) sacks would rank him 23 all time. He had the 4th most sacks in the NFL from 1967-1971. 3x 2nd team all pro from a small market in a pre-internet age.

He started over 270 straight games and was an expert fumble recoverer, yet he only made 2 Pro Bowls and will never live down the safety against the 49er's.

There are probably others who are better than him, but his amazing iron-man streak MUST be honored.

10 Eddie George Edward Nathan George Jr. is a former college and professional American football player who was a running back in the National Football League for nine seasons.

Eddie George ran against 8 & 9 guys in the box his entire career because the Titans couldn't through the ball, and he still put up great numbers. That's HOF stuff!

I liked his playing style. He would just go strait through defenders

Yards per carry was not great and his career came to a sudden halt. Not a hall of famer.

Eddie George was just simply amazing

The Contenders
11 Daunte Culpepper Daunte Rachard Culpepper is a former American football quarterback. He last played for the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the United Football League.

He was never a bad Q. B want happened to him 2005 he just shell-skocked with a poor and O-Line and the vikings star running back getting arrested and owner was to cheap to hire a new one Then 2006 and his knee injury was holding him back and besides he was also on bad teams making look bad And Randy Moss did NOT make him go look at both of their 2004 stats if you don't believe me me

No chance of him in hall. He just wasn't good enough. Simms has a ring and isn't in and was a better qb but isn't in either. Culpepper can get in line behind Simms and about 30 other qbs.

No, I would put Randall Cunningham in before Culpepper.

Underrated and forgotten great player needs too be into the hof

12 Roger Craig

Craig was a true pioneer of the game and was the first running back who was a threat in the passing and rushing game. With no Craig there's no Faulk, Tomlinson, McCaffrey, and Matt Forte.

Was one of the keys to the 49ers dominance during the eighties and still played well with Raiders and Vikings in spot duty at the end of his career. Is a hall of famer in my book. He was Marshall Faulk of the eighties.

Revolutionized the position. His stats would have been greater had he been on a team without so many incredible offensive weapons.

Yes. Roger Craig deserves in. Look at the tape and stats and you will see why

13 Isaac Bruce

Isaac Bruce is extremely underrated. He is better than Brian Urlacher, Pat Fisher, Leslie O'neal, Drew Pearson, Leroy Butler, Jimmy Smith, Neil Smith, Terrell Davis, and Ottis Anderson, and you rank them over him? WHAT! 1

Does not have the most receiving yards of all time, but I do believe he is deserving. Will most likely have to wait like Andre Reed did and after Harrison, Moss, and Owens get elected.

He definitely deserves it but will have to wait a while. Hines Ward, Terrell Owens are still waiting and Randy Moss will be eligible in 2018. His best bet is 2019.

If your looking for someone who is underrated, Isaac Bruce is your guy. no one gives him credit for what he did on the field

14 Alex Karras

He is only not in the Hall of Fame because of some relationships with the Mob and gamblers. His Play on the field deserves Hall of Fame merit. Paul Hornung is in with the same affiliations and he was not the player that Karras ws.

He was in a classic rivalry with Jerry Kramer in the 60's. He was the 4th best defensive end of the 60s. 1 Deacon Jones. 2 Merlin Olsen. 3 Bob Lilly. 4 Alex Karras.

Alex Karras belongs in the HOF a long time ago. Go to the video tape to see the results of his terror on offensives.

He was one of the best defensive players for the Lions ever.

15 Jimmy Smith

Too much wide receiver competition. Will always be lumped together with receivers like, Irving Fryar, Henry Ellard and Mushin Muhammed.

WR position tough

16 Ken Riley

Ken Riley is one of the best players not in. I believe Ken Riley should get into the Hall before Ken Anderson. He is the fourth best senior canindate right now behind Randy Gradishar, Jerry Kramer, and Tommy Nobis.

If he and Lamar Parrish played for Lions, Steelers or Packers, they are both in the hall of fame.

One team 15 years all at corner number 4 All time at the time of his retirement.

My opinion definitely the most deserving player not in the hall.

17 Mark Gastineau

Tons of flash and for three or four years was an exceptional pass rusher who was pitiful vs. The run. I have him on the outside looking in.

18 L.C. Greenwood

If it were not for so many Steelers he would have already been elected. He and Donnie Shell get the shaft as a result.

Greenwood and Lyle Alzado were the best at there positions when they played. How is he not yet in

It's been long enough, he deserves a spot in Canton.

For sure he deserves a spot in the Hall of Fame.

19 Lester Hayes

If you have any doubts watch the two Super Bowl winning teams that he played on. He was more than the "stick-um guy." He could flat out cover and when he was partnered with Mike Haynes, team had to rely on screens and the TE to move the ball vs the Raiders.

A true shutdown corner. Only he's not inducted is because he used Stickum.

Man I'm mad. I thought he was already in.


20 Chuck Howley

Maybe the biggest Hall of Fame snub in the four major professional sports (Rogie Vachon and Maurice Cheeks could lay stake to the claim as well.) HOF linebackers are the greatest who's who in the HOF and it seems incomplete without Howley.

This guy defined the weak side linebacker! 6 time pro bowler, 5 time first team all pro! Not a good linebacker, a great one!

The greatest cowboys linebacker ever. he was on the doomsday defense with Darren Woodson, who also should get inducted soon

The only super bowl mvp for the losing team. he was part of the doomsday defense

21 Cliff Branch

Cliff Branch was the big play receiver for two Super Bowl Champion Raider teams. It is long past due for Branch to join the elite fraternity that is the HOF.

The best deep threat in the 1970s. At the time of his retirement he was the post season yardage leader.

#37? Should be in top three. More anti-Raider bias.

Able to go deep against anyone

22 Jerry Smith

Jerry Smith definitely belongs in the HOF. I was never a Skins fan, but this guy's record on the field cannot be dismissed, and that's supposed to count for something...

Worthy candidate who belongs in the Hall.

Jerry Smith deserves to be inducted into the Hall
of Fame. He Played TE for the Redskins
from 1965-77. He retired with 60 touchdown receptions, which was more than any
player to play that position until Shannon Sharpe broke the mark 27 years later. Indeed, Smith’s stats
match or exceed many of the eight tight ends who are enshrined in the Hall. Smith had 421 catches for 5,496 yards. That's
more receptions than three Hall-of-Fame tight ends, and only six fewer than
Mike Ditka caught. Smith’s receiving yards also surpass three inductees.

He has two fewer
touchdowns than Sharpe. But Smith’s total is eight more than Dave Casper, 13
more than Ozzie Newsome, 15 more than Kellen Winslow, 17 more than Ditka, 20
more than Jackie Smith, 22 more than John Mackey and 29 more than Charlie
Sanders. The numbers speak for themselves.
He was selected to the Pro Bowl 2x and runner up in Super Bowl VII…

Reminder that he played
when the seasons ...more

23 Terrell Owens Terrell Eldorado Owens is an American football wide receiver who played for the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers, and Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League.

Terrell Owens deserves more, he was a great football player. And the best part was when he knead down in cowboys stadium

Even with all of his shenanigans, he will get in some day ut don't be surprised if there is a wait involved.

Terrell Owens is one of the most well known characters in football

Terrell Owens has to be in the top 10. He should get in this year with Kurt Warner, Alan Faneca, Ladianain Tomlinson, John Lynch, and Randy Gradishar.

24 Ricky Watters

Career was marred by selfishness and inability to stay in one place any length of time. Stats did not always translate to wins for his franchises.

I feel he is underrated because of the teams he played for.

One of the best all around running backs of all time.

His attitude hurts him more than his play helps

25 Ray Lewis Raymond Anthony Lewis Jr. is a former American football linebacker who played his entire 17-year career for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League.

How is Ray Lewis 84? He should be number 1. The best defensive player EVER. The best Raven ever. The 2nd best player ever. Should be lock for 2018.

He is on the Mt. Rushmore of Linebackers, Lawrence Taylor, Dick Butkus, Jack Lambert and Ray Lewis!

The minute he is eligible, he will be elected. Best MLB since Butkus.

Best line backer in the game

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