Top 10 NFL Players Not in the Hall of Fame

olhrocks

The Top Ten

1 Jerry Kramer

The rules for putting "senior" players into the Hall are insane. They have a list a hundred names long that ALL should make the Hall before most of the newly eligible guys are even considered. Chief among these is Jerry Kramer - nothing speaks more to the insanity of the system that the fact that the anchor of the Packer's legendary line has not been inducted. I can't imagine any valid argument against his inclusion.

Hell, Fuzz should have been inducted by now too, but how can you consider the second best guard, when you repeatedly slight the best guard? The reason they have been excluded is because they played with other legends of football, who are already in the Hall. Lombardi's team was just that good. You can sit for hours watching their sweep and never find a flaw it might not have the flash of the modern passing game but it's a truly beautiful play - pure perfection.

Its time and past time since when the greats of that era are all honored. The rules for ...more

5-time all-pro, executed what is arguably the most famous block in NFL history in the "Ice Bowl", was also a pretty good field goal kicker in relief of Paul Hourning and Don Chandler- how could you NOT enshrine him? All I can think of is that somewhere along the line, Jerry Kramer somehow or someway pissed off someone on that Hall of Fame selection committee. Alex Karras and Jim Marshall belong in there as well.

"The Block" in the frozen tundra. Jethro Pugh and the Cowboys will never forget. Almost everyone on that team should be enshrined.

Please, this guy led the Packer sweep, best lineman in the league's first 50 years, whats he got to do? Wrote a book better than most writers who cover the sport...

V 12 Comments
2 Ken Anderson

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

Had stats far and away above most of his contemporaries. His biggest problem is he's a modest guy who played his whole career in Cincinnati.

Long overdue

At the time of his retirement had a couple of NFL reocords, percentage pass completions and a couple of others I think. 1981 MVP.

V 7 Comments
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!

V 2 Comments
4 Randy Gradishar

Has the most tackles in nfl history, multiple all-pro, and great leader.

How does someone with the most tackles ever not be in by now

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

Great player...yes

V 2 Comments
5 Sterling Sharpe

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.

He did not play long enough.

He made Favre's Career

V 8 Comments
6 Steve Atwater 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.

Steve Atwater may arguably be the hardest hitting safety of all time! This guy should have been a shoe in his first year of eligibility!

Team of 90's 1st team belongs

V 6 Comments
7 Jim Marshall

282 straight starts, the iron man of football, 30 fumble recoveries and the purple people eaters!

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.

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

At time of retirement all time leader in fumble recoveries...he belongs

V 6 Comments
8 Neil Smith

ONE OF THE GREATEST PLAYERS IN NFL HISTORY AND ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL ATHLETES ON AND OFF THE FIELD,... EVEN, STILL TO THIS DAY. THE FACT HE HAS TAKEN MEASURES TO ESTABLISH GUIDELINES TOWARD PROTECTING OUR YOUTH BY RAISING AWARENESS CONCERNING CONCUSSION ISSUES, USING HIS OWN PERSONAL PAST EXPERIENCES, TOWARD PROMOTING PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES AND ESTABLISHING GUIDELINES THAT SHOULD BE FOLLOWED, TO PREVENT OTHER ATHLETES AND OUR YOUTH ATHLETES, FROM POSSIBLE LIFE ALTERING CONSEQUENCES DUE TO CONCUSSION RELATED ISSUES AND POSSIBLE PREVENTION OF DAMAGING REPEAT CONCUSSIONS RESULTING IN SERIOUS BRAIN DAMAGE. HE IS SIMPLY PAYING IT FORWARD TO LOOK OUT FOR OTHER ATHLETES. THIS IS EXTREMELY COMMENDABLE, AND SHOULD NOT BE THE REASON HE GOES UNRECOGNIZED IN THE MUCH DESERVED INDUCTION INTO THE NFL HALL OF FAME

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

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

Think he'll be waiting awhile

V 4 Comments
9 Roger Craig

The first to get 1,000 rush yards and 1,000 rec yards.

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

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.

Craig revolutionized the RB position & was a complete all-around 4 down back. He definitely deserves to be in the HOF.

V 10 Comments
10 Tony Boselli

Short career hurts, but he is the best Jaguar

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

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.

V 2 Comments

The Contenders

11 John Lynch 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 played from 1993 to 2007. He was amazing.

He is so better than Ray Guy - Danmarino4

How is he not in?

V 5 Comments
12 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 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.

He was one of the best defensive players for the Lions ever. - htoutlaws2012

Ask the guys who had to block him, or runners and QBs he destroyed... Mad Duck belongs...

V 7 Comments
13 Daunte Culpepper 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, I would put Randall Cunningham in before Culpepper.

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.

V 2 Comments
14 Isaac Bruce

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

He has the most rec yards of all time

V 3 Comments
15 Eddie George 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.

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

Eddie George was just simply amazing

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!

V 2 Comments
16 Ken Riley

Based on his stats today he would be a rock star

Both with over 55 interceptions each.

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

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.

V 5 Comments
17 Jimmy Smith

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

V 2 Comments
18 Chuck Howley

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

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

He did not play with Darren Woodson...but should be in Hall

V 6 Comments
19 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.

20 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

PSearch List

Recommended Lists

Related Lists

Top Ten NFL Players of 2017 Who Will Be in the Hall of Fame Players That Should Be in the Baseball Hall of Fame Best 2016 NFL Hall of Fame Nominees Top Ten NHL Hall of Fame Players Top Ten NBA Players Not In the Hall of Fame (2015)

List StatsUpdated 25 May 2017

300 votes
84 listings
7 years, 294 days old

Top Remixes (7)

1. Terrell Davis
2. Morten Anderson
3. Roger Craig
jeniedziela
1. Terrell Davis
2. Jerry Kramer
3. Ottis Anderson
KHQ
1. Terrell Davis
2. Ottis Anderson
3. Steve Atwater
Strangeways72

WRemix
View All 7

Posts

Add Post

Error Reporting

See a factual error in these listings? Report it here.
P