Top 10 NFL Players Not in the Hall of Fame

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The Top Ten

1 Ken Anderson

Should have already been in

Caffeine Kenny was a great player and an even better man.

3-time NFL leader in completion percentage
4-time NFL leader in QB rating
1981 MVP
set record for season completion at 70.6%

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.

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2 Randy Gradishar

I don't understand, why is he NOT in the HOF!

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

Unbelievable

Gradishars numbers are on par with Ray Lewis, Mike Singeltary. He was the best cover linebacker in history. He was the best LB in the league for most of his career.

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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

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4 Sterling Sharpe

Even with a very short career he is still in top 100 ever in all receptions, yards and touchdowns ever

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.

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5 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

Think he'll be waiting awhile

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

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

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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.

He's in the class of 19 - WorldPuncher47592834

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

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.

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7 Tony Boselli

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

A short but great career

The greates Jaguar belongs

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8 Jim Marshall

Nfl legend that was the heart of one of the greatest defenses ever

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.

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9 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

Big time hitter in one of the best team defenses last decade. Still productive at the end of his career in Denver. Career and reputation was very similar to Atwater.

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10 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!

He single handidly took the Titans to the Super Bowl in 1999.

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The Contenders

11 Roger Craig

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

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

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12 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.

Some great seasons, but not a hall of famer

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13 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

Part of the greatest show on turf

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14 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.

Me go on show! Me win prize! Mongo love candy!

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

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15 Jimmy Smith

WR position tough

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

Not a HOFer

16 Ken Riley

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

Based on his stats today he would be a rock star

5th most all time in interceptions. and he played QB in college.

Both with over 55 interceptions each.

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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 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.

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

One of the best shut down corners of his time it's RIDICULOUS he's not already in.ENOUGH SAID!

19 L.C. Greenwood

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

Why is he down here

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

A valuable member of the steel curtain.

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20 Chuck Howley

Oh Yes should be in top 5 of this list

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!

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21 Terrell Owens 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.

How is he not in the hall of fame

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

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

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22 Cliff Branch

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

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

Able to go deep against anyone

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.

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23 Jerry Smith

Worthy candidate who belongs in the Hall.

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...

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
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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 Jevon Kearse

Jevon Kearse had 14.5 sacks in his rookie season. That is a record that still stands today.

His career fizzled out each year after his first two seasons. Not even the Hall of Very Good.

Jevon Kearse deserves Hall of Fame

He had 14.5 sacks as a rookie.

26 Ray Lewis 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.

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

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.

Best line backer in the game

He is one of the best

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27 Jim Plunkett

Never inducted and will never be inducted but is one of the best all time comeback stories in NFL history.

My grandpa (step grandpa) went to the same high school as him and his brother and plunkett were friends - ThePerson

Who in the world is this guy

He was inducted this year.

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28 Drew Pearson

I find it hard I believe the man who caught the first Hail Mary pass isn't in the hall of fame. He was a part of arguably one of the greatest plays in football history. He has to go in.

Has been lost over time, but he was every bit as good as John Stallworth, Lynn Swann and Charlie Joiner. Hard to tell the story of the Dallas Cowboys without including Drew Pearson. He would get my vote.

Member of team of 70's belongs in

Member of team of 70's he belongs

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29 Randall Cunningham Randall Cunningham Randall W. Cunningham is a former American football quarterback in the National Football League and current football coach and pastor.

People voting obviously don't know too much about old NFL players, learn your history children.

Cunningham was a great player to watch. I liked him best on the Vikings

No, not good enough!

One of the best

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30 Joe Klecko

Joe klecko rocked it. take him over mean joe every day of the week!

Has to share spotlight with Gastineau but was far the superior player. Could do everything that Suh does today. Klecko was versatile and dominant.

Gastineau would have been just an above average DE if Klecko wasn’t on same line. Joe Klecko dominated offensive linemen, ask the men who went up against him.

All -pro 3 different positions,a no brainer,i don't understand the lack of respect for the man.

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31 Donnie Shell

Donnie Shell was a vaunted Safety for the Steelers dynasty teams. Unfortunately he suffers much like L.C. greenwood in that too many of his teammates are already enshrined. Hopefully someday the Seniors committee can right this wrong.

Absolutely- 51 picks. Strong against the run, and a sellout hitter.

Herb Adderly, Ken Houston, Willie Wood, Yale Lary all in with less int's than Donnie.

He went undrafted, but still was a 4 time all pro, and a pro bowler 5 consecutive times. He nabbed 51 interceptions and 19 fumble recoveries, giving him 70 takeaways. He is one of the greatest free safetys ever, and is most certainly a hall of famer

32 Tommy Nobis

Awesome 2 way player at UT!

The greatest Falcon

Tommy was a big time LB for the Falcons during an era when linebackers were the face of football. He was a big time hitter who covered ground from sideline to sideline. He should have been inducted to the HOF years ago.

Please, he never even made a 2nd or a 1st all-pro team.

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33 Otis Taylor

One of the best receivers of the old AFL

34 Tom Brady Tom Brady Thomas Edward Patrick Brady, Jr., is an American football quarterback for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. Brady is known for being the only quarterback in history to win 6 Super Bowls, and is often considered one of the best quarterbacks of all time. Brady is also frequently ...read more.

Five years after he retires there should not even be a debate. The only question is would you take Montana or Brady?

He has to be retired.

This dude is a cheater ruined super bowl 49 idiot...boy looking like Mickey mouse

Tom Brady should so be in the hall of fame. He is so awesome! He's way better than Peyton or Eli.

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35 Johnny Robinson

Best safety of his generation. Overlooked due to career in AFL. Deserves to be in the Hall!

Over 50 interceptions, Super Bowl champion and one of the best complete safety's.

Probably the greatest AFL player not in

Should have been in long ago

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36 Leslie O'Neal

Leslie O'Neal is very underrated. He has as many sacks as Lawrence Taylor.

A very specialized pass rusher, not great against the run, but I would say he compares favorably to Fred Dean and Richard Dent and they are both in the HOF.

37 Pat Fisher

Belonged in the HOF years ago, but not many post season honors may be keeping him out.

A hard hitting cornerback with over 50 ints.

38 Leroy Butler

Not before players like Johnny Robinson, Steve Atwater, Cliff Harris and Jake Scott.

He was a legend

Should've been in the HOF like every other player that was voted to the 90's all decade team.

Team of 90's 1st team belongs

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39 Torry Holt

Some of the most reception yards of all time

Torry Holt & Isaac Bruce make it tough on each other

Pace is going in this year...

I like his teammate Isaac Bruce as a better candidate. That Rams group is not getting a lot of love currently for HOF with only Faulk and Aneas Williams. Pace, Warner, Holt and Bruce have all been on the outside looking in.

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40 Henry Ellard

If Lynn Swann is in, Henry should have gone in a long time ago! Henry Ellard has 13,777 career yards to Lynn's mediocre 5,462 career yards. Henry has seven 1,000 plus yard seasons! Lynn Swann has none! How did Lynn Swann get in the Hall of fame?

Henry Ellard was very, very good but like Irving Fryar it may take the Seniors pool to get him elected a long ways down the road.

People say Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt were the best Rams WRs, but many forget Ellard

Belongs

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41 Daryle Lamonica

His window of very good was not long enough but he did have a great nickname, the "Mad Bomber."

Was the original "Raider Bomber." Not quite HOF material.

42 Cliff Harris

He's the only member of the first-team all-decade team of the 1970s on defense who is not in the Hall of Fame. He was named first-team all-pro four times and made six Pro Bowls in ten years in the league. The voters don't seem to understand what safeties do, given that several of the greatest safeties ever (Steve Atwater, Joey Browner) are not in the Hall. Pitiful that Harris is not there.

Cliff was a tremendous safety for the Cowboys dynasty in the seventies. Made big plays in some of the Cowboys biggest games. He should have been inducted years ago.

Another all decade memmber of 70's who belongs

Team of 70's

43 Bruce Armstrong

Bruce was a many time Pro Bowl tackle for New England patriots. Legendary battles what Bruce Smith and Jason Taylor. Should be considered for the HOF..

Top 3 tackle of his generation on a consistently dismal team. He held his own play after play, year after year against Bruce Smith and Jason Taylor both hof'ers. He is deserving.

44 Stanley Morgan

How many people remember Stanley Morgan. For years the the best downfield threat in the national football league. His numbers were better than Swann, Stallworth or Bob Hayes but because he played for a team that didn't win Super Bowls he has been largely forgotten. Some day should at lest get A seniors nominee. Averaged 20 yards per catch for his career!

One of the best receivers in NFL history! He belongs in the HOF! 😊

45 Clay Matthews Jr.

Played 19 years and played right outside linebacker in 4-3 and 3-4 and left outside linebacker in 3-4. Considered by Marty Shottenheimer and Bud Carson, both defensive minded coaches, as the best linebacker they ever coached. Also, said to have won most of his battles when he played for Bill Belicek. Was a blitz linebacker some years and a cover linebacker other years.

46 Jamarcus Russell Jamarcus Russell JaMarcus Trenell Russell is a former American football quarterback. He played college football at LSU, where he finished 21–4 as a starter and was named MVP of the 2007 Sugar Bowl.

WHAT?! This guy was terrible! - thomwim

47 Patrick Willis Patrick Willis Patrick L. Willis is a former American football linebacker who played his entire eight-year career with the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League.

Will not be eligible for years but because of a lack of longevity his case will be interesting.

48 Tony Gonzalez Tony Gonzalez Anthony David Gonzalez is a former American football tight end who played 17 seasons in the National Football League.

The best tight end ever

He may not be elgible yet, but he's gonna make it the second he has the chance - Danmarino4

Not even a question. Greatest TE of his generation!

49 Harvey Martin

Until DeMarcus Ware broke The Cowboys sack record, Harvey Martin held the mark. He was a dominating DE during the Cowboys of the seventies and early eighties. He had the goods to be considered for the HOF.

50 Irving Fryar

Had a great second act in his career. May have been more of a threat in his thirties than his twenties. Never see him getting the love for the HOF unless senior committee sees his career differently when he gets on that ballot years from now.

Irving Fryar is on the list, but not Jason Taylor, Brian Dawkins, and Alan Faneca. Kevin Mawae also didn't get included on this list.

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