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List Rules Only include professional football players, coaches, & team owners who have NOT yet been inducted in the Hall of Fame

People who should be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame include those talented and legendary NFL players, coaches, owners and other team members who have been snubbed for induction in the hall. Be it from a competitive induction class, off-field issues or just a lack of love from the voters, these men are all deserving of that bronze statue in Canton, Ohio, but as of 2013, have yet to receive that honor.

For a great many of these NFL greats, enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame hasn't happened yet, but likely will as the years pass on. Many times a legendary player, coach or owner will be nominated for induction multiple times before they are selected. Michael Strahan, Charles Haley, Jerome Bettis and Andre Reed are all players who fall into that category. They've each received nominations and were even selected as finalists but were not inducted through 2013.

Other NFL players, owners and coaches never received a single nomination or were voted as a finalist several times before dropping out of contention completely. These include many of the greatest football players of all time such as quarterback Ken Anderson, running backs Terrell Davis, Larry Brown and Tiki Barber, and even legendary punter Ray Guy, who despite being called the greatest punter to ever play the game and earning a finalist nod seven times, has yet to be inducted.

But this list is not just limited to star players who were snubbed by the Pro Football Hall of Fame. There's many coaches, owners and other prominent figures deserving of enshrinement. Robert Kraft, Art Modell, Edward DeBartolo, Jr. and even Paul Tagliabue all changed the game of football in one way or another yet they've not so far seen their bust in Canton.

While we can hope that many of these fine men are inducted in future classes, if history serves right, there will always be mistakes and those overlooked. On the other hand, there are also plenty of undeserving members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame too to balance things out, though not for the better.
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Randy Moss is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Matthew Plowman added Randy Moss age 40

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Ed Jones is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
bojanthebest added Ed "Too Tall" Jones age 66

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Ken Stabler is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
voting closed at #1 | Al Sobrante added Ken Stabler age 72

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Jerry Kramer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Jerry Kramer age 79

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Jim Marshall is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
MoJoVo16 added Jim Marshall age 80

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Sterling Sharpe is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
willyboymcoy added Sterling Sharpe age 50 - 1965

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L. C. Greenwood is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
L. C. Greenwood Died at 67 (1946-2013)

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Roger Craig is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Roger Craig age 55

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Brett Favre is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
voting closed at #8 | aman ikram added Brett Favre age 48

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Cliff Branch is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
willyboymcoy added Cliff Branch age 67

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Adam Vinatieri is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
shaneomac123 added Adam Vinatieri age 43

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Larry Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
JamesRLock added Larry Fitzgerald age 34

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Ken Anderson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Ken Anderson age 68

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Kevin Greene is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
voting closed at #6 Kevin Greene age 53

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Alex Karras is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
bojanthebest added Alex Karras Died at 77 (1935-2012)

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Alan Page is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
-1456082551498 added Alan Page age 72

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Steve Sabol is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
willyboymcoy added Steve Sabol

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Marvin Harrison is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
WineSippingCowboy added Marvin Harrison age 45

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Steve Atwater is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
JamesOuellette added Steve Atwater age 51

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Ed Reed is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Matthew Plowman added Ed Reed age 39

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Ray Lewis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Matthew Plowman added Ray Lewis age 42

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Jack Tatum is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Jack Tatum Died at 62 (1948-2010)

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Jerome Bettis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
voting closed at #7 Jerome Bettis age 43

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Brian Dawkins is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Matthew Plowman added Brian Dawkins age 44

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Jim Plunkett is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Jim Plunkett age 68

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Peyton Manning is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
AlanNadeau added Peyton Manning age 41

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Lester Hayes is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Lester Hayes age 60

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Rosey Grier is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Rosey Grier age 85

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Randy Gradishar is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
willyboymcoy added Randy Gradishar age 63

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Isaac Bruce is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
WineSippingCowboy added Isaac Bruce age 45

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Phil Simms is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
bobharris1989 added Phil Simms age 63

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Ty Law is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
HUT_Players_69 added Ty Law age 43

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Randall Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame

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Bob Kuechenberg is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame

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Donnie Shell is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
willyboymcoy added Donnie Shell age 63

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Dan Reeves is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
willyboymcoy added Dan Reeves age 71

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Will Shields is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
voting closed at #9 Will Shields age 44

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Bill Belichick is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
bobharris1989 added Bill Belichick age 65

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Tony Boselli is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
atcrow3 added Tony Boselli age 45

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Torry Holt is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
WineSippingCowboy added Torry Holt age 39

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Todd Christensen is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Todd Christensen Died at 57 (1956-2013)

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Chuck Howley is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
camille-bendle added Chuck Howley age 79

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Don Coryell is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
camille-bendle added Don Coryell Died at 86 (1924-2010)

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Joe Jacoby is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
WineSippingCowboy added Joe Jacoby age 58

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Tommy Nobis is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
bcook added Tommy Nobis age 74

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Tom Flores is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Tom Flores age 80

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Calvin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
AlanNadeau added Calvin Johnson age 32

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Lyle Alzado is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Lyle Alzado Died at 43 (1949-1992)

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Harold Carmichael is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
slaft added Harold Carmichael age 68

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willyboymcoy added Steve Tasker age 53 - 1962