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NFL Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame  

Pedro Cerrano
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List Rules The players at the top of the list are the ones who are the most undeserving members

The most undeserving members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame are all great players who have contributed great things to the game, but are not quite up to that elite level deserving of enshrinement. While most of the time the Board of Selectors gets their inductions right, occasionally and especially in these cases, they might be a little too lenient on who they add to the wall of bronze busts in Canton, Ohio.

A list of the worst players in the Football Hall of Fame would still be a list of great football players. There is no question that all of these men are stellar NFL players, even some of the best football players of all time who have played for the greatest pro football teams of all time. However, when you compare their contributions to the league to the stars of today, they fall quite short.

Lynn Swann, for example, had a decorated career as a receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers but really only had a few Hall of Fame-worthy games and never finished in the top five among receivers during his career. Bob Griese, the Super Bowl-winning quarterback for the Miami Dolphins, is another good example. Completing only 77.1% of his passes, Griese never topped 2,500 passing yards in a season. For reference, in 2011, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees passed for 5,476.

Then there are others who are deserving of enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but not for the reasons they were inducted. Dick LeBeau is arguably one of the best defensive coordinators in the history of the National Football League but was inducted after one of the worst playing careers as a defensive back with the Detroit Lions.

So for all the greats in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, there are also some duds. In the end, the Gale Sayers, Joe Namaths and O.J. Simpsons are all above average players but when you really get down to comparing their careers to the top football players of today, they simply are undeserving of being members of the Pro Football hall of Fame.
list ordered by

1
399 274
Joe Namath is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Quarterback

2
313 241
Lynn Swann is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Wide receiver

3
227 187
Bob Griese is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Quarterback

4
232 200
Paul Hornung is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame

5
133 106
Charlie Sanders is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Tight end

6
161 142
Dan Dierdorf is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Tackle, Offensive Lineman

7
136 118
Fred Dean is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Defensive end, Linebacker

8
142 133
Andre Tippett is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Linebacker

9
101 87
Roger Wehrli is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Cornerback

10
46 23
Jerry Jones is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Tom Derr added Offensive Lineman

11
116 121
Floyd Little is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Halfback

12
74 71
Frank Gatski is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Linebacker, Center

13
106 112
Bob Hayes is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Wide receiver

14
99 105
Jan Stenerud is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Placekicker

15
79 81
Dave Robinson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Linebacker, Placekicker

16
81 87
Curley Culp is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Defensive tackle, Tackle, Defensive lineman

17
75 80
Chris Hanburger is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Linebacker

18
71 92
Rayfield Wright is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame

19
85 114
Harry Carson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Defensive end, Linebacker

20
92 125
John Mackey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Tight end

21
86 117
Dave Casper is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Tight end, Wide receiver

22
130 186
Terry Bradshaw is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
camille-bendle added Quarterback

23
70 103
Russ Grimm is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Guard

24
79 123
Dan Hampton is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Defensive tackle, Defensive end

25
97 152
Y. A. Tittle is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Quarterback