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Football 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
386 267
Joe Namath is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Quarterback

2
306 235
Lynn Swann is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Wide receiver

3
221 182
Bob Griese is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Quarterback

4
226 195
Paul Hornung is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame

5
131 103
Charlie Sanders is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Tight end

6
159 137
Dan Dierdorf is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Tackle, Offensive Lineman

7
134 114
Fred Dean is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Defensive end, Linebacker

8
137 128
Andre Tippett is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Linebacker

9
99 85
Roger Wehrli is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Cornerback

10
42 21
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
115 115
Floyd Little is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Halfback

12
103 108
Bob Hayes is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Wide receiver

13
72 69
Frank Gatski is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Linebacker, Center

14
76 80
Dave Robinson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Linebacker, Placekicker

15
79 84
Curley Culp is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Defensive tackle, Tackle, Defensive lineman

16
94 104
Jan Stenerud is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Placekicker

17
73 78
Chris Hanburger is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Linebacker

18
85 112
Dave Casper is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Tight end, Wide receiver

19
69 90
Rayfield Wright is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame

20
82 111
Harry Carson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Defensive end, Linebacker

21
89 123
John Mackey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Tight end

22
126 184
Terry Bradshaw is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
camille-bendle added Quarterback

23
96 146
Y. A. Tittle is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Quarterback

24
66 101
Russ Grimm is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Guard

25
75 120
Dan Hampton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Defensive tackle, Defensive end

26
87 157
Art Monk is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Wide receiver

27
89 162
Dan Fouts is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Quarterback

28
149 265
O. J. Simpson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Running back

29
72 137
Dick LeBeau is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame

30
113 236
Warren Moon is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Quarterback

31
88 191
Derrick Thomas is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Linebacker

32
110 233
Gale Sayers is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Running back, Return specialist