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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.

1
383 261
Joe Namath is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Joe Namath Quarterback

2
301 228
Lynn Swann is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Lynn Swann Wide receiver

3
216 181
Bob Griese is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Bob Griese Quarterback

4
223 190
Paul Hornung is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame

5
158 133
Dan Dierdorf is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Dan Dierdorf Tackle, Offensive Lineman

6
127 102
Charlie Sanders is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Charlie Sanders Tight end

7
131 112
Fred Dean is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Fred Dean Defensive end, Linebacker

8
135 125
Andre Tippett is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Andre Tippett Linebacker

9
97 85
Roger Wehrli is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Roger Wehrli Cornerback

10
113 113
Floyd Little is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Floyd Little Halfback

11
34 17
Jerry Jones is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Tom Derr added Jerry Jones Offensive Lineman

12
70 68
Frank Gatski is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Frank Gatski Linebacker, Center

13
100 108
Bob Hayes is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Bob Hayes Wide receiver

14
76 78
Dave Robinson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Dave Robinson Linebacker, Placekicker

15
76 84
Curley Culp is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Curley Culp Defensive tackle, Tackle, Defensive lineman

16
90 104
Jan Stenerud is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Jan Stenerud Placekicker

17
70 78
Chris Hanburger is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Chris Hanburger Linebacker

18
82 106
Harry Carson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Harry Carson Defensive end, Linebacker

19
68 87
Rayfield Wright is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame

20
83 109
Dave Casper is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Dave Casper Tight end, Wide receiver

21
89 120
John Mackey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
John Mackey Tight end

22
123 181
Terry Bradshaw is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
camille-bendle added Terry Bradshaw Quarterback

23
66 99
Russ Grimm is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Russ Grimm Guard

24
96 144
Y. A. Tittle is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Y. A. Tittle Quarterback

25
74 117
Dan Hampton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Dan Hampton Defensive tackle, Defensive end

26
87 153
Art Monk is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Art Monk Wide receiver

27
89 159
Dan Fouts is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Dan Fouts Quarterback

28
148 262
O. J. Simpson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
O. J. Simpson Running back

29
70 136
Dick LeBeau is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame

30
88 187
Derrick Thomas is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Derrick Thomas Linebacker

31
113 233
Warren Moon is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Warren Moon Quarterback

32
108 228
Gale Sayers is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Gale Sayers Running back, Return specialist