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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
391 271
Joe Namath is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Quarterback

2
309 238
Lynn Swann is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Wide receiver

3
222 185
Bob Griese is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Quarterback

4
229 196
Paul Hornung is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame

5
132 103
Charlie Sanders is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Tight end

6
160 138
Dan Dierdorf is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Tackle, Offensive Lineman

7
136 114
Fred Dean is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Defensive end, Linebacker

8
139 129
Andre Tippett is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Linebacker

9
100 85
Roger Wehrli is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Cornerback

10
44 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
115 118
Floyd Little is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Halfback

12
73 69
Frank Gatski is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Linebacker, Center

13
103 109
Bob Hayes is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Wide receiver

14
77 80
Dave Robinson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Linebacker, Placekicker

15
80 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
74 78
Chris Hanburger is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Linebacker

17
94 105
Jan Stenerud is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Placekicker

18
70 90
Rayfield Wright is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame

19
83 111
Harry Carson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Defensive end, Linebacker

20
85 114
Dave Casper is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Tight end, Wide receiver

21
90 123
John Mackey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Tight end

22
127 185
Terry Bradshaw is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
camille-bendle added Quarterback

23
67 101
Russ Grimm is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Guard

24
96 148
Y. A. Tittle is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Quarterback

25
77 120
Dan Hampton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Defensive tackle, Defensive end

26
92 163
Dan Fouts is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Quarterback

27
88 158
Art Monk is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Wide receiver

28
73 137
Dick LeBeau is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame

29
150 267
O. J. Simpson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Running back

30
90 192
Derrick Thomas is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Linebacker

31
115 237
Warren Moon is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Quarterback

32
110 236
Gale Sayers is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Running back, Return specialist