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People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame

Updated September 19, 2020 87.7k votes 5.3k voters 38.9k views322 items

List RulesOnly 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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    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceJackson, Tennessee, United States of America

    TeamsDallas Cowboys, Tennessee State Tigers football

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    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    TeamsDenver Broncos, New York Jets, Arkansas Razorbacks football

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    #3 of 106 The Best Denver Broncos of All Time#8 of 42 The Best NFL Players From Illinois

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    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceYankton, South Dakota

    TeamsIndianapolis Colts, New England Patriots

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    #140 of 144 The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time#1 of 85 The Greatest NFL Kickers of All Time

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    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

    TeamsIndianapolis Colts, Syracuse Orange football

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    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceDanville, Kentucky

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    #9 of 134 The Best Minnesota Vikings Of All Time#13 of 30 The Best NFL Players From Kentucky

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    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    TeamsGreen Bay Packers, South Carolina Gamecocks football

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    Ken Stabler

    Age: 75

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceFoley, Alabama

    TeamsOakland Raiders, New Orleans Saints, Houston Oilers

    Inducted in 2016

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    #96 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever#36 of 80 The Best NFL Player Nicknames

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    Brett Favre

    Age: 51

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceGulfport, Mississippi, United States of America

    TeamsGreen Bay Packers, New York Jets, Minnesota Vikings

    Inducted in 2016

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    Ray Lewis

    Age: 45

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceBartow, Florida, United States of America

    TeamsBaltimore Ravens

    Inducted in 2018

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    #2 of 154 The Greatest Linebackers of All Time#3 of 64 The Best Miami Football Players of All Time

  • 10
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    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceDavenport, Iowa, United States of America

    TeamsSan Francisco 49ers, Minnesota Vikings

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    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceFort Lauderdale, Florida

    TeamsSan Francisco 49ers, St. Louis Rams, Memphis Tigers football

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    Lester Hayes

    Age: 65

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceHouston, Texas

    TeamsOakland Raiders, Texas A&M Aggies football

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    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

    TeamsDenver Broncos, Indianapolis Colts

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    Jack Tatum

    Dec. at 62 (1948-2010)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceCherryville, North Carolina

    TeamsOakland Raiders, Ohio State Buckeyes football, Houston Oilers

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    Brian Dawkins

    Age: 47

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceJacksonville, Florida, United States of America

    TeamsDenver Broncos, Philadelphia Eagles, Clemson Tigers football

    Inducted in 2018

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    #5 of 55 The Best NFL Players From Florida#2 of 121 The Best Philadelphia Eagles of All Time

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    L. C. Greenwood

    Dec. at 67 (1946-2013)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceCanton, Mississippi

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    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceTorrance, California, United States of America

    TeamsKansas City Chiefs, Atlanta Falcons, California Golden Bears football

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    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNewnan, Georgia

    TeamsDetroit Lions

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    #4 of 214 The Best Wide Receivers of All Time#2 of 119 The Best Detroit Lions of All Time

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    Don Coryell

    Dec. at 86 (1924-2010)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceSeattle, Washington

  • 20
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    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceSan Jose, California, United States of America

    TeamsOakland Raiders, New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers

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    Cliff Branch

    Age: 72

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceHouston, Texas, United States of America

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    Ty Law

    Age: 46

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceAliquippa, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    TeamsNew England Patriots, Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, New York Jets

    Inducted in 2019

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    Kevin Greene

    Age: 58

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceSchenectady, New York

    TeamsSan Francisco 49ers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Carolina Panthers, Auburn Tigers football

    Inducted in 2016

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    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceGarden Grove, California, United States of America

    TeamsPittsburgh Steelers

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    Alex Karras

    Dec. at 77 (1935-2012)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceGary, Indiana, United States of America

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