NFL People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame  

Blake Edwards
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List Rules Only 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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Jim Marshall is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
MoJoVo16 added Jim Marshall age 81

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Ed Jones is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
bojanthebest added Ed "Too Tall" Jones age 67

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Sterling Sharpe is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
willyboymcoy added Sterling Sharpe age 53 - 1965

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Larry Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
JamesRLock added Larry Fitzgerald age 35

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Steve Atwater is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
JamesOuellette added Steve Atwater age 52

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L. C. Greenwood is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
L. C. Greenwood Died at 67 (1946-2013)

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Ken Stabler is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
voting closed at #1 | Al Sobrante added Ken Stabler age 73

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Marvin Harrison is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
WineSippingCowboy added Marvin Harrison age 46

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Roger Craig is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Roger Craig age 58

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Brett Favre is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
voting closed at #8 | aman ikram added Brett Favre age 49

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Adam Vinatieri is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
shaneomac123 added Adam Vinatieri age 46

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Cliff Branch is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
willyboymcoy added Cliff Branch age 70

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Ed Reed is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Matthew Plowman added Ed Reed age 40

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Peyton Manning is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
AlanNadeau added Peyton Manning age 42

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Alex Karras is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
bojanthebest added Alex Karras Died at 77 (1935-2012)

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Ray Lewis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Matthew Plowman added Ray Lewis age 43

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Ken Anderson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Ken Anderson age 69

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Steve Sabol is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
willyboymcoy added Steve Sabol

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Kevin Greene is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
voting closed at #6 Kevin Greene age 56

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Brian Dawkins is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Matthew Plowman added Brian Dawkins age 45

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Jack Tatum is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Jack Tatum Died at 62 (1948-2010)

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Isaac Bruce is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
WineSippingCowboy added Isaac Bruce age 46

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Randy Gradishar is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
willyboymcoy added Randy Gradishar age 66

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Charles Woodson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
TRENT13 added Charles Woodson age 42

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Lester Hayes is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Lester Hayes age 63

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Jim Plunkett is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Jim Plunkett age 71

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Randall Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame

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Jerome Bettis is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
voting closed at #7 Jerome Bettis age 46

Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame

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Rosey Grier is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Rosey Grier age 86

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Bob Kuechenberg is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame

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Phil Simms is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
bobharris1989 added Phil Simms age 64

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Donnie Shell is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
willyboymcoy added Donnie Shell age 66

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Dan Reeves is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
willyboymcoy added Dan Reeves age 74

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Tony Boselli is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
atcrow3 added Tony Boselli age 46

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Ty Law is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
HUT_Players_69 added Ty Law age 44

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Calvin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
AlanNadeau added Calvin Johnson age 33

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Bill Belichick is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
bobharris1989 added Bill Belichick age 66

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Will Shields is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
voting closed at #9 Will Shields age 47

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Torry Holt is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
WineSippingCowboy added Torry Holt age 42

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Joe Jacoby is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
WineSippingCowboy added Joe Jacoby age 59

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Don Coryell is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
camille-bendle added Don Coryell Died at 86 (1924-2010)

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Chuck Howley is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
camille-bendle added Chuck Howley age 82

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Todd Christensen is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Todd Christensen Died at 57 (1956-2013)

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Terrell Owens is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Terrell Owens age 45

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Tony Gonzalez is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
TRENT13 added Tony Gonzalez age 42

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Harold Carmichael is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
slaft added Harold Carmichael age 69

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Devin Hester is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Matthew Plowman added Devin Hester age 36

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Sean Taylor is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Matthew Plowman added Sean Taylor Died at 24 (1983-2007)

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Alan Faneca is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
WineSippingCowboy added Alan Faneca age 42

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willyboymcoy added Steve Tasker age 56 - 1962