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 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 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 age 53 - 1965

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Steve Atwater is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
JamesOuellette added age 52

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Roger Craig is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
age 58

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Larry Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
JamesRLock added age 35

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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 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 age 46

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L. C. Greenwood is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Died at 67 (1946-2013)

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Ed Reed is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Matthew Plowman added age 40

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Peyton Manning is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
AlanNadeau added age 42

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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 age 70

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Adam Vinatieri is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
shaneomac123 added age 46

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Ken Anderson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
age 69

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Brett Favre is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
voting closed at #8 aman ikram added age 49

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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 age 43

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Alex Karras is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
bojanthebest added Died at 77 (1935-2012)

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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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Isaac Bruce is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
WineSippingCowboy added age 46

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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 age 45

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Kevin Greene is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
voting closed at #6 age 56

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Lester Hayes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
age 63

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Randall Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame

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Jim Plunkett is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
age 71

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Jack Tatum is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Died at 62 (1948-2010)

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Randy Gradishar is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
willyboymcoy added age 66

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Rosey Grier is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
age 86

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Ty Law is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
HUT_Players_69 added age 44

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Calvin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
AlanNadeau added age 33

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Phil Simms is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
bobharris1989 added age 64

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Dan Reeves is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
willyboymcoy added age 74

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Bob Kuechenberg is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame

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Tony Gonzalez is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
LuckyDarth123 added age 42

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Charles Woodson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame

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Jerome Bettis is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
voting closed at #7 age 46

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Donnie Shell is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
willyboymcoy added age 66

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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 age 66

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Tony Boselli is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
atcrow3 added age 46

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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 age 42

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Troy Polamalu is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
hyperfuturevisn added age 37

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Devin Hester is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Matthew Plowman added age 36

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Don Coryell is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
camille-bendle added Died at 86 (1924-2010)

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Joe Jacoby is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
WineSippingCowboy added age 59

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Sean Taylor is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Matthew Plowman added Died at 24 (1983-2007)

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Will Shields is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
voting closed at #9 age 47

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Chuck Howley is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
camille-bendle added age 82

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Rod Smith is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
WineSippingCowboy added age 48

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Todd Christensen is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Died at 57 (1956-2013)

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Mel Renfro is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
age 77

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Harold Carmichael is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
slaft added age 69