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People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame

Updated September 19, 2020 89.2k votes 5.2k voters 38.4k 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.
  • Ed "Too Tall" Jones1

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceJackson, Tennessee, United States of America

    TeamsDallas Cowboys, Tennessee State Tigers football

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  • Steve Atwater2

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    TeamsDenver Broncos, New York Jets, Arkansas Razorbacks football

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  • Adam Vinatieri3

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceYankton, South Dakota, United States of America

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  • Marvin Harrison4

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

    TeamsIndianapolis Colts, Syracuse Orange football

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  • Jim Marshall5

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceDanville, Kentucky

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  • Sterling Sharpe6

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    TeamsGreen Bay Packers, South Carolina Gamecocks football


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  • Ken Stabler7

    voting closed at #7

    Ken Stabler

    Age: 75

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceFoley, Alabama

    TeamsOakland Raiders, New Orleans Saints, Houston Oilers

    Inducted in 2016

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  • Brett Favre8

    voting closed at #8

    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 Lewis9

    voting closed at #9

    Ray Lewis

    Age: 45

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceBartow, Florida, United States of America

    TeamsBaltimore Ravens

    Inducted in 2018

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    #3 of 64 The Best Miami Football Players of All Time#1 of 95 The Best Baltimore Ravens of All Time

  • Isaac Bruce10

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceFort Lauderdale, Florida

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

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  • Roger Craig11

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceDavenport, Iowa, United States of America

    TeamsSan Francisco 49ers, Minnesota Vikings

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  • Lester Hayes12

    Lester Hayes

    Age: 65

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceHouston, Texas

    TeamsOakland Raiders, Texas A&M Aggies football


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  • Brian Dawkins13

    voting closed at #13

    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#1 of 121 The Best Philadelphia Eagles of All Time

  • Jack Tatum14

    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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  • Peyton Manning15

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

    TeamsDenver Broncos, Indianapolis Colts

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  • L. C. Greenwood16

    L. C. Greenwood

    Dec. at 67 (1946-2013)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceCanton, Mississippi

  • Tony Gonzalez17

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceTorrance, California, United States of America

    TeamsKansas City Chiefs, Atlanta Falcons, California Golden Bears football

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  • Cliff Branch18

    Cliff Branch

    Age: 72

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceHouston, Texas, United States of America

  • Kevin Greene19

    voting closed at #19

    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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    #17 of 154 The Greatest Linebackers of All Time#6 of 46 The Best Auburn Football Players of All Time

  • Ty Law20

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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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    #5 of 87 The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time#13 of 246 The Best New England Patriots Of All Time

  • Don Coryell21

    Don Coryell

    Dec. at 86 (1924-2010)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceSeattle, Washington

  • Jim Plunkett22

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceSan Jose, California, United States of America

    TeamsOakland Raiders, New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers

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  • Calvin Johnson23

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNewnan, Georgia

    TeamsDetroit Lions

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  • Troy Polamalu24

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceGarden Grove, California, United States of America

    TeamsPittsburgh Steelers

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  • Steve Sabol25

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