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People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame

Updated September 19, 2020 87.7k votes 5.0k voters 37.4k 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.
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    Ed "Too Tall" Jones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
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    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceJackson, Tennessee, United States of America

    TeamsDallas Cowboys, Tennessee State Tigers football

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    Steve Atwater is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
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    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    TeamsDenver Broncos, New York Jets, Arkansas Razorbacks football

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    Adam Vinatieri is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
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    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceYankton, South Dakota, United States of America

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    Jim Marshall is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
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    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceDanville, Kentucky

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    Marvin Harrison is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
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    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

    TeamsIndianapolis Colts, Syracuse Orange football

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    Brett Favre is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
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    voting closed at #6

    Brett Favre

    Age: 51

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceGulfport, Mississippi, United States of America

    TeamsGreen Bay Packers, New York Jets, Atlanta Falcons, Minnesota Vikings

    Inducted in 2016

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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
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    voting closed at #7

    Ken Stabler

    Age: 75

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceFoley, Alabama

    TeamsNew Orleans Saints, Oakland Raiders, Alabama Crimson Tide Football, Houston Oilers

    Inducted in 2016

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    Sterling Sharpe is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
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    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    TeamsGreen Bay Packers, South Carolina Gamecocks football

    1965
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    Isaac Bruce is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
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    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceFort Lauderdale, Florida

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

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    Roger Craig is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
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    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceDavenport, Iowa, United States of America

    TeamsSan Francisco 49ers, Minnesota Vikings

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    Lester Hayes is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
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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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    Ray Lewis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
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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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    Brian Dawkins is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
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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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    L. C. Greenwood is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
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    L. C. Greenwood

    Dec. at 67 (1946-2013)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceCanton, Mississippi

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    Peyton Manning is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
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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 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
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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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    Tony Gonzalez is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
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    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceUSA, California, Torrance

    TeamsKansas City Chiefs, Atlanta Falcons, California Golden Bears football

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    Jim Plunkett is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
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    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceSan Jose, California, United States of America

    TeamsNew England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers, Oakland Raiders, Stanford Cardinal football

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    Cliff Branch is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
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    Cliff Branch

    Age: 72

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceHouston, Texas, United States of America

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    Kevin Greene is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
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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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    Don Coryell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
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    Don Coryell

    Dec. at 86 (1924-2010)

    BirthplaceSeattle, Washington

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    Calvin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
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    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNewnan, Georgia

    TeamsDetroit Lions

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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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    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceSanta Barbara, California, United States of America

    TeamsDallas Cowboys, Baltimore Ravens, Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings, UNLV Rebels football

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    Troy Polamalu is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
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    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceGarden Grove, California, United States of America

    TeamsPittsburgh Steelers

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    Steve Sabol is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
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    Steve Sabol

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