Football http://www.notinhalloffame.com Wed, 13 Nov 2019 15:28:05 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb 1. Chuck Howley http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/1154-7-chuck-howley http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/1154-7-chuck-howley 1.  Chuck Howley
There is a signifacnt case to be made that the most disrespected player on this list is Chuck Howley.  We don’t feel that way because he has not been inducted; we feel that we because he has never made the ballot!
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2. L.C. Greenwood http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/1159-8-lc-greenwood http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/1159-8-lc-greenwood 2.  L.C. Greenwood
With nine members of the 1970’s Pittsburgh Steelers already in the Football Hall of Fame, you would think that the team that won four Super Bowls in that decade would be sufficiently represented in Canton.  Some have said that they have the right amount, but the wrong representatives.  Those people point to L.C. Greenwood as the omission.As a member of the famed Steel Curtain, L.C. Greenwood was part of the most dominating defense in football history that propelled the Steelers to four Super Bowls in a five year period.  Greenwood was a big part of that dynasty as he was a six time Pro Bowl selection who terrified opposing Quarterbacks.  Although the sack was not yet an official statistic, Greenwood totaled five of them in his four Super Bowls.  He was tall, fast and was seemingly everywhere on the field.
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3. Alan Faneca http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/3796-alan-faneca http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/3796-alan-faneca 3. Alan Faneca
A member of the Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl XL winning team, Alan Faneca stabilized Pittsburgh’s Offensive Line that gave Ben Roethslisberger a lot of time to throw and Jerome Bettis a lot of room to do his magic. Faneca went to nine Pro Bowls and earned six First Team All Pro selections. The former LSU Tiger would also win the prestigious NFL Alumni Offensive Lineman of the Year Award twice in 2004 and 2008.
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4. Randy Gradishar http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/1168-14-randy-gradishar http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/1168-14-randy-gradishar 4.  Randy Gradishar
The Denver Broncos first became a team that was first feared when their defense became the “Orange Crush” in the late 70’s.  Many have credited linebacker, Randy Gradishar with being the heart and soul of that famed defense.Gradishar was a tackling machine and won the 1978 Defensive Player of the Year.  He consistently went to the Pro Bowl and was the leader of Denver’s “Orange Crush” defense.  Gradishar was known for his exemplarity football instincts and his hallmark ability to block the goal line.  Had he been more attention grabbing, perhaps he would have made a bigger name for himself outside of Colorado.
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5. Steve Atwater http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/1175-24-steve-atwater http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/1175-24-steve-atwater 5.  Steve Atwater
At present only John Elway is in the only representative in the Football Hall of Fame from their late 90’s back to back Super Bowls.  It should not be forgotten that their defense had a lot to do with those wins and a big part of that Broncos “D’” was Steve Atwater.Atwater played at Free Safety, but he was far from the traditional Safety.  He was often used as an eight man in the defensive front and as such he racked up a large amount of tackles for a Safety.  Atwater would become the captain of the Bronco’s defense and would help lead them to two Super Bowl wins.
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6. Roger Craig http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/1163-16-roger-craig http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/1163-16-roger-craig 6.  Roger Craig
A very strong case can be made to justify the induction of Roger Craig to the Football Hall of Fame.  This makes it all the more bizarre that the powerful Running Back had to wait ten years to even get nominated.There could be no doubt that during his prime that Roger Craig was an integral part of every offensive play.  Craig initially was a fullback in the pro ranks, but it became clear that he was equally adept at carrying the ball as blocking for others.  In 1986 he became the first football player to both rush and catch for 1,000 yards each.  Opposing defenses feared his high knee running style and had to keep all eyes on Craig during every play.
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7. Troy Polamalu http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/6280-troy-polamalu http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/6280-troy-polamalu 7. Troy Polamalu
Known for his long hair as much as he was for his punishing hits, Troy Polamalu spent his entire professional career with the Pittsburgh Steelers and had a popularity throughout the league that extended well past the Steel City.  Polamalu was not just a flashy and popular player, but he was a well respected one who was a former Defensive Player of the Year (2010) and anchored a defense that took Pittsburgh to their fifth and sixth Super Bowl.
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8. Reggie Wayne http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/7907-reggie-wayne http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/7907-reggie-wayne 8. Reggie Wayne
Drafted late in the First Round out of the University of Miami, Reggie Wayne was brought in to compliment Marvin Harrison.  It is safe to say to that he accomplished a lot more than that.
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9. Isaac Bruce http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/3162-22-isaac-bruce http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/3162-22-isaac-bruce 9. Isaac Bruce
Like ranking Torry Holt, we found the slotting of Isaac Bruce to be difficult. One of the main weapons on the Rams “Greatest Show on Turf”, Issac Bruce would collect 15,028 Receiving Yards which as of this writing is fourth all time. That is a very impressive number, but what puts him lower on our list is that he was never really considered the best player in his position, was never a First Team All Pro and was only in the top ten in Receiving Yards four times. That may all be true, but unlike Baseball, Football players are not viewed as stat compilers and he does have career numbers that are Canton worthy. If he got in on his first year of eligibility we wouldn’t be surprised. We would say the same if it took him ten tries.
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10. Ronde Barber http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/3833-ronde-barber http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/3833-ronde-barber 10. Ronde Barber
The leader of the Tampa Bay secondary for over a decade, Ronde Barber had one of the most statistically impressive careers for a Cornerback in the history of Football. Barber is one of only two men to net more than 40 Interceptions and 20 Sacks and was the leader in Picks in 2001. He also holds the record for the most Sacks by a Cornerback.
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11. Torry Holt http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/3158-8-torry-holt http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/3158-8-torry-holt 11. Torry Holt
We are not going to lie. The ranking of Torry Holt was not easy, and was such to the point that we could easily see where Holt could be ranked much higher or lower; as always, we want to hear what you think. With that said, Holt may not have accumulatively did better than his peers at the Wide Receiver position, but throughout the 2000’s, nobody was a more consistent producer in the NFL. Playing all but one season with the Rams, Torry Holt caught 920 passes for 13,382 Yards. Twice he led the NFL in Receiving Yards and was a primary target for Kurt Warner, the upstart star Quarterback. Holt was a Pro Bowl selection seven times and in the eleven seasons that he was in the NFL, was in the top ten in receiving yards eight times, which cannot be overlooked. Holt was the youngest receiver to hit the 10,000 and 11,000 Yard mark and had his body lasted a year or two longer he would have the career stats that would be impossible to ignore. As such, we are fascinated to see what the Football Hall of Fame does with Torry Holt.
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12. Ken Anderson http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/1157-8-ken-anderson http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/1157-8-ken-anderson 12.  Ken Anderson
Bill Walsh’s West Coast Offense is very popular now, but despite the geographic name, it was actually executed first in Cincinnati by Ken Anderson. Ken Anderson was a lifetime Bengal who set passing records for the franchise.  He was incredibly accurate and mastered the short yardage pass.  On four occasions he led the league in Quarterback Rating and in 1982 he set a season record (which he still holds) with a 70.6 highest completion percentage.  He did make it to the Super Bowl and though his Bengals lost he was still brilliant in defeat.
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13. Cliff Branch http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/1169-17-cliff-branch http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/1169-17-cliff-branch 13.  Cliff Branch
Wide Receivers have exploded in terms of yardage but the 70’s did not feature a lot of game breakers at that or any other position.  One of those exceptions was Cliff Branch who during the mid 70’s was one of the most explosive athletes on the field. Cliff Branch was the deep threat for the Raiders when the Silver and Black were the most feared team in the league.  From 1974 to 1976, Branch would twice lead the league in receiving touchdowns and though the amount of catches he managed in that time frame seems average today, his average yards per catch holds up in any era.  Branch was also part of three Super Bowl Championship teams and caught a combined three touchdowns in the wins.
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14. Alex Karras http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/1171-18-alex-karras http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/1171-18-alex-karras 14.  Alex Karras
Minus ten points for being Webster’s dad, but gaining it all back for his role as “Mongo”, Alex Karras actually had a successful acting career.  Since we aren’t ranking athletes turned actors (yet) we will focus on his gridiron career, which was quite remarkable. Alex Karras always seemed to follow his own path.  His tumultuous College run at Iowa showcased brilliant play and off field issues and this followed him to the NFL.  He was suspended for the 1963 season for gambling but regardless of that transgression, Karras was one of the most popular Lions in that franchise’s history.  He was a three time First Team All Pro and the leader of the Lions defense for a decade.
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15. Jim Tyrer http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/1162-19-jim-tyrer http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/1162-19-jim-tyrer 15.  Jim Tyrer
Out of all the people on this list we will say up front that there is zero chance that Jim Tyrer will get into the Football Hall of Fame.  Killing your wife and committing suicide there after is sadly what Tyrer is best known for and this has led to him being ostracized by the NFL.Had Tyrer not broke down in his personal life, his on field accomplishments may have been enough to get him in to Canton.  He was arguably the best Offensive Lineman in the AFL, and was a multiple time AFL All star.  He was voted to the all time AFL team and was a big part of opening holes for Chiefs runners for years.  Tyrer may very well the best lineman that Kansas City ever had.
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16. Lavvie Dilweg http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/10352-16-lavvie-dilweg http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/10352-16-lavvie-dilweg 16. Lavvie Dilweg
Lavvie Dilweg was a star at Marquette, and he would keep his athletic talents in the state of Wisconsin, as he signed with the Milwaukee Badgers in 1926. The stay in Milwaukee was short-lived as the team folded that year.  He would travel north and join the Green Bay Packers in 1927, an organization he played for until 1934.  Dilweg was considered to be one of the most complete players of his era, a time frame in which the football players performed at both ends, and his peers viewed him as one of the top tacklers and blockers of his day.  Stats back then were not well kept, but he was also a decent offensive weapon, and overall, he helped the Green Bay Packers win three consecutive NFL Championships (1929, 1930 & 1931).
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17. Patrick Willis http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/6277-patrick-willis http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/6277-patrick-willis 17. Patrick Willis
Considered a shocking early retirement by NFL standards, Patrick Willis would spend his professional career with the San Francisco 49ers and make seven Pro Bowls.
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18. Otis Taylor http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/1229-25-otis-taylor http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/1229-25-otis-taylor 18.  Otis Taylor
It may seem a lifetime ago, but when Hall of Fame Quarterback Len Dawson was looking for a deep threat, it was Otis Taylor who was the target.  In fact, it was Taylor who caught half of the passes for the Kansas City Chiefs in their Super Bowl IV victory.Taylor was a star in the AFL, and a big reason that the Chiefs were good.  He was their top receiver and rewarded them with a 1,297 yard season in 1966.  He was still productive after the NFL/AFL merger and the league in receiving yards in 1971.
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19. Tommy Nobis http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/1589-31-tommy-nobis http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/1589-31-tommy-nobis 19. Tommy Nobis
Did we forget about a legendary Atlanta Falcon?  Granted, there have not been that many in the past history of the Falcons, but we may very well have forgotten about a solid Linebacker in Tommy Nobis who was easily the first bright spot of the Southern franchise. As one of the finest linebackers in collegiate history, Tommy Nobis was the first draft pick (and first overall of 1966) for the expansion Atlanta Falcons.  Nobis was a feared tackler and was the star of the early Falcons defensive squads.  He was a Pro Bowler in his first three seasons and would lead the Falcons in tackles on nine occasions.
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20. Edgerrin James http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/3161-19-edgerrin-james http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/3161-19-edgerrin-james 20. Edgerrin James
In 1999, the Indianapolis Colts were criticized for selecting Edgerrin James fourth in the draft when Ricky Williams was still available. That criticism ended as soon as they saw him play. In his first year, James was the NFL’s leading rusher and was a First Team All Pro. He would again win the rushing title in his second season, though injuries would start to creep in. He would not win another rushing title, however he would have another five seasons hitting the 1,000 Yard mark, two of which netted him a Pro Bowl appearance. James rushed for a total of 12,246 and had another 3,364 Yards from 433 Receptions.
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21. Donnie Shell http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/1194-36-donnie-shell http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/1194-36-donnie-shell 21. Donnie Shell
An earlier entry depicts how L.C. Greenwood could be the tenth member of the Steeler dynasty to receive a bust in Canton.  If it isn’t Greenwood, a case could be made for Donnie Shell, the spectacular Strong Safety who also has four Super Bowl Rings.Shell went undrafted in 1974 but signed on the Pittsburgh Steelers as a Free Agent.  He scratched and clawed his way onto the main roster and by 1977 he was the regular Strong Safety and preventing touchdowns on a regular basis.  Like many Steelers, he saved his best performances for the clutch and all of his Super Bowl performances were stellar.
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23. Steve Wisniewski http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/1183-28-steve-wisniewski http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/1183-28-steve-wisniewski 23. Steve Wisniewski
What points do you get for being one of the best players to come out of Vermont?  Okay, not that much, but regardless of what state Steve Wisniewski came from, there was no doubt that he was one of the finest Offensive Linemen of the 1990’s.Steve Wisniewski was the defacto leader of the Silver and Black’s O-Line for over a decade.  Many considered him a dirty player and too many he was the embodiment of the Silver and Black.  Regardless of whatever tactics the “Wiz” would use, there was no doubt that he was a talented Left Guard and in addition to eight Pro Bowls, he was named to the prestigious NFL 1990’s All Decade team.
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22. Mac Speedie http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/10353-22-mac-speedie http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/10353-22-mac-speedie 22. Mac Speedie
Mac Speedie played his entire career with the Cleveland Browns, but the Detroit Lions drafted him in 1942, a team that he elected not to play with until the end of World War II.  When Speedie decided to play professional ball in 1946, he would join the Cleveland Browns of the upstart All-American Football Conference.  And along with Otto Graham, Marion Motley, and Dante Lavell, he was part of an elite group that would win all four of the league championships of the organization's existence.
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24. Steve Hutchinson http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/3835-steve-hutchinson http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/3835-steve-hutchinson 24. Steve Hutchinson
Considered one of the finest Offensive Guards in the history of both the Seattle Seahawks (he was a member of their 35th Anniversary Team) and the Minnesota Vikings (he was named one of the 50 top of their team), Steve Hutchinson was twice named the NFL Alumni Offensive Lineman of the Year. He would receive additional accolades with seven Pro Bowls and five First Team All Pro selections and a slot on the NFL 2000’s All Decade Team.  It takes a special player to be this highly regarded by two NFL franchises like Hutchinson is.
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25. John Brodie http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/1174-26-john-brodie http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/1174-26-john-brodie 25.  John Brodie
When you think of great San Francisco quarterbacks you would automatically think of Joe Montana and Steve Young.  Prior to them there was a very good one named John Brodie who put up great numbers without the supporting cast that Montana and Young had.John Brodie was one of the games early gunslingers and most of the time he had to be.  The 49ers of the 1960’s were not a great team, and Brodie was often the main reason his team was competitive. By the time the 70’s rolled around, Brodie had a better team around him and though he was finally playoff bound, the Niners could not get past the Cowboys for three years in a row.  Still, Brodie won the 1970 MVP and was given a more respect around the league.
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26. Cliff Harris http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/1187-37-cliff-harris http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/1187-37-cliff-harris 26. Cliff Harris
Generally you wouldn’t think that a six time Pro Bowl selection would come out of Ouachita Baptist, but that small Arkansas school produced Cliff Harris, one of the best Safeties that the Dallas Cowboys ever had.Harris wasn’t known for interceptions (though he did have 29), but the man dubbed “Captain Crash” was known for bone crushing hits and was exceptionally valuable on the pass defense.  Because of his hits, opposing receivers were terrified of him and more than a few likely had moments of fear prior to catching the ball.  When needed, Cliff Harris was capable of returning balls on Special Teams and was the primary Kick Returner early in his career for Dallas.  Harris was honored as a three time First Team All Pro and was named to the 1970’s All Decade Team.
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27. Lester Hayes http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/1197-29-lester-hayes http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/1197-29-lester-hayes Lester Hayes
Many Hall of Fame candidates watch their push for the Hall build and build.  This doesn’t seem to be the case for Lester Hayes who was a finalist in his first four years of eligibility, but has only been a semi finalist the last six years.Lester Hayes is best known for two things.  The first was in 1980 where he had 13 picks and won the Defensive Player of the Year award. The year after the “Lester Hayes” rules was put into effect banning players from the use of “stickum”, an adhesive that Hayes was using to get a better grip on the ball.
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28. Deron Cherry http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/1192-43-deron-cherry http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/1192-43-deron-cherry 28. Deron Cherry
Usually Punters don’t have much of a Hall of Fame shot.  Good thing for Deron Cherry that he focused on being a Safety.  Better thing for the Kansas City Chiefs as Cherry became one of the best at that position.Using his athletic gifts, Deron Cherry emerged as a top defensive star in the NFL.  Once he became a star, he was among the leagues most consistent players.  Although he never led the league in interceptions, Cherry was a very good open field tackler and was rarely beat one on one.  For his efforts, Cherry was a six time Pro Bowl Selection and was named to the NFL All Decade Team for the 1980’s.
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29. Lemar Parrish http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/1177-39-lemar-parrish http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/1177-39-lemar-parrish 29. Lemar Parrish
Generally if you are selected to eight Pro Bowls in a decade regardless of your position it stands to reason that you won’t be forgotten.  Somehow, Lemar Parrish managed to slip through the cracks of football consciousness as his legacy just doesn’t seem as big as it should be.You can’t be selected to eight Pro Bowls in eleven years without being consistent.  Parrish was certainly that, but while he was a top Cornerback, he was also a top Punt Returner for the first half of his career.  Once he stopped returning punts, Parrish would actually have some of his best years at Cornerback as he landed his only First Team All Pro selection at the age of 32.
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30. Maxie Baughan http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/1193-49-maxie-baughan http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/1193-49-maxie-baughan 30.  Maxie Baughan
If you have an eleven year professional football career and you make the Pro Bowl for nine of them, it can be widely assumed that you had a very productive career.  Maxie Baughan did just that, but because he spread those accomplishments across three teams, he is not specifically associated with any franchise, which may have hampered his recognition factor.Baughan first cut his teeth with the Eagles and was a big part of their championship run in 1960.  He was easily the best defender on the Eagles, but as that team’s fortunes waned, he looked to be traded to a contender.  He took his skills to the Rams and later Washington, where at both stops he remained a perennial Pro Bowler.
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31. John Lynch http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/1990-57-john-lynch http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/1990-57-john-lynch 31.  John Lynch
Although Warren Sapp received most of the attention of the famed Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense, Strong Safety, John Lynch anchored the secondary and leveled anyone who actually could get past their linemen.
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32. Jim Marshall http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/1222-65-jim-marshall http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/1222-65-jim-marshall 32.  Jim Marshall
Does longevity mean more than greatness?  We ask this question about Jim Marshall who had a solid twenty year career but only made the Pro Bowl twice.
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33. Duke Slater http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/10356-33-duke-slater http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/10356-33-duke-slater 33. Duke Slater
Historically speaking, the impact of Duke Slater is complicated to quantify.  A multi-sport star at the University of Iowa, Slater was signed by the Milwaukee Badgers of the National Football League in 1922, making him one of the few black players of his day.  The Offensive Tackle did not stay there long as the team was looking to go to an all-white roster.  He would then sign with the Rock Island Independents, where he remained until shortly after they switched to the American Football League.  Slater would later join the Chicago Cardinals, and by 1927 he was the only African-American player in the NFL as racism took over the league.  He played there until his retirement in 1931 after never having missed a game.
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34. Drew Pearson http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/1199-30-drew-pearson http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/1199-30-drew-pearson 34.  Drew Pearson
As shown with earlier entries, the 1970’s may have delivered some great wide receivers but statistically they don’t measure up to the huge numbers put out by the current generation.  Drew Pearson was a star in his time, but he his sometimes forgotten due to the time in which he played. In the mid 70’s Drew Pearson was the Cowboy’s go to receiver and the one they counted on in the clutch.  He was a big play receiver and was named to the 1970’s All Decade team and led the league in receiving yards in 1977.  Had there been ESPN when he played he would have been a Sunday night staple on Sports Center.
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35. Herschel Walker http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/1191-42-herschel-walker http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/1191-42-herschel-walker 35.  Herschel Walker
It may be called the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but for all intents and purposes it only focuses on accomplishments from the NFL and to a lesser extent the AFL.  This is too bad for Herschel Walker who chalked up monster totals in his first three years of Pro Football, but did so as a member of the New Jersey Generals of the upstart United States Football League.Walker would go to the Dallas Cowboys and would forever try to live up to the Play Station like numbers he put up in College and in the USFL.  Walker was still very good, and put up good numbers for Dallas in both receiving and running the ball.  He was however the focal point of one of the more lopsided trades in NFL history where the Vikings sent five players and a multitude of draft picks (three of which were Emmitt Smith, Alvin Harper and Darren Woodson).  Dallas would use this to build a dynasty of the 90’s, and Minnesota coaches took there frustration out on Walker who was not used to the best of his ability while as a Viking.  Herschel was still good, but his stock dramatically went down.
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36. Randall Cunningham http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/1188-52-randall-cunningham http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/1188-52-randall-cunningham 36.  Randall Cunningham
If the Football Hall of Fame was based solely on excitement there should be no doubt that Randall Cunningham would have been inducted on the first ballot.  His nickname of the “Human Highlight Reel” was well deserved and he was hands down the most entertaining Quarterback of his era.Randall Cunningham could beat you with his throwing arms or with his legs.  He excelled at scrambling and is the current all time leader for rushing yards (4,928) for a Quarterback.  This made him exciting to watch but also overshadowed his ability to throw.  Cunningham was an efficient thrower and as his speed began to wane, he was able to prove to a lot of people in the league that he could throw with the best of them.
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37. Harold Carmichael http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/1201-45-harold-carmichael http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/1201-45-harold-carmichael 37.  Harold Carmichael
At 6’ 8, we were not sure how anybody watching Philadelphia Eagles games could ever miss Harold Carmichael, no matter how bad their television was.  Luckily for those same fans, Eagles Quarterbacks didn’t miss him either.Harold Carmichael was a sure handed receiver for over a decade.  He had a magical 1973 campaign where he led the league in receptions and receiving yards.  Although he never duplicated those stats, he would twice more hit the 1,000 yard mark.  Carmichael was one of the game’s all time clutch Wide Receivers and he was the man who you expected to penetrate the end zone for the Eagles.  A whopping thirteen percent of his catches were for touchdowns, and remember this is someone who is firmly entrenched in the top one hundred all time in receptions.
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38. Roman Gabriel http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/1212-64-roman-gabriel http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/1212-64-roman-gabriel 38.  Roman Gabriel
In the early 1960’s, to say that the Los Angeles Rams were bad would be an understatement.  Things began to change slowly once Roman Gabriel really came into his own as their Quarterback.
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39. Zach Thomas http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/10357-39-zach-thomas http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/10357-39-zach-thomas 39. Zach Thomas
To say that Zach Thomas was the Miami Dolphins' defense for over a decade almost seems like an understatement.  Thomas was only drafted in the 5th Round in 1996, but the Linebacker from Texas Tech would become one of the elite Linebackers in the AFC.  From 1998 to 2006, he would be chosen for five First Team All-Pro Selections and seven Pro Bowls, and in this time period, he proved himself to be a ferocious tackling machine.  Thomas finished first in the NFL in Combined Tackles (2002 & 2006), and as of this writing, he is fifth all-time with 1,727.  Thomas also accumulated 1,100 Solo Tackles over his career.  
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40. Hines Ward http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/3814-hines-ward http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/3814-hines-ward 40. Hines Ward
The all time leader in Receiving, Receiving Yards and Receiving Touchdowns in the history of the Pittsburgh Steelers franchise, Hines Ward brings the accumulative statistical resume that you would expect from a Wide Receiver in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  Ward amassed over 12,000 Yards Receiving, an even 1,000 Receptions and most importantly was a large part of the Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl wins in 2006 and 2009, the first of which he was named the MVP of.
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41. Sterling Sharpe http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/1203-53-sterling-sharpe http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/1203-53-sterling-sharpe Sterling Sharpe
Much like our entry with Terrell Davis, we wonder what kind of career numbers Sterling Sharpe would have put up had a neck injury not prematurely ended his career in his prime in 1994.  It is not out of the realm of possibility to think that he could have in the top ten in every major receiving category had he stayed healthy.Sterling Sharpe was productive in every year he was in the NFL.  Three times he led the league in receptions and was the main go to target for Brett Favre when the latter joined the Packers.  His apex season was in 1992 when he won the Wide Receiver’s version of the “Triple Crown” where he was the top performer in receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns.  In joining that elite group, many felt that he was truly the top Wide Receiver in the NFL.
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42. Neil Smith http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/1184-35-neil-smith http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/1184-35-neil-smith 42.  Neil Smith
Very few players could be viewed as the total athletic package. Neil Smith may have been one of those rare exceptions as scouts felt with his skills there was little he couldn’t do on the football field.  Those scouts would be right.Neil Smith was a multi faceted Defensive End who was equally adept at stuffing the run as defending against the pass.  His true gift may have been sacking the Quarterback as he led the NFL in that category in 1993.  Smith was a six time Pro Bowler and though his skills were slightly diminished in the second half of his career, he was able to aid the Denver Broncos in their two consecutive Super Bowl wins in the late 90’s.
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43. Bob Kuechenberg http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/1200-46-bob-kuechenberg http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/1200-46-bob-kuechenberg 43.  Bob Kuechenberg
As one of the men who eagerly waits for the final undefeated team to lose every NFL season, Bob Kuechenberg was a staple on the fame Miami Dolphins O-Line.As part of the Dolphins two consecutive Super Bowl champions, Kuechenberg actually enjoyed better individual seasons after.  Although he looked like a reject from the Longest Yard Prison Team (the original movie); Kuechenberg would enter into six Pro Bowl seasons.  What he lacked in ability, he made up for in guile.
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44. Eric Allen http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/1202-55-eric-allen http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/1202-55-eric-allen 44. Eric Allen
There have been many great defensive stars for the Philadelphia Eagles through the years.  Perhaps one of their quickest was Eric Allen, who was a constant threat to intercept any football thrown in his vicinity.Eric Allen was an impact player almost immediately in the NFL.  In his first eight years as a professional, Allen was named to the Pro Bowl six times and despite being a Cornerback, became a Sports Centre staple.  In 1993, Eric Allen had six picks, four of which he returned for touchdowns.
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45. Bobby Boyd http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/1225-78-bobby-boyd http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/1225-78-bobby-boyd 45. Bobby Boyd
As much as football changes, there are some statistics that will always remain critical to the game.  One such stat is the Interception, which is one of the biggest game changers regardless of era.  In the 60’s, Bobby Boyd was one of the masters of the pick.
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46. Joe Jacoby http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/1224-67-joe-jacoby http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/1224-67-joe-jacoby 46.  Joe Jacoby
Offensive linemen may be the most respected in football, but they are from the most famous.  One of the few exceptions to that rule was the fames “Hogs” who patrolled the front line of the Washington Redskins in the 1980’s.
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47. Charley Conerly http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/1243-79-charley-conerly http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/1243-79-charley-conerly 47.  Charley Conerly
Many entries on this list discuss how you can’t compare offensive statistics from the 60’s and 70’s to today’s inflated numbers.  This is even more accurate when looking at the stars of the 1950’s.  Perhaps this is why Charlie Conerly, the Quarterback of the New York Giants during the 50’s was on the final ballot multiple times but dropped off seemingly for good after 1980.
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48. Ricky Watters http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/1189-34-ricky-watters http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/1189-34-ricky-watters 48.  Ricky Watters
You never had to wonder what was on Ricky Watters mind.  He would tell you whether it was good or bad, and that brashness made him a very polarizing figure in the NFL.  It is also possible that this is why the Hall of Fame has yet to look his way. Ricky Watters was one of the most consistent Running Backs in the National Football League.  He gained 1,000 yards on the ground seven times while catching fifty passes five times.  Watters was the player that teams went to when they wanted to move the chains.  With that said, he was far from a darling of the press and it has been speculated that this could be a factor that could keep him out of the Hall of Fame.
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49. John Abraham http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/6266-john-abraham http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/6266-john-abraham 49. John Abraham
A member of the 100 Sack club (133.5 exactly), John Abraham was a pounding Defensive End who terrorized Quarterbacks for years. Eight times he would exceed ten sacks in a season and was a very popular figure during his time with the New York Jets and the Atlanta Falcons. A very intriguing candidate, Abraham is as of this writing in the top all-time in Forced Fumbles and Tackles for Loss and the top fifteen in Quarterback Sacks.  He would go to five Pro Bowls.
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50. Al Wistert http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/10358-50-al-wistert http://www.notinhalloffame.com/football/10358-50-al-wistert 50. Al Wistert
Drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1943, Al Wistert would play his entire nine-year career in Eastern Pennsylvania.  Playing at Tackle (on both sides of the ball), the former Michigan Wolverine would be named a First Team All-Pro by the Associated Press four years in a row (1944-47).  Wistert would be named to the Pro Bowl in 1950 and was an integral part of Philadelphia's back-to-back NFL Titles in 1948 and 1949.  It is difficult to fathom the Eagles winning those championships without Wistert, who was their team captain. 
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