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88.  Steve Tasker
Steve Tasker may have been listed as a Wide Receiver but with only 51 career receptions it is hard to think of him as a successful wide out.  Tasker did however make the Prow Bowl but it was not because of his offensive capabilities but from his prowess on the Special Teams.

Tasker was probably the first player in NFL history who distinguished himself on Special Teams squads without being a Punter or Kicker.  He was not a big man, but he was deceptively quick and a brilliant tackler.  He excelled at stripping the ball away from runners and it was rare when he was not the first run to reach the return man upon kick off.

Steve Tasker has been considered by many to be the greatest Special Teams player of all time.  Should the Hall look to someone of that specified discipline they would have to look towards Western New York.

Should Steve Tasker be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 71.6%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 7.5%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 6%
No opinion. - 1.5%
No way! - 13.4%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Smith Center, Kansas, U.S.A.
  • Eligible Since: Wednesday, 01 January 2003
  • Position: Wide Receiver
  • Played For: Houston Oilers, Buffalo Bills
  • College: Northwestern
  • Drafted: 9th Round, 226th Overall in 1985
  • Major Accolades and Awards: Pro Bowl Selections (7) (1987, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994 & 1995)
    Pro Bowl MVP (1) (1993)
  • Years Nominated for the Hall of Fame: Semi Finalist: 2004, 2008, 2009 & 2010

Should Steve Tasker be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 71.6%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 7.5%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 6%
No opinion. - 1.5%
No way! - 13.4%
Last modified on Tuesday, 26 March 2019 17:01

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-4 #4 Chuck Peterson 2015-08-16 03:45
Every position on the football field requires special talent. Tasker was the best in that position. Let's acknowledge the special teams as much as the game does. Tasker deserves the HOF.
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-3 #3 JamesTheJuice 2015-07-20 15:38
Are you kidding me? Steve Tasker was so good that teams game planned for him. A position was basically created for him (Gunner). This garbage about special teamers not being in the Hall of Fame is ridiculous. Special Teams is a solid 1/5 of football. Special Teamers win games, and Steve Tasker was the greatest Special Teamer of All Time.
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+5 #2 Robert 2012-07-14 15:11
If any primarily special teams player should make it into the HOF, it should be Brian Mitchell. Tasker was a good coverage guy, but nobody did more as a special teamer than Mitchell. Only 230 yds behind Rice in all purpose yds, and even saw spot duty as a QB.
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+4 #1 NJRob68 -0001-11-30 00:00
Tasker should never have been a semi finalist. It's the Hall of Fame, not the Pro Bowl. Every position need not be represented. Special team players should be listed on the first ballot and that's it.
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