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Top 15 NFL Stars Who Aren't In The Pro Football Hall Of Fame

The Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio is a shrine to the best to ever lace up cleats and head out onto the gridiron. Nowhere else in the world can you see as much football history in one place, from the early regional leagues all the way up to Super Bowl 50. It’s an amazing museum that every true football fan should visit at least once.

The main attraction, of course, are the enshrinees themselves—the 303 men who the elite panel of voters have determined are the best and brightest professional football has ever had to offer. Being enshrined in the Hall of Fame is the ultimate end to a player’s career, an acknowledgment that you were integral to the history of the game. The tacky gold jacket and the bronze bust are secondary to the honor of having your name listed among the greats.

The class of 2016 is a fine one, led by quarterback Brett Favre. Joining him are Marvin Harrison, Orlando Pace, Kevin Greene, Tony Dungy, Ken Stabler, Dick Stanfel, and Eddie DeBartolo. It’s one of the better classes to ever make the Hall and some fine choices from the selectors.

There are, however, some notable names who have yet to be elected into the Hall. Even excluding active players, or players who have not yet been retired long enough to be eligible, there are quite a few candidates who are on the outside looking in and deserve to have their cases re-examined. Some of them only recently became eligible and should make it in in the next few years. Others are lacking the top winning resumes of players like Favre or Harrison. Still others have slipped through the cracks and now need to be rescued by the veteran’s committee.

Here are the best 15 eligible players who are not yet in the Hall of Fame.

15 Rod Smith

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14 Isaac Bruce

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13 Ricky Watters

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12 Steve Wisniewski

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11 Drew Bledsoe

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10 John Hadl

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9 Boomer Esiason

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8 Randall Cunningham

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7 Kevin Mawae

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6 Jimmy Smith

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5 Alan Faneca

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4 Edgerrin James

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3 Zach Thomas

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2 Terrell Owens

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1 Ken Anderson

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Every year, I wait to hear that the Seniors Committee has acknowledged former Bengals quarterback Ken Anderson and every year I’m disappointed. Anderson was ahead of his time; the first player to benefit from Bill Walsh’s high-accuracy passing attack. The 1981 MVP, Anderson twice led the league in passing yards and was nearly always in the top five or ten of every major passing stat, especially with unheard of completion percentages; only Drew Brees has ever topped his 70.6% number from 1982. He’s another Bengals quarterback who may have been kept out by the 49ers, as if they don’t make a fantastic goal line stand in Super Bowl XVI, Anderson has a ring and quite possibly a spot in Canton. He’s one of the most successful passers in NFL history and while it’s fair enough he had to wait for players like Dan Fouts and Terry Bradshaw to get in ahead of him, it’s long past time for the deadly-accurate and exceptionally efficient Anderson to take his rightful spot in Canton as one of the greatest to have ever played the game.

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Top 15 NFL Stars Who Aren't In The Pro Football Hall Of Fame