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Top 20 NFL Players Not In the Hall of Fame

Spots in the NFL Hall-of-Fame are reserved for the best of the best. They are reserved for those athletes who dedicated their entire lives to their craft and somehow managed to rise above the rest. The odds of players having a Hall-of-Fame caliber career are slim. The chances of actually being selected are even less. However, if the players have the right mix of talent, heart and luck, they may one day sport the coveted gold jacket.

Determining the odds an NFL player will make the Hall is difficult. Every year a Selection Committee--comprising of 46 media members from around the United States--gather like a fellowship to elect new Hall-of-Fame members. The Committee doesn't have to meet a quota when determining entrants as they can select any number of players, but have usually elected between six and seven dating back to 2005. The largest class the Committee inducted was in 1963, which held 17 members.

The selection process is strenuous and seemingly random, as you can see by the following list. Unlike Baseball, numbers don't always determine an NFL's players chance to be inducted, although, yes it plays a big part. Players like Greg Lloyd and Terrell Davis didn't destroy the record books. Other players may have been great on the field, but even better off it, which helps their candidacy. I suppose in Baseball, this would be called padding the numbers. So maybe, after all, there are similarities between the sport's selection process...but I digress.

In any case, padding the numbers makes the process tedious, sometimes biased and most certainly not always fair. Some questionable players have entered the Hall, while many deserving players have been left out. And it is the latter that will examine today. Again, I did not use a statistical formula  to determine who should make the cut, but you will notice that each player is examined on an individual basis and often compared with others at their position who did make it. While this may not be the most fair representation of a worthy candidate, it may be the best we have.

20 Greg Lloyd, Sr., LB

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19 Sam Mills, LB

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18 Cliff Harris, S

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17 Bob Kuechenberg, G

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16 Terrell Davis, RB

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15 Karl Mecklenburg, LB

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14 Cornelius Bennett, LB

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13 Tim Brown, WR

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12 Nate Newton, G

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11 Roger Craig, RB

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10 Isiah "Butch" Robertson, LB

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9 Charlie Hennigan, WR

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The argument against Hennigan is that his NFL career lasted a short seven years due to knee problems. However, when you look closer at his statistics, you'd be amazed at what he did during those seven years in an era better suited for the running back.

8 Deron Cherry, S

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7 Marvin Harrison, WR

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6 Will Shields, G

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5 Kevin Greene, LB

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4 Kurt Warner, QB

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3 Jerome Bettis, RB

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2 Lester Hayes, CB

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1 L.C. Greenwood, DE

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Greenwood has flirted with the Hall-of-Fame six times, but has never been enshrined. He was a finalist in 1991, 1995, 1996, 2002, 2005 and 2006. A member of the renowned "Steel Curtain," Greenwood made 6 Pro Bowls and won 4 Super Bowls. Former teammates have spoken out against Greenwood not being selected saying they believe it's because voters are biased. "I've...heard people say, "What are we gonna do, build a wing out here for all of the Steelers from back then?" said Jack Ham.

For Greenwood, I'd say, why not?

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