10 biggest snubs from the Pro Football Hall of Fame

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9. Hall of Fame snubs: Chuck Howley

He’s the answer to one of the most frequent football trivia questions. Name the only player to be named Super Bowl MVP for a team that lost the game? The answer is Dallas Cowboys’ linebacker Chuck Howley, who had a big afternoon at the Orange Bowl in the club’s 16-13 loss to the then-Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl V.

Of course, that very interesting factoid should not take away from a career that deserves serious consideration when it comes to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Originally the seventh overall pick in the 1958 NFL Draft, Howley spent two seasons in the Windy City. He missed the entire 1960 season due to injury and just when it appeared his football days were done, he was dealt to the Cowboys in ’61 – a franchise in just its second year of existence.

He would go on to play the next 12 seasons for Tom Landry’s club and just one contest in 1973. Including his days with the Bears, the rangy performer totaled 25 interceptions and 18 fumble recoveries. He also totaled a combined six takeaways in 11 postseason contests, including a pair of interceptions in Super Bowl V.

The former University of West Virginia product earned six Pro Bowl invitations and was named All-Pro five times – all during his days with the Cowboys.