8. Hall of Fame snubs: Ken Riley
The NFL record for interceptions in a career is owned by Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive back Paul Krause. He picked off a total of 81 passes during his days with the Washington Redskins (28) and more prominently, the Minnesota Vikings (53). But it is worth noting that it took the 16-year veteran an awfully long time to earn his place among the greats in Canton Ohio. His final season in the league was 1979 and he wasn’t inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1998.
But Krause is in, which is a lot more than supporters of former Cincinnati Bengals’ cornerback Ken Riley can say. Perhaps it is the fact that the 15-year veteran was never named to the Pro Bowl and didn’t earn All-Pro recognition until his final seasons in 1983. He has as many interceptions as Charles Woodson (who could be in the Class of 2021) and the only four players with more picks are already in the Hall of Fame.
Riley played in 207 games and stole 65 passes, five of which he returned for touchdowns. He also picked up 18 opponent’s fumbles, giving him 83 takeaways in 15 seasons. But still no bust in Canton.