Here’s each NFL team’s biggest omission from the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
First things first. There are so many players deserved of Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement. And this piece will once again focus on the men on the field. That’s not to take anything away from the coaches, general managers, team executives and other contributors that have made the game great, but for these purposes, it’s about running, throwing, catching, blocking, tackling and kicking.
For each the current 32 NFL organizations, there is one omission and another that could be considered. It is also important to understand that the players listed are all currently eligible for Hall of Fame status. In the case of some teams like the Jacksonville Jaguars, Carolina Panthers and especially the Houston Texans, the list is a little slim based on the time element.
Enjoy yet another trip down memory lane.
Arizona Cardinals: WR/DB Roy Green
The two-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro Roy Green put up big numbers with the Cardinals for 14 years. He began his career as a defensive back and played two ways for a spell before making the move to offense, totaling 559 grabs for 8,965 yards and 66 scores, to go with four picks and both a punt and kickoff return for touchdowns.
Also Consider: S Adrian Wilson
Atlanta Falcons: LB Tommy Nobis
The first overall pick in the 1966 NFL Draft and the first player ever taken in Atlanta Falcons’ history has been a popular name on these lists when it comes to omissions from the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Linebacker Tommy Nobis earned Pro Bowl honors in four of his first five seasons and was the franchise’s first big star.
Also Consider: T Mike Kenn
Baltimore Ravens: OLB Peter Boulware
That 2000 Baltimore Ravens defense was sensational. The club played 20 games that year, including the playoffs, and allowed a total of 188 points. Four-time Pro Bowler Peter Boulware was a big part of that club, but injuries certainly curtailed his career. He would play a total of eight seasons, totaling 70 sacks in 126 regular-season outings.
Also Consider: CB Chris McAlister
Buffalo Bills: WR/ST Steve Tasker
Pure placekickers Jan Stenerud and Morten Andersen and punter Ray Guy are all enshrined in Canton. But a special teams artist/kick returner has not made the cut. Steve Tasker earned seven Pro Bowl invitations when it came to this third facet of the game and was a pivotal part of the Buffalo Bills’ four Super Bowl appearances in the 1990s.
Also Consider: C Kent Hull