Each year former players and coaches are enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but which players have yet to receive the honor they’ve earned?
Each year, Hall of Fame voters select the former players, coaches and contributors who will be inducted into football’s most elite club during the annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.
And each year, deserving players from every team get passed over for the ultimate honor. But, which former NFL standouts are amongst the greatest snubs from Canton?
Note: In order to be eligible for induction, a player must have been retired for five or more years. Subsequently, we have not included any players who are not yet eligible. Also, players do not go into the Hall of Fame as parts of specific “teams.” So, we’ve included players for the teams with whom they spent the majority of their careers.
Arizona Cardinals – Adrian Wilson, S
After being a third round pick in the 2001 NFL Draft, Wilson went on to play 12 seasons in the desert, where he made five Pro Bowl teams and was a First-Team All-Pro selection in 2009. He retired in 2012 after playing in 187 games. He recorded 27 interceptions, 25.5 sacks, eight fumble recoveries and 903 career tackles.
Atlanta Falcons – Mike Kenn, OT
Kenn played for the Falcons for 17 seasons after they drafted him 13th-overall in the first round of the 1978 NFL Draft. Upon retiring in 1994, Kenn was a five time Pro Bowler who was named to the First-Team All-Pro roster in 1980 and 1991. His 257 career games rank first all-time in team history.
Baltimore Ravens – Jamal Lewis, RB
Running backs are among the most snubbed players from the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and one of those players is Lewis. Lewis was drafted fifth-overall in the 2000 draft by the Ravens. His career spanned 10 seasons, including seven in Baltimore and three in Cleveland. He rushed for over 10,000 yards and 58 touchdowns in his career. In 2003, he was a Pro Bowler and First-Team All-Pro after rushing for over 2,000 yards.