It is an honor to be selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame but these 32 players are still stuck waiting for their call to Canton.
Getting a ticket to the Pro Football Hall of Fame is an incredible honor for anyone who has ever played in the NFL. More than 26,000 players have suited up for an NFL game but just over 350 have been enshrined in Canton, making admission to the Hall an achievement only the greatest of the greats can achieve.
Due to the Hall’s unique structure of voting that permits only 5-8 inductees a year, there have been plenty of notable snubs. Let’s take a look at one player from each of the 32 NFL teams to see who has the biggest gripe about not being included in the Hall of Fame.
The 32 biggest Hall of Fame snubs
Notable Hall of Fame Snub: RB Ottis Anderson
The way the running back position has been devalued in the modern NFL gives a greater sense of perspective to talented backs from the past. One star who has slipped through the cracks is Anderson, who had an excellent 14-year career that began with seven excellent years for the Cardinals.
Anderson ran for 10,273 yards and 86 touchdowns in his career, totals that ranked him inside the all-time Top 10 in both categories when he retired. The Hall of Fame has never given a fair look at Anderson, a two-time All-Pro who won a pair of Super Bowls with the New York Giants and was named the MVP of Super Bowl XXV.
Notable Hall of Fame Snub: LB Tommy Nobis
Being a standout on a bad team in the 1960s or ’70s could be a death sentence to a player’s Hall of Fame prospects. This appears to be what happened with Nobis, who was one of the NFL’s best linebackers but spent his entire 11-year career on a Falcons team that struggled to win games.
Nobis was a five-time Pro Bowler who made the NFL’s All-Decade Team in the 1960s, which should be viewed as a sign of respect for how dominant he was. That memo hasn’t reached the Hall of Fame yet as Nobis passed away in 2017 at the age of 74 without getting serious consideration for Canton in years.