Notable Hall of Fame Snub: RB Fred Taylor
It may surprise a lot of football fans to see how strong a career Taylor had. Infamously dubbed “Fragile Fred” early in his career due to injuries, Taylor was extremely productive and stayed relatively healthy from 2002-08, a stretch that saw him rack up five 1,000-yard seasons for the Jaguars.
Taylor was an explosive runner who averaged 4.6 yards per carry over the course of his NFL career and rushed for 11,695 yards, a total that ranks 17th all time. Recent retiree Frank Gore and the still-active Adrian Peterson are the only players ahead of Taylor who aren’t in the Hall of Fame, which should lead Hall voters to take Taylor’s candidacy more seriously in the coming years.
Kansas City Chiefs
Notable Hall of Fame Snub: WR Otis Taylor
Even though it is the Pro Football Hall of Fame, there hasn’t been a ton of respect from voters for players who spent the bulk of their careers in the AFL. This has undoubtedly hurt Taylor, who split his career almost evenly between the AFL and NFL while being one of the best receivers of his generation.
A two-time AFL Champion, Taylor helped the Chiefs win Super Bowl IV while making two Pro Bowls and All-Pro teams while leading the NFL in receiving yards in 1971. Taylor was also one of the true stars of the AFL and has been snubbed for far too long, a wrong that should get fixed by consideration as a senior candidate.