In the NFL, Who’s a Hall of Famer?


Published: April 7, 2009


... of Fame status. This got me thinking about a lot of different players currently in the league and how their careers are looking as far as being considered a Hall of Famer or not.

While, I feel that the actual Hall of Fame committee does a poor job of picking purely the greatest players of all time (with dumb unwritten rules like no two players from one position in the same class), I'm going to ignore any of those and simply analyze who I believe are elite.

I tried to minimize how much I looked at statistics because stats can only tell so much of the story of someone's career.  The biggest thing for me was the name test, or as Mike Golic likes to say, "Does he smell like a Hall of Famer?"

I've broken down the best of the best players in football today in to four different categories:

The Shoo-ins, the guys who could retire right now and would absolutely be destined for Canton.

The "So close you can taste it" guys...

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