10 Biggest Pro Football Hall of Fame snubs in NHL history

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It’s Pro Football Hall of Fame induction week around the NFL world. The best time of the year to pay homage to the greatest players in league history.

Here, we look at the 10 biggest Hall of Fame snubs in history. They include players from the recent past that most of us remember watching. Others have been forgotten because they played in a bygone era.

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Here’s the biggest Pro Football Hall of Fame snubs in NHL history

Jim Marshall, defensive end, Minnesota Vikings

Pro football Hall of Fame snub / Vikings Jim Marshall
NFL Pittsburgh Steelers running back Franco Harris tries to get past Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jim Marshall in a 16-6 win over the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IX on January 12, 1975 at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans, Loiusiana. Harris was named the game’s MVP with a Super Bowl rushing record of 158-yards. (Photo by Sylvia Allen/Getty)

Marshall might be best known for running the wrong way following an interception. Though, that’s just disrespectful to the brilliance he brought to the Minnesota Vikings and their Purple People Eaters defense for almost two decades. Sacks didn’t exist during Marshall’s career, spanning all of the 60s and 70s. But he was a consistent force in the backfield creating mayhem for opposing quarterbacks. Marshall started an NFL record 282 consecutive games and recovered the most fumbles in league history. Surely, this giant of a man belongs in Canton.

John Lynch, safety, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 

John Lynch, safety, Tampa Bay Buccaneers / Pro Football Hall of Fame snub
06 Jan 2002: John Lynch #47 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers rushes past Freddie Mitchell #84 of the Philadelphia Eagles during the game at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, Florida. The Eagles defeated the Buccaneers 17-13. DIGITAL IMAGE. Mandatory Credit: Andy Lyons/Getty)

Lynch has now been a finalist for the Hall of Fame a whopping six times. That seems to be a clear indication that he’ll end up getting in one day. For good reason. The current San Francisco 49ers general manager earned nine Pro Bowl appearances in a career that spanned 15 seasons. He also played an instrumental role on a historic Buccaneers defense that defeated the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII. He should be in already. It’s that simple.

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Pat Swilling, linebacker, New Orleans Saints 

New Orleans Saints v Washington Redskins
WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 18: Pat Swilling #56 of the New Orleans Saints looks on during football game against the Washington Redskins on November 18, 1990 at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC. The Redskins won 31-17. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty)

Swilling doesn’t get a whole bunch of credit because he suited up for a bad Saints team throughout the majority of his career. But for a good four-year span in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Swilling was right up there with Lawrence Taylor as the best ‘backer in the game. That span saw Swilling record 55 sacks and 18 forced fumbles. For comparison’s sake, Khalil Mack has 49 sacks and 14 forced fumbles over his past four seasons. A five-time Pro Bowler and the 1991 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, Swilling certainly belongs among the game’s Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Alan Faneca, guard, Pittsburgh Steelers 

Seattle Seahawks v Pittsburgh Steelers
PITTSBURGH – OCTOBER 7: Center Sean Mahan #61 and offensive guard Alan Faneca #66 of the Pittsburgh Steelers look across the line of scrimmage before the start of a play against the Seattle Seahawks at Heinz Field on October 7, 2007 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Steelers defeated the Seahawks 21-0. (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty)

It’s truly remarkable to realize that Faneca remains the only true HOF castoff from previous generations of Steelers championship teams. Sure he played guard. That’s not among the sexiest of positions. Even then, his pure domination was something to behold. Faneca earned nine Pro Bowl appearances in his 13 seasons. He opened up running lanes for a Steelers offense that dominated on the ground with the likes of Jerome Bettis, Duce Staley and Willie Parker. The one constant here was Faneca. He should be recognized.

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Chuck Howley, linebacker, Dallas Cowboys 

Super Bowl VI - Dallas Cowboys vs Miami Dolphins - January 16, 1972
NFL Dallas Cowboys linebacker Chuck Howley intercepts a pass against the Miami Dolphins during the Cowboys 24-3 victory in Super Bowl VI on January 16, 1972 at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Fred Roe/Getty) *** Local Caption ***

A Super Bowl MVP, six-time Pro Bowler and five-time All-Pro during his time with the Cowboys, Howley was one of the primary reasons this team transitioned to Super Bowl contender during the early years of Tom Landry’s legendary tenure.

He does not get enough credit for instilling life into a previously weak defense, enabling the Cowboys to boast a sense of bravado on that side of the ball. It led to a turnaround from 4-9-1 during Howley’s first season in Dallas to consistent title contention. The likes of Roger Staubach, Bob Hayes and Mel Renfro get most of the press, but Howley was just as important for the creation of America’s Team. Howley’s Pro Football Hall of Fame snub is one of the bigger surprises in this list.

Roger Craig, running back, San Francisco 49ers 

San Francisco 49ers v Kansas City Chiefs
SAN FRANCISCO – NOVEMBER 17: Roger Craig #33 of the San Francisco 49ers makes a run during a National Football League game against the Kansas City Chiefs played on November 17, 1985 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California. (Photo by David Madison/Getty)

Craig was the modern NFL running back before we even knew what that meant. A true dual-puporse player during the 49ers’ dynasty of the 1980s, this three-time Super Bowl champ became the first back in NFL history to put up 1,000 receiving yards and 1,000 rushing yards in the same season. He gained north of 2,000 total yards twice, earned four Pro Bowl appearances and was recognized as a member of the NFL’s All-Decade Team in the 1980s. If that weren’t enough, Craig tallied 420 total yards and four touchdowns in his three Super Bowl appearances.

Torry Holt, wide receiver, St. Louis Rams 

Pro football Hall of Famer snub Torry Holt
NFL St. Louis Ram Torry Holt (L) catches a pass for a first down against New Orleans Saint Ashley Ambrose (R) in the fourth quarter 28 November 1999 in St. Louis. The Rams beat the Saints 43-12. AFP PHOTO/PETER NEWCOMB (Photo by PETER NEWCOMB / AFP) (Photo by PETER NEWCOMB/AFP via Getty)

Dominant. That would be the best way to describe an eight-year span in the 2000s that saw Holt average 95 receptions for 1,450 yards and eight touchdowns. He gained north of 1,100 yards all eight seasons and earned seven Pro Bowl appearances during that span. It took Isaac Bruce a while to get in, representing the first of two receivers from the Greatest Show on Turf to make his way to Canton. Holt should follow here soon.

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Sterling Sharpe, wide receiver, Green Bay Packers 

Green Bay Packers vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers - December 24, 1994
NFL Green Bay Packers wide receiver Sterling Sharpe (84) catches a six-yard touchdown pass–one of three TDs Sharpe had for the game–during a 34-19 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on December 24, 1994, at Houlihan’s Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (By James V. Biever/Getty)

Sharpe might have played only seven seasons in the NFL, but he made the most of them. Before seeing his career shortened to injury, the former Packers star earned five Pro Bowls. He averaged 85 receptions for 1,162 yards and nine touchdowns. In fact, Sharpe amassed 314 receptions for 3,854 yards and 42 touchdowns in his final three seasons. One could have only imagined how his career would have gone if he wasn’t forced into retirement with a neck injury at the young age of 29. Yet another great that was snubbed by Pro Football Hall of Fame voters.

Dick Schafrath, offensive line, Cleveland Browns

Pittsburgh Steelers v Cleveland Browns - Pro football Hall of Fame snub
CIRCA 1960S: Dick Schafrath #77 of the Cleveland Browns blocks for Jim Brown #32 as Frank Ryan #13 looks on during a circa 1960s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. (By Robert Riger/Getty)

In front of every all-time great running back stands an offensive lineman that was willing to do the dirty work. For the vast majority of Jim Brown’s great career with the Browns, that was Mr. Schafrath. He anchored Cleveland’s offensive line for the final six years of Brown’s career, helping the Hall of Famer to nearly 11,000 total yards and 84 touchdowns during that span. Schafrath also earned seven Pro Bowl appearances, six All-Pro honors and a championship during his brilliant 13-year run in Cleveland.

Lester Hayes, cornerback, Oakland Raiders 

1983 AFC Divisional Playoff Game - Pittsburgh Steelers vs Los Angeles Raiders - January 1, 1984
NFL Los Angeles Raiders cornerback Lester Hayes comes off of the field following his 18-yard interception return for a touchdown during the Raiders 38-10 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1983 AFC Divisional Playoff Game on January 1, 1984 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. (By Rob Brown/Getty) *** Local Caption ***

Yet another all-time Raider great that has been snubbed by Pro Football Hall of Fame voters. That comes in the form of one of the best play-making cornerbacks in modern NFL history. A five-time Pro Bowler and former Defensive Player of the Year, Hayes intercepted 39 passes in a nine-year career. That included a whopping 13 during Oakland’s championship run in 1980. Void of advanced stats, we don’t have a ton to back up Hayes’ candidacy. That’s unless we consider the film. It’s there. And it shows a downright dominant corner.

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