Hall of Fame

Current NFL players who are Hall of Famers Part 3: PFHOG and Potentials

  • A.J. Green
  • Andrew Whitworth
  • Bobby Wagner
  • Brandon scherff
  • Calais Campbell
  • Christian McCaffrey
  • Davante Adams
  • David Bakhtiari
  • DeAndre Hopkins
  • Derrick Henry
  • Eddie Jackson
  • ezekiel elliott
  • Fletcher Cox
  • George Kittle
  • Greg Olsen
  • Harrison Smith
  • Jalen Ramsey
  • Jason Kelce
  • Joey Bosa
  • Julian Edelman
  • keenan allen
  • Kenny Clark
  • khalil mack
  • Lane Johnson
  • Laremy Tunsil
  • Lavonte David
  • Le'Veon Bell
  • LeSean McCoy
  • Malcolm Jenkins
  • Matthew Stafford
  • Minkah Fitzpatrick
  • Mitchell Schwartz
  • Myles Garrett
  • Odell Beckham
  • Patrick Mahomes
  • Quenton Nelson
  • Richard Sherman
  • Ronnie Stanley
  • Stephon Gilmore
  • T.J. Watt
  • Terron Armstead
  • Thomas Davis
  • Travis Kelce
  • Tre'Davious White
  • Trent Williams
  • Tyron Smith
By Marc Lillibridge August 24, 2020 0 Comment
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There are some players who had great careers, but just do not have enough to get in the Hall of Fame. Who are those current players?

The “Pro Football Hall of Good” is made up of players who had a heck of a run as NFL players but based on the high standards of being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, I think they will fall short.

Quarterbacks:

Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions

Matthew Stafford will finish tons of passing yards every year but only one Pro-Bowl to his name and no playoff success.

Running Backs:

LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles, Buffalo Bills, Kansas City Chiefs, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

LeSean McCoy has produced in the NFL and has plenty of post-season honors. But until Fred Taylor (Jaguars) and Steven Jackson (Rams) get in, Shady will not see the HOF light.

Wide Receivers:

AJ Green, Cincinnati Bengals

A.J. Green has all the tools to be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame but he will need to get and stay healthy to add to his numbers. He has a tough road ahead given his injury history as of late.

Julian Edelman, New England Patriots

Julian Edelman has a Super Bowl MVP to his name and three rings but please stop bringing him up in conversations for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. His numbers do not back it up.

Tight Ends:

Greg Olsen, Chicago Bears, Carolina Panthers, Seattle Seahawks

Greg Olsen is one of the most prolific pass catching tight ends in NFL history but that is not going to be enough to get him into the Hall of Fame. Maybe Matthew Berry will start a fantasy Hall of Fame. Olsen belongs there for sure. Had he been healthy more, his numbers would have warranted consideration.

Offensive Line:

OC Jason Kelce, Philadelphia Eagles

A Super Bowl champion and a fantastic teammate, Jason Kelce is a fan favorite. Unfortunately, fans don’t vote for guys to get into the hallowed halls in Canton.

OT Tyron Smith, Dallas Cowboys

Tyron Smith is one of the most physically gifted players to ever line up in the NFL. I just am not sure he will be able to stay healthy long enough to solidify a spot in Canton.

OT Trent Williams, Washington Football Team, San Francisco 49ers

Much like Tyron Smith, Trent Williams is a specimen as a human being and football player. But I do not think he has enough credentials yet to be in serious Hall of Fame talks.

OT Mitchell Schwartz, Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs

The fact the Chiefs tackle is in this discussion is a testament to his work ethic and tenacity. And how much of a suck hole Cleveland can be on a career. He never received the accolades needed to garner post season awards even though he didn’t miss a snap in his four seasons in Cleveland. Once in Kansas City though, Mitchell Schwartz’s career has blossomed as has his stature around NFL circles. Not sure if he has enough time left in his career to make up for the Browns years.

OT Andrew Whitworth, Cincinnati Bengals, Los Angeles Rams

I love Andrew Whitworth and he is what is good about the NFL. But simply playing solid for a lot of years does not an NFL Hall of Fame career make. Heck of a player for a long time but not a Pro Football Hall of Famer. Winning the Super Bowl in 2018 would have helped his case tremendously.

Defensive Line:

Calais Campbell, Arizona Cardinals, Jacksonville Jaguars, Baltimore Ravens

He is hard for me because Calais Campbell is such an awesome person and player. Campbell did not produce enough during his early years in Arizona to be strongly considered a Hall of Fame player. Unless he gets the Cortez Kennedy treatment, I have a hard time seeing Campbell inducted.

Fletcher Cox, Philadelphia Eagles

Fletcher Cox has a ring and has been a force in Philadelphia since the team drafted him in 2012. But, Cox does not have enough stats or stature to get into the Hall of Fame, yet. He will need to have a few epic seasons to be selected. With his talent, it is not impossible.

Linebackers:

Bobby Wagner, Seattle Seahawks

I think getting selected to the NFL Hall of Fame as a linebacker nowadays will be very difficult unless you produce sacks. Cases in point, Patrick Willis and Luke Kuechly. Both were the best at their positions for years. However, I highly doubt either will get selected to enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Bobby Wagner fits in this category. He has a ring, multiple All-Pros and Pro-Bowls but I think the position is undervalued.

Lavonte David, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Lavonte David has a heck of a lot of production but not enough juice to be selected. Another good stretch of play would help him out tremendously. He never got the recognition he deserved from fans and media.

Thomas Davis, Carolina Panthers, Los Angeles Chargers, Washington Football Team

See David.

Defensive Backs:

CB Stephon Gilmore, Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots

Stephon Gilmore is the defensive back version of Mitchell Schwartz and Calais Campbell. It took him a few years into his NFL career and a change of scenery to maximize his talents. While Gilmore is considered one of the best corners in the league today, I am not sure if he has enough time left in his legs to get a run at Canton.

CB Richard Sherman, Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers

Richard Sherman has a strong pedigree especially as a Super Bowl champion. But his lack of interceptions and other key statistics will hurt him come voting time.

S Malcolm Jenkins, Philadelphia Eagles, New Orleans Saints

Malcolm Jenkins is a winner, having two rings to his collection. But, he was never considered one of the dominant players at his position during his solid career.

S Harrison Smith, Minnesota Vikings

Harrison Smith has five Pro Bowl nods and is considered one of the better safeties in the game. But historically, his numbers aren’t there just yet and I am not sure if they ever will be. Smith will be discussed but more than likely, on the outside rather than in.

Hall of Fame Potentials:

These players all entered the league in 2013 to present. Longevity is critical to a Hall of Fame career. These players are all ascending players but must continue to put together Pro-Bowl/All-Pro seasons to achieve the ultimate individual goal in football. Let’s discuss these players in 2024.

Quarterbacks:

Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs

Running Backs:

Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Jets

Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys

Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers

Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans

Wide Receivers:

DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans, Arizona Cardinals

Odell Beckham, New York Giants, Cleveland Browns

Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers

Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers

Tight Ends:

Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs

George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers

Offensive Line:

Brandon Scherff, Washington Football Team

Quenton Nelson, Indianapolis Colts

Lane Johnson, Philadelphia Eagles

David Bakhtiari, Green Bay Packers

Terron Armstead, New Orleans Saints

Laremy Tunsil, Miami Dolphins, Houston Texans

Ronnie Stanley, Baltimore Ravens

Defensive Line:

DE Khalil Mack, Oakland Raiders, Chicago Bears

DE Joey Bosa, Los Angeles Chargers

DT Kenny Clark, Green Bay Packers

DE Myles Garrett, Cleveland Browns

Linebackers:

OLB TJ Watt, Pittsburgh Steelers

Defensive Backs:

CB Tre’Davious White, Buffalo Bills

CB Jalen Ramsey, Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Rams

S Minkah Fitzpatrick, Miami Dolphins, Pittsburgh Steelers

S Eddie Jackson, Chicago Bears

I did not count rookies because they are rookies and a one year career does not make you a Hall of Famer. Teams without any current Hall of Famers or potential Hall of Famers include:

Miami Dolphins

Jacksonville Jaguars

New York Giants

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Marc Lillibridge has over 25 years in and around the NFL as a linebacker, scout, agent and media member. President of The Brawl Network.

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