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20 People Robbed Of Their Place in the NFL Hall Of Fame


Who deserves to be in the Hall of Fame and who doesn’t is one of the debates that every real NFL fan loves to get into. While everything is up for debate, it’s hard to ignore the fact that there are many great players, coaches and commissioners that have yet to be inducted.

Here is a list of 20 important people from the history of the NFL who we believe deserve a place in Canton.

1. Jerome Bettis

Bettis scored an amazing 91 rushing yards while compiling 13,662 rushing yards during his 13-year career with the Los Angeles Rams, St. Louis Rams and the Pittsburgh Steelers. What’s more, he’s better known as the Bus. We guess you don’t get such nickname for nothing.

Bettis finished his 13 NFL seasons as the NFL’s 5th all-time leading rusher with 13,662 yards and 91 touchdowns. He also caught 200 passes for 1,449 yards and 3 touchdowns. He then was named to the Pro Bowl in 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2001, and 2004. Bettis won the NFL Comeback Player of the Year award in 1996, and in 2002 he was the recipient of the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.

While he finished with 1,542 more yards than Franco Harris on the NFL’s all-time rushing list, Harris however remains the Steelers all-time leading rusher because 3,091 of those yards came while Bettis was with the Rams.

Radio commentator Myron Cope popularized his nickname The Bus after hearing a brother of a fellow Notre Dame alumni call Jerome “Bussy” in Green Bay. The nickname comes from the amazing ability to carry multiple defenders on his back, like a bus ride. During the Green Bay broadcast, Cope started using the nickname “The Bus.”

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  • Ben Childs

    Ray Guy should be in the HOF, he was the best at his position, he changed the game. As good as these players are, none of them changed the game.

    • JonPeter

      You got your wish. Ray Guy is in the HOF

  • Scott

    Alex Karras wasn’t banned from the NFL, he was suspended ONE year along with HOFer Paul Hornung in 1963, came back and played for another 8 seasons before finally being cut due to injuries at age 36. He also demanded several coaches be fired along the way and got his wish. A true primma dona..before his time.

    • Douglas Green

      But a truly FINE comedic actor: “Mongo only pawn in game of life”

  • Scott

    Oh..and Steve friggin Tasker? Are you kidding me? This is the NFL HOF. Any list that doesn’t have Jerry Kramer on it, but instead has a special teamer like Tasker is a joke…as good as he was, he isn’t even the best special teamer not in the HOF.

    And Seau will be a HOFer…probably in 2015, but at least wait until he is eligible. Would have been cool to see him around for it. Just a MONSTER at LBer. One of the most overlooked ever. Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher in one.

    • NoWeakness

      Tasker was a great player, no doubt – but I agree that he is not a HOF candidate.

  • NoWeakness

    Being a 30 year Cowboy fan and a staunch hater of the Eagles and San Francisco, you gotta give Ricky Watters a lot of respect for his achievements. Is he a HOF candidate… I’m not sure… but he was one of the greats that played the game during the “great years” of football.

  • NoWeakness

    Kurt Warner will be in the HOF some day! I mean, come on… the dude was the field general for the “greatest show on turf” for few years.

    No worries, Kurt – you have my vote for the HOF!

  • the crash dummy

    t.d. not in the hall is a crime.

    what he did in four years out-produced many already in the hall! .(and some of those did not play 10 years either, so face up to the facts)
    he changed the game, made everybody account for him on every play
    didn’t play long enough? a very lame excuse.

  • Chris Ericksen

    I always thought of Kurt Warner as a great qb, but “the greatest” qb as the authoe of the article states? I don’t think so.

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